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Gene Wang
Fantasy Guru

Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Reality Over Fantasy


As much as I am a devotee of fantasy football, it's not nearly as popular as the real thing, and it never will be.

Recent estimates have fantasy football participation at approximately 20 million, while the NFL attracts nearly a billion viewers for the Super Bowl. Those statistics remind us the product on the field attracts the casual fan, while the nerd product, I so enjoy, attracts the hardcore football junkie.

At the heart of the issue is the separation between rooting for your team in real life and individual players on paper. I'm frequently asked which is more important, and I say it's not even close. I'd take a victory by my real team over a fantasy win any day.

I've gone 15-0 in fantasy and been to three Super Bowls, and hands down, the Super Bowls provided the more memorable experiences. There's really nothing like being at the biggest American sporting event.

The trouble with fantasy is often it requires you to support players on teams for which you'd prefer not to cheer. If you're an Eagles fan, for instance, and have Brandon Jacobs on your fantasy team, what do you do when Philadelphia plays the Giants?

To me it's a no-brainer. You root for your real-life team, fantasy be damned.

By Gene Wang  |  September 8, 2009; 3:05 AM ET  | Category:  Fans , Fantasy Football , Gene Wang , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The game that i love as a child is gone.
How is a 200 something D-lineman suppose to stop and figure out if he's hitting the QB in the correct area after fighting off a 300 pound O-lineman.
Take the Gladiator out of the game makes it look stupid and boring.
I find myself turning the channel something i never did in the 70's & 80's.
I remember in the 70's when teams could not fill there stadiums.
Now it cost an arm and leg to attend.
So buddie with all the new rules to preserve these ex-peewee's.
Makes today game FANTASY FOOTBALL.

Posted by: SOLVBACK | September 8, 2009 1:26 PM

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