Sports Fan-Attic Point of View

How are you interpreting the sporting event that you are currently watching?

Before actually answering face first with an involuntary answer that has slingshot from the base of your brain to the back of your throat, hopped two turn styles, rode a banister down a flight of stairs and came to a pin point accurate stop… just before swan diving through a 12 story window into a pool of fluffy white clouds…

As the curtain is drawn… the angle in which I intend to explore is your perspective or your Point Of View of the sporting event you are currently observing… so to speak.

Many sports fans, whether it be in a live setting, in front of the TV or PC or via radio transmission, have a point of view in which they put themselves in while receiving the sporting events they enjoy being connected with.

Take for example: You’ve been an avid fan of the sport (Your_Sport_Here) since childhood or perhaps you’ve acquired a taste for sports later on in time.

Is your interest mostly directed to the love of the game itself or perhaps the competition of two rivals battling it out for supremacy?

Have you yet claimed your slice of the league? In other words do you have a specific favorite team that you pull for or is your directive just to see a well-executed, well-played game, no matter who is on the field?

Are you an avid fan of rooting only for your hometown team in an act of hometown support?

Do you find yourself one who always pulls for the underdog?

Are you one to ride the bandwagon of teams with consecutive winning streaks then shed them when they can’t seem to get it together?

Do you have a favorite team that only interests you and care nothing for the rest of the league, only that your favorite team always wins?

Are you carrying on a family generation tradition (provided you can still associate the team now with the team then)?

Or perhaps for you it was simply a dream at one time for you to be out on that field or in that arena (and perhaps there are some that are currently fulfilling that dream) competing and watching it now virtually competing with your peers?

Could be a mix match of a few scenarios, could be one not brought to light or even none of the above. Could be you just like to compete in the DFS contests you play.

When you set to watch the sporting event of your choosing, do you acknowledge yourself as the spectator in the bleachers or view yourself as the passive competitor that has yet to be penciled into the lineup by a head coach or manager that has yet to recognize who you are…?

See, this is the space I intend to occupy with this writing. While I won’t be filling the lines that I am typing with statistics, weather reports, field specs or health status, etc…

There are many notable grinders on the site that do a fantastic job compiling and presenting statistics.

Perhaps when I feel inspired and compelled to do so, I may even take a swing at it myself. Until then, this is where my thoughts are occupied today. It’s just kind of an “outside the box” standing on top of it, not looking out from the inside approach to how many may interpret the sporting event that they’re enjoying.

As a new to the scene DFS player, I can see how thin the line is between wanting to win a DFS contest and enjoying the actual game being played… especially if the roster you compiled conflicts with a team you have some sort of a virtual attachment to… no matter the sport.

It can be psychological ping pong sometimes to divide the focus evenly between enjoying the actual event in its own “purity” and playing to win a contest. I find that if I have some sort of an emotional value in a game or a team in specific while under the influence of a DFS contest, I need to shake loose from any or all the virtual strings to that team or game.

Of course, I don’t believe that anyone would play a contest to intentionally lose, unless their motives were other than the initial objective, but I believe you can follow where I’m coming from.

Although… playing DFS allows much more freedom on a daily basis to roll with specific athletes as opposed to pulling for an entire team simply because you like one player on it.

There has only been one time that I had ever agreed to a wager on a football game and unwillingly my agreement was made. It wasn’t a super huge wager and it was a wager on one of the Super Bowls a short throw back.

There were approximately 8 others involved with this wager. There was the ring leader and seven sheep… I was unfortunate enough to wander too close to the vacuum that day… anyway, but a single winner would have a nice stack when all was said and done.
It wasn’t about putting up the money, potentially winning some coin or even losing some cash when it was over.
It was purely regarding principle for me.
I simply wasn’t an advocate of spinning business with my own personal enjoyment, even if it were deemed a friendly wager.

Although, it was an awesome feeling to be the sole winner amongst 8 others and the only one to reap the reward of an educated evaluation of strategy during that game.

I never wanted the exhilaration of winning a wager nor the anxiety of losing a bet to ever outshine my enjoyment and appreciation of the game.

Although, I do believe that many of those with an emotional attachment to a particular team will indeed experience somewhat of a roller coaster ride from time to time, if not more frequently, while watching their favorite team perform.

For me, when football season is in session and I’m watching my favorite football team, I remove all easy to grab breakables from the immediate area, just in case there is an outbreak of redundant bonehead plays or blunders on my team’s behalf.

Yeah, ya’ see… my favorite football team has been viewing the playoffs from the comfort of their respective living rooms rather than actually participating in the competition on the field, with an oh so near miss for the NFL conference playoffs in 2014 for the first time in 15 plus years…

There’s nothing like having a nosy neighbor to flash his empty skull across my yard while I’m in the midst of watching my team in a “Game Gone Wrong”. Most of the time I’d just turn it off. But sometimes I guess there’s a little room for some morbid curiosity.

Unfortunately for me Mr. Neighbor and his primitive eavesdropping skills allow him the privilege of of listening in on my own private game commentary.

Needless to say, I typically put easily loftable pieces, small statues, spare flashlight batteries, etc… out of immediate reach during the game… Just to resist the temptation and refrain from due damage whether it be to scale a ceramic palm tree against a nearby wall or accidentally ping a nosy neighbor with a Duracell. In all seriousness, I would never intentionally destroy a beautifully hand crafted ceramic palm tree. Oddly enough, the latter is quite debatable….

Moving on….

Recently I began playing DFS. Basically it was the curiosity that drew my attention at first. I really didn’t even understand it when I first started. I would occasionally hear someone in my travels from time to time mention that they were working on building their fantasy football team.

It’s quite ironic, because the very first time I ever looked at a fantasy football game (late 2014) I was looking to see if I could play players like Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Reggie White, Andre Reed, Tony Dorsett, Drew Pearson, Paul Warfield etc…. little did I know at the time that this wasn’t the way it worked.

Needless to say, I have a little better understanding of how DFS works today.

In any event, whether you watch from the bleachers, you’re in the stands, behind the screen or viewing through a neighbor’s window, whether you envision yourself in the roster or coaching or whether you simply perceive the games as vehicles to allow you to participate in a fantasy contest, everyone has a Point of View in what works for them and a Point of View in which they enjoy participating in the sporting event that they enjoy.

What’s your Point of View…?

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  • DK_Ninjaaaaa

    Ah, the great conundrum. as challenging as it is, i have learned to leave emotion out of both DFS and season long fantasy sports. I’m 27 and have been a Dallas Cowboys fan since i could comprehend the greatness of the game of football… i’m sure you know your history, we have been very very… mediocre for for the better part of the last 2 decades save for last year’s heart breaker in green bay (Dez caught that damn ball!). my friends savor the opportunity to ridicule my fanhood of my team every chance they get. but they are seahawks fans so they dont really count. i digress…
    gambling has truly changed the way many of us watch the game, but at my very core i still want my team to win and hate everyone else. that being said, do i pick against them in my office pool when i feel appropriate? you bet i do. it’s a bit of a hedge and im ecstatic when i am wrong in that instance. i won my pool of 40 players last year by double digit picks. in the end, the head and the heart must stay separate if you want to have the best chances of winning a few bucks while watching the game you love.
    A word of wisdom to help keep your blood pressure down: once LUs lock, turn off your phone and computers and just enjoy the game. your scores won’t change regardless of if you check your players stats every 30 seconds. you have done all your research and built your rosters accordingly so just sit back and enjoy the game.
    fun article NeonKnight! keep it up

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