The Strength of the Community

I’ve been out fishing for a day and watched a horribly played Monday Night Football while visiting my dad. Yes, my favorite team got the “Win” but all I could think of is how I’m going to target every defense against our garbage offensive line…

Fast forward to this afternoon when I get home and have time to catch-up on the DFS world.

Well, the world is ending..
Pack your bags and start looking for new jobs..
It was fun while it lasted..
Cheaters….
Blaw… Blaw.. Blaw…

After spending two hours getting caught up on all the garbage out there (true and false), all I want to know and see is this industry STAND UP FOR ITSELF. How strong are you DFS??? Are you so weak that when the first bad press hits, it’s easier to just let people keep coming at you and not defend yourself? This entire thing has me thinking about a movie interaction in “The American President.” Yes, this dates me a little. I’m not a political person, but this is a solid movie from back in the day.

Here’s the conversation in the movie:

LEWIS ROTHSCHILD (Michael J. Fox) “They don’t have a choice! Bob Rumson is the only one doing the talking! People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they’ll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.”

PRESIDENT ANDREW SHEPHERD (Michael Douglas): “Lewis, we’ve had presidents who were beloved, who couldn’t find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don’t drink the sand because they’re thirsty. They drink the sand because they don’t know the difference.”

Both of these statements have truth in them about how people think of us. Many of us, know the difference. The general public does not. Last year, the public was hit with commercials that frankly, I was embarrassed of. Painting the DFS player as a loser in a basement with “holes in his underpants.” This year, the commercials are coming at us at an insane rate Ed Norton is trying to relate to the regular guy/gal. I’m not trying to bash DK or FD, I’m just pointing out how we’ve laid the ground work for how the “general” public sees DFS and those of us who play it. Now we are being questioned (rightfully so) and it’s the first real defining moment for DFS. The “general” public is hearing that these “gambling” losers with “holes in their underpants” are also “cheaters.” It’s easy for the public to believe all the negative coming out of the media, since they already have an negative perception of us.

So I would like to say:

- I do not live in a basement with holes in my underpants. Although, holes in underpants can be comfortable :)

– I have never bet on sports and didn’t gamble a penny on my only visit to Las Vegas.

– I shower daily and I have a beautifully wife and daughter.

– We have worked hard over 18 years to be debt free and achieved that goal last November. – We both have college degrees, my wife even has a Masters Degree.

– I am a discount shopper and love thrift stores and re-purposing used items.

– I’ve loved sports since I was a kid and rememberi writing down stats on baseball video games before the game tracked it for you. – I’ve played fantasy sports since 1995.

– I also love good movies.

I created this post for several reasons. I don’t want it to get lost in the “big” topic of the last two days and I want to hear from YOU (my beloved DFS community). THIS IS OUR GAME! Does it have flaws? Sure. Can it be improved? Yes. We are still a young community and industry. There will be bumps along the way.

People do not understand who we really are. Don’t let folks who are ignorant to DFS tell our story. You tell our story. This thread isn’t about all the negative press. I want this thread to be about the great community that we are. Don’t let this challenge divide us. All of this attention (to our threads) is also an opportunity to tell the “general” public who we really are. An opportunity to change the perception of our industry and community.

How strong are you? I for one am not giving up without a fight. I love DFS and fantasy sports and I want people to understand who we are. We are from all walks of life.

If you would like to contribute to this thread, please tell those trolling us right now who you are and what you love. No pressure, just a thought. Be proud of who we (you) are and how far DFS has come in such a short time. Thanks for reading if you made it to the end and try to stay positive.

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  • GBbengal55

    Great post Mannmicj!!! I guess in 4 days I’ll have time to hate you, well not you but your Seahawks!!!! We do need to fight as a community because this is what WE do, and if one were to be educated about what DFS players do, they wouldn’t feel as though any one person could define all of us. Not to mention, anyone with a cerebral cortex should feel or could see that if you have 1,000 bad lineups, you don’t stand a chance against someone with 10 solid lineups that were put together with skill, and that the games till have to be played so at the end of the day any “Leak” wouldn’t necessarily amount to very much because the outcome can’t be physically changed like if a player were involved in the contest and was shaving points. It’s late, I’m rambling, but again , this is a great post and i needed to get this off my chest and do feel we need to band together and define ourselves and not let CNN or The New York Times do it for us.

  • mannmicj

    Thanks GBBengal55. It’s my first blog, but I had to get it out. I’m tired of all the negative. We have an awesome community and someone needs to standup for it. That someone is ALL of us. The sites are going to do what they do, WE are the voice. One bump in the road can’t keep us all down.

  • breadman_walkin

    You should be on our defense team. Great post. I don’t understand what the big deal is anyway. Like GBbengal55 said, the low owned player still has to perform. There are surprises every week in the sporting world. I give you Matt Jones. I heard of him, but how could anyone know he was going to go off like he did a couple of weeks ago. These bureaucrats sit in their offices and make mountains out of molehills, and we need well spoken people like yourself to stand up for the industry. I don’t rely on the industry to support my family, but I love playing it, and I appreciate the opportunity to do something I love.

  • mannmicj

    Breadman_walkin – Thanks for the reply. You said, “I appreciate the opportunity to do something I love.” I think that’s a great statement, because it’s what got many of us into fantasy sports and DFS in the first place. It’s an awesome opportunity and we can’t let it slip through our fingers because some of the sites don’t run the tightest ship yet. In a world full of negative news, DFS and Fantasy sports is a place for us to seek fun and enjoyment away from those negatives. Now, we have been brought into the negative, when many of us just want to get back to making lineups and having fun going deep into research :)

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