First Time Friday’s- Fantasy Football, You’re Hooked and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It
Fantasy, fantasy, fantasy football, the biggest money maker next to the NFL, which is fantasy football for billionaires. For reals doh, look at the 30 for 30 on Jimmy Johnson becoming the Cowboys head couch. Here it is below if you want to watch it, I mean, what else you doin’? Nuttin, dats wut…
Jimmy Johnsons becomes the Dallas Cowboys head couch and decides to trade Herschel Walker, their best player. THE best player the Cowboys have, and the sports world was like, “Jimmy Johnson is one short fool!” He traded Herschel for five garbage players, you’ve never heard of, to play the long game. Trade after trade, for years, before Jimmy lands Emmit Smith, Troy Aikman and several other winners to land the championship, Super Bowl winning team in the 90’s.
The addiction is real, once it has you, that’s it. Fantasy Football for life, but there has to be a hook. Fantasy Football by itself doesn’t work, anymore. That’s why you have Draft Kings, exists. Ever wondered how it started? No? Well, you’re here so there no stopping your eyes and brain now.
Modern fantasy football can be traced back to the late Wilfred “Bill the Gill” Winkenbach, an Oakland area businessman and a limited partner in the Oakland Raiders. In a New York hotel room during a 1962 Raiders eastern cross-country trip, Winkenbach, along with Raiders Public Relations man Bill Tunnel and Tribune reporter Scotty Stirling, developed a system of organization and a rulebook, which would eventually be the basis of modern fantasy football.
The inaugural league was called the GOPPPL (Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League), and the first draft took place in the rumpus room of Winkenbach’s home in Oakland, California in August 1963. The league consisted of eight members, made up of administrative affiliates of the AFL, pro football journalists, or someone who had purchased or sold 10 season tickets for the Raiders’ 1963 season. Each roster consisted of the following in the GOPPPL: two quarterbacks, four halfbacks, two fullbacks, four offensive ends, two kick/punt returners, two field goal kickers, two defensive backs/linebackers and two defensive linemen. The current GOPPPL roster now includes: two quarterbacks, four halfbacks, six wide receivers/tight ends, two kickers, two defensive backs, one return team, and a bonus pick for any position. As of 2012, the GOPPPL celebrated its 50th season and it still maintains its TD-only scoring heritage.
I never gave two, dark, smokey hot shits about fantasy football. The first one I was in, I auto drafted my way to first place and won the league that year. I did it two more times afterwards, same strategy, lost both times, then gave it up. Now that Podaholics has this Fantasy league, were the goal is to win and talk mad shit to the people you are closes too, I’m in. The first time I’m stuck on my league app, add dropping, studying that fucking waiver wire thing, it’s like when I used to trade Marvel superhero cards. REMEBER THAT?! Marvel had dope trading cards with cool art of characters like Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron-Man etc… They had silver cards that were thick as fuck, took up the whole pack of cards. Same thing, fantasy football is the same as Marvel trading cards. Make sure you check out our Rough Draft article every Thursday and watch with us on Sunday’s.