Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"You know we're living in a society!"

If you can identify where this post’s title comes from, kudos to you for what I would call an immense knowledge of Seinfeld. If you can’t, you can go here to see George utter these words in some compiled clips of The Chinese Restaurant from season 2 of the greatest comedy ever.

Anyway, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve moved since then, and for a while I was without Internet. I should probably do a post on how ridiculous the price of internet is, but that’s not the biggest thing crawling under my skin at the moment. No, I’ve got another itch to scratch right now.

We like to think we’re pretty easy going here at Let’s Be Logical. I live under the belief that I’m mostly in charge of my own attitude and happiness. I don’t have to let my situation dictate how I feel. Yes, life is tough and sometimes you get dealt a terrible hand, but for the most part we can choose whether or not to be happy.

With that being said, there are still things in life that frustrate me, that make me yell, “You know we’re living in a society!”

Today, I’m yelling that at non-existent fantasy baseball players. These are the people that draft a team and never check it again or lose interest after a few weeks. I know no one likes hearing about anyone else’s fantasy teams, but I need to show you what I’m dealing with.

In my Yahoo! fantasy baseball league (where I’m currently tied for 1st, by the way) there are 12* teams. I use an asterisk because the commissioner had to draft a second team, which he named “whoyoucallingaNYJER?” because he couldn’t find 11 other people to participate. At least, that’s what I’m assuming he did because whoyoucallingaNYJER is quite possibly the worst fantasy baseball team of all time. Not only is it 0-17, it’s only scored 1568.7 points all year. To put that in perspective, the second worst team in the league, the aptly named “KennyPowersAll-Stars”, is 1-16 with 4783.66 points. That’s a 3,000+ point spread between 11th and 12th place! There’s only a 2,200 point spread between 1st and 11th.

That’s not where my beef lies, though. At least the commissioner (assumingly) drafted that terrible team on purpose and isn’t trying to use it to help his other team win. My beef is that among the other 11 teams, only 3 have made moves in the past week, only 4 since July 18, and only 6 since June 3. Three of the teams haven’t done anything at all or since April, the first month of the MLB season.

For a 12 team league, that’s ridiculous, even if one team is a dummy team. I know the season is long, but guess what, it’s been 162 games for both leagues since 1962. You should know that going into the fantasy season. If you don’t think you can keep up with it the entire season then don’t play. I know it’s no fun if your team sucks, but you know what else sucks? When I can’t make any trades because ¾ of the league has quit paying attention. Besides, your team may not suck so badly if you actually checked on it every now and then.

While it’s not a serious one, joining a league, especially with people you know, is still a commitment. Not paying attention to your team makes playing less fun and more difficult for those actually involved in the league. If you’re one of these people, I’m not asking you to start paying more attention (although that would be wonderful), I’m asking you to do the rest of us a favor and asking you to quit fantasy sports altogether.


  1. Well, this kills my "Let me play Fantasy Football and try it!" argument with my husband. You convinced me. I give.

  2. I completely agree. I have been appalled by the lack of interest in the league. It makes me not want to play anymore. At the very least, you and I need to try to work our way into a hardcore league. Something has to give.

  3. Too bad we don't have enough friends that would actually put forth some effort. Actually, it's not too bad, I'm very happy with the number of friends I have. But I won't do this again next year.

    Abby, I'm all for people trying fantasy sports out. Just promise me that you won't totally give up halfway through the season if your team is 2-6. You don't have to be totally committed, just check your team once a week to make sure no one has offered you a trade or that one of your players are out for the year. Once the trade deadline passes, you can check it even less.