People will do
crazy things to play and to win fantasy football. Here's proof
THERE IS no
shortage of megastaked fantasy football leagues catering to fancy-pants high
rollers. These leagues pit thousands of strangers--over the Internet--against
thousands of other strangers and typically pay out millions of dollars. More
often, though, fantasy is not about ultrahigh stakes, but about dedication,
fanaticism, rule book idiosyncrasies and winnings that are relative chump
change (especially when considered on a per-hour basis). Here are five leagues
whose spirit takes fantasy football to our kinds of extremes.
Could it be long
before "full fantasy disclosure" becomes a wedding-vow standard? In
2005 five HJFFL members gathered to watch Super Bowl XXXIX with their better
halves. Talk quickly turned to the just-ended fantasy season and its $12,000
payout. One opponent asked the champion, "How did you spend your
money?" The answer came from the champ's wife, who until then hadn't been
privy to the league's high stakes. The cash, she declared, would go toward a
Viking stove and granite kitchen countertops--and the champ would never play
How did you spend
your summer? In 1999 Quince brethren (all Phi Kappa Psis from George
Washington) spent theirs concocting what they've come to call The Constitution.
Seven years later their rule book is a monstrous 81 pages. Some elements:
franchise and transition tags, practice squads and a two-round rookie draft.
Not surprisingly, three members of the league became lawyers.
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