Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Oh, (Big) Brother

Let me start this post by saying, I loathe Fantasy Football and things of that nature. Drafts, trades, injuries, touchdowns — I know several males obsessed with checking their stats and even participate in multiple leagues. If I remember correctly, my older brother is one of those people (Ashley, feel free to comment and verify). Chris even had a Dallas Cowboys groom's cake at his wedding. Let's just say his bride was being gracious, although the little football chocolate covered strawberries were adorable!

All of this brings me to one point, I can't imagine being that into something. I love to cook, read, go to the lake and socialize, but it's really the meshing of all those things that makes me who I am. With Fantasy Football — or football in general — men become one-track minded for several months. It makes me wonder, is their anything I enjoy so much that it could become my solitary focus?

However, I am a woman, like most, of contradictions. Enter, Big Brother 11 Fantasy League. Allow me to explain. It's far less complicated than fantasy sports. You simply pick three players, watch the show and check your stats (OK, that sounds a lot like fantasy sports). But it's really rather simple — and more entertaining. Ordinary stats are replaced with a point system based on whether or not someone kisses, gets in the hot tub, gets drunk, wins a competition and so forth.

This wouldn't be worth mentioning if it weren't for the fact that I adore Big Brother, while Ty hates it. We recorded Sunday's show, and I begged him to watch it last night. It didn't take much. After all, he owed me for sitting through all those episodes of "Ice Road Truckers." He sat patiently watching as I interjected my opinions about the players' strategies and slip-ups. About halfway through the show, I thought, "My behavior is probably annoying right now."

Could it be that I've become the thing I loathe the most? A Fantasy Freak?


Ashley said...

Hola Amiga!! yes your brother is in a fantasy football league, and I thought it was the stupidest thing imaginable. Until of course, I joined a BB team too.. Who's are you on ? Kate's ?
PS- The Cowboys cake was a lot better than it could have been.. wait til i tell you privately what someone i know is doing..

Marcus said...

Welcome to our world of fantasy goodness! Can I offer you a cold beverage?

* Dallas Cowboys groom's cake, interesting...

Stephanie Netherton said...

Ashley, I thought he was in one of those fantasy leagues. And you are right, the cake wasn't as bad as it could have been. We can all live with a blue star every now and then.

Yes, I am in Kate's league, "Hi Julie." The game is on.

Marcus, I'm going to tell her you said that.

Catherine said...

Haha...Good Luck Steph! I told Kate about our league because I know how much she loves BB, so we'll see whose league is the best! I'm leading ours as of today...I think Chima has potential for big points(verbal altercations, cussing, crying, etc.) if she sticks around.

Patrick said...

I knew things were getting interesting when I heard about a celebrity fantasy league based on getting magazine covers, news coverage, etc. It was specifically catering to women so I knew it would work. I don't know any women who don't love some Us Weekly or finding out with Britney is up to.

As for FF, I actually used to play in a ton of leagues, did basketball and baseball as well as football and was one of those obsessive types. I finally stopped doing basketball and baseball and am just sticking to football, where I am not overly obsessed. I just draft my team and try to run the best team out there I can. (Although now that I think about it, I did have a fantasy football dream last night...how weird!)