New Intramural Sport May Be Most Challenging Yet

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Brian Neal, Sports Editor

The newest addition to intramural sports you can sign up for at Lewis University might just be the toughest yet. It’s as physically challenging as it is mentally, and the hours of preparation and dedication it will take over the course
of the entire semester is certain to take a toll.

In other words, I hope you didn’t sign up for this, because the pressure will be monumental.

Of course, that’s the case when you sign up for any Fantasy Football League anywhere.  That’s right, if you were one of the lucky 40 students to sign up before Sept. 3, you obtained the right to the fiercest competition offered here at Lewis.

Forget the rugby club, hockey team, basketball teams and the like; real soldiers fight it out over the virtual gridiron. And only the toughest will survive the 17-week battle to be named “THE 2013 BIG 40 FFL CHAMPION!” Their words, not mine.

Unfortunately, I didn’t hear about this amazing opportunity before the deadline.  However, I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones, meaning the 7,000 or so other students who won’t have to face the perilous journey of playing in a 40-team Fantasy Football League. That takes guts.

First off, if you haven’t partaken in FF before, there are several things you need to know in order to become a champion. There are hours of studying and research that go into successfully conducting a draft.

It’s not just looking up average draft position (ADP) lists or looking at stats, it’s studying game tape, looking at injury history and scouring every nook and cranny of the Internet for the answers. I mean, have you seen FX’s The League? This is not for the weak of heart.

Do you understand the toll that takes on not only the mind, but also your entire body?  Stress is the silent killer – as well as red meat, but we still love that too. Essentially, you don’t do this for fun. You do this because you’re a warrior.

What do you do if you have to choose between A.J. Green and Dez Bryant in the second round? Even worse, in round 14, do you pick the Bengals’ defense or the Patriots? Both are good, but whose schedule is weaker? Which squad has more depth in case of injuries?  Is one of their star players going through personal issues off the field that could detriment his success on it?
And that’s just the draft, never mind the heated waiver-wire battles every week after games.

These are serious questions, and can keep a person up to all hours of the night. Waiting.  Frightened. Confused. There is nothing more difficult in life.

So, while you’re worried about petty matters such as papers or tests this semester, remember what these people are going through, and how you’re one of the lucky ones.

Brian Neal
is a senior in his third year at Lewis University. Neal has a passion for sports, and one day hopes to be a prominent NFL and NBA analyst.

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