My group of friends would make predictions on the outcomes of each game.It was nowhere near as complex a pastime as modern-day online fantasy sports where leagues can be set up with complicated scoring schemes and where you need to coordinate schedules to conduct an online draft (finding a time that fits into multiple time zones and after-school activity schedules).
That’s not to say we cannot remind them that they did suffer and that they should be compassionate.
But maybe the overthink-everything side of me could take a vacation here. Appreciating Individuals Growing up, I played my own version of fantasy football.
They are flexing their moral muscles, and while I don’t always know what they ultimately decide, the fact that they are continuing to have these discussions and are concerned as much with being fair as with winning reminds me why I still half-listen to these commute-time chats: because I have the opportunity to gently nudge them with a well-timed suggestion if they get too win-hungry. Humanity in Competition The benefit, and bane, of playing fantasy sports with school friends or family members is that everyone knows one another.
A little friendly trash talk can be funny if tastefully done, but in the end, kids are less likely to resort to meanness or over-competitiveness if they actually know the other people in the league.
We know that kids are incredibly focused on fairness.
Asking them to consider whether the NFL ruled correctly in a certain situation offers them a chance to recognize that life isn’t always fair, that there is room for improvement in society, and that just because a company offers glitz and glamour, it doesn’t make them a moral authority.
For the second year in a row, my three sons are in two fantasy football leagues–one with their friends, and one with extended family.
So now, well into the season, I have to ask myself (as I do with every parenting decision) whether I made the right choice.
There are stories both good and bad, and anything that reminds kids that teams are made up of individuals is okay by me. Analytical Skills Before the draft, my kids did research.
They looked online at reliable sources to assemble a roster of players they’d like to draft, plus backups in case their choices were unavailable.
Each week, they review their lineup, monitor the injured reserve list and bye weeks, strength of opponents, and other crap I don’t have the patience to check myself (which could explain why my team is 4-6), and make adjustments.