What's more fun: fantasy sports or actual sports? | The Tylt
For the last decade, fantasy sports have seemingly become as important to fans as the real sports they are based on. Instead of checking for scores on their favorite teams, people are scouring the stat lines to see if their fantasy teams survived another week. With a more interactive format and bragging rights on the line, some feel that fantasy sports have become more important and more fun. Still, others prefer to root for teams and players who actually represent their cities and fans on a field of play. What do you prefer?
What's more fun: fantasy sports or actual sports?
Let's face it: 99.5 percent of the population won't know what it's like to score a touchdown, hit a three-point or smash a home run at the professional level. Those in the mortal population won't truly know the thrill of those sports moments, but what they can wrap their heads around is outsmarting their friends and coworkers in their knowledge of sports. That's where fantasy sports come in.
Fantasy gives fans a tangible way to be involved in the game without having to be in the game. The success of your team mostly hinges on your knowledge of the sport and making the best decisions based on the information you have. Rooting for real teams is frustrating because your happiness is affected by the decisions of others. At least in fantasy sports, there is a level of control of your own destiny. Plus, it doesn't hurt to claim superiority over your friends for something.
Fantasy sports is way more fun.
There's nothing fun about sitting behind a computer or constantly checking your phone to see how your fantasy team is doing. Instead of freely rooting for a team that represents your city or what you stand for, you're confined to a digital prison where your happiness is dependant on adds, drops, trades, trends and playing the right players, leaving you stressed from the first game of the week to the last. What sort of life is that?!
Fantasy sports are fine, but there is nothing like loyally sticking by a team and watching players you've seen grow under the care of your franchise. Seeing your actual team succeed gives you immeasurable thrills and a team that gives you a community. Fantasy sports is a lonely activity where no two teams are the same where you get your jollies from beating someone. Rooting with millions of people for a common team is a more collective experience that can uplift you rather than isolate you.
Fantasy is fine, but there's nothing quite like rooting for an actual team.