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Injuries, Freak Athletes, and A Fantasy World

Levi ChappellComment
Injuries, Freak Athletes, and A Fantasy World

My wife and I had an awesome weekend trip up to Seattle to watch the Seahawks play the Chiefs. I got to see up close and personal how hard these guys work, how fast and strong they are, and how at any given moment, a player's career can end. 

Let me first start by saying how amazing it is to watch live football again. It has gotten tougher every year to make the trek up to Seattle or down to San Francisco or Oakland to watch a game. So when the opportunity actually arose to watch live football, Katlin and I were definitely up for it! We were lucky enough to sit in the first row, right behind the chiefs bench.

It is easy to forget how large these human beings are when you are watching them on a screen. It is seriously alarming how huge these men are when you get close to them.. The offensive linemen are gigantic, the running backs are jacked, and heck... even the punters are super built. It was awesome being able to watch these freak athletes so closely on the field.

We all know, in the preseason, the main objective is to finish the game with no injuries. Which is tough to avoid in any game, let alone a game played by super athletic figures. Unfortunately, we had a clear view to see Spencer Ware go down and stay down for quite a while until the cart came out. When I saw that injury, it reminded me what a violent game football is. These men hit each other as hard as possible for a living.

I absolutely love football and it is the most exciting sport in the world. Lets not forget that when a player is listed as "Out" on your fantasy roster, there is no need to get upset and hurl insults at that player.

The phrase "injury prone" gets tossed around a lot in the NFL. The funny part about that term is that every human on earth would be "injury prone" if they had a 260 pound man running at a full sprint and tackling you in your midsection, or a 325 pound man using you as a cushion when he lands on the turf. 

I have had quite a few ACL injuries, which means I definitely fall into the "injury prone" category. I didn't even have large, athletic men trying to kill me when I injured myself either. I was playing on a hardwood court that felt like cement the first time I tore my ACL. The 2nd time I injured myself, I was playing against some super athletic ballers (a high school JV squad). Needless to say... I wouldn't last more than a down in the NFL, so why don't we lighten up a bit on the players. 

Let's not forget that these are real people getting injured. They are more than names on a fake roster. So if you take one thing away from this blog, remember this... Fantasy Football is not real, its a fantasy world. Have fun and don't take it too seriously.