Tag: Fantasy Football

My Fantasy Football Team for the SPFL.

by on Sep.14, 2011, under Books, Comics, Entertainment, Gaming, Novels, Video Games

So as per my post yesterday, showing off Dan Well’s fantasy football team, I’ve decided to draft my own team in similar style. Afterall if there is only one team in the SPFL (Speculative Fiction Football League) (I would have claimed FFL but I suspect the NFL already has that as their acronym for fantasy football, right?) then Dan’s team would automatically win and we can’t have that, right?

So to be fair, I’ll be picking in a similar style to Dan Well’s choices and I will also not be able to pick any of the choices he has made.

So according to the snippets of football movies and televisions shows I’ve seen, the Coach is the guy who gets pissed off a lot on the side lines while their team sucks and then ultimately gets liquids poured on them when the team manages to come together and win, despite all the odds. I also think they plan the maneuvers the team does on the field, because I remember scenes of coaches pointing at Xs and Os a lot. So I need someone who is a master of strategy, and for flavor, I want someone who stays cool under pressure. First person that comes to mind is The Riddler but having my coach get beat up at half time by some lunatic in a bat costume (who isn’t a mascot!) would be bad press. There is, of course, Original Universe Spock, whose logic would likely benefit the team heavily but I suspect his cool demeanor would work against his ability to motivate the rest of the team. So ultimately my choice is going to have to come from Shikimaru from Naruto. Sure he is a little young to be a coach, but he is a master strategist. Additionally his usually lazy demeanor would keep him from getting overly heated when his team was losing while still motivating him and his ability to control shadows would keep this team from sneaking up behind him to pour liquids over his head.

So as Dan put it, the QB need to throw stuff and be a good field leader. I’ll translate good field leader into is good with tactics. Well the first choice is Waka from Final Fantasy X. Afterall he played in his world’s version of football called Blitz Ball, and his primary combat weapon is throwing a blitz ball at enemies. However I think he might be lacking in the tactics part, since his team kinda sucked until Tidus came along. Another good thrower would be Donkey Kong but I suspect his tactics would be to just throw passes or run the ball himself, which is tactically sound but not always preferable. I don’t want a QB who is predictable. So I will have to go with Link from Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past. Link is a weapon’s expert, well-known for his ability to throw both boomerangs, bombs, rocks, bushes, and even clay pots. In addition the man has saved the kingdom of Hyrule (and various other principalities) from evil multiple times over without a team or coaching, which would suggest excellent tactical capabilities.

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Putting a bit of fantasy into fantasy football

by on Sep.13, 2011, under Culture, Entertainment, Gaming, Writing

I like draft games. Particularly character based draft games. Or rather, I like watching people play character based draft games. I’ve never actually played in one. A character based draft game is where people pick a genre or story or series, and then select characters from it to form a team. Then, usually, you’re expected to explain how the team overcomes a series of obstacles presented by an independent referee, and if you’re feeling competitive, everybody votes on whose team did best.

Or if you’d prefer someone else to do all the obstacle calculations for you, you could play fantasy football, which is the exact same game, where the characters are limited to real life football players, and the obstacles are simulated football games that are played out automatically with other people in your game. I love the term fantasy football, because it draws attention to the geekier aspects of being a football fan. And, as the joke that is almost over done has pointed out, football fans are supposedly the antithesis of geeks/nerds/fans. Many people have pointed out the similarities between playing fantasy football and playing  board games, or drafting games, or even dungeons and dragons.

I bring up these topics because of a post made by Dan Wells on his blog, Fearful Symmetry. He has a passing familiarity with football, like I do, and decided to make up his own team, but instead of pulling from the usual set of characters, he pulled from characters that fantasy fans might find more familiar, like say Jedi, wizards, or aliens. This makes for a particularly humorous post which I invite you all to read:

Fantasy Football: finally a sport I can understand by Dan Wells [FearfulSymmetry.net]

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