It’s Not Fun – It’s Fantasy

People have this strange tendency for self-destruction, to imagine their worst fears on endless loop and lash out at loved ones and subscribe to email newsletters they don’t actually want to read. This isn’t having one too many at happy hour or putting off work for an extra hour of sleep. People, all people, do things that don’t feel good in the moment or pay off in the long run. It’s one of the mysteries that makes humanity both compelling and maddening.

What I am trying to say is, I cannot comprehend why we all keep playing fantasy football.

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Sports Gambling is Legal, and You Can Bet Change is on the Way

Hot off the top-of-the-inbox, it’s time for a back-and-forth breakdown of the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of legalized sports gambling. Game on!

AK:1 Welcome to the era of legalized sports betting! In a 6-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) and opened the door for an unprecedented transformation of American sports. There’s a ton to digest here – how sports themselves will change, the fan experience, the political consequences, the moral implications, the risk to my 401k account – but before we dig into the feast, allow me to set the table.

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Drafting Winners for the 2018 MLB Season

Before the 2017 playoffs kicked off, I wrote the story of my lifelong love affair with baseball. Though filled with heartbreak, the tale ended with hope that this would finally be the year my hometown Dodgers tasted championship nirvana. The story was titled Your Annual Reminder that Baseball is Needlessly Cruel, a nod to the uniquely unpredictable nature of America’s pastime come October.  

In hindsight, this was foreshadowing.

A few weeks later, that story ended in a Los Angeles sports bar. Surrounded by the people I love most – I even dragged my Dad along – the Houston Astros ripped my soul out of the heart that Yu Darvish tore from my chest in the 2nd inning. It was a bad time.

6 months later, it’s time to start anew – whether my battered spirit is ready or not. With the 2018 MLB season around the corner, I’ve rounded up the gang for a draft-style preview of the upcoming action. The four of us took turns in a 6-round snake draft with the goal of selecting the group of teams that will total the most wins at the end of the year.1

Without further ado, let’s get back on that horse and get ready for yet another year of baseball:

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