Dr. Rottencrotch wrote:
The reason that I posted this was because my friends and I were discussing the old days and this topic came up. I have been a long time reader and knew that this would be the perfect forum for this inquiry. We have all been in leagues for 10+ years and we were talking about the days when the Commish had to get the paper and compile all of the scores, receive the phone calls for transactions, and appease the owners who felt that they were getting screwed. I agree that you can win w/o the internet but it would take insane dedication. I also think that the internet has made it really easy for a casual fan to seem like a fantasy expert.
Thanx for the welcome mystykeokaki. My brother and his friends are huge Vikes fans and can't wait until the norsemen arrive in Buffalo. Thank you also, onnestabbe, Dan Lambskin, and moonhead for your input.
It's all about a level playing field. Back in the old school days before the internet was widely used, everyone did use the mags and papers.
Nowadays, everyone has a computer and access to the internet. If not at home, at work... so using the superior media as far as speed, quantity and accessibility is a no brainer.
Things have evolved and to go old school to try and prove a point would be pretty silly and sad. Especially in a money league.
Here's an analogy that I think will drive my point home:
Let's say a modern day nfl team had a tough guy RB. That tough guy decides to try and prove how tough he his by putting on a leather helmet and circa 1920's pads and gear and challenging the defense of his team in modern helmets and pads to tackle him on a dozen running plays during practice.
So what will happen here? This RB is going to end up with some serious bruises or a concussion and what has he proved? Everyone who witnessed this display just kind of shakes their head. He survived.. sure, but he would have been running a lot more confidently and not been as sore if he just used modern equipment. No one is impressed by this show of bravado and the RB was running so scared that he braced himself for impacts and didn't pick up the same amount of yards that he would have with proper equipment.
So to answer the question directly, YES I think it is possible to use mags and newspapers w/o internet and compete with people using the internet for their information. So you will survive, but you really squander your chances of winning the league when you could have been much more competitive if you just played on the a level playing field with all the other teams.