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Postby ScreamingWeasel » Tue Jun 03, 2003 5:37 am

Some of you here may never have played Fantasy Football before the internet.
You should get a kick out of this.


When I first started playing, almost NO one had a personal computer - and you played with guys you worked with, or that lived down the street, for reasons that will become obvious.

A typical week was like this:

Tuesdays were typically drop and add day. The commissioner had to call, that's right, call on the telephone, every owner in the league, (twice!), to see if they wanted to pick up any players for their roster. You got 2 each week, cost: 50 cents each. Took about all day - when the boss wasn't looking!

Thursdays you turned in your weekly starting line-up to the commish. That's right. On an actual piece of paper, LOL. Or by phone.

Fridays, the commish would type up a complete weekly league report, usually 3-4 pages long, showing league standings, results, line-ups, transactions, etc., xerox copies, staple 'em, and hand deliver one to each owner.

Mondays (and Tuesday mornings with MNF) were stats day.
You calculated your points, by hand, with a calculator, using the USAToday, or a local paper's, sports page.
Then you called your opponent to verify the scores and notified the commish.


It all seems funny now.
It was a tremendous amount of work for everyone - but especially for the commish. But in a lot of ways I miss it.
EVERY league was a $ league. NO one was crazy enough to do all that "just for the fun of it". LOL.
Entry fees were $50 to $100. Plus transaction fees. League "pots" were generally between $600 and $1200 so believe me, everyone was a serious player.
And the $ came in real handy as the payout was usually just before Christmas.

Now you know.
~Da Wease
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Postby Poobah » Tue Jun 03, 2003 7:46 am

Wease, our costs were lower, but our first season was just like that, only I allowed roster changes up until game time Sunday. So Sunday morning my phone was usually ringing off the hook.

Oh, and I did all the points for the league, and if owners were smart, they'd double check me...

Just thinking about it now makes me all nostalgic and tired at the same time :-t
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Tue Jun 03, 2003 8:32 am

Ahhh, Wease, The good 'ol days. Kinda brings a tear to my eye :,-( . Glad those days are over, but they were fun!
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Postby Homeless » Tue Jun 03, 2003 8:43 am

You see how the old guy completely over looked SUNDAY !!

Of course back then there were no TV's so you had to have someone attend each game and they all got to the various games driving in one of those cars made from rock with wooden wheels (flinstones style).

:-) Just kidding gramps ;-D
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Postby slowkidz » Tue Jun 03, 2003 9:09 am

Homeless wrote:You see how the old guy completely over looked SUNDAY !!

Of course back then there were no TV's so you had to have someone attend each game and they all got to the various games driving in one of those cars made from rock with wooden wheels (flinstones style).

:-) Just kidding gramps ;-D


LMAO!!! :-B
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Postby Canadian Seahawk » Tue Jun 03, 2003 10:31 am

funny I have a friend in a league where the commish WILL NOT convert to cpu friendly services,,,its done with a pen and a pad.........incredible.
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Postby Nfl Fan » Tue Jun 03, 2003 10:43 am

This will be my fifth year.

I remember how the guy who got me in said,
"It will completely change how you watch the game."

What an understatement!!!!!

I could never imagine hoping that Tiki Barber
would score against the Seahawks a couple years
ago with the playoffs on the line!!!!!!!!!!

It's sick, I tell you. Just sick.

For that reason.........
My team is called the Raider Haters in our league.
Can't have a Raider on my team. Just can't.
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Yo, Met... thanks for the sig! GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This NEVER gets old and neither does THIS!!
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Postby Guttpuppy » Tue Jun 03, 2003 11:04 am

I will be enetering my 11th season and can remember the days of grabbing a newspaper on Monday A.M.,then doing my stats on lunch break,sometimes earlier when I just couldn't wait...the latter was usually the case.I will continue to do my stats via the pen & paper although I now get them off of the internet.
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Postby ScreamingWeasel » Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:24 pm

Guttpuppy wrote:I will be enetering my 11th season and can remember the days of grabbing a newspaper on Monday A.M.

Right. You had to wait for the pterodactyl to deliver the Monday morning paper and the reason Sunday wasn't mentioned and a point missed by certain Pepsi Generation young whipper snappers with no respect for their elders.
:-) .
LMAO.
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Postby ScreamingWeasel » Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:27 pm

Poobah wrote:Wease, our costs were lower, but our first season was just like that, only I allowed roster changes up until game time Sunday. So Sunday morning my phone was usually ringing off the hook.

Oh, and I did all the points for the league, and if owners were smart, they'd double check me...

WOW! 8-o
Even I wasn't that crazy.
I wasn't having my Sunday mornings all telephoned up and NO way was I doing ALL the stats.
Holy Moley.
You were one hell of a nice-guy commish!
Salute!
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