Fantasy Football fans are known to be competitive, obsessive and downright fanatical, but some get a little too extreme. Just ask Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. He’s been receiving death threats.
Rice is what we like to call a “fantasy stud.” One of the best players in the real game of football and an even better one in the fake game. However, Rice is having a down year and the fantasy geeks have gone downright mad.
Rice – who is an admitted fantasy football fan- was a guest on ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt show Monday and shared his thoughts on Fantasy Football:
“I was a huge fan of it and this is one of the first times in many years that I’ve had to deal with a legit injury. Some of the hurtful stuff that you say — you realize it is something people get enthused about, roused about.
“[But] you just don’t say the kind of things — wish death upon people, go kill yourself. That kind of stuff just caught me by surprise. I’m so against [bullying], and I’m like, ‘Wow, these people are really trying to get to me.’
I can imagine a young kid going through that kind of stuff, where maybe they’re not the nicest kid in school or whatever. It threw me off guard because of what I stand for. You have to ask yourself, are you really living life for the right reasons?”
Fantasy Football is a fun a game. It is also a multi-million dollar, worldwide business. What it is not is a game of life and death.
It’s ok to be a fantasy junkie, but keep this in mind: Winning your Fantasy Football league is like showing off the third place karate trophy you won in fifth grade. Outside of the 12 people in your league, no one really cares.
Including Ray Rice.
And your girlfriend.
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