High School Fantasy Football

Emily Rodrigues, Opinion Editor

Draft day. The moment when many brave men and women fight to get their players, make the perfect team, and have an excuse to talk about nothing else but football until after the Super Bowl. The ultimate battle of fictitious teams, friends against friends, and a hard diet of potato chips and root beer. (Yes, root beer is how you know this is serious business.) So, let’s create a scenario of epic proportions… Bingham’s quarterback, Copper Hills’ kicker, and a Herriman linebacker… all on the same team.

Yeah okay, I know that was a total microphone drop moment for all you football loving students, and not in a good way. Think about it; High school Fantasy Football. Joining together all the high schools around in Utah and letting the students create their own dream team. Yes, I know the rivalries are there for a reason and that there is no way that Bingham’s team is going to play with Copper Hills and vice versa. (Because we are way better. I mean what?) However, they wouldn’t actually have to play together, just continue to get good stats when playing against the other teams.

For those of you who don’t know what Fantasy Football is, or why it’s a big deal, let me explain. Especially if this will explain to you why your dad and his buddies yell at the television a little more during some games rather than others. Google’s dictionary definition of Fantasy Football is, “A competition in which participants select imaginary teams from among the players in a league and score points according to the actual performance of their players.” Essentially, people build the perfect imaginary team out of real players and try to beat their besties by having the best scores and stats by the end of the season. Why not get Bingham into that action?

Davin Olsen, a cornerback for Bingham’s football team said, “Wow, that actually sounds really fun, I never thought about that.” While talking with Olsen I then proposed that maybe more students would become more involved in football or come to more games to watch the players on their teams do their stuff. Olson said, “ I don’t think it would necessarily draw more people because not everyone is into that stuff, but I do think that it will keep the people who do come more excited and present at all the games.”

I bet you didn’t think it was possible that the student section could ever get any more excited and crazy. Also, I guess that would mean instead of sneaking a text to your friend over on the next bleacher, all those secretly lit screens during the halftime show will be to check stats and plan total football domination. So what do you think Bingham? Could you draft a perfect team and show your friends that you too can enjoy some good ole’ fashioned competition?