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Do You Participate in Fantasy Sports Leagues? [POLL]

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Football season is around the corner. In fact, there are only two games left in the NFL preseason. As we count down the days until opening kick-off, thousands and thousands of people are trying to figure out who they are going to draft in their fantasy football league draft.

These people, mostly football fans, but also individuals who enjoy gambling a bit and those who are just looking to try something new, will have a chance to draft the best of the best in the NFL to their team to try to score more points than their league opponent. The winner of a fantasy football league usually wins some money, at least a majority of the amount that every participant put into the pool at the beginning of the season.

Up until about five years ago, fantasy sports seemed to be reserved for the die-hard fans. Those who followed the team day-in and day-out. As fantasy football gained in popularity, fantasy baseball, hockey and basketball followed. Now we even have fantasy golf!

The seemingly over-specific demographic that fantasy sports once catered to is a thing of the past. Now, men and women of all ages, with varying interest in sports partake in this yearly ritual. Are you one of those people, or do you prefer to just root for your favorite team on the field and leave it at that?

As much of a sports fan as I am, I had a hard time in the beginning giving rooting interest to individual players who weren’t on my favorite team. I’m a huge New York Giants fan but when there aren’t many options for quarterbacks left in the third round, I might have to pick Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys.

By now I’ve adapted to it. I can’t imagine any football season without checking my starting lineup like it’s the Bible. We have a New Jersey 101.5 fantasy football draft in a couple of weeks. I’m almost as excited for that as I am for opening week when the Giants take on the Cowboys.

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