Newsflash: You’re Old If You Remember These 8 Fantasy Football Items
I’m going on my 26th year of playing Fantasy Football – would you believe I started when I was one year old? No? OK, well, let’s say I’m old. I’ve seen a lot. I was around when guys like Scott Mitchell, Leroy Hoard and Dave Krieg were Fantasy Football relevant!
So I thought, as we get closer to the 2015 NFL Preseason, it would be fun to take a look back at some old Fantasy Football things.
Gauging Your Age According to These 8 Fantasy Football Items
If you were a Fantasy Football boy band, would you be more like One Direction, Backstreet Boys or New Kids on the Block?
Were you around for the original iteration of RotoWire.com? Peter Schoenke and Jeff Erickson are innovators, and they helped create the world’s first Fantasy Sports news service. It was news that affected Fantasy Football owners – and that was a game-changer.
These guys had Head-to-Head Fantasy Baseball back before it became popular everywhere else, helping invite many non-Fantasy people into the game without the oddity of Rotisserie play. They got into Fantasy Football, too, but it wasn't as good.
Greg Ambrosius was the editor of this Fantasy Baseball/Sports Magazine for 22 years, and eventually moved over to Stats.com and the NFFC and NFBC. But this magazine, along with Fantasy Index (see Vine below), were the best magazines early on.
Remember newsgroups? This was pretty much post-chat rooms, but it was the precursor to social media. Forums where the world could go and get bullied! If you remember these newsgroups, then you remember guys like Maximum Guru, Bubba and current ESPN writer Todd Zola!
This was one of the bigger Fantasy sites back in the day, built by Rob Phythian and Paul Charchian and others. To be honest, I was never a big fan. But they built a huge audience in multiple sports and published magazines.
You might love you some FootballGuys.com – but before Black-Eyed Joe was there, Joe Bryant had Cheatsheets.net going.
While this website is still around, it’s different than what it once was. Greg Kellogg was the very first online Fantasy Football expert that I remember reading. Basically, he wrote a newsletter that was posted online each week in the mid-‘90s I believe. He’s still around, of course, writing and hosting podcasts, but he never got, in my opinion, full credit for what he did for the industry back then. Sure, he’s a first-ballot FSWA Hall of Famer, but not enough current writers/players know who he is and why he’s important.
This was an online sports news site that blew away ESPN as the worldwide leader, and eventually, CBS bought them out, and turned it into CBSSports.com. But SportsLine bought Commissioner.com, which was one of the first/best online commissioner products in the ‘90s.
@davidgonos you could have included the USA Today, a pencil and fax machine too.
— Steve Gallo (@SteveGalloNFL) July 30, 2015
How’d you do? Are there some old Fantasy Football things I forgot to mention?
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