It’s the day you’ve been waiting for few several days now, preparing your team for the season-long grind, hoping that you have what it takes to knock off your tough opponent this week. This is the life of any athletic coach, but also the life of more than 19 million fantasy football owners across the country, according to an MSNBC article. It all starts will the highly anticipated preseason draft and then the grueling process of choosing your lineup for the year. The tough decisions don’t end here as you ponder team names such as “Burressted Development,” “No Punt Intended,” and “The Big Tebowski.” Once you have your funny, lame, or downright cruel (but hilarious) team name set, you focus on the technical aspects of being a fantasy owner. The difficult decisions you face might include questions like, ‘do I start Steven Jackson or Matt Forte as my second running back?’, ‘who should I pick up off waivers for my defense?’, and ‘I wonder if that girl will go out with me if she sees how my fantasy team does this week.’ While the last one might be a no-brainer, it’s a detailed search through fantasy football columns and rankings all over the web to gain confidence in your selections. While you do pay attention to the rankings for the coming week, you don’t let that change your gut instinct on a player too much. After this it’s then just a waiting game and you visualize the possible outcomes until the big day rolls around. The best day of the week as a fantasy owner is finally here. It’s time to sit back and put your own personal allegiances to the side for the betterment of your fantasy team. You cheer for the Seahawks, but hope Sidney Rice doesn’t score a touchdown because he’s on your opponent’s team. You want the ‘Hawks to win, but by a score of 3-0 because you have the Giants defense. It’s this kind of cruel grip that fantasy football has on its die-hard owners. The games aren’t watched for pure enjoyment, they’re watched as a scout, eyeing the top performer who might be on the waiver wire and sizing up your own players for the week. The highest achievement as an owner can be smothering your opponent and having the highest amount of points in the league for the week. The biggest disappointment for an owner might not be a bad performance by their team, but the nagging regret of benching one of the day’s top performers. The daily player tracking, ESPN watching, and social life ignoring pays off with a big win and a rub in the face of that buddy who swore he was gonna beat you this week. So why do millions every year get wrapped up in this fictional fad? It’s two things that American’s love all in one: football and gambling. It’s more than just a fantasy game, its Joe Beerbelly being a part of the game and getting the chance to be a general manager and call all the shots. It’s just too bad the guys playing fantasy football are usually the ones playing fantasy girlfriend also.