Top Six Songs For Your Fantasy Football Draft Party
If you are somehow unaware because you aren't one of 30 million Americans who play -- or one of the millions more who aren't sleepwalking through life -- fantasy football allows us all to become NFL general managers. We select our fantasy squads by choosing from real-life players like Arian Foster (highly coveted) and Tim Tebow (read a newspaper, fool, he got cut). Their on-field results are tallied and, just like real life, the team with the higher score wins.
I've enjoyed playing fantasy football, but the best part of it all is the draft, particularly if you're playing in a league with friends and acquaintances. If you're doing that, you'll probably have a gathering with guacamole and chips and beer and cigars and, hopefully, music.
I recommend picking Jay Cutler as your starting QB (it says here the Chicago Bears will win the NFC with a new and potent offense) and playing these songs at your draft party:
MC Frontalot, "Nerd Versus Jock"
Fantasy football may be so popular because of a rivalry that goes at least as far back as high school -- nerd versus jock. Like that old movie, fantasy football is the true nerd's revenge. You don't need the body of a J.J. Watt or Adrian Peterson to play fantasy football. It probably helps if you are an avid reader and know your sines from your cosines, though.
Nerdcore rap master MC Frontalot breaks it down by reminding the former team captain, "You were always the IBM; I was always the Tandy." But, in the real, numbers-driven world of fantasy football, "Look at now: demand for nerds. Old jocks: stock on clearance."
If you dominated the gridiron in your glory days but annually scrape together fewer wins than the Jaguars and the Chiefs combined last year (four), your fantasy football peers may be playing this song just for you.
Joe Jackson, "Got the Time"
Even among the best of friends, with plenty of good food and drink around, the most exasperating person at the draft table is the one who waits until the last possible second to make a selection. Maybe he's the guy with the weak wireless connection that keeps dropping during his pick. Or maybe he really just can't choose between Danny Amendola and Hakeem Nicks (pick Amendola -- Tom Brady won't have so many options with Rob Gronkowski injured and Aaron Hernandez in the slammer).
"Got the Time" should be played every time this wavering fellow's team is on the clock. If he's not particularly well-liked, go with the more aggressive version by Anthrax.
Lady Gaga, "Applause"
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The NFL has worked hard in recent years to embrace female football fans. Is it working? Did you get your fantasy football ass handed to you last season by someone named Martha or Kimberly? Yeah, it's working.
According to The New York Times, 43 million women watched the Super Bowl last year. Most estimates say six million women will play in a fantasy football league this year. They don't need a league or their own. They're coming to win yours, bro.
Spin some Lady Gaga for your FF sisters. But don't get it twisted -- they're not just there for the applause. They came to win the money.
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