Football season is BACK!!! I know that not all of our customers really care or keep up with what is going on in the National Football League…. But I DO! Along with this comes the hobby/obsession with Fantasy Football. I will admit that I myself am a fantasy junkie, a nerd, but also a king. While I am not very involved in the MySpace community and only slightly in the LinkedIn community I am proud to be a member of the vast and consistently growing FFL community.
(Note: you can check out our SL Facebook world at http://www.facebook.com/SoftLayer)
We have been able to form an office Fantasy Football League that consists of Accounting, Development, Marketing, and SLales staff are all involved. We have called the league the Fantasy Layer, and many of us have our teams named after characters or minor points from the movie “Office Space”. Characters like Milton, Lumbergh, and Lawrence (the guy who lives next door that you can hear through the wall) to simple things like the red swingline stapler and the fax machine that never works are all involved in some pretty creative team names.
60% of our league has never played before and this is their first crack at it ever. Even though we are only one week into the season there has already been a lot of entertainment based on the name of our league alone. If I can help it there may be a good deal of trash talk coming very soon.
Like with most internet communities you can put endless amounts of time into fantasy football leagues, or very little. I have put a good deal of my off time into researching the teams I have put together this year and I feel confident about them. Even more rewarding is that the efforts I have made are not only to my benefit, but Michael Miller has directly made use of my research and through him even my own Vice President (Steven Canale) was able to benefit second hand. I am happy to say that we have all gotten off on the right foot and are dominating our leagues so far.
Note: When I say dominating I don’t mind beating my chest a little bit in telling the rest of my league that “This is the greatest team ever assembled, and I will teach you the meaning of the word Fear”.
And now coming back down to earth…
Fantasy Football is completely hit or miss. I get it. I used to be a complete cynic before seeing the light by getting involved. Still even though this type of thing isn’t for everyone (nor is it meant to be) it is a good example of how the internet has grown in the past couple of years. The internet and internet based communities have moved beyond the realm of the stereotypical geeks and created entire new geek realms bringing us all closer together. For some, these types of on line communities are the only reason that they even log on to the internet or have any reason to associate with it. The thing that seems to continually tie new people into the fold are the common interests and sharing of information. I know that if we continue to share what we have found in our own experiences we will continue to attract more people to be a part of what we are involved in ourselves.
I encourage everyone to share and invite new people to be a part of what they already know and involved in, but for now I am just looking forward to Week 2 of the NFL season.