Saturday, August 9, 2008

The "fantasy nerds live in their Mom's basement" meme must be stopped!

Scott Van Pelt offered up this gem yesterday on his radio show (I'm paraphrasing):

They're called fantasy sports for a reason. Fantasy. They're not real. If you're going to play fantasy sports you might as well put on a Darth Vader helmet and dress up in your mom's basement. You. are. a. dork.

Oh *SNAP*! If you play fantasy sports, you live in your Mom's basement! Of course! The irony of Scott Van Pelt, who is a professional sports broadcaster (meaning he spent his career on something that, in the grand scheme of things, means pretty darn little) making such a comment is delicious. Or, maybe the truth hurts.


JR Ewing said...

Maybe the key word in fantasy sports that Scott missed is FAN. I enjoy fantasy sports for several reasons, but one of the biggest is that it helps me keep up with all of the players on all of the teams. That makes me a better, more knowledgeable fan more apt to watch the Pirates play the Astros.

Also funny is that most of the guys I play in leagues with played sports at least in high school if not through college.

But if Scott feels the only way for him to feel adequate as a man is to alienate a large segment of sports fans, then I guess he's free to do that. So preach on Scott.

Bob Taylor said...

I've heard this tired argument before, and it's ridiculous. In the age of free agency, crybaby players, little hometown loyalty, and, in baseball, the gap between haves (Yankees) and have nots (Pirates), sometimes I think fantasy sports is the only thing that keeps real-world sports popular.

For some reason, there are a lot of sports broadcasters/commentators who feel threatened by that.

Anonymous said...

Rupert Murdoch spends hours in his Mom's Basement each week. Its very expensive and located on West 22nd Street, right next to The Dungeon.