Once again, I stand before you awaiting judgment for my woeful lateness to the party on two major online trends. The first, I actively avoided. The second, I simply had no motivation. Both are time-consuming F’s. I’m talking FourSquare and fantasy football. I picked up these dirty habits over the long weekend, after a round of way too much convincing by drunk friends. I’ve had a few people hounding me to join FourSquare for a while, but I’d been steering clear of it from day one. I remember when it first came out, and the whole idea of check-ins seemed creepy.
As for the fantasy football, I’ll admit to not being a die-hard football fan in the first place. Sure, I enjoy a good game, and I’ll watch whatever we get on the local networks during the season, but I don’t have any hardcore team allegiances. I always wind up looking like a major amateur when I have to answer the "who’s your team" question with a response like "I dunno, I kind of like ‘em all" or "depends on who’s playing," which are both true, but don’t go a very long way toward credibility. And as much as I follow games (when I can), I don’t have the head for names and statistics required for running a full-on fantasy football team.
All those creepy FourSquare prejudices evaporated in the face of many glasses of various drinks on Saturday, and I fired up the FourSquare app on my phone and got to work. By the end of the weekend, I was checking in to shit like a madman. I can see why people enjoy jockeying with their friends, and there is a much more ‘gamey’ type value to it versus Facebook’s rather weak ‘Places’ system (which, incidentally, the company just killed off). Yeah, I know a lot of you have been rocking out as mayors of half of Lackawanna County while I’m sitting here in the dark ages, but whatever. I’m coming for you now!
Sensing their victory in whittling down my issues with FourSquare, my friends took the opportunity to pounce on an easy 20 bucks – by convincing me I wouldn’t need to invest giant amounts of time to have "fun" in fantasy football. Clearly their idea of "fun" is me giving up a Jackson, then watch as they micromanage their fine-tuned teams while I forget to login and leave half my team on the bench. The draft is Thursday, just before the start of the season, and I’m trying to do my best at figuring out the whole pre-ranking thing so I wind up with some actual decent players. With my luck, I’ll get excellent picks and all of them will be injured in the first week.
So yeah, welcome to 2009 on the FourSquare thing, and for the fantasy football thing, what, like 1999?
I’d like to say I bide my time on these trends, but truth be told I’m always reluctant to start these kinds of activities. I either wind up going too overboard too early and flaming out, or I don’t dive in wholeheartedly enough to make it something of lasting interest. I guess we’ll have to check back in on these things come February (Super Bowl Sunday is Feb. 5).
Maybe by then I’ll be the mayor of my fantasy football league, or something crazy like that.