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Life is just a fantasy

Steve Yingling

Is your significant other suspiciously reading in their spare time for the first time in months? Does this person wake you out of a perfect sleep to ask if Randy Moss or Terrell Owens is the better receiver? Or has this person ever become hysterical after not being able to locate a cheat sheet at 8 o’clock on a Sunday morning?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then it’s probably too late. This person has a serious problem that has no known cure.

He or she is going to spend the next five months in a catatonic state, especially on Sundays and occasionally on Mondays. Nothing else will seem to matter until after Feb. 5.

You may see glimpses of the person you fell in love with – perhaps on the day that their No. 1 pick scores five touchdowns and rushes for 233 yards.

But the harsh reality is that they are addicted to something far more powerful than a Scotch on the rocks before dinner.

The only way to cure this illness is to cancel the Sunday Ticket subscription, smash the home computer and plan more family outings between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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If this doesn’t work, then I suggest counseling or showing an interest in attending more high school and college football games. An addiction to fantasy football can take years to get under control and distractions and obligations seem to work best.

If all else fails, crank up an old Aldo Nova tape on your home stereo and examine the lyrics for any other hints about what the future may hold.

To me life is just a fantasy

Can you live this fantasy life?

We all should have taken Aldo Nova more seriously back in the early 1980s when he wrote “Fantasy.”

With millions upon millions of people playing fantasy games online today, lives have been drastically altered by how many points and rebounds Ben Wallace collects, the number of strikeouts by Pedro Martinez and how many touchdowns Peyton Manning tosses.

Fantasy football has taken the lead in provoking sports fans to root for individuals rather than teams. It really doesn’t hurt as much when the Raiders or 49ers lose as long as so and so scores enough points for me to beat some dude who exhausted his creative powers by naming his fantasy team the Poop Popsicles.

How long will it be before we will no longer need to go to the movies or read a good book because these online fantasy games supply all the excitement one needs out of life? has even broadened its fantasy football scope this month, starting a college football game. The game is free, but I’m sure the most widley known dictator since Hitler – the NCAA – can’t be happy.

Sorry, I’ve got to go. My fourth fantasy football draft of the month starts in 30 minutes.

– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling can be reached at (530) 542-8010 or syingling@tahoedaily–