I am a rabid fan of Arsenal and the English Premier League. It’s just so thrilling and full of twists and turns to keep one entertained and tuned off from the tedious grind of this world.
As a “great” dad, I have since brainwashed my three sons into the exciting world of being a Gooner. You can imagine their angst and umbrage to hear me rooting for Jan Vertonghen (of the funny rabble down the road from the Emirates) and in a North London derby no less!
Before any crazy Gooners out there reach for their weapons of choice to attack me, please hear me out. It’s the malaise and fever called Fantasy Football that’s done it!
I’ve been well and truly indoctrinated into a new dimension of football called the EPL Fantasy Premier League. I get to be a Premier League manager every season and compete against the over five million other managers who have signed on to the exciting role play over the 38 weeks of the season.
Because it’s always a stretch to fit my 15 players into a squad built with a measly 100 million virtual currency, I know why Jose Mourinho moans over not getting cash to acquire even more defenders to park his bus at the Old Trafford or how important it was for Monsieur Wenger to master the art of bargain buys in the lean days of construction of the Emirates.
3-5-2? 4-4-2? Clean sheets? Assists? Red cards? Injuries? Aguero or Salah? Regular headaches that must be contended with. Your tactics and research skills have to be well honed if you must overcome these murky waters. And as my sons found out since becoming managers themselves, your club loyalties are sorely tested!
Another season is upon us. Fingers crossed as my Super Jive FC earns its bragging rights over colourfully named teams such as UntouchaBULLS, Blue Chest, WhenSaturdayComes, Who’s Your Daddy, 1st Coast of Anger, TDD runs the City etc.
Pep Guardiola has nothing on me. May the best manager prevail!
Rotimi Dada is a financial consultant in Lagos, Nigeria. In his spare time he is the Manager of Super Jive FC of the Fantasy League