Someone on Twitter was moaning earlier about people who are happy when a player scores – even against the team they support – because they have them in their Fantasy Football team. I can’t find it now but this, from a Spurs fan, isn’t far off:
Booing your own..the equivalent of cheering when Arsenal score cos you’ve got that player in your fantasy team! Not on!!
— Yido4Life (@1BobbyBusiness) January 24, 2015
For those who enjoy moaning (and it’s obvious they do when it’s the summer and no-one in their right mind is thinking about Fantasy Football), it’s the latest symptom of the ills of modern football. It’s too easy to watch football, grounds are a bit too nice, fans don’t stab each other as much anymore. And people find consolation in Sergio Aguero scoring against them because they captained him this week. Football, it’s gone to the dogs.
Except it hasn’t. Because it’s meant to be a bit of fun, you can’t pick a Fantasy team consisting entirely of your own team’s players. That means you care a little more than you would about how other teams are doing. No big deal.
Besides, sometimes you can be pleased if a player scores, for other reasons – you had two quid on Berahino first goalscorer; you’re playing United and the thought of Robin van Persie scoring fills you with mortal fear, so much so that Rooney scoring is almost a relief.
You’re not happy, but it’s a sweetener. And so it is with Fantasy Football. Four points here, three points there, it all adds up. No need to get worked up.