Do any of you remember that scene in back to school when the snooty business professor is lecturing the class on how to run a company? He espouses a variety of information, but it's only partial and isn't wholly applicable in the real world. Perhaps someone else has mentioned what I'm about to say in some form before, but I think I may finally understand where this growing sentiment that Crosby is so over-rated is coming from. At least a portion of it anyway. Fantasy hockey.
I hate fantasy sports. I think it's a big waste of time. But then again, one may say the same thing about posting a comment of this length on a message board. Regardless, It seems like I'm in the minority regarding fantasy sports. Many people love fantasy sports. They spend exorbitant amounts of time tweaking their line-ups, trading players, paying cash to get into leagues, all that crap. They live and die by it. They act as if it's actually representative of reality, and that may be where some of this Crosby is so over-rated crap comes from.
I decided to look at TSN Canada's player power rankings a little while ago. I don't know exactly why. I don't really give a crap. I haven't had a fantasy team of any type in years, which I soon abandoned out of boredom. The only thing good about it was the clever name (for any Family Guy fans out there), the Quahog Fighting Chickens. But anyway, I looked at the expanded rankings and I immediately noticed Sid was not among the top 20. I was shocked by this.
I don't know much about fantasy hockey. I don't know exactly how points are accumulated and these rankings are made. I don't even want to. But upon seeing these rankings, the idea that people were basing their opinion of Sid (to some degree) on his impact on a fantasy hockey team hit me like a lightning bolt. Could this be?
I'm blissfully ignorant of all this fantasy stuff. However, occasionally when I decide like arguing with people who think Crosby stinks and Ovechkin is the best player ever, and I reflect on those conversations for a moment, I realized my initial hypothesis might have some merit. All the time, these people say, " Crosby is one dimensional. All he can do is pass. He can't score goals. Ovechkin has more hits now than Crosby will have in his whole career. Etc " .They say this stuff as if it actually mattered. Or at least, as if it was clear proof Ovechkin is far and away the better player. I realize now their entire argument as to why Ovie is clearly better directly correlates to how much more valuable Ovechkin is to a fantasy team to that of Crosby.
It could just be coincidence. After all, it's been proven through statistics that global warming directly correlates to the dwindling number of pirates in the world today compared to the past ...RAmen. But I don't know. I think there's something more to this 'Ovechkin fantasy impact hypothesis' thing. I'm not saying it's all of it. I have a hard time believing Semin, Roenick, and Kostitsyn are saying what they're saying because of fantasy hockey. They could just be stupid.
So tell me what you think. Could I be on to something here? Have I just repeated something others have said on this board in the past? I'm ignorant of fantasy hockey, so that's entirely possible. But the next time I hear these arguments regarding Ovechkin's God-like status and Sid's mythical deficiencies, I know exactly what will pop into my head...
" Now we must decide where to build our factory "
" How about fantasy land"
Last edited by the HockeyGod on Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:04 am, edited 1 time in total.