John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Brandon Jacobs spoke about the much-publicized death threats he and his family received via Twitter the other day. It all turned out to be a hoax of sorts stemming from someone who had Jacobs on his fantasy football roster.
The “tweeter” turned out to be some kid who needed fifty yards out of Jacobs Monday night vs Minnesota for his fantasy football team. Jacobs, incidentally, did not play due to a sore hamstring…
The kid could not be more apologetic after being outed. Doesn’t matter. Social media has become the modern day platform for prank calls and hate mail. Fantasy Football, an industry in which I helped develop in the 1980′s btw, has become a monster. It’s another venue that has seeped into the subconscious of America’s youth that has blurred the line between reality and fantasy. People are losing the ability to code-switch between the two, and many who have no filter on their thoughts have become bothersome and even dangerous….
“Huge problem. No question,” said Jacobs. “Fantasy football is something the fans can connect themselves. To us it’s … Some people take it too seriously, some people take it as just a game with a couple of their friends, if they have a league with just a couple of their friends. Some people take it way too serious and way too far.“
“It’s just a game they play on a computer. I think sometimes fantasy football is good, but sometimes I think it has disconnected a lot of players from (…) fans. That’s all people ever talk about.
You sit down to eat at a restaurant and people say, I have you on my fantasy team, you have to do something for me this week. I’m trying to enjoy my dinner, you know? It’s a huge problem if you ask me. Players don’t want to deal with that. Players don’t want to hear anything about fantasy football.
We’re living in fantasy football. I would live in fantasy football and my only fantasy was I want to go back with the Giants. That was my fantasy football. As far as anything else, we don’t owe anybody anything.”
A bit of confusion yesterday as C Jim Cordle (uniform #63) took the field with teammate David Baas’ No. 64 jersey…
“I guess it was fitting that I got to wear his jersey for a little bit on this day,” said Cordle. Baas (knee) was placed on IR yesterday.
“It was an accident, but it happened to be a good day to do it,” continued Cordle. “Obviously if he was out there, he would have realized when he went to put on a jersey… or maybe not because I didn’t realize it. You just throw a jersey on.”