Non Sequitur Fridays

Dungeons and Dragons for Jocks

This post is part of our Non Sequitur Fridays series, which will feature a different Wistia team member's take on a non-Wistia-related topic each week. It's like our "employee of the month" but less "of the month"-y. Jordan Munson is a customer happiness extraordinaire at Wistia.

For as long as I can remember, I've been an avid (née, rabid) sports fan. I grew up playing any and all sports available to me, whether it was kickball at recess, soccer after school or basketball on the courts as our lighting went from the sun to the fluorescent bulbs of the stadium.

As I grew, so did my love of sports. Instead of limiting my love of sports simply to playing them, I began researching rules, histories and players -- anything I could learn about. Eventually, the luster wore off. However, just as my deep love of sports had begun to wane, I discovered the world of fantasy sports. My life as a sports fan was about to take a very strange, dark turn.

Okay, maybe it's not that strange or dark, but things were definitely different. In addition to simply loving sports, I'm also a bit of a numbers geek. I was always quite good at math, and loved finding trends and patterns in sets of numbers.

What better place to do this than sports statistics? There isn't one (actually, I shouldn't say that--I'm sure Jason could think of something better). Not only did fantasy sports provide me with an avenue to have fun with numbers, it also gave me another way to compete against my friends at sports, even when I'm not actually playing.

As a pseudo-addict to fantasy sports, I've found myself in some pretty strange circumstances, not entirely unlike placing bets on games (but gambling is bad, mmmkay?). For instance, I've been in countless situations where I needed one player to play extremely well in a week to save my matchup, but that player just happened to be playing against my favorite team.

The most recent example I can think of in this regard was watching Calvin Johnson completely dominate my beloved Green Bay Packers. It was the first round of my fantasy football playoffs, and I really needed a good game from Calvin Johnson for the win -- but I also really wanted the Packers to succeed since they were in the midst of a playoff run, chasing the second seed. Hoping Calvin Johnson caught a ton of passes for a ton of yards, but didn't actually score against the Packers, is just one example of how fantasy sports makes things just a tad bit more interesting.

The League: A (mostly) accurate repesentation of how all fantasy sports leagues work.

It goes so far beyond simple fandom, though. Analyzing numbers, stats and other data, week in and week out, for years, has really sharpened my skills at finding trends and making sense out of data without a lot of context. Or maybe I just tell myself that so I don't feel bad that I have at least two fantasy teams for each of the four major pro sports in the US each year; I'm still not sure. Either way, I don't see myself halting my participation in fantasy sports anytime soon (even if I could). I have titles to defend!

If you're ever short a member in your league, I'm probably not going to say no if you invite me. Seriously.

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