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It wasn’t too long summer days were spent having fun with friends in an active way but now people just want to spend their days playing a fantasy game with friends, family, co-workers, and complete strangers. Fantasy sports isn’t just a game, it’s a multi-billion dollar project. The question many have with fantasy sports is why is it so popular and how this changed our daily lives. The time people spend on fantasy sports is astounding. The average fantasy football gamer spends around 3 hours per week managing a team which, for 23 million total players, translates to 1.2 billion hours combined in one NFL season (Goff). And that’s just football which by the way doesn’t even include the amount of homework people do on players’ stats, the drafting process, and anything else that someone can do to become a better fantasy player. So once again why is fantasy sports so popular, the simply answer is it’s a fun chance to play a competitive game with friends & family and earn bragging rights (and maybe a little money). The majority of sports fans have probably wanted a chance to run their own team and make their team better. I’m sure lots of Vikings fans wish they had Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback so this game gives them this chance. While you can do that in a video game it’s not as fun because it’s not real; in fantasy sports the leagues/teams might be fake but what the player actually does is real which makes it more entertaining. It wasn’t too long ago people spent free time doing normal things like go to the park or go to the movies with friends, spent time with your family, but now most of American spend some of their free time playing a fantasy game which has now become the norm. There is no denying it; fantasy sports are a booming business and that it will only continue to grow.


Freelance Assignment #5- Indiana Pacers

It was Sunday, February 16; the Indiana Pacers had a record of 40-12 which leads the NBA and it seemed like they were unstoppable and were destined to face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. But every changed on February 21, that’s the day the Pacers traded their former franchise player Danny Granger to Philadelphia for Evan Turner. Many wondered why make such a dramatic trade when they were playing so great, especially when Granger was the heart and soul of the team. They needed his leadership but President Larry Bird traded that away for a talented player in Turner. Since that trade, the Pacers lost 13/28 games and just barely finished ahead of Miami for the Eastern Conference 1st seed but had the 4th best record overall so if they are to face either SAS/OKC/LAC in the NBA Finals, they would not have home court advantage. While the Granger trade was terrible, it probably wasn’t the worse decision Bird made that year. A couple weeks before the Granger trade, Bird signed Andrew Bynum, who is known for being a terrible teammate and dragging players down. Their struggles continued in the playoffs when they went 4-4 in their 1st 8 playoff games which is terrible for a team contending for an NBA Championship. However on May 7, the Pacers released Andrew Bynum & since then the Pacers have gone 3-0 and are 1 win away from moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Video Commentary Part 1

Keep Ya Head Up: Tupac

1)      The song is a message to women to stop taking abuse from men and talks about how they deserve better.

2)      His attitude is strong and confidence. He wants this message to get out to the world.

3)      The video is about people surrounding him while he sings the song.

4)      I like the message the song tells people. He takes in great detail how women deserve better.

Personal Connections

Stronger by Kanye West:

1) When I failed the MCA back in Middle School. I didn’t let it bug me, I just learned from it & got stronger.

2) Anytime I fail at something I just find it to help me in the future because what doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger.

3) I only listen to this music when I’m going through a tough time and I need some motivation.

4) Well, the “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger” definitely defines how I am. If I’m still alive, I can learn from my mistakes.  The “work it harder, make it better” line is how I feel when I need to bounce back from something. You can always be better at something, you just got to work harder & make it better.

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore:

1) Whenever I got a big project do or I think I can’t finish something, it’s just too much. I remember that I can do it and this song reminds me of that.

2) Nothing can stop me once I put my mind to something and I know that nothing can hold me back.

3) I like listening to this when I’m doing homework.

4) “Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ’til it’s over”- When they’re something important to do, I’ll continue to fight at it until I complete it.                                                                                                      “Now, can I kick it? Thank you. Yeah I’m so damn grateful”- After the task it complete, I’m so grateful it’s complete and I don’t have to worry about it anymore.


Research Proposal

Many will agree that sports are the greatest spectacle in the world mainly because it’s not scripted & you can never know what will happen. And as great as the sports games are, there’s a whole new side of sports that has swept the world called fantasy sports. The concept of fantasy sports is to pick your favorite players at that particular sport and compete in a competition with friends, family, co-workers, etc. This research project will examine the new ways we connect with other people through the internet and how we can make lots of money and lose a lot of money by just setting lineups & just sitting, watching, hoping our fantasy players perform to the highest level they can. This research paper will explain how much fantasy sports have changed the team sports & the burden this puts on sports athletes. I’ll inform all the information on fantasy sports, why it’s so popular, how much money somebody can make off it, how much money they can lose because of it, and much more.


Exactly why is fantasy sports so popular and what does this have to do with the game itself? The notion of fantasy sports has turned into more than just a game to play; it’s turned sports into a multi-billion dollar project. It’s changed lives and its destroyed lives. People have made thousands of dollars off fantasy football and have lost thousands of dollars because of it. Which puts tons of more pressure on the players because it’s not just simply playing to win for the fans anymore, thousands of dollars can be on the line in that one game. A missed call, a dropped catch, a bad throw and someone can lose over 10,000 in one day.

The Speaker

Part I: Kanye West talks about his approach to music and how he feels he’s always been great at what he’s done. He talks about him as a kid being the best basketball player in his school but still not making the 8th grade team because the coaches didn’t respect his game same how some critics now don’t respect his music. Kanye West is a very self- confident person and doesn’t seem to care whether people criticize his music or not and sees himself as a quote on quote “The Michael Jordan of Music”.   He’s a strange individual to say the least; he uses his emotions as inspiration for his music and feels like every song he writes and records is the greatest song of all time.

Part II: Song: Stronger- Kanye West

Speaker: Kanye West. He’s a hip-hop mogul and has won tons of music awards and is considered one of the greatest rappers/singers.

Audience- People who know of Kanye West and have listened to past of his music; especially those who are big fans of hip-hop as I am.

Media- I was exposed to this artist through TV, when I was a kid I would listen to BET and listen to the music songs there and that’s where I became a fan of Kanye West. After listening to his other songs, I stumbled on this and instantly loved the song.

Content: The song is about being stronger about everything. Whatever doesn’t kill only makes you stronger. There’s really no greater meaning, the big meaning of song is obvious.

Occasion: No real event happened for this song to be written, it’s just a life lesson in general. I just like listening to the song because I like the beat and I’m a fan of the artist.

Purpose: The intent of the song was to give a life lesson through a song. No matter what tough things you’ve been through, if you survived it’s only going to make you stronger.