Strange joys of joining CFL pool

JORDAN HEATH-RAWLINGS -- Sun Media

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Ahhhh ... CFL pools: The only fantasy game in the world where Mike McMahon is a viable option and your team can rely on a man named Rambo at wide receiver.

How much do I score for a rouge, again? And do I lose points in my starting quarterback's franchise folds in the middle of the season?

All kidding aside, it's tough to hype up fantasy interest in your league when you only have eight teams. I'd was planning to hold a real draft with a dozen or so friends and start a CFL keeper league, but then I realized that there aren't even enough starting quarterbacks to go around.

And ... sigh ... there's always the chance, with my limited knowledge, that I'll draft a dead guy. That's always embarrassing.

So instead of a draft, CFL nuts are stuck with the only fantasy system that works for a league of this size: A pick-10 game where everyone can select whomever they please and then hope that nobody else mimicks their choices.

As a fantasy sports addict with only minimal knowledge of Canadian football, I had a great time with this system -- choose the best players at each position whose name you recognize, a kicker from your favourite team and a few guys who will be awesome to root for after a couple of beers (how many chances will I get to cheer for players like Ken-Yon Rambo and Jean-Francois Romeo?).

In short, it's a great pool for anyone who has a CFL-crazy friend and wants to be able to annoy the heck out of him. It's fun: Pick a bunch of scrubs, have a laugh, let him carefully consider his selections and then copy his roster player-for-player.

As a pool for people who enjoy the competition of fantasy sports however -- let's just say that it leaves a lot to be desired.

There are ways the CFL and the Fantasy Sports Network (who are running the pool for the league) could have made it more interesting: Why not make it a salary cap pool, with each player assigned a value and each team only having a certain amount of money to spend? At least that would force team owners to make some tough decisions.

Of course, it's a CFL pool, so I suppose the salary cap wouldn't be enforced, anyway.


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