Some people need to get a grip

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Most fantasy players have a grip on reality.

The rest? Not so much.

Dan Moir, a Winnipeg accountant who has been in leagues and pools for 20 years, has come across some people who are, well, out there.

"I've read where major league executives have had people apply and say 'Well, I won five of the six fantasy leagues I was in,'

" Moir said. "But if you're in with Larry, Curly and Moe, that doesn't mean anything.

"I could probably get lucky one year and beat (New England Patriots coach Bill) Belichick in a fantasy league, but straight up managing a football game he'd destroy me.

"But I've met people who seem to think they have some innate wisdom."

That " innate wisdom" is basically just players getting a little too connected to their favourite sport, according to Nate Ravitz , the co-founder of rototimes.com and a USA Today fantasy columnist.

"It's sort of a tried and true obvious answer, but people think that they're smarter than the guys that run the team," Ravitz said. " Everybody thinks that they can make a better trade, put together a better roster, and 99% of us are never going to have a chance to do that for real.

"Maybe we can never prove that we're a better general manager than Matt Millen or Isiah Thomas -- although some would say our mere existence proves that we're better, the mere fact that I can hold this phone to my head and play with a pen at the same time -- but we can prove that we're better than our friends who also think that.

"I think that's really what drives it, a greater connection to the sport."


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