I used to play Fantasy Football back in its early days, i.e. back when you had to look at boxscores in the Monday newspapers. The internet transformed this from a hobby into a big business. A business that was overrun by degenerate gamblers. Between 2004-2008, there must have been thousands of Americans on the web day-trading, playing Texas Hold ‘Em, and fantasy football at the same time – all while at work!
It was no longer fun for me. It went from being a small gathering of friends playing a modern-day version of sports D&D, to a national Powerball lottery. If only there was a way to combine my love of sports with my love of epic fantasy.
Keith, on the other hand, has never been a big sports fan. He is also not big on gambling either. (He really is a fun guy to hang out with, I swear!) He understood my plight, and is also a big fan of games and epic fantasy.
I can’t say we came up with this bit. This was inspired by a segment I heard on a Sklar Brothers podcast.
How does one play Fantasy fantasy ball? I suppose it’s like Calvinball, but where anyone is eligible. Unlike other lists, which shall not be mentioned, any character from any fictional story, movie, animation, or any other medium can be drafted. Plus, unlike other Dream Teams, these are literal because copyright laws prevent any of these characters to cross-over and interact with one another. (Even if all legalities were cleared, any plot would be an incoherent hot mess.) But that’s what makes it fun!
As you will see, Keith focused more on swords, while I focused more on the sorcery. So which one of us is Calvin? And which one is Hobbes? I’ll leave that up to you.
Without further ado, it is my great pleasure to present:
The Podcast Unlimited Top Ten Picks of the Fantasy fantasy ball Draft
- 10. Falcor (The Neverending Story)
- 9. Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)
- 8. Shrek
- 7. Genie (Disney’s Aladdin)
- 6. Conan the Barbarian
- 5. Thor
- 4. Hellboy
- 3. Lion-O (Thundercats)
- 2. Wesley (The Princess Bride)
- 1. Legolas
Later round picks: Red Sonya; Gandalf (sleeper pick); Olaf; Edward Scissorhands; Jack Sparrow; He-Man.
- 10. The Dungeon Master (Dungeon & Dragons 1980’s cartoon)
- 9. Naagloshii (a.k.a. the Skinwalker) (from The Dresden Files)
- 8. The Avatar of Virtue (from The Ultima games)
- 7. Alucard (Hellsing)
- 6. Shelob (Lord of the Rings)
- 5. Queen Mab (primarily The Dresden Files version)
- 4. Maleficent
- 3. Tiamat (Dungeons & Dragons)
- 2. Link (The Legend of Zelda)
- 1. Merlin
Later round picks: Guts (Berserk anime); Inigo Montoya; The Jabbawocky; The Killer Bunny (Monty Python & The Holy Grail; Lillith (from The Nightside novels); Son Goku; Lina Inverse (The Slayers anime); Xellos (The Slayers anime).
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