Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fantasy Celebs

Our guest blogger Adam is here to tackle the weird trend of celebrity fantasy games. Enjoy!

As a relatively normal guy, I have to say I couldn't care less about the antics of Britney Spears or Paris Hilton. To me this stuff is just taking up valuable news space that could be better used for sports, or world news, or even movie listings. Watching other people screw up their lives just doesn't interest me.

But what if you were to make a game out of it? I'm a big fantasy football fan, so around this time of year my head gets a bit funny to begin with. Earlier this week I heard about sites like 
FaFaRAZZI and Tabloid Fantasy League that let you draft a team of hot young starlets (or their male counterparts), and compete with your friends to see whose fantasy team of train wrecks are the most wild, crazy, written about and/or photographed, depending on your league rules. According to Fafarazzi.com, it "works just like fantasy sports leagues - except instead of scores being tallied for homeruns and touchdowns, they're for catfights, divorces and baby bumps!"

This completely changes my reaction to celebrity news. I actually stopped watching the news altogether to avoid the Paris Hilton prison fiasco. Now I realize that it wasn't just a petulant rich girl's attempt to avoid the consequences of her actions. That was a Peyton Manning-esque attempt at breaking the record for most touchdowns in a single season. Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears are workhorses around which you base your whole team. There are even leagues based on our favorite shows like Rock of Love or The Pick-Up Artist, where you pick a contestant and get points when they do something crazy like dumping a drink on someone or touching Mystery's
fuzzy hat.

Just think of it! Draft parties, weekly get togethers to read your team's updates and get scores, the emailing, the trashtalking. It's a great way to get guys involved, although forgive us if we whip out our stat sheet in the middle of the show. Maybe this isn't the best time, since football is just around the corner, but I've got fantasy on the brain and I can't help myself. I wonder if Brangelina counts as one draft pick or two?

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