Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Librarians and…Fantasy Football?

If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, you’re no doubt pleased by the team’s miraculous comeback against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. However, if you play fantasy football and Tony Romo is your starting quarterback, you’re probably not too happy about his atrocious stat line in the same game (5 INTs, 1 lost fumble). You might not be alone: an estimated 15 to 20 million people play fantasy football (Source: ESPN). Now, even librarians are getting in the game. An academic librarian at the University of Colorado-Boulder has a blog called The Fantasy Football Librarian . The blog, which is updated frequently, offers analysis, a compendium of online resources and informative links, as well as live chat if you need a virtual shoulder to cry on. Obviously, there’s a slight Denver Broncos bias (hey, at least the FFL isn't an Eagles fan), but don’t let that keep you away from one of the best fantasy resources on the net.

Why would librarians be interested in fantasy football, you ask? Think about it: the same qualities that help win the league crown—good preparation, the ability to evaluate multiple (and often contradictory) sources of information, the flexibility to adapt to change, and the willingness to explore every angle—also make for effective research. So if your season—whether it’s football or academic—needs turning around, you know what to do: ask a librarian!