The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Fantasy Football Player No Longer Fooling Self Into Thinking He Isn't a Nerd
Originally posted 8/29/2005

Fantasy football nerd Clay Schmidt, seen here attempting to drink the shame away
BATAVIA, NY - Fantasy football obsessee Clay Schmidt, 23, revealed to friends this week that as of the last several weeks he has been unable to continue fooling himself into thinking that he's not a nerd. "I just looked around one day at all the magazines and printouts and filled-up notebooks in my room," Schmidt said, "and I realized that yeah, no matter how much I try to convince myself otherwise, and even though it's football and not some sci-fi crap, I'm pretty much a major geek."

Schmidt, who moved back in with his family after graduating from Syracuse in June, has finished in the top three of his ten-man fantasy football league in each of the league's six seasons of existence, twice claiming the overall title and the $750 cash prize that comes with it.

"For a while I tried to justify it that way," Schmidt said. "I'd be like, 'hey, I'm making money doing it, so it's not like I'm wasting my time on something dorky. But I just can't kid myself anymore."

Schmidt said that the last straw was when he went into his younger brother Jeremy's room to retrieve a pair of sunglasses he'd lent him the week before. "I hadn't been in Jeremy's room since I moved back home," Schmidt said, "and I go in there and there's all kind of Dungeons and Dragons stuff in there. I was like, 'Oh, my God, what happened to Jeremy when I was gone?' Then I realized that if you replaced Dungeons and Dragons with the NFL, my room looked exactly the same. That's when I finally had to be like, 'okay, I'm a huge nerd.'"

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