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My love of Fantasy Sports certainly dovetails with my lifelong interest in real (and not-so-real) sports. I probably had no choice in the matter. My parents were avid sports fans, and my older brother was a top-notch athlete. I would later play youth baseball, football, and basketball, but my love of sports was always greater than my ability.
Baseball was my first love. My first game design was a 1d6 baseball game that was very realistic (1=single, 2=double, 3=triple, 4=home run, 5&6 were outs). I would make lineups using my baseball cards and keep score in notebooks.
Over the years, I've been "into" baseball, football, basketball, boxing, professional wrestling, the Olympics, and soccer. I do tend to sour on professional sports over time. Basketball and boxing were kicked the the curb in the 80's, baseball in the 90's, the Olympics in the 00's. Pro wrestling comes and goes, I only have slight interest in the NFL, but I am enjoying Major League Soccer and the International game.
During that time, I've played loads of sports board and computer games. I knew nothing about soccer until I started playing One-Nil in the early 90's; so games were actually a gateway to real sports.