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    Fantasy football changes viewing/rooting habits

    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I'm a Philadelphia Eagles football fan through and through and have been since the days when they played at Franklin Field. I would never root against "my" team, but I admit that playing in fantasy football leagues skews my rooting and viewing practices.

    That's not necessarily a bad thing, just different.

    In the days before I played fantasy football, a.k.a. the '60s and '70s, I would never think of changing the channel during an "Iggles" game. I'd park myself in front of the television for three hours with only food and bathroom breaks allowed

    And the opponent of the day, particularly the "hated" Cowboys who were sickeningly called "America's Team," was my "enemy." I would no more root for a player on that team than I would the guy who stole the car out of my driveway.

    Fantasy sports has changed all that.

    My rooting habits are different as well as my viewing schedule.

    First off, while I'm happy to have Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy on my fantasy roster, I'm not opposed to having Tony Romo or Eli Manning either. I no longer think of players as either Eagles or the enemy, but as Eagles, my fantasy players or the rest of the league.

    And I can root for my fantasy players even if they are playing against "my Iggles." I just hope that despite my fantasy player's good game, Philadelphia still comes out on top.

    When the opposing team is marching down the field, people will frequently hear me say, "keep them out of the end zone, but if they absolutely have to score, I hope it's my guy."

    Now if it's the final week of the fantasy championship and I really need a touchdown to bring home the trophy, I will admit to wavering, but I've never stepped over the line to root for a fantasy player over an Eagles win.

    What has changed the most on those 17 fall Sundays is my television viewing habits.

    With fantasy football comes the desire to see all of my players in action.

    In the '90's it meant that "me and the guys" would meet at a sports bar, which was the only way to view all the games. We'd still make sure to have the Eagles game on the closest screen, but now we could watch every game.

    The advance of the Internet, cable and satellite dishes have moved the viewing option to the home. I can now sit in the house and watch every game or the NFL's Red Zone to keep up with each and every contest. And I have my computer set to the Sports Network's scoreboard to keep up with my player's statistics.

    Sure, I still watch the Eagles, but now commercials are a thing of the past. During stoppages in the action, the remote's buttons send me flying around the country in search of the big play.

    Fantasy football also has me watching games I normally would bypass quicker than a colonoscopy. There is no way I would normally watch the Cincinnati Bengals play the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 this year - unless I have Peyton Hillis or A.J. Green on my roster.

    Nor would I pay attention to the Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers game, except that I might be playing against Frank Gore or Marshawn Lynch.

    Fantasy football has made me a viewer of every game, every Sunday, which must make the NFL very happy.

    Now if only someone can develop a "scanning program" to automatically change the channel when any of my starting lineup is doing something good.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

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      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament
      Updated:

      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

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      • Hot and breezy in Tampa Bay

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        Saturday is shaping up nicely!
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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

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        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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