Contributed by Clayton Carter
PPBH is for the most part an active bunch of people in our off time. As you’ve seen in the chronicles of agency days past, we play together in soccer leagues, run races, and even huddle up for football tournaments once in a while.
What’s that? Your company plays sports together too? Not impressed? Well here’s what makes PPBH special on the field of play: we come together as a team and compete through every grueling tick of time off the game clock without even a semblance of collective athletic ability. That’s right. When it comes to sports here at PPBH, the majority of us live by the old adage, “Fake it ‘til you make it.”The harsh truth is, none of us weekend warriors are really ever going to make it – if that means pitching in professional baseball game or catching a pass from Peyton Manning in this year’s Super Bowl. We may be full of imagination in our creative work at PPBH, but after an hour of playing time the final score firmly slaps us back to reality. Our hopes of sports glory are all but gone. We’ve even resigned to calling all sports by the generic term “sportsball” instead in an attempt to dull the pain of defeat with feigned apathy.
Fearing the long-term effects of perpetual league losses, our agency turned to Fantasy Football to make us all feel like winners again. Last August, over half of the company joined in this new pretend sport of champions. Every week of this last NFL season, brave fantasy team managers picked up a mouse and a remote control, sat down in a chair and browsed into the game watching these pro athletes chalk up major points for his team. And 50% of the time, we won! What a great feeling to spread around. We’ve now crowned a true league champion for the second year straight. We’re even holding a banquet the day after the Super Bowl to reminisce on the big game as a league and to hand out prizes in honor of our great Fantasy Football accomplishments.
The true beauty of the sport of Fantasy Football is that we don’t have to practice or play like great athletes to win. Oh sure, team managers can benefit by reading up a little, but that’s just more faking it as we copy rankings from other experts who really know and study the game. We just stand on the shoulders of these giants and take credit for their successes. The kicker is that all these guys volunteer to play the game for us, offering up their real game skills and scoring real points for us while we merely watch, trade, trash talk and win. But we play hard and we give it our all like we always do. After all, isn’t that what good ‘ole sporting competition is all about?
So next time your company signs up for a sportsball league, watch for the team name “PPBH” to show up in your season game schedule. If you’re lucky, you just might play us one week and tally an easy win. But don’t mess with us on the Fantasy Football gridiron. We’ve got fake sports skills for days and we show no mercy.