OK, here's the scenario. I am the proud commissioner of a fantasy basketball league (Proud commissioner? Haha. Is the fantasy league my child?). There is a heated argument going on right now over weekly vs. daily roster alterations. Some owners want their rosters to be available for daily changes, others don't. What is a commissioner to do?I believe in weekly roster changes because not every owner is available everyday to check their squads. Allowing for daily roster changes puts those owners at a disadvantage. Mind you, if I were to implement daily roster changes I would be one of those owners who would benefit from it. I'm a basketball fanatic and I follow my fantasy team closer than my own twittergrams. But I see how the frequency of roster alterations would hurt other owners who have lives and don't sit in front of their computer everyday reading Indiana Pacer blogs.
So I put the issue to a vote among the owners. There are 12 teams in the league. So far there are three votes for weekly and two for daily. I fear that more owners will prefer daily over weekly.
Our negative liberty democracy hinders the individuals or groups who vote against the majority decision. We go into the voting booth and vote yes or no to a proposition, or we vote for the Green Party candidate or the Republican candidate (who am I kidding? Who ever votes for the Green Party? Are they still around?). What are we thinking about before we choose our candidate? Ourselves, our family, our school district, our county. We don't think about what our decision could mean for the businesswoman who owns an apartment in Phoenix, or how it could effect the local law enforcement in Selma.
What I've been trying to tell the owners who won't stop bothering me about the ridiculousness of weekly lineup changes is that they are missing the big picture. They don't bother with putting themselves in a situation where they are one of the owners who can't make the time to take out a starter that got suspended for flashing himself in a strip club on a Wednesday.
My point to all owners of the league is that for the league to be as fair as possible we'd have to make do with weekly roster changes. That way, we will all be vulnerable to injuries killing our chances to get a win during certain weeks. But if I am right and the majority ends up voting for daily roster changes, the balance of power shifts and the crackhead basketball fans, like me, will dominant even more then usual.
This predicament pointed me to another conclusion about the sagacity of our political system. We want to believe that if more people think one way, it necessarily must be the right way. The owners in my fantasy league are proving otherwise. There are lessons to be learned in fantasy basketball my friends.
PS. If you're interested in playing, send me a twittergram @Jersey_Campbell or email me at TeamBaady@gmail.com