So, I was reading the New York Times this morning, and what do I find for my fantasy loving heart? FANTASY CONGRESS! You tell me this doesn’t sound like a laugh-riot:
Players can change their team members once a week, so if a scandal-plagued lawmaker resigns there is an opportunity to pick someone new. As of now, legislators can be on multiple teams within a league, but the site’s creators plan to introduce an exclusivity rule that would limit a legislator to playing for only one team.
Oh yeah, baby, don’t you kid yourself, when people get into this, fantasy sports will be DONE! DONE, I tell you!
The Web site’s creators say they plan to add other ways to earn points, like floor speeches and news media references, but for now, the bill-based system is the sole measure of legislative productivity, making for a range of team-picking strategies.
C-SPAN’s ratings will go THROUGH THE ROOF!
Alright, all sarcasm aside for a moment (what? you couldn’t tell there was sarcasm there?), I really could see teachers and professors using a technique like this, rather than the old email systems we had been using when I was in college WAY BACK in 1998-1999. It might be a great teaching tool. We’ll see, but if nothing else, and it does get even remotely popular, more teenagers and 20-somethings will get more interested in politics.