October 23, 2006

TRADE YOU RON PAUL FOR HAROLD FORD? (via The Mother Judd):

Fantasy Sports? Child’s Play. Here, Politics Is the Game. (CINDY CHANG, 10/23/06, NY Times)

When Ellen Montgomery’s co-workers relive the latest Chicago Bears victory or commiserate over the hometown team’s defeat, she has nothing to add to the conversation.

Ms. Montgomery, 27, a grass-roots organizer, says she has “zero” interest in sports and is even less equipped to engage in the statistics-laden talk of fantasy sports leagues that dominates at many water coolers in sports-crazy cities like Chicago. The hours sports fans spend tracking their favorite players are for Ms. Montgomery devoted to scouring the legislative agendas of members of Congress.

Now, she and fellow policy buffs have an outlet for their competitive urges. Fantasy Congress, a Web site created by four students at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California, made its debut three weeks ago. Through word of mouth and blog entries, it has attracted nearly 600 participants from states including Texas and Florida, from as far away as Denmark and, of course, from the Beltway.

For those who have no idea how many yards Peyton Manning threw for on Sunday but can cite every legislative amendment proposed by Senator Richard Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, the game could be an alternative to the prevailing fantasy sports culture.

Congress is in recess, and many Fantasy Congress leagues are still recruiting players or are waiting until after the Nov. 7 elections to get started. It remains to be seen how the game will play out over a long legislative session. But policy enthusiasts like Ms. Montgomery say they are thrilled that there is finally something for them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 23, 2006 8:40 AM
Comments

Can you swap a Mark Foley for a William Jefferson, even though the former in on the involuntary retirement list?

Posted by: John at October 23, 2006 6:37 PM
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