Quick Fact of the Day

Ever wondered where fantasy football came from?

In 1963 the first league, the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League, included mainly people involved with the Oakland Raiders and the Oakland Tribune newspaper. Bill Winkenbach, Bill Tunnell, Scotty Stirling, George Ross, and Philip Carmona are credited with forming said league while on an eastern road-trip with the Raiders.

In 1968 a fantasy GM from that league named Andrew Mousalimas opened a sports bar in Oakland called Kings X and began holding annual fantasy drafts there (the Kings X Draft). The league grew steadily into the mid seventies and spread across the United States faster than one would expect in an age with no internet.

Today we know fantasy football in a variety of forms.

Whether it be your online league with one of the many .com’s or your office pool that contributes significantly to water-cooler talk, if you’re reading this there’s a good chance you have a team (or you’re my family member and you pity me).

Next time you win your league don’t thank Frank Gore or Willis McGahee, instead think of the people who made it possible for you to hold fantasy football supremacy over your peers.


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