It's OK To Be A Little Sad

Steven Hammond

The Olympics Games are one of those things that seems to simultaneously pass very quickly and very slowly. Think back to the 5th snowflake that failed to open into an Olympic ring during the opening ceremony. Not to pick on the opening ceremony, but that was probably the first really memorable event ofthe games for me. So much has happened during the last two weeks, the ceremony seems like it was forever ago. And on the other hand, these two weeks have passed very quickly, and it seems like it was just yesterday. This is particularly true, when I think about how far away the 2018 Winter Games, in South Korea, are.

As I look back on the last two weeks, I'd like to highlight a couple of memorable moments, and things I liked best about these games.

  • The site was stable and performed well — As one of two software engineers running the site, this is very important to me. We made quite a few changes during the first few days of the games, but overall there were very...
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What's New for 2014

Steven Hammond

Welcome everyone to Fantasy Olympian 2014!  If you are new, we are glad you found us -- we've been doing this since 2006 and we have gotten bigger every Olympic cycle.  If you are returning, welcome back! It's always great to see the same folks returning every couple years.  But if you are a returning player, you have no doubt noticed some changes.  We are fortunate that veteran Fantasy Olympians and computer programmers Steve Hammond and Nat Budin took such an interest in this project that they spent quite a bit of their free time building this new site.  Thank you Steve and Nat! 
 
For the new and old alike, here's a look at how the game will work this year:
 
1.  Registering with the site
 
Unlike in the past, you now need to register with FantasyOlympian.com.  As we have spelled out in greater detail in our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, we will not use your information for any purpose other than to administer...

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Why We Love the Games

Steven Hammond

Over the next couple weeks, in addition to other Olympics content, we'll be posting a series of columns from our co-founders about why we love the Olympics. In the wake of Missy Franklin's gutsy performance, Dustin weighs in.

It was late last night and my family had gone to bed. The only light in the family room was the glowing flash and flicker from the TV across from where I sat sprawled out in the sofa chair. We had just returned from a weekend trip to New York and the car ride had delivered my body the dull throbbing ache that I can only presume one would get from a flight to say – New Zealand. My eyes were heavy as I wound down to the sound of Bob Costas sending the Olympic coverage out to the pool for some highly anticipated swimming races.

I listened as they profiled the story of the young, yet very focused and mature, Missy Franklin. This American swimmer, who has grown up idolizing U.S. Olympic great Natalie Coughlin for her success in the 100m backstroke...

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Why We Watch The Games

Steven Hammond

Over the next couple weeks, in addition to other Olympics content, we'll be posting a series of columns from our co-founders about why we love the Olympics. At the start of the Games, Jeremy weighs in.
 
Every two years, the Olympics become a grindstone for anyone with an axe that needs to be sharpened. The IOC is awful, the games are corrupt, the athletes are on something (even if it’s a misunderstanding), fear of terrorism! But that’s not why we watch the Games.
 
We watch because the Olympics are amazing.
 
One of my fellow co-founders introduced some great points, but I’m going to get personal.
 
I watch because young people from around the world have dedicated their entire life to being the best. Take a look at our events list. Aside from basketball and an increasing number of soccer fans, there is no mass perennial interest in fencing or ping pong or trampoline. But, for a few weeks, the Olympics is THE MOST IMPORTANT competition in...

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Why The Games Matter

Steven Hammond

Over the next couple weeks, in addition to other Olympics content, we'll be posting a series of columns from our co-founders about why we love the Olympics. As the Games continue, Bryan weighs in.

Why do we watch the Games? It seems like an easy answer.  For moments like this.  And this. And definitely this.

But the bigger question to me is why the Olympics matter so much to me.  Perhaps that last clip is a good starting place.  As a child of the ‘80s, I grew up at the tail end of an era in which the Olympics were about more than just the games.  The first Olympics in my lifetime was the 1984 Games boycotted by the Soviet Union.  In those days, it wasn’t just about winning medals – it was about showing the superiority of our country and our way of life.  In short, it was a more fun, safer proxy for the Cold War.  And the best part: America was winning.  A bit before my time, we had the Miracle on Ice.  In 1984,...

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Why We Play the Game

Steven Hammond

Over the next couple weeks, in addition to other Olympics content, we'll be posting a series of columns from our co-founders about why we love the Olympics.  On the eve of the Games, Lee weighs in.

As the opening ceremony approaches and Fantasy Olympian’s accounting department (or more specifically, a guy who just got his kids to bed) works diligently to upload the numerous draft results that we have received, we continue to be amazed by the interest we get every other year for this fantasy game. Amazed, but not surprised, because we share the same enthusiasm for the Olympics as all of those who have joined us; those who have recruited friends, possibly spent time researching some obscure athletes, and sent an e-mail to our budget website – it is, after all, our shared passion for the Olympics that prompted us to organize the first Fantasy Olympian game several years ago. As Deadspin.com famously wrote about our game: “These guys probably like the Olympics...

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Draft Diary for 2012

Steven Hammond

7:30 p.m.  We are coming to you live from Fantasy Olympian headquarters here in Chicago, with draft participants joining in from New York, Columbus, and Cincinnati.  Shout-out to AOL Instant Messenger, which we are using for our draft.  It feels like college again!  "Is this for real? Click '1' if yes. OMG!"

This is the official draft of the Fantasy Olympian Commitee, which consists of the four original Fantasy Olympians who started the game in 2006 and their closest friends.  Among the group we have several league and overall champions from past Olympics, so theoretically, we should know what we are doing -- assuming we can remember our AIM passwords to get online.

7:31 p.m.  We just had our first Jerry Sandusky/Joe Paterno joke.  WAY too soon... and not suitable for publication. Let's just move on...

7:37 p.m.  No surprise... Phelps, Lochte and Franklin are quickly off the board, in that order.  Our Athlete List...

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