SAN ANTONIO -- It’s estimated that tens of millions of Americans play fantasy football every year. This year won’t be any different and our sister station KENS 5 looked the craze of fantasy football with some of the more unique leagues in the Alamo City.
At St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bandera, Texas, Sundays are incredibly busy for Father John Nolan. Not only is he leading mass, but he’s also managing his fantasy football team.
Father John plays in a league full of priests, which started back in seminary school.
“You know I have very little freedom, so for me it’s a real freedom to get away from the grind of ministry and just immerse myself in that and have fun,” Nolan said.
And just because it’s a priest league, doesn’t mean it’s not competitive.
“We definitely talk trash. That’s the name of our league: It’s called ‘Smack Talkers,’” Nolan said.
It’s no secret to parishioners that Father John plays fantasy football, because many church goers play too.
“I mention it in my homilies from time to time, especially if I’ve had a good week,” Nolan bragged. “Yeah, it will definitely come out.”
When asked if he's ever said a prayer for a player he said:
“Privately yes, but not public during a mass. Privately, yeah, you bet I pray for them all the time because it seems like in fantasy football, injuries is the biggest unknown.”
Local businesses like The Lion & Rose are now cashing in on the fantasy football craze by hosting draft parties. KENS 5 went to a draft party for a league made up entirely of dentists from the San Antonio District Dental Society.
“Unfortunately, we have to turn people away every year because we can only do a 10, 12 team league,” Dr. Rich Potter said.
“I think this is fun because we get dental companies that come in and help us subsidize the league and sponsor it, so we get relationships with the dental companies and we get to talk trash to other dentists, which is fun,” Dr. Joshua Austin said.
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