Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Once an innocent game conceived in a New York City hotel lobby by former Oakland Raiders personnel, Wilfred Winkenbach and Bill Tunnell, and a news reporter, Scotty Stirling, fantasy football's recent popularity explosion across the United States now transcends anything its creators could have possibly envisioned in the early 1960s.The inaugural eight-man league, the GOPPPL (Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League) held its first official draft in Winkenbach's man-cave in August 1963 and is almost unbelievably preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary.Since that monumental moment in fantasy football history, the novelty game initially implemented between industry insider friends to make watching professional games more fun and exciting has spawned an entirely new genre of arm chair general managers, coaches and so-called experts.Fantasy football's meteoric rise in the United States has also given way to countless websites, blogs, print and online ma...
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