GroupMe Stories: Fantasy Football
With football season in full swing, we’re taking this opportunity to let one group of friends share the story of how GroupMe changed the game for their fantasy football league when they started using it last year. DJ took us through how it all went down.
"We all use GroupMe for staying in touch, and have multiple other groups," he explains. "But we started this specific group for conversations restricted to only football and our fantasy football league."
"We are all professionals, many of us engineers, and not your typical football fans," he says. "Friends, and friends of friends… basically everyone in the first and second degree connections who love watching and following football."
Since their league is spread from Charlotte to Knoxville to the San Francisco Bay area, their group on GroupMe quickly became the place for them to discuss football, DJ says. “Any sort of group communication or planning happens on GroupMe, period. All of us are really passionate about our progress in the league, events, opinions, play calls, injuries, last minute decisions… it’s all on GroupMe.”
The result is a busy group that always has something new to discuss. “The group is hyperactive, and in a good way,” he says. “I would guess an average of 100-200 messages during game days, and more like 350 messages on Sundays — very happening.”
And as you might expect, sometimes football makes things even crazier than that. “It goes especially silent on Tuesdays since waiver wires get processed that night and no one wants to give away a hint of what claims they are planning. You can almost feel the tension stemming from a silent group! Then it bursts again on Wednesday morning when waivers get processed and folks have something to say about someone snatching their player away,” DJ says. “We all are friends and it’s a friendly competition but without GroupMe, that kind of craziness wouldn’t have been possible. Who says crazy ain’t good?!”
Looking for a new way to keep in touch with your fantasy football league, or just chat with your friends during the game? Try starting a group — just download the app and get started! Email us if you have any questions.
And of course, we’d love to hear your GroupMe story. Submit it here, and we may feature it here and send you a t-shirt — DJ is keeping his as a prize for the winner of this year’s fantasy league!