It can happen any time; during dinner parties, family vacations, even the late stages of labor, fantasy sports-obsessed spouses and significant others disappear into the world of online trades and hours-long drafts. Being away from a computer doesn't help, as Blackberries, iPhones and the media feed the fantasy-stricken with a constant stream of sports stats.
As with other diseases, a website offering users a place to share frustrations and swap coping mechanisms has emerged. Womenagainstfantasysports.com is the brainchild of two business school grads, both fantasy sports widows themselves. Besides forums, the site sells "WAFS"-adorned t-shirts, hats and underwear that reads "CLOSED For The Fantasy Season."
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Before fantasy-loving readers get huffy, don't worry, the site was created with good-natured ribbing in mind. While some of the forum topics address the serious relationship cracks that a fantasy-sport obsession could only widen, many times the issues are addressed with humor; the point being that having a man around who also happens to regularly check game scores on his phone is better than not having him there at all.
Take, for example, the WAFS list on how to know when his fantasy addiction has gone too far:
1) He can't remember the kids' names but knows where every player on his fantasy league went to college and their major
2) He's in more leagues then years he's alive
3) When birthdays and holidays "interfere" with fantasy football
4) While you're in labor he is holding you with one hand and checking the scores on his cell phone with the other
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5) He would rather play Fantasy Sports than have sex
Perhaps it's only a matter of time before a similarly common male complaint garners its own site and MASS (MenAgainstShoeShopping) goes live.