Nov 17th 2009 By Emerald Catron
You can cast aside all those preconceived notions about Werther's Originals and Publisher's Clearing House -- it turns out old people love to sit in front of a television and scream at a football game just as much as the rest of us.
The Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Northborough, Mass., has set up a fantasy football league for its residents
, and it's been a surprisingly huge hit. It turns out senior citizens love fantasy football
just as much as we do, only they never cry out of anger or furiously text expletives to their girlfriends in a moment of passion. The league was started when time typically spent with preschoolers was canceled so that everybody didn't get swine flu and croak. Two times a week they still Skype each other to chat, but on Sundays it's strictly game time.
Although everybody loves the league, one resident of the nursing home is a little wary of fantasy baseball in the spring. He's a Yankees fan, a condition even more dangerous in Massachusetts than allowing a mucous-covered child to sit on your lap when you're 83 years old.