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Happy Fantasy Opening Day!

Did you know that today is the official Opening Day of Fantasy Baseball? Yeah, well, neither did I, but it's true: Major League Baseball's PR machine told me so:

Fantasy Opening Day arrived at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday, meaning it is time for's new 2006 games and an all-day celebration with live and interactive shows, fantasy rankings, draft tools, articles galore and the glorious hopes of millions of league owners everywhere.

But if you really want to know what this now-traditional event means on the calendar of life, then just ask one of those people who dominate their leagues and make a lot of us wish there were revenue sharing and Wild Cards in fantasy baseball.

"For me, Fantasy Opening Day is when I start to think about which casual leagues I might join this year," says Mitch Watnik of Sacramento, Calif. "Regarding the players and thinking about drafts and the like, Fantasy Opening Day is a signal just as it is for those pitchers and catchers reporting for camp. It's when I begin to 'warm up and stretch.'

"Fantasy Opening Day is an alarm clock."

Did your fantasy alarm clock go off today? Did you remember to 'warm up and stretch' before putting together your fantasy rankings?

Anyway, if you like your fantasy baseball like you like your "Desperate Housewives," head over to for a smorgasbord of fantasy content and contests.

Or, you know, you can just head over to sites like Roto Times or Roto World, who do this stuff year round, or check out blogs like Roto Authority and Rotisserie Baseball Musings, written by guys that just love the game and aren't trying to sell you anything. It's up to you.