The absolute, hands-down, bar-none very worst, most inexcusable, mind-bogglingly terrible time for a huge fantasy football website to hypothetically go down would be on a Sunday morning just before a full slate of NFL games kicks off.
Of course, that'd never actually happen, right? Wrong.
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As hungover football watchers and last-minute lineup tinkerers logged in to Yahoo's enormously popular fantasy sports site in the hour before games began at about 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, they found themselves unable to make crucial substitutions. Yahoo's is one of -- if not the single most -- used fantasy football sites online. So, coupled with how seriously many fans take their virtual squads, that was a huge deal.
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As late as Monday afternoon, fantasy footballers were still feeling salty about the Yahoo fail and taking to Twitter to vent:
I hope Yahoo's stock tanks the same way its fantasy football servers did this weekend.
— Justin Oh (@hellojustinoh) November 12, 2012
Dear Yahoo Fantasy Football, we can all agree when I say YOU SUCK!!! Sincerely, Everyone
— Rog B. (@RogerDat007) November 12, 2012
HOW IS IT LEGAL IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR YAHOO FANTASY FOOTBALL TO BE DOWN 15 MINUTES BEFORE GAME TIME? @barackobama
— Jeremiah (@JerryAnytime) November 12, 2012
Users who logged in to the site on Monday to see what havoc had been wreaked on their Week 10 lineups were greeted with this message:
We apologize sincerely for the outage on Sunday. We are working on the fix—the site is stabilized—and will update everyone on next steps for how to handle week 10. Currently, data and scores can be viewed on our mobile apps but for now you cannot make transactions or change line-ups from the apps.
A mass email sent to Yahoo fantasy players early Monday morning by Yahoo Sports head Ken Fuchs said the company was still working on "indentifying and resolving the root cause" of the outage.
No matter how many apologies the company issues, however, Sunday's issues are likely to stick in users' minds for a long, long time. The affected matchups are in the books forever, and will potentially have a major affect on bragging rights and monetary payouts come season's end. Bitter players may, however, find some solace in the millions of pageviews -- and corresponding ad revenue -- Yahoo missed out on as a result of the outage.
Were you affected by Yahoo's fantasy football fail? Will it make you consider using another platform next season? Give us your opinion in the comments.
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Rotoworld.com has long been a must-read site for fantasy sports nuts. Its Draft Guide app will prime you to run circles around your league, come selection time. The app features detailed player rankings, comparisons and analysis, among other goodies. It costs $4.99 for Android and iOS.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.