Having read this article, I have a modest proposal for a new, even geekier fantasy sport: fantasy physics departments. This would be like a typical fantasy sport. Each member of the league would have to draft academic physicists, with the proviso that you have to have a reasonably balanced department (e.g., you can't only pick people working on graphene or plasmonics, to goose your citation metrics). Then you use citations (via google scholar), federal grants (via public records), awards (via news blurbs and CVs), and graduated students/postdocs as a means of keeping score. The downside of this is that the winning roster may end up being a hiring plan for a university operating in the superstar model of academia.
Speaking of fantasy and physics, I see that there is a great deal of discussion going on out there in popular books and other settings about "the multiverse" (see here, for example) and even the idea that physics needs to set aside the notion that proper scientific theories need to be falsifiable. Sorry, but that way lies madness, or at least rampant speculation. It pains me greatly that a big part of the general public's impression of physics is dominated by people who express fantastical, speculative ideas with few or no qualifiers. Gahh.