As I sit here this evening and listen to my walls shake and watch my 3 youngest children turn my house into a pigsty, my mind is racing all over the place. I think of all the things I have to do tonight and tomorrow.
Real-life is hectic
My wife is working, so I have to get all the kids bathed, teeth brushed, the girls’ hair brushed, clean up the dishes from supper (yes I’m a redneck and I call “dinner” supper), clean up the mess they have made throughout the house, and wash what feels like the 15th load of laundry for the day, etc.
The list goes on and on, and that’s just tonight. Tomorrow, along with my beautiful wife, we will be woken up around 5:30 am and begin the morning routine to get everyone ready for church (and probably be 10 minutes late for the 10:15 service even though we have been getting ready since 5:30). After church, we will drive an hour and a half to pick up my stepson, and then go to cut down our Christmas tree another hour down the road.
As you can see, I have a busy life, and by the way, I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We are all busy; some of us with children and a spouse, some with work, whatever it is, I get it. So what the heck does all of this have to do with fantasy football? You didn’t come here to read about my busy life.
Fantasy football is a great escape
Well, I write all of this to give you a little bit of backdrop into who I am, and what makes me love fantasy football as much as I do. I like to say I live for fantasy football season. Of course, that’s an exaggeration, but it feels that way. I stay so busy with work and the kids that I don’t have a lot of time left over for friends, or flexibility to go out and meet people, etc. This is what draws me to fantasy football more than anything. It is an outlet, an “escape” from reality if you will.
No matter how busy I get during fantasy football season, I know when the kids are tucked away in bed, I have something I enjoy, something that I can spend hours doing to unwind. In my main fantasy league, I have met so many people that I am proud to call friends, most of whom I would have never met or had the time to meet. Our league holds a live draft every season and we all get together for a feast, a lot of adult beverages, and of course some fantasy football. We have a chat server that we are all a part of using the Discord app and rarely does a day go by that there aren’t some hilarious GIFs, some junk-talking amongst competitors, or some pictures of amazing food that someone in the league is cooking up.
On top of these friendships, the competitiveness, and the trash-talking I have always had a love for numbers and problem-solving. Fantasy football is all about the numbers and playing the right players in the right matchups at the right times.
A fantasy game with real benefits
Fantasy football allows me to meet friends, socialize, compete, research, expand my knowledge, and most importantly talk a lot of crap; which I’ve always loved. My main league, which I’ve been discussing throughout this article, has people from so many different walks of life, different ages, different financial standings, etc. But one thing brought us all together and binds us together; fantasy football. On the fantasy gridiron we are all equal, nothing about our personal lives matters.
So, if you’re out there and you’re competitive and looking for an escape, I recommend you give fantasy football a try, find yourself a good league, have a live draft, and go all-in on it. While it’s too late to play this season, get your feet wet by playing daily fantasy on Fanduel and start planning your league for next season. You’ll be glad you did, and it may just help you maintain whatever sanity you have left in these crazy times.