By Aniruddh Mutnuru ‘22
Sports have always been a dominant force in almost every culture. Nothing brings people together — or tears people apart for that matter — like the excitement of a good ol’ sports game.
The reality is, though, that the recent trend of Fantasy Football is not just a game. It is a way of life. This epidemic has taken over the nation and has even caused people to forget that while it is a fantasy for us, it is real life for the players.
In fantasy, the ultimate lineup can be created. Each person’s unique fantasy team is an essential part of life just like water, clothes, and shelter.
Without fantasy, people would be practicing an ancient art: playing real football with their real friends in the real world.
Fantasy, on the one hand, has many positive benefits. Business deals can be struck up over a conversation about how the team that is 6-0 actually got below a 100-point score, but still won because the opposition was that bad, or about that friend who lost your friendship after he or she drafted a quarterback in the first AND second round. On the other hand, people who don’t know anything about football may be able to pick up on a thing or two after being surrounded by people who always say, “Ha! The Eagles are the worst team in the NFC East!” or “Dude, why won’t you accept my Mark Sanchez for Aaron Rodgers trade?”
Now, some of you may be thinking, this is exactly what the world needs right now: another reason for people to get up in arms. This conclusion could not be further from the truth. Not only does Fantasy Football unite people, it is such an easy game that anyone who has ever stepped foot in this galaxy can do it. It just takes a free account creation, a draft time, and most importantly, the “Auto-draft” slide to change to green. Chances are that if you are a complete novice, you’re probably better off with an auto-draft team than a team that you choose.
The truth is many people are obsessed with fantasy football. In my life alone, I have had friends who, no joke, literally do not play football outside because they love their fantasy team, or watch a game just to yell the sentence, “that’s another 24.7 fantasy points! WOOOO!” I kid you not, the feeling you get when you reach for your pocket and don’t feel your phone is the exact same feeling you get when you receive a text from a friend saying “Dude….The draft started 10 minutes ago.”
When I was the person who sent that text to a friend, I had to control myself from laughing. I thought I was going to die. The best part is, he was the one who scheduled the draft around his timetable. See what I mean?
This further proves what I have been preaching: fantasy football is a way of life. It generates many great memories for you and your friends that you will remember for years to come: a core reason for why fantasy football is such a huge trend across the country.
Another example of this memory comes from a different friend.
He is pretty good at fantasy, except that he had only one job and messed that up. See, to play fantasy, you have to select your lineup from the players that were drafted. You can also edit the lineup if a player gets injured.
The second the games, start though, the lineup is locked in for that week. This friend of mine forgot to start the star running backs and instead started the injured players and the worst players. This is the kind of life people who play fantasy lead: sometimes embarrassing, sometimes epic.
Fantasy football is a rollercoaster, just like life. You know what? Everything that I said before can be disregarded. Fantasy football is not a way of life; it is life.