Fantasy Versus Reality

So, here’s the deal.  HollyCornblog has got me thinking about dropping out of Fantasy Football this year.  The more I think about it, the more I like the idea.

You see, I grew up in a dysfunctional family … one in which Mom pretty much took care of the dys while Dad had the functional part covered.

As is the case when one develops and evolves in such an atmosphere, the temptation to escape into worlds other than the “real” can be a strong one.  And I find that even though today, at the ripe old age of however old I am, I am far from the turmoils and turgidities of 110 East Park Road, Havertown, PA … I still drag the baggage with me … and am still drawn to otherworldly pleasures such as FFootball.

So, in the interest of spending more time in the company of everyday reality, I am seriously considering a break from the whole fantasy thing.

Who knows … I might exercise … or weed … or simply BE!  What do you think?  Ready to join me and HollyCornblog and let go of the FFootball … at least for this season?  (And aren’t you kinda pissed at them anyway?)

In the meantime, if you are planning your schedule, here’s what the USWNT is up to in the first round of the Women’s World Cup in Germany … starting on Tuesday:

June 28, 2011 vs. Korea DPR Women 11:45 a.m. ET ESPN, ESPN3.com / Galavision July 2, 2011 vs. Colombia Women 11:30 a.m. ET ESPN, ESPN3.com / Galavision
July 6, 2011 vs. Sweden Women 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN, ESPN3.com / Galavision

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7 Responses to Fantasy Versus Reality

  1. JTC says:

    While leaving behind a potential distraction to daily living is certainly an idea worth consideration (after all, how many of us have fallen short of delivering on our potential out of sheer contentment with the status quo of our adopted daily schedules?) I would offer a reminder that without intellectual retreat into the realm of “fantasy”, with fantasy defined as a world where the impossible is made possible, the world would be denied the splendor of its collected mythologies, the lessons of how to be human found in Hamlet, the vaccination for polio, and the incredible twenty-first century abilities we have to transfer our thoughts to the minds of others instantaneously without use of the spoken word. Without those happily spelunking the caverns of the impossible, just imagine how far from where we have landed would instead find ourselves.

    So while I applaud your decision to live the realities of life and be all that you are, and just as we are often reminded to learn from the lessons of who we once were, I plead that you never deny yourself the sweet satisfaction (for both yourself and those you share your time and thoughts with) of actively entertaining the notion of who you will become in traipsing through the fantasy valleys of your dreamworld.

    I didn’t intend to write this response this morning (in fact, I’ve never responded to anyone’s blog postings before…anywhere). I don’t even know that you are aware of the fact that I see your blog, but for some reason, though I’m certain you already know all that I’ve said above (after all, you were talking about setting aside a game to enjoy life, not the amputation of intellectual or creative pursuit), I feel a previously unknown need to put this possibly unnecessary statement into the world. Perhaps someone will stumble across it someday and gain some value from it…perhaps not. Either way, thanks for taking the time to read, and for offering a forum for such musings.

  2. Eleanor says:

    I’m ready to join you! Of course, that’s not much of a sacrifice for me (no ffootball in my life), but maybe I could give up one of my many escapes from reality. I never thought about my escapes in the context of my childhood; it’s helpful. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Eleanor

  3. Paula says:

    Hmmmm. Jordy, I just did not expect this writing from you today..Of course I will miss that part of our connection during the mid winter sunday afternoons, but my life will go on. I can understand your points and they are well taken however, I am not sure I am ready to take the “No phantasy phootball pledge”. I did have fun our first season when the “chat” option was easier, I had fun connecting with all of us that were on line.(even when “hung like a horse signed in…)
    No worries, I was in 2 fantasy leagues, so I will find my outlet in the other league, while I will miss my musings and phun with the Phootball Phanatics league. No longer will I try to outwit Holly and make my moves in the middle of the night. No longer will I scrutinize the list of injured players, no longer will I look at my opponents bench, no longer will I check my lineup at the last minute to see if there were any injury hold outs, No longer will I check to see if Jordy is online to do some trash talking. Whew, the list goes on, my pulse is beating faster, my mind wanders to what QB I would take if there were to be a FF league, what would my strategy be if Jordy agreed to a live draft, what running back is any good anymore? Who will be playing this year? Oh, but that is just a fantasy, because Jordy wants to take a break..The commish, who let 12 teams in the league last year, wants to take a break, to just be…Well, have at it Jordy, best of luck weeding in January and February…have phun what ever you do on those week day nights leading up to 1255, locked and loaded lineups on Sunday afternoon. Will you still watch should there be a season, because then I can come up and visit, and that would be just phine!

  4. Wow – thanks for the replies/comments. It’s an interesting (and not an easy or lightly undertaken) process … letting this go … and your comments pretty well illuminate the range of my feelings about it.

    Eleanor … thank YOU for the inspiration. And JTC, thanks for stopping by and posting – I am honored!

    And Paula … I will definitely miss the friendly competition and regular contact that FFootball afforded … and we’ll see how it goes … but for now, it feels like the right path for me. And as for watching … of course! More chiminea time, too, I’m thinking … gazing at the horizon more … and at fantasy line-up’s less … that’s all. 😉

  5. Paula says:

    Jordy, I get it…I was actually thinking I may not have the energy required to be on top of all the info..While I enjoy my lazy mid winter sunday afternoons, gazing at the horizon more sounds like a wonderful idea! See you soon!

    • That’s interesting … and was actually kinda the way it worked for me. Holly said she felt like time was so scarce and she wanted to spend it differently … and that got me thinking … and ultimately wanting to try something different this year. Hope you’re not too soggy over there on the Seacoast!

  6. boltgirl says:

    I fully support running as far away from that bloody nfl.com fantasy league as possible. If you decide to hop into a smack-heavy espn league, though, let me know and I’ll send you $2 in pre-1964 quarters faster than you can say “please god make Rex Ryan keep his goddamn shoes on this year.”

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