It's Just Absurd

It's Just Absurd

001 - As summer vacation winds down, I am facing the reality of a newborn child at home (number three) and some more responsibility at work (which I have some mixed feelings about). I will soon face a huge time crunch in my life, but I need to carve out something for myself, something not quite so serious.

As the American football season approaches, I am being reminded of my unspoken duty to participate in one or more fantasy leagues. I have never played Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon (Old or New), fantasy baseball, nor fantasy football.  In fact, I have never curated a group of beings not naturally found in our world, nor have I ever called upon such a conglomerate to vanquish any opponents.  So I decided to give it a try.

I have already stated that this is something I do not want to take very seriously. If I have learned one thing from fantasy football, it is that forty-year-old white dudes, like me, take this endeavor way too seriously. So I have drawn some inspiration from one of my favorite cultural sages, Jesse Thorn. Among his numerous undertakings, he will occasionally contribute to Randy and Jason Sklar’s podcast. Jesse will commentate on fictitious and absurd fantasy leagues. My favorite was his advice on succeeding in fantasy charcuterie leagues (timestamp 1:16:55). I cannot explain why I laughed so hard, but I did.

I also recall an old episode (2011) of one of Slate’s podcasts, Hang Up and Listen. The topic was fantasy curling. The original episode is no longer available, but you can listen to an excerpt here.

I checked, and the league is still active! I was also surprised to see that the season has already begun and that I missed the first week. So I signed up and jumped in. Come along for the ride. Heck, play yourself.


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