It’s such a blanket question.
I could come up with a million different things that I fantasize about at any given moment of the day… and they’re constantly changing.
I’ve always had an affection for the idea of being stranded on a deserted island. There have been many times in my head that I was playing the role of ‘The Professor’ on Gilligan’s Island, hero by day, recharging batteries for the radio using coconuts and bamboo while making out with Ginger by night.
Perhaps I could’ve been Tom Hanks on ‘Castaway’, however talking to a volleyball reminds me too much of repeatedly asking my kids to clean up the playroom with little to zero response.
I sometimes fantasize about life as a wizard, casting spells to impress everyone at my 20-year high school reunion. Maybe I could live in the first outer space community as an astronaut gigolo or back on earth as a hawk gliding on the air currents high above the Rocky Mountains.
Sometimes I just stare out the window while it’s raining as Charlie hits Ava with a sword and they scream my name over and over as the baby cries, thinking about how cool it might be if my kids had a reset, pause or off button.
The reality is… that this isn’t reality.
The closest thing I have right now is my fantasy football team.
BLECH. You’re probably reading this and thinking that the draft overtook my life, that I hopped on a plane to Vegas, booked a suite with a dozen buddies to make a weekend out of it. THAT’S definitely not the reality.
Believe it or not, I’m almost forty years old, love football and this is my first time owning a fantasy football team. I can see why fans enjoy it.
Sure, the $1,000 pot for the winner at the end of the season sounds delicious, but if you’re gonna watch football every Sunday anyway – why not make it interesting?
Why not incorporate some competitive nature into your lives without having to leave the sofa for a few hours over the weekend? Why not give myself a reason to interact with old college buddies or work friends and inject some good old-fashioned, healthy shit-talking into our rekindled relationships?
My wife probably doesn’t buy the fact that I’m ‘living in a fantasy world’ solely to pump life into dormant friendships – she knows better. She knows I just love the sport.
However there is a reality to this fantasy.
There is a reality in the idea that football and great food have a tendency to bring people together every fall to show off their throwback jerseys, talk smack and high-five while smearing wing sauce all over their faces and eating slices of delicious pizza.
Last week, for the first week of football, we had a few friends in the neighborhood over to do exactly that.
We flipped back and forth between red zone coverage and the game mix, a roller coaster of exuberance and disappointment, all while filling our bellies and wrestling on the living room floor during commercials.
Along with my usual baked honey-lemon-pepper wings and my wife’s explosive cheese and cracker arrangement, I kicked it up a notch by making a few different Ristorante pizzas by Dr. Oetker.
The amazing thing about these pizzas is that I can actually fit several of them in my oven at the same time, PLUS they only take 12 minutes to make – perfect to cook during half-time and never miss a beat of the game.
That was the Spinachi…
I also made our other favorites: the Vegetale, Quattro-Formaggi and Pepperoni Pesto…
The best part about these gourmet pies is the versatility. My wife and I can eat these on date night, just as easily as football Sunday….crispy crust, fresh and original ingredients.
There are a few gambles that I’ve taken this football season (Broncos defense and Darren Sproles as a running back), but these pizzas aren’t one of them.
In fact, maybe I’ve got some good juju goin’ on right now.
Not only am I currently undefeated in my fantasy league, but reality as well. My Philadelphia Eagles are also toting a goose egg in the loss column, PLUS… I’ve got some happy and satisfied houseguests to boot.
This is one fantasy that’s definitely become a reality.
UPDATE: AS I PUBLISH THIS POST, THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN. FOLES ONLY GAVE ME 1 FANTASY POINT THIS PAST WEEKEND AND THE BIRDS SUFFERED A HUMILIATING DEFEAT BY THE 49’ERS… but that pizza was still damn good 😉
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