Shakespeares Sonnets and Fantasy Football

Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130 written by Shakespeare, touch upon the moral of a popular saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, albeit a little differently. Instantaneously, as I was carefully reading the sonnets and setting up my Fantasy Football (FF) team for the week, it came to me that the major ideas of the sonnets correspond to ways of a fantasy football fanatic in their league.
In Sonnet 18, Shakespeare claims that unlike natures constant change of appeal, his lover will be eternally beautiful through his words. In this case, FF can be compared to nature because a FF team could change as easily as the weather, there are many players to choose from that can have a significant points total in any given week. Nature cannot be perfect and beautiful all the time, “And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d” (Sonnet 18), in the same way that a player cannot be perfect in performance because of injury or whatever the case may be. Interestingly, the last lines of Sonnet 18, “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”, which mean that the woman’s beauty will be forever remembered through the writing, is similar to how a championship victory is cemented in the history of ones FF league.
Sonnet 130 speaks to the common problem that Shakespeare addresses directly to his fellow writers, the “false comparisons” and exaggerations of a lovers beauty. “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare, As any she belied with false compare.”, shows that Shakespeare appreciates the true beauty of the one he loves and does not need to embellish her appearance. Many FF players find themselves in the middle of an egotistic war, debating who has drafted the better team, along with countless other rebuttals to ones criticism of your fantasy team. Some back their picks with solid football knowledge and intelligence to seem smarter, just to see that proud pick fail in the upcoming week. Shakespeare pretty much told his his rival writers that he does not need to heavily boast about his girl, he lets her beauty do the talking, just how a FF team does the talking for you against your opponent who was bragging the whole entire week. Throughout the sonnet, Shakespeare may not portray a gorgeous woman, she is beautiful nonetheless but not to the extent of how other women might be written about. Same goes for ones FF team, the mediocre team may be just as good as the team full of all-stars.

2 thoughts on “Shakespeares Sonnets and Fantasy Football

  1. I like the comparison between Shakepeares use of words in the sense of romance and the beauty of Fantasy Football. Even though I don’t watch football, I know people have a strong desire and liking for their teams.

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