Well, here’s one to tell your spouse: fantasy football is good for you.

Here’s the argument of Dr. Theodore Bach, associate professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University Firelands College:

As a philosophy professor, I would have told you that fantasy football is the least philosophical thing in the world. Then my neighbors roped me into joining their fantasy football league, and I discovered that fantasy football gave expression to a variety of philosophical lessons. Could fantasy football make people wise?

For the uninitiated, fantasy football is a competitive game played between people who are not themselves football players. Competitors draft real football players to form their “fantasy team,” and if the drafted players perform well in actual games then one’s fantasy team performs well. This is not a fringe activity. Fifty-nine million people in North America played fantasy sports last year. But why think it confers life wisdom?

You can’t control everything. First, it drives home a central tenet of philosophical stoicism, which is that we ought to focus on what we can control while making peace with what we cannot.

Need more proof? Read the full article at USA Today.

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