• FX’s The League returns TONIGHT

    by  • September 16, 2010 • Culture • 3 Comments

    Just a reminder for fans of “The League” out there. Tonight, “The League” returns to TV on FX at 10:30 p.m. EST (9:30 p.m. CST) with the premiere of Season 2.

    Tonight’s premiere combines two things we love: fantasy football and Vegas. That pretty much guarantees it will be greatness. And at last, this season we get a full slate of 13 episodes instead of the six FX dangled in front of us last year.

    “The League” will now take us all the way through the regular season, which will make our addiction so much more bearable, especially for roommates and spouses who don’t play. They finally get an insider glimpse at a fantasy football league.

    If they’re gullible enough, tell them that it’s a documentary. That will make you tame by comparison.

    I was pleasantly surprised by how true-to-life and funny the first season of the series was. If you missed out, catch the first and last episode of Season 1 on Hulu here and get up to speed. (Why only first and last episode? I have no idea.)

    “The League” has now become part of the fantasy football zeitgeist, which makes it a must-watch series for all fantasy football addicts, just like “The Golden Girls.”

    Where else would we get such brilliant examples of trash-talking, trade raping and underhanded dealings? Let’s be honest, people: Our leagues are not morally upstanding societies of men and women who deal in fair and balanced ways. We’re a bunch of swindlers playing a cruel game of skill with NFL players and bragging rights as our only weapons. “The League” is the first series that has really captured that and put in on-screen for all our family and friends to enjoy…and be ashamed of us at the same time.

    In fact, it sort of makes me reflective about my own leagues, my own trickery. It almost makes me even a little remorseful for all the personal attacks and defamations I’ve posted to the league message boards…or is that pride?

    I’m going to say it’s pride. And I look forward to seeing how the writers of “The League” will make me proud this season.

    Here’s a preview of Season 2 of “The League” from Hulu to hold you over until it comes on tonight, right after the season premiere of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” which also has some parallels to my actual life if I owned a bar with some of the guys in my fantasy football league.

    What? No awesome watch party to go to so that you can enjoy “The League” with other fantasy football addicts? Well, I wish I could help, but…oh, who am I kidding?

    Watch the Season 2 premiere of “The League” alongside me tonight by following my tweets @FantasyFools. We can revel in the similarities between our own leagues and the one TV says is purely fictional…but eerily similar.

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    • Markbrown1313

      alright this show is pretty funny but being a show about fantasy football i would think that the writers could do ten minutes of research on the subject to at least make the draft accurate. Ronnie Brown in the second before ray rice??? Miles Austin in the fifth and after braylon edwards?????? steven jackson in the third???? worst of all steve slaton in the fourth??????????????????????? seriously i like the show but i want to not watch it because of this. If they are martketing the show towards people who play fantasy football then why would they have picks like that which anyone who is even mildly interested in fantasy football would know would never happen in a real draft.

    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com/ Jacob Sloan

      I actually saw them comment on this after the episode. (Their answer here: http://bit.ly/beTmzJ) They film 4 months in advance, which makes it pretty difficult to predict who will be a legit second round selection and who you can snag in the later rounds as a sleeper. So I’ll give them a break on those picks. They take a risk no matter who they write into the show as high picks.

      I also think they are targeting this show at the fantasy football loving public-at-large, not necessarily your fantasy football veteran, which is why they don’t write each of the members of the league as experts. If you’ve ever drafted in a work league, you’ve seen far worse examples of poor drafting.

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