In a League of Its Own: Why Sports Fans and TV Viewers Can’t Get Enough of “The League”
Added by Alessandra S. on September 8, 2013.
All hail Shivakamini Somakandarkram! Recently, The League had its season premiere on the new channel FXX, and it’s clear that fantasy football fans are as excited for their own line-ups as they are for The League characters’ Shivabowl. Prior to the season premiere, an article was released on uproxx.com listing 56 fantasy football team names from last year all inspired by The League—12 of which were in the top 5,000 names and a staggering 2,414 ESPN teams called “Password is Taco.”
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Interestingly, the appeal of The League transcends to non-sports fans. With fantasy football as the backdrop, it’s easy to enjoy the different character dynamics in the show because it’s well written, well improvised and just downright hysterical. For sports fans, cameos from athletes and other celebrities are a draw and reason for excitement, as well as story lines that incorporate sports happenings and athletes, as well. Who could forget Adrian Peterson stealing Pete’s dream girl right before the Shivabowl, causing a traumatized Pete to lose the championship?
The characters in The League are also really well crafted and relatable. For those unfamiliar, Jenny is the ultimate guys’ girl, who can hang with the boys and hold her own in the trash-talking arena (which somewhat accidentally extends to her and Kevin’s daughter, Ellie.) Andre is a plastic surgeon who epitomizes the friend who just doesn’t quite fit in, and is the horribly dressed butt of every joke without even realizing it most of the time. Pete, the ladies’ man, seems to attract good luck wherever he goes, whether it’s with members of the opposite sex or his line-up.
Rodney (Ruxin), the sarcastic lawyer with a smokin’ hot wife, induces a cringe factor whenever he achieves success, and doesn’t let anyone forget his line-up prowess when good fortune prevails. Taco, who is easily the most clueless, is the absent-minded, “head in the clouds” member of the group, who is as happy go lucky as he is unintentionally hilarious. Lastly, Kevin, Taco’s brother and Jenny’s husband, is an in denial ginger who evidently lacks the luck of the Irish—not only is his wife more well-versed in the football realm than he is, but he has yet to win the Shivabowl fair and square—or sans asterisk.
So what is it that draws TV viewers to The League? For non-sports fans, it’s certainly the quick wit and humor. For football enthusiasts, it’s the friendship, bonding, brews and smack-talking that got us all into sports in the first place. As so eloquently coined by Rodney Ruxin, anyone who disapproves can “SUCK IT.”