Tuesday, May 04, 2010

ESPN 30 for 30 - Silly Little Game

On Sunday April 24, I watched Silly Little Game. This is the eleventh installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 series.

Silly Little Game looks at the root of fantasy sports. Modern fantasy leagues can be traced back to a group of writers and academics in New York City who formed a baseball league in 1980 called The Rotisserie League.

At the beginning of the film, a definition of fantasy is displayed and one of the lines reads "60% to 70% of this film." The film relies heavily on the reenactment of some of the original events with actors.

When it first aired, Jack watched it while I was cooking dinner. Jack spent 1 1/2 hours in March drafting a fantasy baseball team and is currently very passionate about his fantasy baseball team. Watching Silly Little Game out of the corner of my eye I thought that some of the scenes were extremely hookey.

When I finally sat down to watch the film, it was not quite as campy as I feared. The interviews with the original participants in the The Rotisserie League were good; they were very articulate and good story tellers.

This is probably my least favorite of the films aired so far. While it is an interesting story, I think that they should have shortened it, cut out some of the reenactment scenes and focused on the interviews.

The film is available on Amazon.

Silly Little Game is also available on iTunes.

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