“The League” is a television show on FX that chronicles the lives of six people in a fantasy football league, and showcases all of the ridiculous measures they will go to win the league. This show has become a major hit, and has been fortunate enough to get famous football players and analysts to guest star. Here are the five best performances by some familiar faces.
5. Trent Richardson (Season 4 Episode 1, “Training Camp”): The show’s current season kicked off with the Browns rookie running back, as well as other rookies sitting in the green room awaiting to get drafted into “The League”. With the second pick, Andre, the league punching bag, selects Richardson, who is unhappy and demands a trade. Richardson does a good job with his facial expressions, and nails the “I demand a trade” line. You can’t ask much more from a 21-year-old who was probably in his first acting role.
4. Matthew Berry (Season 3 Episode 3, “The Au Pair”): Berry, also known as “The Talented Mr. Roto”, is one of the best fantasy football writers around. Kevin, the commissioner of the league, saw him at a bar. Kevin tried to have a conversation with him that did not involve fantasy football (to make it seem like he wanted more than fantasy advice), but that failed miserably. Berry stuck around until the end of the episode, and was in a memorable scene where he “vultured” Andre’s date. Berry was in Hollywood before his transition to fantasy football writer, so he looked very comfortable in this role and was very funny.
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Season 4 Episode 5, “Judge MacArthur”): Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is a Harvard alum, therefore “The League” had Fitzpatrick playing the “smart and obnoxious Harvard grad” stereotype. Fitzpatrick was a guest speaker at an event to encourage more children to read. Before his talk began, Fitzpatrick was talking to the neurotic league member Ruxin, and constantly corrected Ruxin’s grammatical errors (i.e. Ruxin said “for all intensive purposes” instead of “for all intents and purposes”). Ruxin took a swing at Fitzpatrick, and ended Kevin’s chances of being a judge (a person considering hiring Kevin as a judge was there).
2. Sidney Rice, Brent Grimes and Maurice Jones-Drew (Season 3 Episode 1, “The Lockout”): I know this isn’t a single person, but these three players collectively produced the extremely clever “Shiva Bowl Shuffle,” a remake of the 1985 Bears’ famous “Super Bowl Shuffle.” All of these players were on Ruxin’s league-winning fantasy football team from the previous season, and now Ruxin got them to record a video he would later show rest of the members of his league. Jones-Drew bragged about how he was Ruxin’s 1st round pick, Rice mentioned how he came of the injured reserve to help Ruxin in the last few weeks, and Grimes, cornerback on the Atlanta Falcons, sings about how his Falcons helped Ruxin out with many crucial interceptions. Overall, it was an excellent way to start off the season.
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1. Chad Johnson, (Season 2 Episode 1, “Vegas Draft”): To kick off the second season, the gang headed to Las Vegas for their fantasy draft, and had Johnson as their MC. In general, the man formerly known as Chad Ochocinco is an outgoing person with no filter, and he was no different in this episode. His recurring “child, please” catchphrase and his awesome song with the clueless Taco, “I’m Inside of Me” made this one of the funniest episodes in the show’s history.