I’m not much of a Fantasy Football person, despite A) loving football like it was my adopted child and B) being an uber stats nerd.
You would think the two go hand in hand, but alas, I don’t have the patience for it. I come out of the gate fast and furious, not unlike Vin Diesel, and then like the actor about a few weeks into things I sputter out and trade off all my players worth anything. This has also been known to happen during the baseball season.
I think, mostly, it’s that getting obsessed about the fantasy side of the sport takes away from my enjoyment of actually watching and following the games. Don’t get me wrong, that makes absolutely no sense at all, but that’s how it is. Still, I love listening to my buddies’s glory stories. How last year someone changed their team name to “Tom Brady” or how one guy almost ran the table or how one person doesn’t draft anyone on the Colts because Dungy is notorious for bagging the final two or three games of the season.
So more than anything else, Fantasy Football is about your dude(tte) friends. The documentary 10 Yards celebrates all of this.? Though it’ll be available on DVD at the end of September, you can watch it now for free thanks to SnagFilms (the Hulu of documentaries).? The filmmakers decided to eschew a traditional release platform, releasing it for free on iTunes (next two weeks only) as well.? Oh wait, but that’s not all.? You can also download music from the soundtrack for free at OurStage.com.
The film includes interviews with current and former NFL players including Shannon Sharpe, ‘Boomer’ Esiason, Desmond Clark, Chester Taylor, Ryan Longwell, Jarrod Cooper, Bernard Berrian, Artose Pinner, Steve Beuerlein and Andrew Walter; with footage from from Lansing, Detroit, Oakland, Birmingham, San Diego, Raton, NM, Denver, Seattle, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New England’s Gillette Stadium, Miami, Minneapolis and Concrete, WA.
“10 Yards is a movie about bonding with your buddies,” said Hunter Weeks, director of the film in a press release. “We’re excited to release this movie in a way that gives fantasy football leagues and curious fans the chance to view it immediately and everywhere.”
Though the movies captures the phenomenon of 20 million fantasy football fans it aims its lense on the whacked-out j.fred’s Intergalactic Championship League, where the top prize is a box of Twinkies.
In many ways, you can feel the cracks of traditional theatrical release beginning to widen.? Not necessarily because of this movie, but just in general.