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The League Season 6 Episode 2 “Tefl-Andre”

The League  “Tefl-Andre” Season 6 Episodes 2 air Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:00-11:00 pm on FXX. Episode Synopsis : The League Season 6 Episode 2 “Tefl-Andre” – Jay Glazer does a big favor for Andre, Kevin is diagnosed with Low T, Ruxin meddles with Baby Geoffrey’s Little League team. Read More... //

Top Moments: Stephen Colbert Dares to Dream, the Saved by the Bell Movie Is a Real Nightmare

  Our top moments of the week: 11. Best Explanation: Remember when Gwen Stefani Adele Dazeem-ed Stephen Colbert's name at the Emmys? According to Adam Levine , Stefani was super-nervous backstage, even after he offered a helpful mnemonic device . "We're going up there, and the whole time she's like, 'I can't pronounce Colbert. I can't pronounce it,'" Levine says on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon . "I was like, 'If he wins, think: cold bear.'" Of course, Stefani went with...   //

The League Season 6 Premiere 2014 “Sitting Shiva”

The League  “Sitting Shiva” Season 6 Episodes 1 air Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:00-11:00 pm on FXX. Season Premiere. Episode Synopsis : The League Season 6 Episode 1 “Sitting Shiva” – Kevin struggles with being married to the Shiva champ. Andre’s new found confidence is unbearable. Taco hits the links. The guys attend a funeral. Read More... //

‘The League’ Season 6 Premiere Date Announced

The League  is reconvening Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:00 PM ET/PT for the season six premiere on FXX. New episodes of  Ali G Rezurection  will folow weekly at 10:30 PM. Read More... //

SideReel Takes One for the Team

March is an epic sports month. Baseball is back, March Madness is imminent (or in progress, depending on when you're reading this), regular season pro-basketball and hockey games start to have a desperate feel to them. (Also, it's lacrosse season, which probably means something to a select few!) SideReel doesn't cover sports, but we do cover sports-themed television, so we've put together a list of the most sportacular episodes of our favorite shows. Did your choice make the Elite Eight?   How I Met Your Mother  S3E14: The Bracket (The Final Four) Truthfully, this is only tangentially related to sports, but given that it was a nod to the, uh... growing field of bracketology (and not at all a shameless ploy to promote CBS 's ownership of the NCAA Basketball tournament), but it is a well-crafted episode that finally acknowledges that Barney is kind of (and by kind of I mean extremely) cruel to women. Turns out that in the aftermath of being Barn-stormed (did he ever use that? If not, he should have), they don't really hold him in high regard. Also, basketball is referenced.   Friday Night Lights  S7E42: State Season one of FNL was basically flawless. From its heartbreaking pilot to its joyful finale, it was a perfect and gorgeously paced paean to the long game. For my money, "State" has the most touching scene in the entire series: the victory parade set to Tony Lucca 's cover of Texas legend Daniel Johnston 's " Devil Town ". As the Greek chorus that is local sports radio says of Coach Eric Taylor at the end, "He healed this team, and he healed this town."     The Simpsons  S3E17: Homer at the Bat There are many strange and wonderful moments in the third season of The Simpsons , but this episode certainly serves as a time capsule of the era we chose to believe the best of our baseball players. The roster of stars in this episode also does double-duty as a list of "Yikes, that guy! Eeesh." True, there are some on there who survived the '90s with their reputations intact, but there were some other spectacular flameouts. Luckily, the best line in the episode is uttered by good guy Ken Griffey, Jr., and I'll tune in every time to hear him say, "There's a party in my mouth, and everyone's invited!" (a line he reportedly had great trouble recording).   Switched at Birth  S7E40: Game On Switched at Birth is a pioneering show that should get more respect among the wider population than it does. Newsflash, America: ABC Family is not just for teens! Aside from the fact that it's given wonderful exposure to the deaf community, its characters have real, multidimensional personalities. Bay Kennish is a talented modern artist, while Daphne Vasquez (the terrific Katie Leclerc) is a gifted basketball player. "Game On" puts her team (from Carlton School for the Deaf) into a regional basketball tournament—and they truly shine. Sure, the underdog victory is a frequently-used trope on TV, but SaB never makes it feel trite, just exciting, honest, and well-deserved.   Star Trek: Deep Space Nine  S7E4: Take Me Out to the Holosuite There's no crying in spaceball! I was always charmed by DS9 's references to baseball as an obscure and weird obsession of Captain Sisko's. It was one of those things that made the show actually feel like it was from the future, looking at something so omnipresent to us now the way we look at the harpsichord. Imagine trying to learn a sport that went out of fashion hundreds of years ago—and playing it against a species that's stronger, smarter, and (supposedly) unphased by pressure? Vulcans are practically naturally dosed with PEDs! It's a cheerful hour in an overwhelmingly dark final season, and all the more wonderful for that.   The Colbert Report  S6E11: Dick Ebersol Stephen Colbert takes on speedskating and the Winter Olympics in general in this 2010 episode featuring Shani Davis and then-head of NBC Sports, Dick Ebersol. Doing what he does best—skewering those who take themselves too seriously, something the Winter Olympics (and the Summer Olympics!) have long been guilty of—Colbert is untouchable. The guy probably deserves some kind of gold medal—in fact, I'm sure he'd be the first to agree.     It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia  S5E7: The Gang Wrestles for the Troops Pro-wrestling is a sport! Or, at the very least, it's a "sport"... probably... maybe. Its overt narcissism and "villainy" are the same qualities found in an average episode of It's Always Sunny , which make the two an ideal match. Plus, having donned their eagle (pigeon) costumes, the guys sing about being BIRDS OF WAR before taking on poor Rickety Cricket, shown here having the most demeaning moment of his life up to this point. Oh, Cricks, it doesn't get better. [Sadface.]   The League  S2E13: The Sacko Bowl SideReel kind of loves The League ! And by kind of, I mean WE LOVE THE LEAGUE ! None of us actually do fantasy sports, but it doesn't stop us from enjoying it vicariously through this show, what with its excellent cast and mean jokes (we, too, are excellent and mean). So it's appreciated that there's a competition for last place (the titular bowl) which leads to a year-long shaming of the "winner." We're not bad people, we just like watching them on TV.   Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of When she was 8, she asked a JCC basketball coach to take her out of the game due to perspiration. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

'The League' finale: A Hanukkah miracle for Jenny

"The League" Season 5 came to a close Wednesday (Nov. 20) with a double feature -- "Baby Geoffrey Jesus" and "The Eight Defensive Points of Hanukkah."In the first episode, it's Ruxin vs. Sophia for how baby Geoffrey is going to be raised, Jewish or Catholic. And Jenny gets some lineup advice from her friend Ben, which Pete is highly offended by -- "I don't want to live with someone who doesn't respect me as a fantasy football player" -- so he stays with Pete for a while.The final episode features Jenny vs. Andre for the Shiva and Kevin vs. Pete for the Sacko/Ruxin, plus Andre teaming up with a fellow plastic surgeon Dr. Hector Rocha (Aziz Ansari) -- but Rocha gets Andre to sign a contract saying he'll work for "No Child Cleft Behind" in El Salvador for three years, because Andre is a dummy who didn't read it.In the end, though, Rafi and Ruxin's... //

The League Season 5 Episode 13 Finale 2013 - “The 8 Defensive Points of Hanukkah”

The League  “The 8 Defensive Points of Hanukkah” Season 5 Episodes 13 air Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 10:30-11:00 pm on FXX. Season Finale. Episode Synopsis :  “The 8 Defensive Points of Hanukkah”- The Shiva and The Ruxin are on the line; Andre confronts the one plastic surgeon in Chicago; Rafi tries to collect a debt from Ruxin’s sister Rebecca; TacoCorp. launches The Eskimo Brothers Database.  Read More... //

The League Season 5 Episodes 12 - “Baby Geoffrey Jesus“

The League  “Baby Geoffrey Jesus” Season 5 Episodes 12 air Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 10:00-10:30 pm on FXX. Season Finale. Episode Synopsis : The League Season 5 Episode 12 “Baby Geoffrey Jesus” – It’s the playoffs for the Shiva. Ruxin and Sofia battle over what religion Baby Geoffrey will be. Andre tries a long con. Kevin worries he has been taking Jenny for granted. Read More... //

The League Season 5 Episode 11 “The Credit Alert”

The League  “The Credit Alert” Season 5 Episode 11 airs Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm on FXX. Episode Synopsis : “The Credit Alert” – Ellie’s basketball coach (Erin Heatherton) makes life tough on everyone. Pete dates a married woman and Andre tries to help with a trade. Read More... //

Watch the Cast of The League Hold a Fantasy Draft for Female TV Stars

  There is a very masculine hobby at the heart of FXX's hit sitcom The League : fantasy football. You don't have to be a man to manage a fantasy team, but the players you're drafting are as male as male can be. Football isn't Julie Klausner's cup of tea, so when she got together with some of the show's stars — Katie Aselton, Mark Duplass, Steve Rannazzisi, and Paul Scheer — she put a twist on their show's concept: Instead of picking dudes to play on fantasy teams, she made them draft fantasy TV-show casts from a long list of television's greatest female characters. Heated battle ensued. Watch what happened, then take a look at their finished fantasy lineups below and tell us which cast seems the most awesome. To paraphrase Hank Williams Jr.: Are you ready for some tee-veeeeee? //