Let’s talk about what I did this weekend.
Ramble of the Day
Over the weekend, I went to go see Avengers: Infinity War, but that’s not what I’m going to tell you about.
I like to show up to movies a bit of time before the trailers start so I can get good seats, and the selection of clips that pop up on the screen beforehand range from boring to boring but vaguely weird. One of the things I’ve seen lately is TV host and 2006 Eurovision host Maria Menounos showing clips and telling the audience to subscribe to her newsletter or listen to her podcast or something like that. (It’s like a bit where every time you go to the movies, she’s got a new thing. Also, I only just found out she hosted Eurovision once. Promise.)
There are also advertisements for this thing called the Fantasy Movie League. The first time I heard those three words together, I was very confused. How do you participate in the Fantasy Movie League? Of course, the advertisement explained that it’s basically guessing which films will do the best at the box office and ranking them accordingly. That’s simple enough.
I could also ask the question about why this exists, but let’s go into a different rabbit hole instead. Clearly, you can turn anything into a Fantasy League. These things are not just limited to sports anymore, which begs the question: What other things might be suited for a Fantasy League format?
Maybe you could predict what was the most watched program on Netflix during a week. Perhaps we could have a Fast Food Fantasy League, where we guess which fast food restaurant sold the most french fries during the week? You could probably have something similar in relation to football transfer fees during the summer and winter windows, though the total duration of the season isn’t nearly as long here.
None of these sound that fun, at least to me. Then again, just because something doesn’t seem like a great idea doesn’t mean it won’t exist.
tl;dr: There’s this thing called the Movie Fantasy League.
Links of the Day
Michel Platini claims that the 1998 World Cup draw was fixed to ensure a France-Brazil final.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has not had his UK visa extended.
Sunderland Ladies have an uncertain future after dealing with the consequences of their parent club, Sunderland AFC, breaking ties with them.
Today’s longer read: Sid Lowe interviews Bojan Krkić on his struggle with anxiety for The Guardian