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The Fantasy Football League (of Sinister Secularists)

by Noah Lugeons

A few weeks ago I did a diatribe about the importance of community in the atheist movement.  It was really well received and we got a number of complimentary emails from atheists around the world telling us the stories of what they were doing to help build secular communities.

After reading a few of them, it occurred to me that I could be doing a lot more.  The podcast and all it’s ancillary media provide a bit of community, but it’s only a fraction of what we could do.  To be truly effective with our message it’s going to take more than a bunch of voices singing their own tune.  Once in a while we’re going to have to be able to agree on a song and to do that, we need strong communities.

So I decided to combine my passion and a hobby I’m pretty passionate about; fantasy football.

I know that people who don’t play fantasy football probably think it’s insanely silly, but it’s something I’ve been doing for a couple of years and both Heath and I are avid players.  It’s a fun competition among friends that keeps me engaged for months at a time and has helped me cement a lot of friendships.  It’s also something that can be done entirely online between people who have never met.

Which makes it perfect for a group of atheist podcasters.

So I reached out to every atheist podcaster I knew (which is starting to be a substantial list) and a bunch of them that I don’t know to see if there was any interest in an all-secular-podcasters fantasy league.  And as it turns out, there was plenty.  It only took a few days to fill the league up with 10 people representing a half-dozen podcasts (and a secular website because one person backed out last minute).

We’ll be drafting this Sunday and I’m really excited about it.  I’ll apologize in advance to any of our readers that could not possibly give a shit about fantasy football, because I’m sure I’ll be bringing it up again.

And at the risk of being accused of name dropping, I’ll satisfy the curiosity of anyone wondering who else is playing:

And if you noticed that there are only 8 players listed, very observant.  I didn’t list me because there’s nothing to be gained from dropping my own name.  We also have an additional player who is playing for a podcast that’s no longer in production, but I’ll be updating this as soon as I have access to her archives.

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  1. John
    August 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    That is fucking awesome! Also, thanks for posting the list of podcasters; I have not heard of ‘Post Rapture Looting’. I will have to checkout his podcast.

  2. Jerry Ray Howell
    August 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    All great podcast and I do wish I was able to just hear the comments and smack talk that will be going on! Maybe I should get back into playing FF myself.

  3. Jerry Ray Howell
    August 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    John, PRT is a pretty good podcast. Great name for sure!

  4. Michele
    August 25, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Noah, I hope you will keep us up-to-date on the rankings. I already have a few favs from your list that I’ll be rooting for!

  5. August 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    When you say fantasy football, do you mean real football or that bad American attempt at a rugby type game..
    I’ll get my coat, I’m feeling it’s best f I leave now.

    • August 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Nah, sit down, stay awhile. I couldn’t agree more that it’s a silly-ass name for a sport. Well, for a sport where you hardly ever use your feet, anyway. Not sure why we Americans can’t just call it “gridiron” and move on. What the hell is the point of naming such a cool sport after soccer?

      • polomint38
        August 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Noah, I am no expert when it comes to sport, I support a “Football” team called Millwall.
        We have 2 goals this season, after 4 games, 1 of these goals was scored by the other team by mistake.
        We played the first half of Saturday’s game in the away strip of our opponents Sheffield Wednesday, because we forgot to bring our kit.
        Maybe next season we could be sponsored by McDonald’s and all dress like clowns.

      • August 25, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        I am a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars (America’s Millwall) so at the very least I can empathize…

        Also worth noting that a curly rainbow wig would be an improvement over the dumbass helmets my team has adopted this year.

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