04 October 2009

Let the right one in

Listening to: April March, "Chick Habit." I saw Tarantino's "Death Proof" a few weeks ago and we know Quetin always chooses amazing songs. This one will stick in your head for days after just one listen.

A few years ago, Bill Simmons came up with the amazing idea to start a celebrity fantasy league. I immediately pulled a few friends together and tried it out for a summer. That experience (kind of) led to the writing of Exclusively Chloe. During our ten week trial season, we discovered that the babies of celebrities were getting just as much coverage as the celebrities themselves. For example, Sean Preston-Spears almost doubled the next closest male competitor's scores (including Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, and his own daddy, Kevin Federline). This made me think, "Hum, what will Maddox Jolie-Pitt and these other kids be like when they grow up?" That curiosity helped fuel my book.

Well, Mr. Simmons has done it again. On a recent podcast, he and his friends did a fantasy draft for MTV's newest Real World / Road Rules challenge, The Ruins. Throughout the Inferno 2, Simmons and his friend Dave Jacoby, "The Czar of Reality Television," would periodically recap the events and comment on how MTV challenges should replace hockey (or baseball) as the fourth major American sport. I agreed, wholeheartedly.

After listening to their fantasy draft, I went ahead and assembled four other MTV challenge fanatics and we're embarking on our inaugural season. We just completed our draft and I couldn't be more excited about Wednesday's new episode. Feel free to follow along because you know you are (secretly) addicted to these challenge shows too, right?