Web Series Wednesday: In Honor of Super Bowl Sunday…

/ Jan 28, 2015

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Super Bowl XLIX is coming up on Sunday. In anticipation of the big game between the Seahawks and the Patriots, here are some sports-focused web series that will take you “behind the masks” of professional mascots, in the midst of a fantasty football draft, and to the dark side of playing pro football. If you’re not much of a sports fan, we threw in a show about a different kind of “game” as a bonus…

After getting a taste of some mystery series last week, we’d like to solve a few more for next week. If you know of any good mystery web series, send them over to [email protected].

Tough Season

This show from The Onion is a hilarious look at fantasy football. Featuring actual NFL players (with whom the fantasy owners appear to have actual relationships with), the show is narrated by a deep, omniscient voice and portrays tense rivalries, wonderfully humiliating failures, and touching triumphs. Sponsored by Lenovo, the web series even incorporates the company’s laptops in ways that will make you laugh.

Behind the Mask

We’ve written plenty about Hulu’s show that stars real-life, big and small team mascots. We’ve done this because it’s so good. The series breaks down the contrast between how these mascots are perceived and how the people who play them actually feel. “Behind the Mask” expores the mask-wearers’ varying goals, show personalities, and real personalities (which sometimes overlap). Overall, the web series makes you think about something you’ve probaby only given a passing mental glance in the past.

Sports Jeopardy

With iconic Dan Patrick as host, Crackle’s “Sports Jeopardy” actually takes on the form a sports season itself. The three winners throughout the season with the highest scores get to compete for a whole $50,000 in a final game (as opposed to the usual $5,000 per show). The sports trivia itself starts out deceptively easy (where in upstate New York did those wings come from?) but will ultimately appeal to those with genuine savvy.

Casualties of the Gridiron

This GQ documentary series explores the dark side of professional football in the US. In episode one, for instance, Ray Lucas talks about his addiction to pain pills, which stemmed from the multiple injuries he sustained while in the NFL, including herniated discs and 19 (known) concussions. Overall, the web series focuses on rehabilitation for retired NFL players, but not without honing in on the professional sport that led them to need it.

LARPs

For the true geeks out there, mainstream sporting events may not prove of interest, even (especially?) surrounding the Super Bowl. Luckily, Geek and Sundry has got a series about live-action role play. Called “LARPs,” this show has excellent production quality, a fairly original premise (though it resembles other Geek and Sundry series, “The Guild”), and loveable (okay, likeable) characters.

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