Thursday night (August 26) was extra long for a dozen MTV News staffers, as once the news-gathering day ended, the fantasy football day began. The 2010 NFL season begins on Thursday, September 9 when the Minnesota Vikings visit the New Orleans Saints in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game (for the rest of the league, the season starts on Sunday, September 12 — the same day as the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards). Once again, 12 members of the MTV News team have come together to square off against one another for fantasy football greatness.
Though the predominant attitude among fantasy football players seems to suggest a move away from the running back-centric focus of past years, but the MTV News fantasy football draft kept a strong focus on runners (13 of the first 24 picks were backs), but there were plenty of curve balls. There was a big run on receivers in the second round (Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White and Randy Moss all got snapped up) and many players seemed genuinely unconcerned about the running-back-by-committee situations on the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.
Like any event here in the MTV News offices, the start of the MTV News fantasy football draft required an appropriate song to kick off the festivities. Before MTV News Rock Editor James Montgomery made his opening pick (he chose Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson), the league cranked up Rick Ross’ “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast),” the unofficial song of the summer here in the MTV Newsroom. We got so wrapped up in the track that somebody even tried to draft Larry Hoover. We ended up having an excellent draft, so apparently the secret to an excellent evening begins with a little Maybach Music.