All-female fantasy football league is ‘The League’ meets ‘Sex and the City’

The Women Who Score league includes (back, l-r): Michelle, Ashley, Katie, Amy, (front, l-r) Elena, Cassidy, Erin, Keri. Not pictured: Jessica and Molly.

The Women Who Score all-femal fantasy football league includes (back, l-r): Michelle, Ashley, Katie, Amy, (front, l-r) Elena, Cassidy, Erin, Keri. Not pictured: Jessica and Molly.

When Michelle (left) and Amy (right) went to a Texans game, internet connectivity was bad, and Michelle couldn't set a lineup. Her chastising league-mates for failing to set their lineups came back to haunt her.

When Michelle (left) and Amy (right) went to a Texans game, internet connectivity was bad, and Michelle couldn’t set a lineup. Her chastising league-mates for failing to set their lineups came back to haunt her.

Every year, my fantasy football drafts involve a lot of yelling, bad jokes, cursing, beer-swilling and insults.

You know, guy stuff.

Deep in the heart of Texas, a very different fantasy football league draft happens each year. Its differences are apparent: the beer is replaced by mimosas, the insults are traded for hugs, and generally everyone supports each other.

This is the league you wish you were in. This is the all-female fantasy football league known as “Women Who Score.”

About that name …

“Basically because it sounds dirty and that’s awesome. We’re like ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘The League,’ except way more barbecue and tailgating, less Jimmy Choo,” explained Michelle, who asked that her last name not be used because of “too many creeps with dick AVIs on Twitter who stalk my shit.” (She’s known as @michellebbbbbb on Twitter.)

OK, so maybe the girls league has cursing too, but there are many obvious differences between your typical fantasy league and Women Who Score. There’s the meticulous brunch served at the draft. There’s “unanimous lusting for Tom Brady,” said league member Amy. And according to her, there’s not the usual amount of trash talk that accompanies some men-only leagues.

“There is some trash talk, but not to the point of crazy stuff I’ve seen in guys’ leagues,” she said. “I think it’s due to a mixture of estrogen, exhaustion due to everyone’s work and/or children, and an overall lack of penis envy.”

Katie, who is the reigning league champion, said being in an all-girls league – her first foray into fantasy football – is more welcoming.

“It’s fun with it being all girls because I think fantasy football can be pretty intimidating for women, since most guys take it so seriously,” she said. “We just wanted to have a league where we could have fun and not take things too seriously.”

Although the draft is all class and the league members are cultured, there are some elements to Women Who Score that were borrowed by the fairer sex.

“I think the original girls that have been around since the first year tried to have raunchy names,” said Katie, whose team is known as Blue Ball Carriers. “Since then, we’ve had more classy members join, so we have quite a mix.”

Michelle’s team is known as Victorious Secret. Cassidy is the team owner of Turn Down for Watt (there are a lot of Texans fans in the league, of course.) Elena named her team Belicheck Yo Self. Amy’s team name is Checkout my TDs.

Now in its third year, there are already some moments that many of the league members quickly recall as memorable. Everyone was quick to mention Michelle criticizing everyone else’s draft, and proceeding to finish in dead-last place last year.

“THE worst,” Michelle admitted. “I won one game and that bitch probably forgot to set her lineup.”

League member Ashley recalled a triumphant moment. She drafted Peyton Manning the first year he signed with the Broncos, with questions still swirling about his health and whether he’d ever regain his arm strength. “I sat him on the bench for the first several weeks and then he DOMINATED for my team for the rest of the season. I received SEVERAL inquiries about a trade while I still had him on my bench but refused to do so. Best. Decision. Ever.”

The genesis of Women Who Score was a general feeling among some of the women who had already been exposed to fantasy football through men in their lives that it was time to do their own draft. Or, as Michelle explained, “I think we were just tired of running our husbands’/boyfriends’ teams for them and thought we should create a league of our own.”

If you think the experienced fantasy football players like Michelle, who has been in fantasy sports (baseball first) since about 2000, have a huge advantage in this league, you’re wrong, she explained.

“In an all-girls league, I can’t use my charm and wit (and cleavage) when proposing trades, so that’s something I’ve had to work around,” she said.

But don’t be looking for an invitation to this league, guys. Women Who Score are very happy with how their league has grown without any testosterone (or very little) testosterone involvement.

“Our draft is a standard snake draft, but an auction draft with removal of clothes being currency was a close second,” Amy explained. “Our first two drafts were pretty casual. They were at my house and we had pizza and beer, while my husband ‘coached’ on who some of the girls shouldn’t draft. He also tried to explain why you shouldn’t draft based on a player’s looks, although he admitted that he considers Tom Brady an exception to the rule. … We’ve been testes-free ever since. We are classing it up a bit this year with a draft brunch.”

Sure, there are miscues that happen in the league that would drive husbands or boyfriends crazy, like an autodrafter almost winning the league one year, Andy Dalton going second overall in a draft, or someone forgetting to set a lineup. And when someone chose Ray Rice at this year’s draft, “a few of us threw up in our mouths,” Michelle said. But for this group, it’s OK if sometimes the football takes a back seat to fun.

During one year’s draft, they all wore pajamas.

“That was the only way you were allowed inside,” Michelle joked. “What, were we going to mud wrestle after the draft in our regular clothes? Yeah, right. It’s PJs or nothing.”

And while the Women Who Score league gives its exclusive membership a little female bonding time, Amy explained it can also bring them closer to the guys.

“All joking aside, I have really enjoyed getting into fantasy football,” she said. “My father was an All American Football player and my husband has plenty of ‘glory days’ stories of his own. Each Sunday after watching eight straight hours of RedZone, I can’t help but think that after all the years of making my husband watch ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ karma has finally caught up to me. Fantasy, while at times stressful to the point of questioning its benefit, has given my husband and I another thing we can share. I would encourage all women to try it out; they might accidentally find a new craving.”

Do these women ever have regrets about not having any men in the league?

“Not at all,” said Michelle. “It’s fun having something that’s just for us.”

The Women Who Score fantasy football league set aside the mimosas and got down to drafting.

The Women Who Score fantasy football league set aside the mimosas and got down to drafting.

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