'Season' of good cheer

Page 2's Bill Simmons has gone to Reality TV Heaven with the debut of ESPN's documentary on the Oakland Raiderettes.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:13 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

After MTV's "The Real World" became a pop culture phenomenon in the '90s, it was only a matter of time before the reality TV genre crossed over into sports.

Could any sports-related offerings compare to seven twenty-something strangers sharing a house, or 16 people stranded on an island, or even girls pledging for the homeliest sorority on campus? Probably not. But there's still a niche here, and it has been exploited pretty well by ESPN, HBO and Fox Sports Net over the past few years. ...

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