The whole town weighing in on the game. The signs in everyone's yard. The "Gone to the Game" signs on business fronts. Yep. High school football is almost as important as religion here. In some circles, it's more important. (I'd point to the "House Divided" bumper stickers/decals as proof.) The feeling of perfection witnessed when that perfect spiral is released and an entire stadium holds their breath, hoping the receiver catches it.
How everyone knows each player's name. All the way to third and fourth string (if larger than 2A.) Now granted, I was 5A. In fact, I was State Champion 5A, I thank you. But I live in a 2A town now, my dad grew up in a 1A, and I love high school football. I frickin' LOVE high school football. NFL wears me out, but lord, I love high school football. (And Pee Wee football makes me "awww!" with the cuteness, but I digress.)
I teared UP when those kids held their hands up with fingers crossed? GOOD LORD, I have done that in a game. Do y'all do that outside of Texas? Does the opposing team kneel down in respect while the EMTs check out the injured player? 'Cause we do that here. I remember my cousin's football team his senior year. He was a running back, his good friend Tyler was the QB. Tyler was gonna be Heisman material, had a full ride to BYU, which was the SHIT in the early 90s. Tyler got hit just like on this show. Tyler was paralyzed. Tyler's girlfriend, the head cheerleader, stood by him and married him. I think they're still married. Okay, that was just a random remembrance.
ANYWAY. I have two quibbles, but they're teeny tiny.
- If this is in West Texas, half of that cheer team would be Hispanic girls with impeccable hair. And flawless makeup. Not one to be seen! No way, people. Hire some Latinas and gain credibility.
- Also, if this is West Texas,
not even Midland nor Odessa is large enough to support a Dillards[eta!](Yes they are! But I still stand by the fact that small towns like "Dillon" where the coach's wife is excited about his and hers closets - the kids wouldn't be wearing several hundred dollar outfits.) Those kids dress WAY too nice. Some of them were right, but it's a LONG drive to Amarillo or El Paso, and even then, you're looking at JC Penny's and Bealls' for your high-end store, especially on a small town income. I wish TV execs/costumers would go realistic in the clothing department on shows like this.
Like I said. TEENY TINY quibbles. The characters feel real. They talk right. Hell, they got the West Texas accent down. *cough* George STILL doesn't have it all the way. Heh. OH! And I feel very strongly that in Real Life, the coach would have brought that grieving mother the game ball. Signed. By every member of that boy's team.
If they have every one in the HS hanging out at Sonic, parked on the "cool side" (and if you don't know which is which, I'm not telling) I may freak out with the accuracy of small town life. And there would be a bonfire before the game, too. One the whole town turned out for. (Or the night before. I'm just saying.)
This may be one of the best sports TV shows ever, and one of the best new shows of the fall lineup. If you aren't watching, you should fic that! It comes on at 7/8pm C/E tonight on NBC. Or hell. I'll upload it to YSI if you missed it and wanna watch. Just say the word.
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