There are often posts on AP debating the merits of various sports/football movies. With that in mind I'd like to point out to everybody that ESPN Classic announced today they will be the cable TV home from reruns of NBC/DirecTV's Friday Night Lights. FNL is not just a great sports drama, it is quite simply one of the very best dramatic series ever broadcast on American television. It always astounded me that the show never found a massive audience but maybe it will be like The Wire and grow it's audience via word of mouth after the show is out of production. If you are a fan of Buzz Bisinger's book the series is based on you will love this show. If you were a fan of the movie version you will love this show. Hell, the television series is significantly better than the movie. If you grew up playing high school football in a small town you will love this show. If you've ever coached sports you will love this show. I cannot express in more glowing terms how consistently great this Peabody Award winning show is. I can't imagine anybody not loving it.
Before I moved to California I was a high school coach in the KC area. I played football in high school and primarily coached wrestling, with a little bit of football thrown in. As a former coach I have to say I have never seen anything get it right like this show does.
The cast is great -- in ten years people will look back on this show and see how many acting careers were made from it.
People who don't live on either of the coasts often complain about not being well represented in the media. For those of you who live in the middle part of the country, you've never been better represented before.
If you missed out on Friday Night Light before ESPN Classic has come to your rescue.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.