About a month ago, my good friend Walt started talking up Friday Night Lights. My dad had loved the show, and I spent five years ignoring him (because basically I’ve spent my entire life ignoring him only to figure out later he was right), but I started watching, and man am I hooked.
I guess the main reason I didn’t watch it was because I watch so much football, who wants to watch a show about football? That was where I made my mistake. Football is peripheral to the show. It’s just a damned good drama about teenage angst, teenage love, growing up, parenthood and parenting, the importance of adult role models, the mistakes people make and how they impact those they love, how things change even though we don’t want them to, and so on. I went to a school that was state champs my sophomore and senior year, and runner-up my junior year, and football was king, so a lot of it resonates on a personal level.
Regardless, it’s just a really good show. Which you all probably know, because you watched it while it was on. Well, I didn’t, and let me just say it is a great show for anyone else out there who resisted the urge.
Also, too- I’d club someone with an iron pipe to hang out with Tyra.