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Thursday, September 14, 2006

I know everyone is probably watching Project Runway on Wednesday nights but if you get a chance, you really should check out Two-A-Days on MTV. It's about a high school football team in Alabama and it's really good--granted, there's some of the inevitable staging that comes with any MTV show, but I think it looks at something you don't see discussed much on-line (or, at least, not in the areas I frequent) and that's just how important sports are in a lot of high schools.*

Still questioning why in the world you should watch the show? Okay. Here's two moments (one from the first episode, and one from the third) that are worth checking out:

1. There's a player who, at eighteen, is already recuperating from surgery due to injuries and therefore isn't playing up to what the coaches think is his potential. The player goes home after practice and, during dinner, his mom asks him how he's feeling. He starts talking about stuff and his stepfather looks at him and says, "You're eighteen. You don't have any problems." And his face just collapses. It's one of those exquisitely painful moments that reminds you how the whole "You're young! You can't possibly have problems!" crap is right up there with "These are the best years of your life!" as the most annoying things anyone can ever hear.

2. The team loses a game and the coach screams at the quarterback, who, as the coach had observed earlier, had gotten hit pretty hard ("I never heard a head make a sound like that before, ha ha!"). The quarterback, looking totally dazed, sits there getting yelled at, listens to the post-game dissection of how much they all suck, says he knows he let everyone down, and then goes out into the parking lot and collapses. Turns out he has a concussion, but didn't say anything, and when he finds out he's going to have to sit out at least one game (if not more) he tries to be stoic, but you can tell he's devastated, especially since he comes from a family that's provided a seemingly endless supply of outstanding quarterbacks for the team.

Anyway, as the show airs on MTV, it's on all the time, so if you happen across it, give it a chance.

Other stuff:

The American Library Association (ALA)'s Banned Books Week is September 23-30, 2006, and, as of now, you can download information about the program, view the Most Challenged Books of 2005, and vote for your favorite banned or challenged books at http://www.ala.org/bbooks

As If! -- Authors Support Intellectual Freedom -- Young Adult authors report on challenges their books, as well as others, face.

And from the previous link: Banned Book Bracelets. LOVE!

*Although the New York Times seems to think the show visits a quaint and all-but-vanished era, saying, "And if you're interested in the 1950's -- when high school football players were titans, private doubts haunted them and cheerleaders gave them comfort -- you might visit Hoover, Ala., the Colonial Williamsburg of the Eisenhower era." Because, you know, high school football is DEAD! Except someone forgot to tell all the high schools in my area.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has the New York Times picked up a copy of, I don't know, Sports Illustrated lately? A "dead" sport that gets an entire top 25 issue and now has a weekly page devoted to it? It's not just the South and Texas where high school football is HUGE.

I meant to check out two-a-day but I missed the first episode and then I was all, hrm, should I? But I will make the effort.

Are you going to watch Friday Night Lights? Airing ... um, soon? I loooooooooooooooved the movie (who knew Tim McGraw could act?) and am looking forward to the show.

Some days I feel like the only person in blog land not watching Project Runway.


September 14, 2006 3:16 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Yeah, one of the things I don't like about the Times is how they sometimes seem to forget that the rest of the world isn't like the metro NY area.

I am going to watch Friday Night Lights! I've never seen the movie, but I've heard good things about the show from people who've seen the pilot.

I sometimes feel like I'm the only person who doesn't watch Project Runway too.

September 14, 2006 4:29 PM  

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