5 Netflix Shows to Make Your Football Lover Happy
Oh, Fall. How I love thee. How can I not? It’s the season that was created for Gingers… the colors were made for us and the cooler weather means our fair skin can stay outside longer than 5 minutes at a time. My boots get dusted off, polished up and slowly but surely, the layers start to happen. It’s the season for fall festivals, state fairs, Oh, Fall. How I love thee and trips to the mountains. But one of THE best parts of fall is:
I am not a die-hard sports fanatic but I admit that I love me some football. While I enjoy watching NFL (Go Cowboys!) my heart is with Friday Night Lights and College games. There is just something so raw and passionate about young athletes who are in it for the love of the game and the hopes of making it to the big show. Most Friday nights, you’ll find me at our high school watching the game and whenever I get the chance (or someone has an extra ticket), I’ll head to a college game… don’t even care who the school is.
It’s hard to find a day in the week when you can’t find a football game on tv.. pretty sure that I can only think of 2 days and that would be Tuesday and Wednesday. And while you should probably take advantage of those two days and clear your honey-do list so your game-day self can watch all the football you want without any feelings of guilt (or glaring from the SO, kids, and dog), what if you just have to have a little taste? Sure you can flip on one of the hundreds of channels dedicated to football but I’ve got something different.
5 Football Shows on Netflix
Last Chance U – Last Chance U follows a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL. The football players are the latest recruits to East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), an undefeated team with 3 National Championship wins over four years under their belt. The EMCC Lions have become a phenomenon in junior college sports, attracting elite athletes, some of whom have been held back by poor academic performance or behavioral issues. Netflix has just announced that there will be a 2nd season of Last Chance U which will follow the next group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL.
We Could Be King – Every town or city has their rivalry and Philadelphia is no exception. This documentary follows the story of Martin Luther King High School and Germantown High and how they’re faced with not just life challenges, but a challenge most schools know all too well – budget cuts. A budget cut that means these two rivalries are now ONE team. For so many athletes in low-income situations, they view sports as their one way out and one shot at making something bigger and better than themselves. Remember what I said about high school football? Raw? Passionate? This is it, folks. Right here.
Friday Night Tykes – Texas: where the only thing bigger and more plentiful than the football stadiums are the churches. Football is big business in Texas and you are either a player, a cheerleader, or dating someone who is. Their high school stadiums put a lot of college ones to shame and I’m pretty damn sure the phrase “Friday Night Lights” was coined in Texas. There is a huge amount of pressure on boys in Texas to play football and they start grooming them at as young as 3 and 4. This documentary follows that exact pressure and the effect that it has on the athletes, their families, coaches, and anyone who comes in their path on their way to victory.
30 for 30 – While this 69-episode documentary series from ESPN (which began on their 30th anniversary) isn’t solely on Football, I’d guesstimate that over 60% of the episodes are. From college to pro to retired vets and fans plus more, there is plenty to keep your football lover happy for a few days or more.
Mascots – Okay… this one isn’t a documentary (it’s actually billed as a mockumentary) and it’s not even about football but it IS about mascots and they are a HUGE part of all football teams. All teams, really. The film takes place in the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots where they compete for the most prestigious award in their field, the Gold Fluffy. And hello… Jane Lynch is in it?! It debuts October 13th exclusively on Netflix – check out the trailer…
Catch you at the tailgate!!