Friday Night Tykes: NFL Not Impressed

    January 8, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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You may or may not have seen the ad for the new Esquire show, “Friday Night Tykes”. It features a bite-size version of adult football. By that I mean there’s rough contact, injuries, and coaches screaming all sorts of obscenities at children. All the things that build “winning mentalities”, right?

Well, not everyone is impressed with the inside look at Texas youth football.

An NFL spokesman referred to the trailer for the show as “troubling to watch”, especially the head-to-head collisions, a type of contact known to cause serious injuries and even brain damage. The spokesman was quick to distance the show from the NFL’s own Heads Up Football Program, which the person said encourages safety in youth programs.

In contrast, a spokeswoman for the Esquire Network called the show an “authentic and provocative glimpse into an independent youth football league in Texas.” Where authenticity is concerned, there’s no doubt that those are real kids. However, provocative might just be another word for exploiting the mental and physical pain of children for money. Like child pageant reality television, only without the poofy dresses and tiaras (and come on, we all know at least one stage mom has been tackled).

Perhaps even more telling is the attempt to rationalize the stage parent/coach behavior behind the series where, “coaches and parents offer insight into why they believe they are teaching their children valuable lessons about discipline and dedication”.

So wait, this isn’t the wet dream of hyper-paternal figures who feel that swearing at little boys and encouraging violence that could permanently damage their still growing bodies will teach them to be real men and not “wussies”? Who else is flabberghasted?

In any case, one has to wonder what it means when persons representing the grown-up version of what this show is hoping to emulate are backing away from being associated with it. Friday Night Tykes too gritty for the NFL? Perish the thought.

Image via Esquire Youtube

  • That is America!

    Parents are shocked by this? Really? Now? That has been going on for decades!!! My God, where have parents been? Under rocks? It is kind of like when parents don’t think their young teenage daughters are screwing even though they see them go to school in g-strings, short skirts, and high heels. Are we really this clueless?

    Okay America, let me break it down for you. There are lots of coaches like this and even more fans. Too many adults live through their kids and half the asshole parents you see at youth sport events sucked at sports when they were kids. Then when these kids get older and go into high school, there will be more assholes just like this and there will be steroids. The big high school sports programs in this nation also pay for players, move families, give people jobs, and pay off players. Then when a high school player gets to college, it gets even worse. Teachers pass players, boosters pay players, boosters higher hookers to screw players, players get tests via the Greek system, and steroid use is rampant. Houses are bought for parents and a lot of stuff is done in cash. Just like Cam Newton once said. Where Reggie Bush went wrong is that he didn’t get everything in cash. The house is what killed him.

    Grow up America and stop living in the made up fantasy world you bought into all your life. The white picket fence, two kids, the honest cop, the noble President, apple pie, noble America, and all that nonsense. The real world is not like that and those things don’t exist. You see the evidence all around you.

    Now if you want to change things — then good. I am all for it. But before you change things, you first have to know how they really are and stop living in a dream world.

    By the way, all those coaches should be fired. But that won’t happen because all America cares about is winning. The really good coaches often don’t win because they care more about their players than they do about winning. The best coach is the one who plays everyone regardless of skill level so they all develop some self esteem and learn how to work as a team. But a coach that does that always loses. Then he will be let go, because he isn’t playing the best.

    Look at yourselves in the mirror America. You are the cause of all this. De-emphasize winning and this wouldn’t happen. Don’t let ESPN create a whole network around high school sports. Tell them enough is enough. But you won’t. ESPN will make that network. High School will become like College. College will become like the Pros. Then we will all wonder what happened and how did it get this way.