Are you ready for Toddlers and Tiaras meets Friday Night Lights? Of course you aren't. Nobody is. But don't let that stop the Esquire Network (whatever that is) from televising what looks to be the most cringeworthy idea for a sports reality series imaginable.
The premiere airs on January 14th at 9 PM ET. Here's what the official description on the Esquire Network website says about the series:
"In America, football is king… and nowhere is football bigger than in Texas. With exclusive access to the 8 to 9 year-old Rookies division of the Texas Youth Football Association, this 10-part docuseries follows five teams on and off the field during the 2013 season. Throughout, coaches and parents offer insight into why they believe they’re teaching valuable lessons about discipline and dedication, but also grapple with serious questions about parenting, safety and at what price we're pushing our kids to win."
That's right - an entire reality series following grade school children playing football. Actually, check that. The series will follow the psychotic parents and coaches pushing these children to the brink. Oh, and those "serious questions" about safety appear to be a coach crawling on the ground beside a struggling 8 year old yelling at him that he can't quit and another coach screaming at an 8 year old to tell him to hit an opponent in the head even if it knocks him out. Watch the trailer below.
Nightmare reality series can fall in a few different categories. You have the ones that are ultimately meant to make you laugh along with the subjects like Ryan Lochte or Honey Boo Boo or even the one about Pete Rose. Then there are the ones that make you fear for humanity because of the people involved. Most of them air on TLC - Hoarders, Dance Moms, Toddlers & Tiaras, Extreme Cheapskates, My Strange Addiction. And then there's the Kardashians, they have an entire nightmare category to themselves.
Friday Night Tykes falls in that second, most disturbing category of reality shows. This spotlight on obsessive Texas youth football looks terrifying. In fact, this show may end up being the best advertisement to keep your kids away from football.
I'm a mother of two boys. They have played for 6 years and they LOVE it!!!! I personally think it teaches them about hard work and determination Now I don't think you need to curse the kids, but encourage them to do their best because in real life theywill compete for everything. They will have to compete for their jobs. So why not start them now by showing them go hard for what you want. And if they can't handle it go play flag football. But overall we love it. I have been wanting to do a reality show about youth football , but I guess they beat me to it.
I am a coach of 8 years in football, and I can not imagine coaching like this. 8 years and I have coached my team to four championships and not one day have I coached as these coaches do. It is a shame that parents would subject their kids to coaches like this and that this country would allow coaches to be open like this and nothing done to them. I literally heard a coach tell kids that he wanted all his kids to hit the other teams players in the head. That is teaching the kids illegal hits and yet we wonder why kids or men are hitting head to head. I want to meet these coaches so I can tell them how sad they are for coaching like this.
I think that they r being overkill on those children. Playing the game is one thing, but the coaches, overkill parents and the dr's or whoever push it hard on the kids are terrible. They should be held responsible for what they do to those kids.
Amazing how people can agree with this. Dance Moms and FNTykes is not borderline abusive, IT IS ABUSIVE. Adults hitting kids with tackling dummies, verbal abuse, and the ultimate lack of emotion for kids. As Americans we will complain and insist that child labor needs to stop but agree to this. This is not coaching and is not sport. Be careful folks, seems the children dont have a choice. Terrible exploatation of our youth and youth sports... Bigger is not Better...
@bucksbbq upon further review...let the kids play lol
@StockJockey I use to have a client in the Rio Grand Valley & they were huge into little league football. Serious business down there.
@awfulannouncing I would pay to see a Alabama version of this.
@awfulannouncing That 1:31 of video seems like good evidence in multiple Child Abuse cases!
@daykneeaj I played at that age but coaches were not quite as intense. Was not Texas tho, holy crap that trailer is insane