Tonight, after a long off-season highlighted by a bitter contract dispute between players and owners, the NFL returns to television and certain domination of Sunday afternoon/evening, Monday night, and maybe eventually Thursday night TV ratings from now until sometime in January.
All hail the king.
In honor of real (i.e. professional) football’s return, today’s open thread has to do with sports shows. What great (or awful) sports related shows do you remember, love, miss, or despise?
Friday Night Lights comes to mind immediately; everyone said it was great, but I never watched it. What about Phenom, the crappy early 90s sitcom about a high school girl/future tennis star? Or Arliss, that show on HBO years ago about a stuck up sports agent?
For some reason, I look back rather fondly on Playmakers, ESPN’s brief (and maybe only?) foray into original scripted programming. It focused on a bunch of misfit football players on some fictional pro-team; a few of them were drug-addicts, steroid users, or just generally violent jerks. Most of the other details of the show have faded into the mists of time for me, but I do remember enjoying it as a guilty pleasure while it was around. Turned out, it wasn’t for long. Rumor has it that the NFL, upset that anything associated with ESPN could possibly show football players (even if they were imaginary) in a negative light, called up the network and had them kill the project.
So, dear readers, what sports-related shows do you remember?