Documentary Shines a Light on the Craziness of Youth Football in Texas

Jan 22, 2015 By Promoted Content 0

If you’ve ever been involved in youth sports, you know that some parents and coaches are…crazy. There’s really no other way to put it. They’re absolutely nuts.

Cheering loudly or hollering to make sure your voice gets across the field is one thing, but the truly insane parents and coaches go way beyond this — berating kids, fighting with referees, throwing things, and just generally fuming as if the universe hangs in the balance and everything will be decided by a child’s game.

And nowhere is this a part of kids’ sports culture more than among the coaches, parents, and players of the Texas Youth Football Association. Here, winning is everything. Effort, teamwork, sportsmanship — all these values take a backseat…unless they’re going to improve the odds of a win.

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In its first season, the Esquire Network documentary series Friday Night Tykes took a hard look at this league, focusing on how coaches behave with their young athletes. Unsurprisingly, it’s not all that great. We see coaches doing everything from swearing at their teams to — perhaps most crazy of all —instructing them to injure other players.

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This Extremely Outgoing “Nobody” Took New York Comic Con by Storm as Real-life Peter Griffin

Jan 8, 2015 By Abraham 2

Robert Franzese is a big guy who loves doing character voices. He also happens to have green pants, a white shirt, and some round glasses. Add that all together and, as it turns out, you get Family Guy‘s Peter Griffin in real life.

And when he brings this character to the New York Comic Con, he is an absolute star…

He says of the experience…

I go to work and I’m like a nobody. I have a nobody job, making nobody pay. But then I go to New York Comic Con and people are pulling out phones like I’m fricking Brad Pitt. It makes me feel like a million bucks.