Skip to comments.NFL has concerns about Esquire Network's 'Friday Night Tykes' series (Video at Link)
Posted on 01/07/2014 5:04:37 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
One coach tells his players, "rip their freaking heads off and let them bleed." Another coach smacks a player in the head while telling him, "don't give me that soft crap."
The next season of HBO's "Hard Knocks?" An ESPN documentary on the famed defense of the 1985 Chicago Bears?
Nope. This is the Esquire Network's new show "Friday Night Tykes," a documentary about the Texas Youth Football Assn., whose players are under the age of 10.
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My son opted to have his kids play YMCA flag football instead.
Why not just let your boys wear skirts and panties?
There is nothing wrong with Texas football....except having grade schoolers playing their games in 110 degree heat in August, and the coaches are getting better about letting the boys drink water now.
It’s no accident that the NFL is full of players from TX and the South.
Being a man doesn’t require you to teach little kids to hurt each other. Its not like your kid is going to play in the NFL afterall.
I liked football and played it in school but this is too intense for nine year olds. As indicated in post 3, YMCA flag football is a much better alternative for young children.
Some of the greatest NFL players never put on the pads before high school. And one wonders how many potential greats were turned off the sport because of hollering coaches and being late growers.
Maybe it’s just me, but the idea of having amateur Greg Schianos screaming at little kids to hurt their opponents seems a bit excessive.
My twin boys are pretty athletic....They’ll letter in cross country, wrestling and track as Freshman. When they both decided to forego football, I wasn’t disappointed, not one little bit.
This is obviously over the top and totally wrong, but, the NFL can mind it’s own business.
While your point is valid, I've seen too many fathers mercilessly pushing their sons towards that very goal.
I agree, this is just image control by the NFL, something it does very well.
Kids are being pushed into football too soon. In coach Smith's (not really his name) opinion, "about Junior High age, 12 to 14 or so" is the right time for them to start if they choose to.
I think the only two stories that the NFL really doesn’t like concerning football are the ones about the rampant HGH use/lack of testing and the stories about brain injury during the course of a football career into the NFL. Everything else is just more press, drives football talk and interest.
Kids can be taught valuable lessons about competition, teamwork and dedication without being “coached” to injure other players, and without being bullied by some mental midget who is either suffering from delusions of “coaching” grandeur or is living vicariously through his players.
The majority of youth-league coaches I have encountered are in it for the right reasons, but there are a significant number who are so mentally unbalanced about sports that they have no business being anywhere near our children.
There IS a middle ground.
If you have sons then I hope for their sake you find it.
My kids play hockey. You can push kids to exceed, be strong, throw good checks, win, and learn sportsmanship without teaching them to knock the other kids teeth out.
Same. And from what I see in the trailer, this is horribly abusive and should be stopped. How can a Parent let their child be subjected to this?
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