Friday Night Lights 2009: A Recap

Submitted by Brian on February 15th, 2010 at 11:14 AM

This year Tim and Paul went on journeys across the state in search of anyone willing to sign a letter of intent for a program that went 3-9 the year before but still had wings on their helmets. They even went into Ohio to find asylum-seeking young men. Sometimes their quarry was injured or irrelevant or playing a game at the same time as another player of interest, but they persisted. 

When they returned it was with stunning high definition video invariably set to Explosions in the Sky, which makes some sense because they tend to write ten minute songs. In other ways, it makes no sense. But it makes sense for the site.

Paul put together a recap:

I realize it's just high school football highlights but I was strangely moved by it. Most highlight reels are just highlights. They give you the impression that if a player gets tackled, it's at least twenty yards downfield and after he kicked a guy's head off. Then they show up and usually they are just people. Here they're just people.

BONUS of a literal variety. Paul and Tim and Tom did a lot of work on original content this year and I told them that I'd set aside some time on the beveled guilt button to your right for them. This is a good time. All donations this week go directly to them.



February 15th, 2010 at 12:07 PM ^

How blessed are we as readers of this blog to have guys like Paul, Tim, Tom, and Brian that go out of their way, go the extra mile, to ensure that our fandom is met with awesome material?

This is why MgoBlog is one of the most popular blogs on the interwebs and reaches thousands (perhaps millions) of people's computers everywhere.

Thanks once again.


February 15th, 2010 at 12:51 PM ^

Thanks for producing this. Well worth giving some scratch. I suggest that you use some of the donations to invest a tripod; near the end it got a little jumpy. Still an awesome reel though.


February 15th, 2010 at 12:53 PM ^

It sucks that he doesn't have l33t speed or whatever, but the guy looks like a football player. Am I allowed as a non-scout to use the phrase "fluid hips"? Boom. He has fluid hips.

blue in ak

February 15th, 2010 at 1:14 PM ^

Awesome video.

But honestly, if someone but something like this together from M's first 4 games last season, it would be better. Use the same music and leave out half the games and voila!


February 15th, 2010 at 1:38 PM ^

Gratuitous Intro Credits...GO!

I would have liked to scene a bunch of slo-mo highlights set to the theme for Chariots of if that is not cliche enough.


February 15th, 2010 at 1:44 PM ^

Ok, I just made a donation, so I feel entitled to make one very minor recommendation. Please shorten the title screen on the videos... I think 5 seconds is plenty. Like I said, it's minor, but I think it would be an improvement. Also, the music is a little emotional for me, but I can see the appeal.