"You think football builds character. It does not. Football reveals character."
-From Undefeated, a documentary about the 2009 football season for the Manassas Tigers in Memphis, Tennessee.
Whether in documentary form or in fictional film, high school sports somehow manage to capture the relationships, experiences and daily lives that come along with them in a way few other subjects do. And or some reason, football seems to do it best. Undefeated is no different, and is a must-see.
(Speaking of which… I totally missed the Friday Night Lights boat, though I did see the 2004 film it was inspired on [and I have mixed feelings about it]… and as it turns out, all 5 seasons are available on Netflix, instant play. My free time is now officially spent. Also, fun fact- both the movie and the series are based on a book that’s essentially a work of journalism, called Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream…. it’s now officially next on my “to-read” list.)
|Bob Costas:||Right now I'm joined by the anchor of the NBC Nightly News Brian Williams...a jersey boy, a jersey beneath the jacket, we can assume your rooting interest.|
|Brian Williams:||It also looks like Jon Voight playing an American president, what a half-principle owner, anyway, Bob, in our business I think you're allowed to have a team. Presidents have got to be impartial, I think TV news guys, journalists, you're allowed to have a team. My birth certificate says New Jersey, I grew up in the shadow stadium, my family bleeds Giant blue, but I'm from a broken home, my father's from Farmingham, Massachussetts --|
|Costas:||So that should cover you in the Boston market.|
|Williams:||I love Mr. Kraft, love the Boston area --|
|Costas:||Otherwise I'm thinking Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley are thinking, yes, we make inroads now in Boston!|
|Williams:||I'd like to know what their teams are. Pelley's probably Cowboys or Texans, cause he's a Texan.|
|Costas:||Could very well be.|