HBO has a new NFL-based series called “Ballers” starring The Rock. It’s sort
of like Entourage with football, which makes sense since its features many of
the same production executives.
Thus far its probably not as good as Entourage because the cast doesn’t have
the same chemistry and it really isn’t doing much to show how the NFL works,
but I doubt most people watching care about that.
It’s smoothly shot and features all forms of eye candy – women [and men],
cars, jewelry, mansions, yachts, beaches, the Miami skyline, designer fashion,
and more women. I’ve found it mindlessly entertaining. Others haven’t.
It isn’t supposed to be smart. It isn’t supposed to have some greater
meaning like “the Wire” or even “the Sopranos.”
It isn’t even designed for smart people. In a particularly entertaining
twist, HBO on Demand features a “inside the edition” segment that in a few
minutes explains the crude plot points, like this is Tolstoy and a viewer could
have failed to comprehend. For example, we’re reminded this week that sleeping
with your teammate’s mother might cause dysfunction in the locker room. Glad
we got that straightened out.
Plenty of people hate the show. Detest it even. And that’s fine. The truth
is, those people have better taste than those of us who don’t detest it. I
would never argue those people are wrong. I’m probably wrong. It’s a TV show. I
The only criticism of Ballers that doesn’t wash with me is the complaint
that it isn’t “realistic.” This seems to stem from some of the stereotypically
based characters and situations and the fact that women are rarely wearing more
than the bare minimum, if that. It’s all a decadent party.
But really, what constitutes “realistic” in the NFL? How could something be
unrealistic in the NFL? When it comes to the NFL, there is almost nothing that
could surprise me.
Would it be unrealistic if Ballers ran an episode where a star quarterback
lost a $100 million contract and got sent to Leavenworth for running a brutal
dog fighting operation out in the woods of Virginia?
Would it be unrealistic if Ballers ran an episode where a star tight end
(allegedly) murdered two guys because one spilled a drink on him in a
nightclub? Then, since the cops can’t figure out he did it, he plays an entire season
only to finally get caught because he later murders his fiancee’s sister’s
boyfriend in a field by his home?
How about if a wide receiver gets caught on camera phone shouting racial
slurs at a concert security guard, nearly ripping apart a locker room and
setting off a national debate about language. And, as a bonus, the person who
delivers the appropriate wisdom to calm things, is that same QB from the
How about a never-ending controversy over racially-charged symbols coming
courtesy of a team nickname and logo? How about a team having a bullying crisis
in their locker room? Or one where bounties were supposedly handed out for
crippling hits? How about a team owner getting indicted?
How about if the league’s gold-standard franchise gets busted secretly
videotaping signals from an opponent, then sanctioned for having a guy named
“The Deflator” deflating footballs in a bathroom just before the AFC Title
How about the best running back in the league getting suspended for the season
for beating his son with a switch, leading to a national discussion on how to
discipline a child? How about a Super Bowl champion running back knocking his
then fiancee, now wife, out cold in an Atlantic City elevator, and getting
essentially banished from the league, but only after TMZ bought the footage and
humiliated the asleep-at-the-wheel commissioner?
How about a team renting a “Love Boat” for wild parties? How about another
dubbing a nice suburban home the “White House” for the same? How about a
retired Hall of Famer turned comedic Hollywood star beating the rap on double
murder but later winding up with essentially a life sentence for stealing his
own pants from a suite inside a Vegas casino?
How about the league’s iron man quarterback getting caught texting pictures
of his, well, you know, to a team Jumbotron hostess who got her big break in
the entertainment business after she went to a college game wearing cowgirl
Look, Ballers is only three episodes old. It may last. It may not. It may be
fun. It may be junk.
Critics should feel free to praise or rip it as much as they want. What they
can’t do is call it unrealistic because in the NFL, everything, and we mean
everything, is realistic. That much is undeniable. The NFL doesn’t deserve the
benefit of a doubt that something could be unrealistic.
Who has a better defense this season? The Bills or the Jets
Every team claims to
have the best defense
When you see any Buffalo Bills’ coach or player live on TV,
you will get to hear that they are expecting to come up with the best defense
in the NFL this season. You will get to hear the same thing from any other team
in the NFL. However, the Bills this time have a reason to be very optimistic.
Why the Bills under
Ryan have a better defense
Last season they finished as the No. 4 side in defense in
the NFL. Only one defensive starter left the team while Rex Ryan was added in
as the Head Coach. This move could prove to be fruitful when you speak of the
defense. Ryan is a renowned personality who is famous for his dominant defenses
despite his failure to stand up to his tall claims. Though unsuccessful with
the New York Jets, yet he did wonders for the team in the defense. The Jets
came as far to be ranked as third in one season. Things are even better for the
former head coach of New York Jets as he has inherited a roster with some of
the best front men in the NFL. He also has a strong group of defensive backs in
The main reason why
the Bills have an edge over the Jets
So the question is which side will have the better defense
this season, the Buffalo Bills or the team that Rex Ryan coached earlier? If you
view the overall situation, the Jets seem to have a better stand. The Bills
have a dominant front four is of an advantage but that is not the reason why
they are ahead of the Jets. The Jets are not too far off when it comes to the dominant
front four. The main reason why the Bills have an edge over the Jets is that they
possess a secondary that is way better than the Jets.
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