I have so many feelings about Season 3.
The first 1-2 episodes, I kinda really liked Coach Brown. Yes, he was crude and every word out of his mouth was either the f-bomb or Cadillac/beach house, but damn, he loved those kids. The middle bunch of shows, I hated him and wanted to form a wall between him and some of his players. The day he threw Bobby Bruce off the field and the game with Dodge City were the worst. But then, starting with the day he wore the pink shirt, I reluctantly started going back toward the middle. And by the end, I was nodding my head when his assistant coach said that JUCO was JB’s sweet spot. No way could he handle the constraints of coaching at a DI school and my god, he’d be thrown out of high school. But he does raise these kids up a bit and, if they can handle it, they’ll be able to handle the demands of a 4-year or, potentially, the NFL.
Is Buckmaster too old for me to adopt? A lot of the players this season frustrated me because they didn’t seem to be stepping up (although that could be a flaw with the way this season was presented; it seemed different than the other 2) but man, Buckmaster was a leader for that team. I’m thrilled he’s going on to a 4-year. I recognize DII isn’t probably exactly what he wanted, but he’ll be valued there; he’ll play (probably all the positions, if necessary), so he’ll have plenty of film to show for it, so who knows? But more importantly, he’ll have a degree.
Malik. Oh man, Malik. My heart breaks for him at the same time I think he’s a cancer for any team. The day his “dad” came back into his life is the day I think his world imploded. He probably should have been allowed to continue baseball because clearly he has a golden arm, but he hates being hit. Plus, he loved baseball. He’s fairly emotionless about football. I do think he might make a good coach which Diaz said is what he wants to do. Holding out for a Big-5? Is that his choice or his dad’s?
LaTonya was great, but I loved the other English teacher who showed up on a day she clearly didn’t think she needed to be at work - with her infant and in weekend clothes - because one of her students needed her. She might not have had book clubs, but on that day, she showed that player (Emmit, maybe) that she cared about him and she saw him and she wasn’t going to let him slip out the back door.
Drake! I hope there’s another season with this team and I hope we get more of him. Where did this kid who looks like a Canadian hockey player come from? I didn’t even know there was a 3rd string QB. Where was he all season?
Loved the last game when Malik went from being Diaz’s pet to a voice yammering in his ear - so much so that Diaz had to complain about it to JB. As if JB hadn’t been saying it all season!