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Worth a look

Don’t ask why, but I found myself in front of the television at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, completely engrossed in a new bit of ESPN original programming called "Bound for Glory: The Montour Spartans."

The premise of this show? Hall of Famer Dick Butkus and assistant Ray Crockett as the coaches of a small high school team in western Pennsylvania.

Despite past glories (like state a title) this particular program hasn’t know much recent success, having gone 1-8 in the previous season, and Butkus and Crockett (not to be confused with Crockett and Tubbs) embark on a mission to turn the thing around.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger made a cameo on the epsiode I watched. Despite Big Ben’s enthusiastic support, the Spartans dropped their season-opener 14-7.

I found the show oddly compelling, and maybe this is just because I happen to cover high school football for a living. Still, ESPN did a pretty nice job of making Butkus, Crockett and the stars — the players themselves — real and human in a way that seems to escape a lot of reality shows.

Suffice it to say, I’m hooked. If you’re a fan of high school sports, it’s worth a look. If you aren’t, why are you reading this blog?

For future programs, check this site.

I’m curious to learn what you have to say about the show. Shoot me a comment.

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