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.


  • BT

    An update. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Dick Butkus has left Montour HS and McKees Rocks. He was depressed after the Spartans were trounced by New Castle on Friday. He will be back in two weeks for the finale game with WEST Allegheny. Looks like the Spartans could have another one win season, like 4 years running.