Friday Night Tykes Is Disgraceful

Jan 29, 2014 at 05:00

If you’re shocked by the idiocy of Kelly Hyland on Dance Moms or find the parents on Toddlers & Tiaras to be distasteful, be prepared to lose your mind when you watch the Esquire Channel’s abhorrent new reality show Friday Night Tykes.

The series follows five teams in the Texas Youth Football League in San Antonio, Texas. Routinely, eight and nine year olds are cursed at, abused and injured. In one episode a child was taken to the hospital with a concussion. He could not recognize his mother, his father or his own name. Again, these are children. The parents did draw a line in the sand. They set the concussion limit at three. Forget the long-term risks associated with repeated childhood brain injuries…it’s Texas…and we’re allowed to abuse our children, legally, and do it in front of a national TV audience, if we want to!

The parents are awful, the coaches even worse. How about this winner, Charles Chavarria who coaches the Junior Broncos, “You have the opportunity today to rip their freakin’ head off and let them bleed,” Chavarria then continued screaming, “If I cut ’em with a knife, they’re going to bleed red, just like you!”

I’d like to say that this was an isolated incident. Nope. Marecus Goodloe coach of the Northeast Colts repeatedly tells his players, “We gotta get paid,” while recreating the “make it rain” hand gesture. He then leads his players in a chant of “F*** the Rockets,” the Colts’ rivals, while laughing with his assistant coaches.

Simply put, Friday Night Tykes is the most distasteful attempt at entertainment in the history of television.