I’m glad someone started this thread. I’ve actually been working for the Esquire Network, and am curious as well about people’s reaction to the show. I didn’t work on the creation of Friday Night Tykes, but I’ve spent the past two months editing promos and assorted other material for it, so I’m intimately familiar with the content.
Yes, much of it is horrifying. Some of these coaches and parents are awful, and it definitely comes across as borderline child abuse. And yes, the coach of the Broncos is particularly scary. In putting together some of the material, I’ve discovered he used to be a platoon sgt. with the Marines. It doesn’t seem like it’s dawned on him that he’s no longer dealing with U.S. Marines.
Keep an eye on the Predators. They weren’t featured much in the first two episodes, but you’ll see more of them in episode 3. The coach of that team seems like a genuinely nice, caring guy who wants to teach the fundamentals in addition to winning. I do wish they focused on him and his team more (and maybe they will as the season goes along; I’ve only seen the first 4 episodes so far), but I understand that a nice, non-yelling coach doesn’t bring much in the way of drama.