There’s nothing quite like sitting up in the stands with a few friends under stadium lights. Cheerleaders cheer and the band plays as the boys of Fall do their thing. No high school story would be complete without it. Football nights are backdrops to victory, high school love and drama. Netflix’s “Titletown High” has all this and more.
But if you’re having a bit of dé jà vu about the opening title card of the show, you’re not alone. A Twitter user recently called out the series for exhibiting the same opening shot as the previously aired “Two-a-Days”, another football doc.
“Titletown High recycled the two a days opening credit…” a Twitter user wrote with a side by side comparison pic.
He added underneath, “Note: not saying it’s bad, just caught me off guard.”
That’s not the only similarity to the former football documentary. Controversial coach Rush Propst appeared in both series.
While “Two-a-Days” followed the students of Hoover High School in Alabama and only appeared for three seasons back in 2006, Propst was the coach of the team. At least, he was until allegations of him changing students’ grades and an extramarital affair with a school administrator led him to resign at the end of 2007.
Propst’s Road to “Titletown”
The coach has since hopped around from school to school, though other allegations followed him. He was accused in one incident of head-butting a player. He was let go for violating another Code of Ethics. Propst eventually landed at Valdosta High School in Valdosta Georgia – which is where “Titletown” comes in.
The show chronicles the lives and relationships of the Valdosta High football team and the pressures they face. Nicknamed “Titletown” for the highest school championships claimed in history, the Valdosta team attempts to recapture their glory.
Further, as relationships and school collide with intense football practices, the athletes find themselves struggling to live up to their reputation. Additionally, losses obviously means intense scrutiny from Propst.
Since 1992, Valdosta High School hasn’t been able to win a title. The Netflix documentary follows their journey to see if they can be the first team in almost 30 years to take it back.
The Lasting Impact of Pushing Too Much in Sports
While the show should be an interesting take on the latest perspective of the high school game, it also plays into questions of how hard athletes are pushed to bring home trophies – something that became a huge topic during the 2020 Tokyo Games this summer.
After USA Gymnastics’ superstar Simone Biles pulled out of the team competition, fans were left debating the move as heroic or cowardice.
Additionally, mental health and balance became more discussed aspects of athleticism.