Anyone else start watching this? I'm on episode 5 so far, it follows Laney College in Oakland, CA. As someone who lives in the Bay Area, it's cool to see parts of the area I recognize. I like this season a lot, the vibe is a lot more refreshing. Coach Beam seems like he really cares about his players, and seems like a good person. He's the antithesis of Jason Brown and Buddy in a lot of ways. He's still hard on players if they mess up in practice or the games. But I think he really does care about his players doing well in school and their mental well being.
The players are all really cool too. They're way less entitled than the former D1 players from previous seasons. None of them are on scholarship, they don't get housing, some of them drive 2 hours to go to class and practice, yet this program has produced 20 NFL players, which is really remarkable. Some of them have some really sad back stories as well. One guy, the wide receiver Dior Walker, is literally homeless and sleeping in his car. He came to Laney to get film as a WR but had to play QB in 3 games, because every other QB on the roster was hurt, and he didn't even complain. I think he might be my favorite player out of any seasons.
Also being in Oakland they talk a lot about the culture of Oakland, and how it's being gentrified, forcing lifelong residents out and that in turn having an effect on the city, sorry the Town.