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vivacian Sun 12-Jan-20 12:57:24

I'm in awe of the kids' athleticism, but the rest? Monica? Texas? I have no words.

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vivacian Sun 19-Jan-20 14:32:09

Have you heard D’s backstory yet?

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Werking Sun 19-Jan-20 14:51:53

I’ve been in bed all week with flu and I binged this. Am now obsessed.

I wanted to see (or see more of) Monica’s alter ego Annette and to learn why she’d been nicknamed Annette. The devotion to her was cult-like, in that they were all repeating the same lines about doing anything for her and her voice being in their heads. No doubt she’s an incredibly impressive woman but I agree OP about possible emotional abuse.

Some troubling dependency going on. For many of them the bar in terms of an adult caretaker figure has been set very, very low.

IHaveBrilloHair Sun 19-Jan-20 16:02:23

Does anyone think that although La'Darius' behaviour was wrong, it maybe comes from a place of having nothing else but this?
It makes me wonder about Monica, and how healthy it is.
Did she talk about her own kids and what sports they were involved in?
She did mention in the talk about Texas that it is generally conservative and believes in marriage between men and women that the boys in particular felt this was their only place for acceptance.

I'd have liked to see more about the academics too, as in that sense, only one of them made it

IHaveBrilloHair Sun 19-Jan-20 16:09:37

I'm not trying to excuse La'Darius as such, but he clearly felt, (wrongly imo), that his partner was letting him down.
If she fails him, he fails, and then what?
With Monica never taking a break from pushing its perhaps unhealthy all round.
Without the team, Monica is nothing too, so she has to keep them under control, and much easier with kids who haven't had a good upbringing...

thenightsky Sun 19-Jan-20 16:48:09

They don't seem to get properly checked out medically when they bang their heads badly. Unless that chap making them touch their noses and then sit down for a day is medically trained. If someone is seriously injured does the college pay the hospital bill?

I'm only on ep 2, so perhaps my questions will be answered later on.

RandomMess Sun 19-Jan-20 18:19:45

To compete as a UK club I believe you need insurance (certainly we pay membership fees that include life insurance) and I would expect it is standard for all sports scholarships in the US to include medical insurance cover, American football is pretty dangerous too even with the body armour???

In one episode they switch flyers in a stunt group with the purpose of weeding out who is the point of failure, no one needs to be told who it is once that is done even if a participant doesn't want to admit it. The stunt group has to work as a team, only person out of the 3-5 members can make it fail... always easiest to blame the flyer through wink

PleaseHelpM3 Sun 19-Jan-20 18:32:36

There's footage of Monica driving and chatting about homophobia. She says something like, "These are my boys, and I'm not backing down." I think that's probably quite a controversial stance in Corsicana and I thought good for her.

There's also a storyline around revenge porn which I thought she handled fantastically.

Not everyone's cup of tea but to me she seems like one of life's good guys.

IHaveBrilloHair Sun 19-Jan-20 18:52:21

Yes, I did see that, but I wondered how she would feel if it it was her own kids.
It's easy to be supportive when they are making money for you, and making you look good.
I'm just not sure about her.

Werking Sun 19-Jan-20 18:59:55

I thought she handled those things impressively.

But there was a bit that chilled me. It was when Morgan told her she’d been advised by the trainer to go the ER to have her ribs “popped back in” or something, and Monica looked steely and said “cute” and went back to looking at her screen. She didn’t express any concern , instead radiated frostiness as if she’d been betrayed by both Morgan and the trainer.

peppinanna Sun 19-Jan-20 21:32:11

After seeing La'Darius upbringing it does change my perception of him and I got emotional when his brother was watching him perform 😭

covetingthepreciousthings Sun 19-Jan-20 21:49:06

I couldn't decide how I felt about Monica, on the one hand I thought it was well handled with the revenge porn, but with the injuries, I thought she came across cold. I also think she obviously wants kids who have had bad upbringings, as like another poster said, they would be less likely to have parents turning up to question injuries etc.

Felt very sorry for Morgan and Lexi. Also for La'Darius, I could understand why he would get frustrated with his partner, and his upbringing sounded horrendous too.

I just hope they all go on to have some success in what they do.

No idea why Morgan's dad didn't get done for leaving them like that?!

Also Gabbi's parents were awful, and I felt sorry for her too, being pushed into all that.

Werking Sun 19-Jan-20 23:33:58

Gabby seemed remarkably down-to-earth and generously-spirited towards her teammates for a child YouTube star with apparently pushy parents. I thought she cane across really well. Maybe her parents aren’t so bad and have raised her with manners and humility.

Werking Sun 19-Jan-20 23:35:11

On the other hand ... I do judge them for not seeming to allow her much if any downtime.

GreytExpectations Thu 23-Jan-20 17:33:44

A lot of you are overreacting. They are not kids they are all over 18, as that's the age you go to college in America, so they are adults who are choosing to do this sport and stay on the team. It's hard work and dangerous, just like any other sport.

GreytExpectations Thu 23-Jan-20 18:01:13

* If someone is seriously injured does the college pay the hospital bill?*

Why would they? These are adults making the decision to take those risks.

bugbhaer Thu 23-Jan-20 22:02:31

Funny how many of them were quite vulnerable adults.

TheChosenTwo Fri 24-Jan-20 15:02:13

I watched it over a few nights and was horrified and fascinated in equal measure.
It was disturbing seeing the codependency of some of those relationships and I couldn’t believe the pressure those young people put those bodies under.
Monica struck me as a very cold hearted and ruthless businesswoman. She gets the job done but at what cost?
When that guy had that back injury she kept pushing him - back injuries shouldn’t be dismissed and she was not only risking his health but that of the girls he was physically supporting up in the air. And those girls with bust ribs/shoulders etc, it’s a brutal sport along with many others.
I suppose to be ‘the best’ a certain level of self sacrifice has to be expected but that was a step too far for me!
They didn’t say (or possibly I just missed) how much schooling they were doing through the days and how many hours a day they were training for, I’d be interested to hear if anyone knows.

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 24-Jan-20 15:07:47

I'm interested in the schooling too.

MozzchopsThirty Fri 24-Jan-20 15:20:41

I thought this was a fiction series
Is it actually a documentary??

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 24-Jan-20 15:26:41


MozzchopsThirty Fri 24-Jan-20 15:29:27

It's on my planner!

I need a good month off work with everything I have to watch grin

GreytExpectations Fri 24-Jan-20 21:40:22

Funny how many of them were quite vulnerable adults.

I think you are looking for something that isn't there. A lot of people who come from broken households or abuse find comfort in organised sports and activities. It gives them a family, community and structure that they lacked in their childhood. It's quite disrespectful what you are suggesting.

RandomMess Fri 24-Jan-20 22:24:50

If they weren't on the college team benefitting from the scholarship most would had still been on top level All Star teams which are just as brutal in terms of danger and commitment 🤷🏽‍♀️ objectively its a fairly insane sport...

pollywobble Fri 24-Jan-20 22:37:35

@GreytExpectations people who have been abused often have a greater ability to cut off from physical pain too

StreetwiseHercules Sat 25-Jan-20 07:00:38

It amazes me they have any time for study or any actual life, such is the education system’s seeming obsession with sports, cheer, glee clubs, whatever.

So weird.

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