December and January are big months for football, both collegiate and professional. Right now, we are in the midst of college football’s bowl season. I love it. I’ve been watching a ton of college football. However, I am not here to talk about college football broadcasts. I am not here to discuss the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. I will not be delving deep into how bad Rod Gilmore is at being an announcer. However, all this football has got me thinking about football in entertainment. If we’re talking college football, we should be talking about Coach.
Coach is a sitcom from the ‘90s that seems both underdiscussed and overdiscussed. It wasn’t a good show necessarily, but it lasted nine seasons and 200 episodes. Coach was a network sitcom when there were basically only network sitcoms. I’ve heard of it. You’ve probably heard of it. Perhaps you’ve even seen it. However, it feels weird to really talk about. It wasn’t influential or a critical darling. On the other hand, Craig T. Nelson did win an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. That being said, it’s pretty much the only sitcom about a football team, let alone a sports team, I can think of.