Thu Nov 05 08:45pm EST
We learned a few weeks back that Texas Tech coach, pirate enthusiast, amateur rollerblader, love doctor and part-time meteorologist Mike Leach filmed a cameo for the cult hit "Friday Night Lights" while he was in Austin for the Red Raiders' date with Texas, and his official acting debut Wednesday night on DirecTV is certain to draw ... let's say, mixed reviews. If you're a Cap'n Leach fan -- a good bet, if you're reading this obsessively pro-Leach blog -- his unsolicited, lone-guru-at-the-pump advice to embattled Dillon East coach Eric Taylor falls perfectly in line with orthodox interpretations of the Tao of Leach:
If you're a bigger fan of fictional football than the real thing, of course, Leach probably seemed more like a random loon at the gas station whose sudden appearance and stammering delivery wouldn't even qualify as "awkward" by professional standards. And let's face it, as far as Coach Taylor and the internal world of the show is concerned, Leach's character could have very well been credited as "random loon at the gas station." As most people Leach encounters in his daily life seem to react to react to him the same way, though, it was probably a pretty realistic interpretation of his average pit stop -- I can see Leach at the end of the scene, asking the director, "So when do we start rolling?"
I would assume Taylor dispatched Leach's speech verbatim to Dillon quarterback Matt Saracen, who proceeded to throw for 450 yards and six touchdowns in a 59-24 playoff win, but the show's football scenes have never been very realistic.
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Hat tip: Dave Matter.