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January 17th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Kids football show called "horrifying"

Brooke Baldwin talks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta and former NFL player Coy Wire about the reality tv show, "Friday Night Tykes", which depicts children in extreme sporting situations.

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  1. Chris Payne

    Adding a thin foam layer to the OUTSIDE of helmets would help reduce concussions, as would reducing helmet mass.

    January 18, 2014 at 11:21 am |
  2. Pat Cupp

    It standard behavior for many coaches to berate and even buuly including cursing at players who does perform to their satisfaction. I have seen them lay hands on player there is a very naive group out there who are wearing blinders. We see it at every level of competition.

    January 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm |
  3. Mark

    The actions of the coaches is wrong and could be putting children at risk. I played football in a high level high school program and in college, and never experienced that type of abusive behavior from coaches. The fact is that their is another way. The AAU has a program, the Positive Coaching Alliance, which was created by a group of elite coaches including Phil Jackson. It is, in part, based on an analysis of John Wooden's coaching, where his comments to players were analyzed and found to be over 80% positive. His method, and success, speaks for itself. Youth coaches should really think about what, and why, they are doing things.

    January 19, 2014 at 7:55 am |
  4. Tom

    Step off, if you want our children to continually do better than their world peers in public school athletics, then this sort of sensationalism from something as realistic as a US reality show can do no harm, but only help to demotivate countries like Japan, Korea, and even Finland. USA sports rule the world.

    January 21, 2014 at 9:42 am |
  5. Steve

    This is nothing new. Same things went on when i played Pop Warner. If I screwed up, the coach would call us out and scream at us in front of the whole team. Guess what.... we won every year. The teams with coaches that babied them never won. I learned a lot from that coach (some good and some bad).

    January 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm |
  6. FeelingsHurt

    Sorry but the reality's american football. If you don't expect your coach to blow up on you, at any level of the sport mind you, then this is most definitely not the sport for you. if you can't stand being called out on your mistakes and being told they are unacceptable..well then again this sport is not for you. The problem is with people becoming pansies not with the sport. Oh I'm sorry that wasn't politically correct let's not even keep score, or play a game for that matter let's all just have a big group hug!

    January 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm |
  7. Dan

    Time to quit ignoring football causes concussions. That is permanent brain damage, which only gets worse the more it happens, and over time.
    Boxing (and ultimate fighting) is even worse of course, as the goal is to inflict permanent brain damage, also known as a TKO.

    January 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm |
  8. JR. Richard

    1. You need to remember this is a reality tv show, they are incouraged to do stupid and controversial things for the ratings. 2. Does anyone talking about this have any actual experience with football of any kind? I played organized football from the point that i was able to walk till college and i've played for much worse coaches than this. You people need to understand that when a Coach is jacked up and trying to explain what he wants a lot of the time it comes out more Richard Sherman than what they meant. No Coach especially in Peewee, etc. wants their kid to hurt another kid, nor for their kid to get hurt. 3. Football is a contact sport, it is a gladiator team sport. There is hitting, there will always be hitting. If you really want to stop the head injuries then why aren't people spending the money to create better gear. Why is no one really working on this?

    February 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm |
  9. Napo

    Far more scary is big pharm shill Sanjay Gupta having a national platform.

    February 7, 2014 at 3:41 pm |
  10. davidv

    JR. Richard: "You need to remember this is a reality tv show"

    Very important point. Its a TV show. Its about as real as professional wrestling.

    February 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm |
  11. amyers

    I find dance mom realty show horrifying, upsetting, and demeaning–it is just as bad!

    February 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm |
  12. Conrad Shull

    Two characteristics of a good football coach: smart enough to understand the game, dumb enough to think it's important.

    February 12, 2014 at 10:05 am |
  13. Stephen Saylor

    Tom Landry never yelled but seemed to have a pretty good football team. A coach that looses his mind over children playing a stupid game likely represents the in ability of the coach to self regulate his own emotional state and does not set a good example for anyone reality show or not.

    February 13, 2014 at 7:03 am |
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    We had the same thing when I played Pop Warner. If I screwed up, the coach will call us and yelling at us in front of the whole team. Have we won every year .... Guess. With a team of coaches who have not won in their kilometer.
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