One of the stranger things about 'Friday Night Lights' airing on DirecTV -- before this same season airs on NBC starting April 30th -- is the fact that this was the season finale and it was all set around Thanksgiving. We may be contemplating Valentine's Day on other shows and in our own lives, but in Dillon, Texas, it's a Thanksgiving turkey feast, time to hang Christmas decorations outside the house, and -- oh, yes -- the big local high school football game. The Clash of the Cats - Lions versus Panthers. More about the game, the guests, and the tough decisions to be made after the jump.
Coach Taylor really, really wanted this win. East Dillon has had a trying season that began with a forfeit. Beating the Panthers wouldn't get the Lions a playoff game, but it would get them some much deserved pride. Vince doubted he could deliver, but Eric never wavered. If there's one ingredient that separated Coach Taylor from the guys in blue across the field, it was the way he motivated his men.
His approach to the game reminded me a bit of Sean Peyton, the New Orleans Saints coach who led his team to the Super Bowl win last week. Coach Taylor was creative, daring and determined. He purposely told Luke he wouldn't play, then used him. He benched Landry as a kicker, until it was the most important kick of the game. With a glint in his eyes, Coach Taylor proved he was the real McCoy -- not the West Dillon McCoys.
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