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Johnson: So long 'Two-A-Days'

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

For the past two years many viewers caught on to a reality television show on MTV called "Two A-Days."

"Two-A-Days" was about the successful football program at Hoover High in Alabama. It focused on the personal lives of football players and cheerleaders as much as football.

The format was a little different, but at times was interesting, especially to a high school football fan.

I must admit that the language that head coach Rush Propst used from time to time was unnecessary and disappointing.

Apparently MTV had an option to do a third season at Hoover High but reports indicate that there are no cameras at the school and no expectations they'll return.

There have been allegations of special treatment given to football players at Hoover and reports that the principal was fired.

Rumors have also surfaced that Propst had a secret second family, which he has denied.

Even though the production of "Two-A-Days" may be history, a similar concept is reportedly being shot at a Louisiana high school and scheduled for ESPN this fall.

"Varsity Inc." is in production at West Monroe High with the premiere of a seven-episode run expected in late November.

MTV actually contacted West Monroe to be the feature football program of the original "Two-A-Days" but school officials turned it down.

West Monroe coach Don Shows wants the new show to focus on the everyday operations of a high school football team and how it fits into the community instead of a "soap" format.

My family and I recently stopped by Hoover while on the way to Orange Beach for our vacation.

Hoover is a very nice suburb of Birmingham and we spent a couple of hours looking for some Hoover High football apparel for my daughters Shelby and Jami.

We stopped by a number of different places we thought might carry such merchandise and finally were told that you could only buy Hoover Buccaneer apparel and souvenirs at the high school.

We got directions to the school but it being a Saturday morning, no one was there.

The school itself was enormous and all of the sports facilities were very nice.

To make a long story short, when we returned home my wife Peggy found out that a patient of the dental office where she works actually lives in Hoover near the high school.

She told her of our experience that Saturday morning and a few days later Shelby received an orange Hoover High T-shirt in the mail.

Sounds like that could almost be an episode of a reality television show in itself!

Gary Johnson is a Times-Gazette sports writer.

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