A Hoover for all the world to see

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 1, 2006

The Real World. Beavis and Butthead. The Osbournes.

The Hoover High Bucs?

Something's wrong with that picture.

Maybe The Buggles were onto something when MTV debuted its first music video with The Buggles' one-hit-wonder, &#8220Video Killed the Radio Star.”

With the emergence of reality television everywhere you look, why not have a program chronicling one of America's hottest high school football programs?

The network TNT has a slogan asking, &#8220You want drama?” Well, if you really want drama, look no further than the boys in black and orange off Alabama Highway 150.

In the last six years, Hoover has won five state championships, including four in a row. Just two months before the Bucs began their three-peat, they watched as teammate Victor Hill collapsed on the practice field and died.

Two seasons ago, during a game against cross-town rival Spain Park High School, Jaguar quarterback and Auburn freshman Neil Caudle was injured by an alleged late hit and a parental fight ensued in the parking. The story made headlines all across the state and set up a perfect storybook rematch in the second round of the state playoffs.

That's drama.

Many Hoover critics argue the school already has an advantage with their huge enrollment and state-of-the-art facilities, and putting the Bucs in the national spotlight will only increase that advantage.

While these accusations could be true, putting the Bucs under the microscope for the entire world to see will only help them that much more.

Once the series begins later this year, viewers will get to watch the Bucs take on some top-notch teams, including Nease Nigh School of St. Augustine, Fla. Hoover beat Nease and quarterback Tim Tebow, who will play for the Florida Gators in the fall, for all to see on ESPN.

Next was the big Sept. 16 showdown with Caudle and the Jaguars.

After the &#8220Parentgate” controversy following the regular-season game, fists and accusations flew, but eventually cooler heads prevailed as the playoff game went off without a hitch. These two schools, born of the same egg, could set the tone for a great television series.

There is an old saying that what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

If that saying is true, then what's good for Hoover will be good for all Alabama high schools as the world will finally get to see what high school football is all about in the state of Alabama.

Austin Phillips is The Greenville Advocate sports editor.

You can contact him by e-mailing austin.phillips@greenvilleadvocate.com or by calling 382-3111 ext. 122.