I was listening sports talk radio over lunch this past Friday when the hosts started talking about this show on HBO called Ballers. About how it was a real interesting look into the world (or underworld) of professional football, and how they were looking forward to the series finale Sunday night. They brought it up because one of the actors from the show was coming on to promote the finale. I ended up missing the interview because is lunch only so long. But I was intrigued enough to check out the show.
The show stars Dwayne Johnson as a blossoming financial adviser in Miami for NFL players. Ballers follows him as he has to deal with these players, their immaturity, and the temptation that comes along with money and living in Miami. All while trying to keep his life in working order.
Throughout the weekend, I watched the first 9 episodes of Ballers. Overall, I wasn’t blown away. It was cool though to watch a show that used the likeness of real football teams. And had real players, past and present, involved in the story lines.
Ballers isn’t a “must-see” by any means. But it’s something I’d tell a football fan to check out. I think part of the reason it fell flat for me is because it never felt like the stakes were overly high. The main story lines felt like fluff stories by the end. AND that Rob Corddry (who plays Dwayne Johnson’s business partner) might be one of the worst actors of all time. Has there ever been a more punchable face than Rob Corddry’s face?? Lol!! If you asked me that question – I’d say no.
Last night, I watched the finale, thinking that whatever the show was building towards might put the show over the top. I won’t spoil what actually happens, but I will say that the episode didn’t really pack the punch I thought it might.
I have no idea whether or not this show will have a second season or not? But season 1 was a decent starting point. If it got a second season, I really think they could dig in, raise the stakes, and really show what it’s like in and out of football.