I know one thing about Michael Irvin’s reality show, 4th and Long. They LOVE to show guys vomiting. I kept a count going, and including lead-ins and previews, it topped out at 8.
If you can ignore this disgusting editing choice, the reality show disguised as a football tryout is actually pretty entertaining. It features 12 players (6 wide receivers and 6 defensive backs) who for some reason or another never got their shot to make the pros.
In true reality show fashion, there is plenty of manufactured drama. Irvin appears dressed entirely in black emerging from the shadows of the Cotton Bowl to doll out such advice as “Tell your body shut up”. The players live an isolated existence inside the Cotton Bowl, handing over their cell phones to guest star/enforcer Nate Newton at the very beginning.
Irvin definitely got his point across that this is partially a football tryout. He had his coaches (Joe Avezzano and Bill Bates) run the tar out of them, leading to the aforementioned frequency of seeing dinner backwards.
In the end, Stephan Andrews, a defensive back from the College of New Jersey who made the double mistake of being whiney AND small, was the first to get Michael’s new catch phrase “You’re Cut”.
Jerry Jones makes a cameo (“find me a football player”) appearance, and if they continue to bring him and other guest stars like Drew Pearson back, this show might be a winner. Just please no more vomit shots.