Communication and teamwork are major themes. There's a strong focus on playing from the heart as well as playing to win. Respect for teammates, family, and community are stressed. Racial tension is also a theme here. Prayers are both seen and heard throughout show.
Positive Role Models & Representations
The games are rough, and some of the injuries are very serious. Some arguing, pushing, and shoving between feuding teammates. One storyline deals with sexual assault, another with murder. Some abusive relationships.
Some hugging, kissing, and making out, as well as strong innuendo. Teens are seen in bed together. One high school kid sleeps with his 30-something neighbor and also his best friend's girlfriend. A girl cheats on her boyfriend. Some lingerie/underwear shots. Dating, relationships, and sex (including virginity) are discussed.
Relatively mild: "Damn," "hell," etc. Occasional racial epithets, like "cracker."
Restaurant logos, such as Applebee's, are distantly visible. Sports drink bottles are visible, but no logos.
Ease of Play
Underage drinking (often with the intention of getting drunk); one player is hung over on several occasions.