Viewers didn’t see it coming. On August 26, 2003, the first episode of Playmakers started less than two minutes ago, credits included, when a player glued to a hospital bed let go: « I can’t even feel my cock anymore ». A part of the anatomy rarely referenced in this way on ESPN, a cable channel certainly, but owned by Disney, the friend of families. A star waking up between two prostitutes and a rail of cocaine, an aging running-back accused of domestic violence, a handsome quarterback with kidneys devastated by anti-inflammatories, a cynical franchise owner, a journalist adept at close contact with the players … To go behind the scenes of the Cougars, a fictional American football team in an unidentified town, John Eisendrath, the creator of the series, focused on the dark side of America’s most popular sport.
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