Reality bites — especially when it’s real-ity.
Does anybody remember when 4th and Long debuted, the very first episode Michael Irvin told the contestants that it was not a reality TV show despite the fact that it was on Spike TV? I mean 4th and Long wasn’t Hard Knocks which is real TV on HBO.
The gimmick to 4th and Long was that the winner will make the Dallas Cowboys 80-man roster, giving all of those who tried out a belief, a hope that their NFL dreams will come true. The 80-man roster only meant that you will be invited to camp because the final roster number is 53.
Maybe Irvin didn’t tell them that if you win 4th and Long it doesn’t guarantee you a spot on the team (like it was made to believe they would). If he would have, would the contestants have gone through what they did? Would all of the vomit and pulled muscles been worth it?
All of the work that 4th and Long winner Jesse Holley put in to not hear “the Dallas Cowboys can’t use you,” to only hear at the end, “the Dallas Cowboys can’t use you.”
Watching the Cowboys this preseason, I knew that Holley’s chances were slim to none, mainly because he didn’t get any playing time. He played a lot on special teams but barely saw the field as a receiver. His touchdown just wasn’t enough.
Holley became another victim of reality TV like the Flava of Love girls while Irvin pimped him like Flava Flav. Holley may land on another team but it wouldn’t be the same because of promises not kept by reality TV. Or maybe it would be. Even the Flava of Love girls had life after reality TV so why shouldn’t he?
Reality makes for good TV, until reality sets in — ask Jesse Holley.