>In Dillon, TX, like in many other football-crazed American towns, the dreams and ambitions of grown men are often dependent on the success of teenagers on the football field. Coach Taylor represents a healthy way to deal with this: though his success relies on how well his high school students play on Friday nights, he mentors and nurtures his players. On the other hand, adults like Joe McCoy—J.D.'s overbearing father, who is bent on living his life vicariously through his son's success on the football field—often put an unhealthy and inordinate amount of pressure on their kids to excel on the gridiron.
As we've also seen on the show, football is also a way for kids to get out of Dillon and possibly to attain a better life. We've seen this with the likes of Brian "Smash" Williams. And in this season, such is the case with Vince Howard and Luke Cafferty.
In this episode though, this similar dynamic is played out not on a football field but in classroom, and not between fathers and sons but between a mother (Tami Taylor) and a daughter (Julie).
When Tami accompanies Julie to a trip to Boston College—where Julie is presumably being interviewed for admission—Tami seems to be reliving her youth by chatting it up with the counselors, participating in a lecture, and soaking up the atmosphere that surrounds what was Tami's dream school. When Tami gives Julie a pep-talk before Julie's interview with the dean of admissions and tells her to "step it up," Tami briefly resembles her husband when he gives inspirational speeches to his football players.