Tim Riggins Is The New Jordan Catalano

I didn't go to the BlogHer conference this year, but it sure was interesting to follow along from afar. As far as I can tell, for instance, from piecing together various tweets and blog posts, a baby got elbowed in the head. Is that right? Did that happen? Did a baby really get elbowed in the head? What the hell did that poor baby do, steal someone's last drink ticket? Get your own vodka-cranberry, baby! This is mine! Pow! That'll teach you! You probably write compensated reviews too, don't you? I thought as much! How'd you like to review this knuckle sandwich?

(Seriously, I really hope a baby didn't actually get elbowed in the head. How terrible! Who would elbow a baby in the head? I hope all the babies who attended BlogHer '09 are decidedly elbow-in-the-head free. Perhaps it was just a crazy rumor made up to shock the people like me who couldn't make it to the conference because they were too consumed with worry about getting married in six weeks and also they totally left it too late to buy a ticket because the whole thing sold out in, like, three seconds this year, I mean, come on, what was it anyway, a convention of bloggers or a Madonna concert?)

So anyway, instead of going to BlogHer, I went to Philadelphia for work. Man, Philadelphia is such a great city. I only wish I could have stayed a little longer, or at least that I could have seen a glimpse of the Jonas Brothers, who, the front desk clerk informed me when I checked in, were staying at the same hotel as me and whose entourage was apparently occupying all the higher-floor rooms I had hoped to transfer to. Not that I like the Jonas Brothers, you see---or actually really know who they are, come to think of it, although I assume they have floppy heart-throb hair and many exclamation point-laden Tiger Beat cover stories---but man, it would have made a good story, right?

As it is, it just makes a pretty lame story, perhaps the lamest story ever. Hey kids, Sean will warble at our offspring's offspring one day; did I ever tell you about the time grandma almost saw the Jonas Brothers in a hotel lobby in Philadelphia? And our offspring's offspring will sigh and roll their eyes and go back to Skyping their friends who are wintering on the moon and demand the story about Gavin Rossdale's bottom instead. (Hey, who wouldn't? I would.)

Finally,  I would just like to know if I am the last person in the world to discover the TV show called Friday Night Lights. Have you been watching the TV show called Friday Night Lights? Because I think perhaps the whole country has been watching the TV show called Friday Night Lights---all three seasons of it, in fact, that's how long it's been going on---and Sean and I are just the last ones to figure out how good it is.

In fact, I was going to write more, but I just remembered that Disc 4, Season 1 arrived from Netflix while I was in Philadelphia last week and I've got a little catching up to do. In the meantime, however, if you are bored and female and if you never really got over Jordan Catalano back when My So-Called Life was taken off the air in 1995---oh, don't pretend you did; don't you remember how he leans?---I would invite you to google the name "Tim Riggins" and see what you think of that. Oh, you are welcome, ladies of the Internet. You are so welcome.

Jul 26, 2009

I care nothing for football, and I have watched every episode -- some several times over. So great is my love for Tim Riggins ...

Jul 27, 2009

Oh, yes, Tim Riggins has been my imaginary boyfriend for quite some time now. He's just so dreamy! Sigh.

Jul 27, 2009

No way - Jordan Catalano wouldn't rouse himself to show up to football practice every single day. You know, whatever happens, happens.

Seeing emo Jared Leto hurts me. I just pretend he is Jordan's cranky older brother so that I can safely preserve my eternal crush on Jordan.

Jan Ross
Jul 27, 2009

You may be the last people but we were the next-to-last. A football show?? Come. On. But we gave it a try (Thank God for Netflix)and became instant fans. Did you know Tim Riggins, uh I mean Taylor Kitsch, is in the new Wolverine movie? Just as cool as he is in Friday Night Lights.

And My So-Called Life? One of the best shows on TV.

Jul 27, 2009

I just discovered Friday Night Lights about a month ago, which I guess makes me the second-to-last person. Even more inexcusable? They film in my hometown of Austin, TX.

Jul 27, 2009

By bringing up Friday Night Lights (or, FNL, as we call it in our house) (okay, I call it FNL, my husband rolls his eyes) you are bringing up my PAIN, Miss Holly. We used to be very groovy, cutting edge people with DirecTV, and decided to try a NEWER GROOVIER tv service. Not only is it not AT ALL groovy, but we don't get FNL a whole season earlier than anyone watching on network tv. And getting it a whole season earlier made us (okay, me) feel very groovy and cutting edge.

It's one of the only shows with a little eye candy for the Mrs (me--and did that make me sound 75 years old or what?) and a good storyline and SPORTS! SPORTS! SPORTS! for my husband. And also pretty girls for him, which doesn't hurt.

But the POINT of this missive (really? there really is one?) is that I am endlessly harassed by my beloved for the insane crush I have on Tim Riggins. John (my adorable husband) will tease me while we're watching, for example, he'll wave delightedly with both hands as if a tween at a Jonas Bros concert, and go "HI, TIM RIGGINS, HIIIIII!!!!" (and you have to say his first and last name. Somehow just saying 'Tim' doesn't cut it.) Or he says things like, "Oh, Tim Riggins, why can't I quit you?" pretending to be me.

Or at least, I think he's pretending to be me. Hm.

I have had *dreams* about both him and Coach Taylor (who is also a little dreamy in an over-35 kind of way). I cannot wait for the new season to start. (even if it is grrrrrr starting a season later than it used to in our house grrrrr.)

More coffee now! Bye! :)

Jul 27, 2009

For the past few years, Tim Riggins has entered my thoughts far more than he should..

Jul 27, 2009

Season 2 is not quite as good but don't give up. Season 3 is the best of them all.

Please tell me you and Sean have watched "The Wire," the greatest television show ever!

Jul 27, 2009

Wow, Holly, I had never thought of Tim Riggins that way. (And now I am profoundly disappointed in myself, as my sister and I share are relationship with My So Called Life that is eerily similar to the one you share with your sister.)

I watched the show off and on without any real sense of dedication, which is a shame, because it's so pretty to watch. (I am steadily undoing the damage a photo degree painfully bestowed to me...)

I don't think you are the last one, because my household was very tense while the next season was negotiated. My parents watch faithfully, and though it's loved by critics and a devoted few, those few aren't enough. (No now I will faithfully DVR!) I'm guilty of this too, since I didn't watch it until I was homebound (and chairbound) after an accident last fall. It's just as well, as my heart belongs to Matt. (He also reminds me of a person I know, but I don't think that's it. He's swoonworthy all on his own...)

Oh my this is long. My apologies!

Jul 27, 2009

So glad to hear you liked Philly! It was such a kick to get a chance to meet you while you were in town.

Jul 27, 2009

No, you're not the last people in the world to jump on the FNL bandwagon; and, amusingly enough, I have a parallel story to your Jonas Brothers story which actually involves the cast of FNL. See, FNL is filmed in Austin (where I used to live) and although numerous friends and coworkers RAVED about the show I never got around to watching it (I was too busy being obsessed with Mad Men). Most of the cast lived in my apt complex and apparently they used to hang out at our pool all the time...! And now that I've google-image-searched Tim Riggins I sort of wish I'd been more of a fangirl and had an encounter or two. Alas, hindsight's 20/20...

Big Mama
Jul 27, 2009

I have wondered many times if it would be inappropriate for me to buy a t-shirt that says "Riggins 33" across the front.

Jul 27, 2009

I remain torn between Tim Riggens and Matt Saracen. I ponder this decision as if it were one I actually have to make. As if they aren't 1. Fictional characters and 2. Um, entirely too young for me and when the hell did that happen? I remember sitting on my mom's couch and thinking, "Wow, that Jordan Catalano sure is grown-up." Now, apparently, I'm a cougar.

Helen Jane
Jul 27, 2009

Tim. Yes. Riggins. Yes.

Erin @ Fierce Beagle
Jul 27, 2009

You know, May tried to coax me into watching it, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

However, now that you mention a new incarnation of Jordan Catalano, that pretty much seals the deal.

I remember sitting in a common room in college, literally squealing with some gal pals while watching MSCL, and my then-bf (now my hubs) was all "Um, what's the big deal?" And we were all: "Did you see how he just glanced at her?! HE KNOWS WHO SHE IS!!"

On reflection, I'm lucky he married me after that.

Jul 27, 2009

I love the storytelling of FNL and how it captures small town America. And, yeah, the eye candy doesn't hurt either. I actually aspire to have a marriage like Eric and Tammy Taylor's and to be the great parents they are. I know it's a tv show, but we all need role models, right?

Jul 27, 2009

yes! i've just discovered FNL too! did you know you can watch it instantly on netflix?!
and i love, love, LOVE tim riggins.

Jul 27, 2009

I live in LA and was walking down a hiking trail (Runyon Canyon, for the locals out there) and saw Tim Riggins walking up it wearing a Panthers Football t-shirt. I managed to control myself until we had passed each other and then let out a high-pitched squeal and a "OMG! That's Tim Riggins!" to my husband, followed by a text to a friend, as my husband rolled his eyes. I've seen tons of celebrities down here and could care less. But TIM RIGGINS? Dear god. My heart was aflutter. And I'm 33 years old.

Jul 27, 2009

I am obsessed with FNL! I just watched all 3 seasons in about 2 weeks. One of the previous commenters has it right that season 2 isn't quite as good as the first, but push through it (and it's not bad or anything, just not AS good) because season 3 is amazing. I'm sort of worried about how season 4 will be, what with people leaving and things (but NOT Tim Riggins!)

Jul 27, 2009

I am glad your Jonas brothers story is more lame than my celebrity sighting for the week - we ate breakfast next to Jack White and his new band yesterday morning at Perkins. In Wisconsin. At least we saw him? Does that help the lameness-factor of the whole thing? I am sad I didn't at least give a little "hey, I know who you are, but I am too cool to make a big deal of it" nod or something. Instead I wrote about it all over facebook. And here. Now I am complete!

Jul 27, 2009

Absolutely the best television ever, hands down. It feels less like a television show and more like following those characters around as they live their lives and go about their business.

And gawdhelpme, Tim Riggins reminds me of the first love of my life, crossed kinda with Matt Dillon from "Little Darlings," the ultimate summer camp movie. Matt Dillon! (A very young and very hot) Armand Assante! Be still, my teenage hormones.

Jul 27, 2009

So happy you've discovered the awesomeness that is Friday Night Lights. I decided to start watching it from the beginning last week since you can use the Watch Instantly feature on Netflix. Screw waiting for the DVDs.

Tim Riggins is heartbreaking as well as Matt Saracen. But my love belongs to Coach Taylor and his amaaaaaazing hair. :-) Plus him & Mrs. Taylor have the best relationship on TV ever.

Jul 27, 2009

Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit, MetroDad, of course we've seen The Wire.

Look at the shirt Sean's wearing in this photo:

Jul 27, 2009

Oh, man, Holly, I might have to fight you for Tim Riggins (you and 40, 000 other women, apparently, and also that pointy chinned whiner Lyla). It's a good thing you don't have a baby, because elbows to the head might even be thrown.

So there.

Jul 27, 2009

Oh, pshaw -- you and your school-girl crushes! I'm old enough to appreciate the *real* star of that show. Connie Britton is the only female lead I have ever seen playing the post-partum grunge look the way it really is -- bleary, irritable and no make-up. She's just about the most "real" character I've ever seen portrayed on TV. Can't wait for the start of the new season!

(and welcome aboard the fan train :-)

Jul 27, 2009

We all wish you were at BlogHer! At least I do!

And yes, a baby got elbowed in the head. I heard it from the horse's mouth. Well, not really because the baby can't talk. But his mom told me.

And now I'm going out to rent FNL.

Jul 27, 2009

P.S. New episodes of FNL are available on Fancast, generally the DAY AFTER THEY AIR on the network teevee. That is how I stayed current this year! When does the new season start, anyhow? Am bereft! Love that show so much.

Jul 27, 2009

Such a great show! And my husband makes fun of me every time we watch it because I have a ginormous slightly illegal crush on that boy. But he's legal in real life, right?

Jul 27, 2009

Oh, Holly... nevermind Googling "Tim Riggins"... you've gotta Google "Taylor Kitsch" (his real name)... the pictures... the pictures.... aaaaaagggghhhhhhh!


... someone get me a glass of water!

Jul 28, 2009

this is off topic. thought of you when i stumbled upon this... have you seen madmenyourself.com?

Jul 28, 2009

Yes a baby did get elbowed in the head. Its here:


Jul 28, 2009

I won Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Season 3. I fear this show will be canceled (the threat is Code Orange, my friends) and so I want to be prepared.

Love Coach Taylor. Love him so much I have his picture at my work desk. Which is not at all creepy.

Love Taylor/Tim, too - to the point where I almost want to see Wolverines bc I think he's in it and it would be big screen. I used to want him to wash his hair, but in Season 3, I succumbed to the hot mess that is Tim Riggins and oh. my.

Jul 28, 2009

Okay, my love for Tim Riggins has prompted me to de-lurk and leave a comment! I refer to Tim Riggins as my "high school boyfriend" on a regular basis. (Justin Timberlake is my "grown up boyfriend" in case you were wondering.)

Jul 28, 2009

Oh my am I thrilled that you blogged about Friday Night Lights! I (and my husband) have an unhealthy obsession with that show. The characters, the camera work, the music, the setting! It's all fantastic! I especially love the relationship between the coach and his wife- it just seems so REAL. And, yes, Tim Riggins is VERY easy on the eyes!

Jul 29, 2009

It's not just the fact that Tim Riggins is smokin hot - it's that his character has the best one-liners. He's actually hilarious in his dark, damaged, sexy way. I want to see Wolverine just because he's in it. I wanted to name my cat Tim Riggins (but that might have been weird because my brother's name is Tim). I may name my first born Tim Riggins and play it off like I'm naming him after my brother.

Jul 29, 2009

Tim Riggins is who I would have dated in high school, Coach is who I want to be married to.

I'm so glad you found it, I think it is one of the best shows on tv. Enjoy the last season!

Jul 29, 2009

Oh my holy moly, Friday Night Lights is the best show on TV. I may or may not have the theme song as my ringtone.

My husband, a Texas born-and-bred football kind of guy, turned to me after we'd watched about ten seconds of the very first episode and said, "This is my favorite show of all time." It's the best.

Mountain Momma
Jul 29, 2009

I am embarassed to admit but I find myself actually liking a Jonas Brothers' song. My kids made me watch the video, I swear!

Jul 31, 2009

I think I might have been the first female to discover this show and have been trying to convince people ever since. So far only my sister has joined me. The only thing I know about football comes from this show. Thanks to Mr. Riggins I can now appreciate a running back. And boy, can I appreciate him. Can't wait for next season! Maybe you will be the one who leads the BlogHer world in making this a hit show so I don't constantly worry about cancellation. Please?

Jul 31, 2009

Also, yes, I love Coach Taylor & Tammy. Their marriage is a really good role model to have on TV. And her talk with Julie about having sex. One of the best I've ever seen. Much better than "Today on a very special episode of FNL..." or anything.
It is hard to choose between Matt and Tim. When Matt got his grandma out of the bathroom by pretending to be his grandpa in front of Julie and his friend (whose name I never remember but who I like), tears were shed.

Jul 31, 2009

While this show and each and every one of its characters has brought me to tears more times than I care to admit, it's Tim Riggins who has my heart. And Coach. But I didn't buy my husband a blue windbreaker. No, I bought him a Riggins shirt. Everyone now knows to call it that, too!

You need to tear through those DVDs and join the loyal, but meager group of fans watching it live! The show's been critically acclaimed from the start, but hasn't been able to find a foothold in the ratings. Get everyone you know to watch it! Tell them that sports are just a convenient vehicle for delivering the storylines.

Be forewarned and don't give up: season 2 induced so much eye-rolling and groaning that the show would have lost me, my husband, and the two other couples we watch the show with had season 1 not been the best. Show. Ever. Season 3 has some of the best moments, too. Even Slate thought so: http://www.slate.com/id/2189688/.

Aug 01, 2009

I grew up in high-school-football-crazy Texas (and hated it) so every time someone asks if I've seen FNL I say: "Honey, I LIVED it."

But seeing that picture I'm starting to think maybe I should look into this show after all.

Aug 01, 2009


Aug 04, 2009

Are you...are you trying to replace Jordan? How DARE you? I shan't stand for this...this blasphemy. DEAD TO ME, BURNS.

Nothing But Bonfires
Aug 05, 2009

Oh Metalia, no! Jordan can NEVER BE REPLACED. But when I see pictures of Jared Leto now in his skinny jeans and black eyeliner, I need to have SOMETHING to remind me of The Way He Was. Tim Riggins fits the bill!

Aug 09, 2009

Don't feel bad, the HUBS and I just discovered Friday Night Lights back in March. Let me just tell you, get season 2 as soon as you can, the things that happen will blow you away!

Sandbox Report
Aug 29, 2009

Check it out: Sandbox Report’s Sexiest Man Alive: Jordan Catalano - http://sandboxreport.com/?p=415

Aug 31, 2009

I maintain every woman in the world should get a make out session with Tim Riggins. Some many lives would be bettered by this.

Nov 12, 2009

The book Friday Night Lights is also excellent (and I don't have any particular love for American football). I have no idea how it compares to the series as I haven't seen it - though I certainly will now!

(p.s. - I love your blog. )

Jacqueline Shepherd
Feb 11, 2012

People like to draw similarities between Riggins and Catalano, obviously for aesthetic reasons (e.g., the hair, the jacket); however, I disagree that Rigs is anything like Catalano, especially as you get further into the series. He IS the type of guy you'd want to date (that is, if you don't require your boyfriend to know much about, let's say, international relations). He is loyal and kind and always does the right thing (except, on occasion, when Billy gets in the way of that). He basically becomes a martyr, especially at the end of Season 4. And as much as they elude to him being a womanizer, he's revealed to be a sensitive feminist; he's in love with Lyla, he's really into Jackie, he protects Julie and Becky and refuses to take advantage of either of them. Rigs is an all-around great guy, whereas the same cannot be said for Catalano, who's selfish to the point of cruelty (e.g., the countless times he stands up / snubs Angela, the hard time he gives her when she's not ready to have sex). Jordan's also a really slow and uninsightful guy, whereas Tim may not be a Rhodes Scholar, but has a great head on his shoulders and understands people (and himself) probably better than any other FNL characters.

Sorry for the tirade, I just love Rigs, and I have so much respect for what Taylor Kitsch and Peter Berg did with the character, when they easily could've made him just another Catalano.


Feb 09, 2017

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