No, it’s not another remake of The Odd Couple, although one of the guys about to be named is a failed sitcom actor and the other had a successful cameo in Ted 2 as a potential donor of something other than blood. Via the Hollywood Reporter, Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will team up for a new TV series that explores the impact of sports in society.
The Audience Network offering dubbed Religion of Sports debuts on November 15. Strahan and Brady will serve as two of eight executive producers.
“I’ll never forget watching ‘The Catch’ in Candlestick Park with my dad,” Brady said in a statement issued Wednesday. “I was four years old, in awe of it all. In a lot of ways, I’ve dedicated my life to replicating that feeling. Now, playing on the same stage as my childhood idols, I’m fortunate to have a pretty unique perspective on football and the sports world. I can think of no better vehicle than Religion of Sports to share some of what I’ve learned and dig a little deeper into that feeling, the sort of spiritual experience that sports creates for players and fans alike.”
Said Strahan: “Growing up in Germany, I never imagined myself to be a professional athlete. At that point, I was a professional fan. Watching the reaction of the country when Germany won the World Cup back in 1990 showed another level of fandom that I had never seen. Sports can be that void that brings everyone together regardless of any barriers socio-economic standing, race, and religion. To be a part of this project, Religion of Sports, brings full circle the things that I have learned as a child without even knowing that in some ways, I was having a religious experience. Religion of Sports will be the bridge that connects the passion of religion with the passion of sports.”
The first season will look at, among other things, NASCAR events, the CFL’s Calgary Stampede, and the rise of the UFC.
Eventually, look for Brady to pitch a Religion of Sports episode that tackles the Science of #Deflategate. Or basically anything other than a documentary based on Super Bowl XLII.