The recent Writers Guild of America strike has actually been good for me. I had been missing a lot of quality television shows over these last few months, what with a semi-busy day job (that mostly sees me working at night) and maintaining this fantastic sportsblog. OK, to be honest, I had no excuse to miss as much as I did. But nonetheless I was incredibly far behind and the strike has allowed me to catch up via OnDemand programming and network Web sites now featuring full shows. Here’s what I can tell you from what I’ve seen over the last few weeks: “Life” – starring Damian Lewis of “Band of Brothers” fame – is by far the best new show of the season, and man “Friday Night Lights” is a great show.
FNL has it all, great writing, poignant drama, well timed comedy, great sports action and tons of hot chicks. It’s the perfect storm of American television. The two main young female leads, Minka Kelly and Adrianne Palicki are devastatingly attractive. In fact, they are so incredibly gorgeous that I actually went through a phase last year where they kept one-upping each other in my mind. I couldn’t decide who I would go with given the choice. This year has been no different.
So rather than breakdown the relative merits of either actress (because my math may be rusty but last time I checked there is no difference between a 10 and a 10) I decided instead to breakdown their characters. I’m going to put Lyla Garrity and Tyra Collette through the ringer and see who comes out on top.
Tyra Collette: 5’11, blonde hair, light green eyes. Senior at Dillon High School. Perfect body and legs so long they’d make a giraffe jealous.
Lyla Garrity: 5’5, brown hair, dark brown eyes. Senior at Dillon High School, former cheerleader. Very nice body, nice ass and a great stomach.
Tyra: Gorgeous. Great smile, perfect teeth, knows how to get attention.
Lyla: Gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful smile and she has this look when she’s upset that would make Osama Bin Laden apologize for anything he’s ever done. Seriously, you want to catch the guy, send her over to Pakistan.
Tyra: Has a gigantic mole between her eyebrows that is pretty hard to take your eyes off of. Not sure what the deal is there but she should definitely have it looked at. I’m not a doctor but I’m pretty sure those things can turn cancerous. Plus it could cost her this competition.
Lyla: From certain angles her chin looks thicker than Tom Brady’s. I hate to point stuff like this out since she’s so insanely hot, but at times it looks like it’s pointing the way to buried treasure or something.
Tyra: Two words: long and distinguished. Before nailing the bumbling idiot that is Landry Clarke, she was hollowed out by local poon-hound and Dillon High School fullback Tim Riggins for a long time. There have been a few other guys sprinkled in there but I’d have to re-watch season one to give you a full rundown. Oh and a guy also tried to rape her towards the end of the first season. Simply put, the girl knows her way around the block and could probably show you a thing or two.
Lyla: Was the cheerleader girlfriend of then Dillon High School quarterback, local hero and now wheelchair-bound Jason Street. They had the perfect relationship, then he broke his neck, ended up paralyzed and she cheated on him with his best friend, local poon-hound and Dillon High School fullback Tim Riggins. Man that guy’s life really sucks huh? I’d assume she’s very vanilla and loving in bed with serious cold-fish potential, but you never know.
Tyra: Knowing what a girl’s family is like can go a long way to determining what she’s really like. Ms. Collette’s is a mess. She’s essentially the definition of white trash. They live in a run-down house, her mom dates guys who abuse her and then hit on Tyra, and her sister is a stripper. I’m pretty sure that means her family has hit for the West Texas Cycle. Oh and Tyra’s mom also got involved in an adulterous relationship with – wait for it – Buddy Garrity, Lyla’s dad. Awesome.
Lyla: Well her dad Buddy cheated on his wife repeatedly, and Lyla got insanely angry at him…but then she realized she had been getting canoed by another guy while her boyfriend laid on his back in the hospital paralyzed. Now the home is a mess, her mom kicked Buddy out and is currently engaged to some hippie guy who swooped in. Her dad is living in a bachelor pad desperately trying to get her mom back and she’s caught in the middle.
Tyra: Cries too much. Can be a bitch sometimes. Claims to hate football but she goes to games anyway.
Lyla: Has become a Jesus-freak and preaches all the time. She’s so needy she was willing to get engaged at 17-years-old to her paralyzed ex.
Worst Thing She’s Ever Done
Tyra: Helped Landry Clarke dump the body of a guy he killed into the river.
Lyla: Cheated on her crippled boyfriend with his best friend.
Thing She Wants Most
Tyra: To get the hell out of Dillon, Texas.
Lyla: God’s love. And to convert you.
Kind Of Girl She Is
Tyra: The kind you take straight to bed. Repeatedly.
Lyla: The kind you take home to mom.
What She Has That The Other Doesn’t
Tyra: A rack you could serve dinner on.
Tyra: Sleeping with losers.
Verdict: 6-5, Tyra Collette
This was almost too close to call and could have gone either way. In the end we had to go with the girl who likes to have fun over the buttoned up Born-Again Christian. Tyra likes to party, is outgoing and judging by her previous sexual partners, she’d probably sleep with you. Just be sure to wrap up, we know where she’s been and it ain’t pretty.