Football is more than a game. It is a form of war where most combatants survive intact. It can be a ticket to college and can pave the road to riches. It is a preparation for the bigger battles of life at large, forming and testing a boy's character in preparation for manhood. Most important of all, football prowess is an excellent tool in convincing young women to take off their shirts. The MTV-produced Varsity Blues (1999) is a concoction of all the tried-and-true elements of the high-school sports film. The setting is a small town in Texas. The coach is a raging megalomaniac who has lost sight of the sport’s true value. The backup quarterback is precipitously thrust into the starting role. The chicks are hot and willing to take off their shirts.