Fantastic usage of rhetoric by Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights’s pilot episode. The words resonate: it’s the lilt of his voice, the fall of “fall,” the prosodic nuance; it’s the breath with which he speaks, the pauses; it’s the repetition, and it’s the slant rhymes; it’s everything, really. The emotional impact of FNL more generally is a testament not only to the excellence of the scriptwriters, but also to the talent of Kyle Chandler and the rest of the cast.
Coach speaks in this manner often throughout the show. Requisitely, we see instances of his inspirational rhetoric in the locker room, but I wasn’t able to find any such clips. This dramatic montage will have to suffice!
(Not having been an athlete myself, I wonder if in fact high school sports coaches do employ effective rhetoric when delivering pep talks…? How else does one motivate a ragtag team of underdogs?)
I love his voice so much. No one can give a heartfelt and emotional pep talk like Coach Taylor can.