TV Club: Ballers: “Heads Will Roll”

There’s something truly compelling and poignant bubbling underneath all the trivial stuff that Ballers seems to explore from week to week. It’s there in tonight’s opening segment, where we once again see Spencer in a flashback to his days on the field. He’s just laid a hit on a Buffalo Bills receiver, both him and the receiver hurting after the play. Spencer’s head is rocked and he’s dazed. The receiver is not moving, completely incapacitated. It’s a play that any football fan, casual or not, has seen over and over again. Does he have a concussion? Is his career over? These are the questions the viewer asks when watching such a play happen on Sunday, and they’re questions that Ballers should be exploring.

For whatever reason, the show has no interest in diving into Spencer’s on-field past, or are is at …

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