Like many SEC Football fans, I was excited at the news of a docuseries covering Urban Meyer’s tenure at Florida. Sadly, the Netflix show is a time-wasting bust.
I expected ‘Swamp Kings’ on Netflix to deliver a four-part, drama-laced production that covered everything from Cam Newton leaving Gainesville to Aaron Hernandez’s double life as a hardened criminal. Heck, I also wanted to relive Shelly Meyer’s 911 call to report her husband’s chest pains.
Call me a TV extremist, but I’m all for the nitty gritty story behind the story.
Instead, I wasted approximately four hours watching what I would agree is an Urban Meyer puff piece. ‘Swamp Kings’ also delivers a lot of Tim Tebow, but unlike ol’ Urbs, Tebow isn’t a known dirtbag within our society.
But watching and listening to Meyer brag about his ‘glory days’ with the Gators triggers my gag reflex.
SEC Football fans are wise to avoid ‘Swamp Kings’ on Netflix. Trust me, it will only make you despise the streaming app more. I’m also questioning why Meyer received fluff treatment inconsistent with the previous episodes of the ‘Untold’ docuseries.
I enjoyed the ‘Untold’ episodes that documented Jake and Logan Paul. The production accurately painted the portrait of immature kids who leveraged social media stupidity into lavish lifestyles. Likewise, the ‘Untold’ coverage of the Balco scandal allowed Victor Conte to tell his side of the story, but not without the impression that he’s a crooked snake oil salesman.
However, ‘Swamp Kings’ fell into the same pit that Fox Sports does every Saturday morning with their Big Noon Kickoff college football pregame show. Such is a pit dug from the assumption that Meyer is likable enough to deserve the positive national spotlight.
Urban Meyer’s tenure with the Florida Gators included 65 wins, five bowl game wins, two national championships, and a Heisman Trophy winner. His time in The Swamp also included controversy galore. Thus, SEC Football fans were giddy at the news that the Netflix ‘Untold’ docuseries would cover Meyer’s six-year tenure with the Gators over four episodes.
Unfortunately, TV viewers were duped by ‘Swamp Kings’ about as bad as that resulting from the final season of ‘Game of Thrones.’
If there’s any part of ‘Swamp Kings’ worth SEC Football fans’ attention, it’s the recap of Florida’s 2007 loss to the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge.