Sunderland ‘Til I Die is TV’s Best Show about Failure
The New Republic -

In the movies, underdog sports teams always come from gritty, struggling, preferably post-industrial places. Major League wouldn’t work if it were set in Miami, instead of Cleveland. Rocky’s determination in Rocky is melded to Philadelphia: He draws his strength from the city itself, pumping his fists and jumping into the air after ascending the steps of the city’s art museum. Underdog sports teams are avatars for their downtrodden communities. They ultimately prevail by embodying the pluck and...

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