Cut over to the Lions, in jerseys and sweats, stretching before the game. Landry moseys over to Vince and greets him with the dorkiest "Hey Vince!" Vince is silent. Landry launches into it, saying that he's not sure whether there's something Vince feels he needs to say or do, and he realizes Vince and Jess have some sort of history (aside: why won't they tell us what it is?!), but Landry really likes her, so if Vince wants to hit him or whatever, Landry would like to just get past it. Cut over to Coach cutting through the padlock and then giving the job to D'Angelo: "Your honor." He flips the switch and the lights go on. Everyone around the field claps and whoops. Vince looks up briefly, and just gives Landry a tapping fist to the shoulder. Landry: "What does that mean?" Well, Landry, it means a little bit of light -- you know, physical light, or transcendence, or knowledge or whatever -- on a situation can make it look better and can make people act better. Vince might have punched you in the dark, but in the light he's giving you your own fair chance. Or, you know, maybe he's planning on just trying to catch you in an alleyway later once these damned lights stop blaring in his face.
Commercials. Lions and Park Kids lined up, getting the lecture from D'Angelo about how this is going to be a clean game, no crap. D'Angelo wins the toss for his Park Kids and the game starts. Lions get a nice run, everyone lines up and the Park Kids are giving Vince shit for being on the wrong side. Vince just grins and tells them they'll see, but he gets sacked on this snap. Coach grimaces. D'Angelo wonders if he should say something to his guys, but Coach says, nah, they're alright. In the huddle, Vince tells the Lions that he knows these players, to beat them, they can't give up and they can't back down. Vince gets a good run, gets pushed out of bounds where he's caught by Virgil in a semi-fatherly way. Next snap, Vince tosses the ball to Landry, who pulls back and launches the ball waaaay down the field-- Coach is like "Whaaa?" as the ball goes flying"-- straight into Vince's hands in the endzone. The boys celebrate in a fun boy way and Coach smiles. He loves nothing more than some kids truly loving the game. Next snap, Street Kids launch a ball way down field for a touchdown. They all celebrate, and you guys, THEY TOO LOVE THE GAME!!! Next snap goes to a little Street Kid who runs the ball real quick. Coach asks D'Angelo for the kid's name -- it's Maurice -- and Coach calls him over. He asks how old he is, and where he goes to school. Maurice answers and just generally looks precious. Coach asks if he wants to play some football next year when he gets to high school, and Maurice says of course. Coach tells Maurice to come find him next year, and he says "Yes, sir." Maurice runs back to the field with a "Thanks, Coach!" and Coach turns to D'Angelo and tells him to make sure Maurice comes and sees him. So the goal here is to slowly drain the Park Kids team into the Lions team. I mean, I get it, but it's still kind of sad, right?