Diane Barrow (Delta Burke), the considerably younger trophy wife of
successful businessman and socialite Paul Barrow (Ben Cooper) is
shocked to find him in the throws of passion with another man. Stung by
the betrayal she secures a divorce and as revenge takes ownership of
his pro football team in the settlement. Diane is gleeful in having
relieved him of his prize possession & status symbol. But not for long.
The team is the California Bulls - a ragtag group of misfits who
collectively resemble a special ed class in a medium security prison.
They are coached by Ernie Denardo (Reid Shelton) a decrepit
If that weren't enough adversity for the new owner her general manager
Roger Barrow (Clayton Landey) is her ex-husband's nephew and is tied to
organized crime. Roger and the league commissioner are manoeuvring to
drive Diane out so that her ex can get his team back.
The main character, at first, seems like a vindictive gold-digger who
engineered a ruthless power-grab and is comically in over her head. But
we see signs that she is not entirely loathsome. We can allow ourselves
to laugh at her a little even as we empathize with her. The forces
assembled against her seem darker and more powerful.
Professional football which was coming into its own as the premier
revenue sport in North America was ripe for lampooning. The show
offered viewers a scathing satire of a pro sports team. The California
Bulls seemed to send up every excess of professional athletes. Football
fans adored this show. A certain professional sports league and its
member franchises were considerably less amused.
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