The team played in the pilot, the Westerby Chaps, is based on the Austin, Texas area high school Westlake. The colors, logos and team nickname are all similar. The Westlake football team goes by the nickname Chaparrals. Westlake has been considered a high school football powerhouse in Texas in recent years. The incident in which one of the Panthers' players is paralyzed is based in fact on an incident in which David Edwards, a player for San Antonio Madison, collided with Coy Aune, a Westlake receiver, in a playoff game with Peter Berg in attendance.
Awards and Nominations: Conrad M. Gonzalez, Keith Henderson and Stephen Michael won the 2007 Eddie Award for "Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television" for this episode. Peter Berg was nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series" for this episode.