Aug 25, 2023 - Sports

What to watch this weekend: "BS High"

A line of football players prepares for kickoff on a football field

Bishop Sycamore High School lost 58-0 to Florida's IMG Academy in August of 2021. Photo: Courtesy of HBO

A fascinating and heartbreaking documentary about an infamous Columbus high school that never actually existed is now streaming on MAX.

Catch up quick: The aptly named "BS High" details the saga of Bishop Sycamore High School, a phony private online school launched in 2019 that existed solely as a means for young men to play football.

  • The players, mostly from underprivileged backgrounds, were duped into thinking they'd get into Division I colleges or go pro.
  • The team wasn't any good though, and lost 58-0 to a high school football powerhouse in a nationally televised game on ESPN in 2021. Then the fraud unraveled.

The intrigue: The film features a lengthy and at times unbelievable interview with coach Roy Johnson, the alleged fame-seeking mastermind behind the scam.

💭 Alissa's thought bubble: While Johnson's brazen, unapologetic interview is stunning, hearing from several of the exploited players impacted me the most.

  • It's easy to get caught up in the scandal's shock value, but the documentary does an excellent job of keeping the focus on the devastation it caused.

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