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The Express

Based on a True Story, Ding, Drama, Football, Movies That Made Me Cry, Sports No Comments »

When I did gymnastics, I never did that well in competition. I showed up, did some routines, fell off the beam, and went home. The night before my second-to-last meet, I watched The Natural on tv. The next day at the meet, I felt inspired. As the national anthem played, my courage rose and I resolved to do my best. I tied for second on bars and placed overall qualifying me for states.

Tomorrow I am running the NY City Half Marathon. I am pretty sure that I won’t win any awards or qualify for anything (except for maybe a free Jamba juice), but I think watching The Express right now does improve my chances at winning the Heisman. At the very least, it will give me something to occupy my mind during the (fingers crossed) 2 hour run.

By the way, if you watch The Express on an airplane, you will cry.

Football season officially begins in 30 days!

(image Walt Disney World Monorail System – Your Express Highway in the Sky originally uploaded by Matt Pasant)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 61%

The Replacements

Comedy, Football, Sports No Comments »

Believe it or not, The Replacements is one of the best football movies of all time. This is not because The Replacements is not such a good movie, but really because football movies are generally so bad. Here are the reasons why The Replacements is better than normal football movies:

1. In The Replacements, both teams are shown having possession of the ball. Sometimes team A has the ball and sometimes team B has the ball. When possession changes, there is a turnover or a kickoff or some action to explain the change in possession.

2. Sometimes they have to kick a field goal. It’s not all TDs all the time people. Why do you think the all time leading scorers in the NFL are kickers? (i know, i know because of extra points)

Well, those are about the only reasons The Replacements is a good football movie, but it is a start. I would watch it any day of the week over Any Given Sunday. Seriously, Oliver Stone must hate football.

(image Keanu Reeves – The Replacements originally uploaded by pyrobunnyshoney)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 40%

Tuesday Evening Quarterbacking

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img_0962.JPGI spent Sunday watching football standing up squooshed in the corner of a bar. One thing I realized standing in a group of Eagles, Lions, Texans, Patriots and one Green Bay fan is that Patriots fans are really the most obnoxious fans in the world. This is of interest to me. I am from Philadelphia. I have a vested interest in knowing who the actual obnoxious fans are. Leave it to the Patriots fans. So what that the Pats are being punished for cheating? Or that the Pats took out J.P. Losman in the first play of the game? There is still no reason to restrain yourself from screaming nonstop as the Patriots score 5 unanswered TDs. They are enough to make anyone get satellite.

Pre-season football (Giants v Panthers/Seahawks v Chargers)

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football.jpgWatching pre-season football is so unsatisfying. The game is still in there, but the players are all wrong. T.J. Swindley drops backs to pass to Chauncy McButterworth. Terrell Garcia might defend against Peyton Longbottom. Who are these people? It is not to say that I don’t value all the players who don’t get to be starters, but who can watch this? Last night, Madden went on about how Seneca Wallace (Seattle backup QB) would be a great wide receiver, but the team would need a new backup QB. Make him a wide receiver already… he is not a good QB. Anyway, this is all just frustration because football season is still so far away.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/schempp/320408480/)

Pre-Season Football

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Dallas v Coltsmcnabb.jpg

Pre-season sucks. 4 weeks until football season.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/sueandcharlotte/41623181/)