But I'm gettin' itchy for a kickoff. There's just something special about football. Whatever that special "something" is, it is even evident in pop culture. Now I'm not much of a moviegoer (twice in the last 15 years or so) and not much of a TV watcher, but I've managed to see a lot of good football movies. What about other sports? I like baseball (especially when my Giants are still relevant in September) but I can't think of one good dramatic baseball movie. Baseball seems to better lend itself to Major League and Bull Durham fun movies rather than drama. Basketball? There's Hoosiers. Can't think of any others. Well, there was that awful Robby Benson thing back in the '70s, too. Hockey? Please don't even start with the Mighty Ducks. Soccer? The Stallone/Pele flick Victory was pretty decent. When the crowd starts chanting Dies Irae it gives me a little chill. But really, would it have been half as cool if they were playing the Paraguayan National Team? Nah, it's cool 'cuz they're beating Nazis.
That brings us to football...
I can't think of one single serious football movie that sucked. Some of the comedies (Adam Sandler, I'm looking at you) haven't done anything for me. But the serious football flicks all seem to be really good. I don't want to spread it on too thick, but there's a certain nobility about football. That nobility lends itself to good cinema. Think about it for a sec...
- Remember the Titans
- Gridiron Gang
- Facing the Giants
- We Are Marshall
Consider this a general-purpose football/football movie thread. Have at it. And, oh yeah, one more thing: