Also my uniform # in High School football. I got quite a chuckle when I got to that part of the four book trilogy.
I love sports documentaries. True sports stories are great material for inspiration and hope in our daily lives. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but ESPN’s “30 for 30″ documentaries are almost always worth a watch. I just caught, “Survive and Advance” today. Well, well worth your time.
But I thought you watched Red Eye exclusively.
I agree with you about 30 for 30, about how pro ball players tend to go broke and found it very illuminating.
This time of year I also watch March Madness. During one of the games they had an ad for the NC State – Valvano pic so I set the DVR. The whole movie is good, but the scenes with the team and assistant coach at the North Carolina barbecue joint are priceless.
I wish I could find the book, but somewhere in my vast library (mostly in cardboard boxes) I have a book of the best Sports Stories from 19somethingorother and there is a nearly book-length piece in it on Valvano, before he got cancer. What a great read. I really miss good sports writing.
Since we’re on the topic of sports; please check out Mary Cain. I wrote about her a few weeks ago. It’s an amazing story, and she genuinely appears to be a nice, good-natured kid. She is competing against the best adults in the world, at different events, and calmly winning, or finishing second or third. What she is doing is very, very unique.
I have long been convinced that baseball movies have been done to death and I will pass on seeing anymore, I may have to re-consider that opinion, now. If Spielberg had “redtailed” this story, I could have stayed with my opinion forever more, but this looks to be compellingly told. And I (a little birdy told me I should) believe the hype….
That does look good, with a good cast. I’m in.
Yunz’ll get to see Alan Tudyk as never before, too. Whoops, I said a little more.
Keep talking . . .
Harrison Ford actually remembered he can portray someone besides himself.
I’m also gonna dock you a point for deeming Breaking Training a clunker. Sure, it’s not even an eighth the original, but unlike BNB in Japan, you at least had the Astrodome and “Let them play! Let them play!”
(See, this is where you needed to place your bet from the other table…)
Oh man, does Gary Cooper makes me WEEP in that movie.
Me too, although you know it’s coming. I mean, what were Gehrig’s parents thinking, naming him after a disease? It’s like naming your son; Chronic Rhinitis and then being shocked he goes through a lot of Kleenex.
Agreed, but still rather pathetic and predictable the Indians fan has to wait this long to have a mention of the awesome Major League … and its incredibly shitty sequels on the flip side.
Major League was one of my hole cards.
“That ball wouldn’t have been out of most parks.”
And yes, I know that’s from the original trailer and was cut from the movie.
I can’t stand “Bull Durham,” but every time I mention that Eric and Outlaw have Floyd revoke my log-in privileges, so, keep it under your hat.
That was done only once on my end. Not my fault you didn’t learn your lesson.
Ooooooooooooo…sorry, but the inclusion of ALoTO is enough to disqualify your entry. There’s no crying wimmin in baseball.
I beg to differ. There was wimmins in baseball during that time, which is what they were portraying. And it is a good movie. And stop being such a meanie.
I wonder how it will compare in telling the story to the 1950′s The Jackie Robinson story where Jackie Robinson plays himself. I bought the movie for my grand-daughter’s library, not to show her that the world is a cruel place (I think children know instinctively that is a given) but how you rise above with strength, character, and dignity. No one is perfect but you do your best to do what is right and sometimes you change history.
All love to Jackie Robinson of course, but that movie was a bit wooden… great ball player, meh actor.
All in the eye of the beholder – I guess I am suspect of Hollywood. They…sometimes take a story and make it their own. I guess I will just have to wait and see. Thanks for the heads up about the movie.
It’s not bad.
Eric saw 42 and he loves him some baseball so if he’s wetting himself in anticipation for the rest of us to see it I take that as a good (though perhaps messy) sign.
To paraphrase a line from back when Ms. Dunst was but a good little burgeoning vamipiress, I wanted more.
Good enough for me!
Talk to -fritz-. At minimum, I at least control things till I find a tree.
Tardy entries, but would be remiss if I neglected to mention the greatness of 61* and ESPN’s The Bronx Is Burning mini-series.
Now if those don’t spur the return of Kriskey to do some Yankees bashing, I don’t know what will.