1st Annual Old School Sports Movie Review

>> Thursday, June 18, 2009


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What do you get when you put Anfernee Hardaway and a serious Al Bundy in the same movie? You guessed it, a masterpiece. Unless you have lived under a rock for the past 15 years plus or just not a basketball fan in general, then you know I am referring to the movie Blue Chips.

This movie had it all from top to bottom. It had humor, deceit, drama, and of course Butch McRae. Shaq was not Denzel in this movie but he wasn't Kazaam either. Nick Nolte did a phenominal job playing what I thought was a rip off Bobby Knight. After researching about the movie, sure enough Nolte had indeed shadowed Knight during Indiana's 1992 season.

The thing about this movie that always confused me the most was who the hell was Ricky Roe? Shaq and Penny were both household names when this movie dropped in the early '90s, but the mysterious Rick Roe had never been heard of. Actually, he hasn't been heard of since this movie. I would have sworn he was a player for Bob Knight at Indiana just by being caucasian, tall, lanky, supporting a crew cut and on the assumption he must have been a famous ball player like the other stars of the movie. As it turned out, my assumption was wrong. Rick Roe was portrayed by a guy named Matt Nover. Try looking him up on IMDB (actually just click here). He apparently did go back to his farm in Indiana to work for his father, while Neon and Butch left school early to turn pro, because no one has heard of him since his playing days at Western. (Think he gave back the tractor, money, and duffle bag?)

Two underrated characters in this movie that never seem to get the credit they deserve for bringing what they did to the film are both Al Bundy and Happy. Even as a child, I couldn't take Al Bundy serious. No wonder the poor guy can't get any work as an actor now(maybe he does, but I am not aware of it). He will forever be known for sticking his hand down his pants, creating NO MA'AM, and continously ripping on Marcy Darcy.

Happy on the other hand seems like a legit person that could really be a friend of the program. There seem to be some coaches now who have a certain friend(s) of the program following them around (This coach may or may not be coaching in Lexington now). Although, unlike Pete Bell, I don't see this coach ever coming clean.

Alright thats enough of the tangents revolving around this wonderful flick. If you haven't saw it, rent it now or just keep an eye out on TBS on weekends.

THE PLAYMAKERS FINAL GRADE: A+

Anything with Penny Hardaway automatically gets an A+ from me, no matter what movie it is. It doesn't hurt this movie also has my favorite college basketball player of all time in it, Bob Hurley. (Although, he loses points for being in a Hoosiers jersey). Toss in everyone's favorite, Al Bundy, and you are guaranteed a movie hit.

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The Face of a Winner ...







I only became a Cincinnati Bengals fan while attending the University of Kentucky from 2000-2004. It seemed every Sunday the only team my college roommates and I were able to watch were the Bengals. They seemed to be on every Lexington football channel avaiable. So I said if you can't beat'em, join'em. One reason I became a fan is because they were the only team on television Sunday in and Sunday out, and, of course, the other reason is I just flat out felt sorry for them. During my college years they were needless to say less than stellar. Then 2005 came and went showcasing a playoff birth. Last season couldn't be over quick enough after the Bengals went 4-11.

But after Chad Ocho Cinco's Thursday statements guaranteeing the Bengals will return to the playoffs, I cannot wait for the 2009 season. I am just glad to know I will finally be able to enjoy a season following a 4 year drought. Ocho-Cinco's predictions show he at least seems to be back to his oldself, which is something I always look forward too.

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Coach K to the Lakers? Time to Break Kris's Heart...





Take yourself back several years and remember whom the Lakers coveted to replace Phil Jackson following his retirement...

Time to revisit those memories. Rumors are starting to circulate and sources in Los Angeles are reporting that Coach K to the Lakers is a very distinct possibility. Many are beginning to believe that he is destined to be the heir apparent to the Phil Jackson throne in LA.

Kobe Bryant, had he attended college, would have been a Dukie and has a very, very good relationship with Coach K stemming over the past 15 years, including winning an Olympic gold medal. As we all know, the Lakers usually do everything in their power to appease The Black Mamba and Coach K would do just that.

While Coach K is a transcendent figure in Durham, one has to wonder if he wants to leave the game without ever coaching at the highest level. A defending NBA champion with arguably one of the two best players in the world on its roster would allow him the perfect opportunity to enter the league with little chance for failure.

I wonder if Coach K could fall with such grace on the Staples Center floor?

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Shaq Fu 2?





Shaquille O'Neal, the MMA fighter? It's a possibility. Shaq-Fu has been participating in MMA training for a few years now and in the following video calls out "The Iceman," Chuck Liddell, and 7'2" Korean, Hong Man Choi. Choi is the same monster that destroyed Jose Canseco in his "MMA" debut.



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A 7'1", 340 pound hilarious black man versus a 7'2", 330 pound kickboxing korean? Somebody call Dana White and get this fight set up immediately. Kazaam meets Bloodsport at UFC 110. I'd order the PPV.

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Ryan Leaf, You Really are Still an Idiot.....





Ryan Leaf's life, since his early days as a Heisman candidate at Washington State to his status as the biggest draft bust of all time, has always had one common denominator, idiocy.

Leaf was making his return from Canada and was arrested by customs agents when he attempted to cross the border. Leaf has been charged with burglary of a habitation and seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance.

Apparently, Leaf was just as terrible at his life as a criminal as he was at attempting to sling the pigskin.

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