Posts in category "Film"

11 Things I Love That Have Nothing to Do with Sports

11 Things I Love That Have Nothing to Do with Sports
Before I started blogging a few years ago (and way before I started writing) I used to compile little notes about what I considered some of the more fun things in life. Some of these things deserved their own list and their own recognition. 1. People who don’t bullshit around and just tell you like... Read more »

8 Things I'm Giving Up For Lent

8 Things I'm Giving Up For Lent
If you watched only Olympic hockey and nothing else, you’d probably assume that Russia was a nation of pacifists. Why? Well, that’s because Alex Ovechkin and the rest of Russia’s stars sat on their skates peacefully for the entirety of the 2014 Olympics. Each player sat there waiting for the golden pass of the puck... Read more »

Mandela, The 16th Man

Mandela, The 16th Man
In 2009 I saw what I consider to be the best sports-related film made in the last 20 years, and definitely one of the two best sports films since Rocky, the greatest sports film of all time. Before seeing Invictus, I had always regarded the 1981 film Chariots Of Fire, a film about two runners,... Read more »
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Sports in Film: A Look Back at Four Duds

Sports in Film: A Look Back at Four Duds
Around New Years, I gave my bit on the ten best sports films of the last 20 years. Here are the “Big 4” in my opinion that fumbled it the worst with bad acting, belabored agendas, and unnecessary hype. 1. Ali (2001) – Boxing Michael Mann’s 3-hour epic about one of the greatest and most... Read more »

Rollerskate Sensation: Jackie Daniels

Rollerskate Sensation: Jackie Daniels
Before she arrived in Chicago back in late 2009 Jackie Daniels was already a burgeoning force in roller derby. She is recognizable as a star of the Windy City Rollers, one of the country’s most established and competitive leagues right here in Chicago. Jackie was also named last season’s League MVP, the second time she’s... Read more »

Girls on Film: Roller Derby On-Screen

Girls on Film: Roller Derby On-Screen
Ever since Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut called Whip It! hit the silver screen in 2009, the conversation about roller derby has gotten louder and more profound. Starring Oscar nominees Juliette Lewis, Ellen Page, and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, the film has spurred more attention toward the world’s fastest growing sport. Currently, a few independent... Read more »
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FYI: Peeps, It's Roller Derby Week

FYI: Peeps, It's Roller Derby Week
That’s right, roller derby is back. And in anticipation of this great sport’s 2012 kickoff, we’ll post stories about roller derby all week long. Among the dozen stories coming up here’s a quick look at what’s rollin’: Monday ▪ A short history of Roller Derby in Chicago, and teams The Outfit and the Windy City... Read more »