Posts tagged "Football"

The 11 Best Sports Films of the Last Two Decades

The 11 Best Sports Films of the Last Two Decades
Since 1991 –after such great 1980s sports films like Hoosiers, The Natural, and Chariots of Fire– a lot of excellent film work has hit the screen. The best films often deal not only with the sport featured but the lives of every day people across all walks of life. I’ve seen a lot of sports... Read more »

Trivial Sports Histories: Album Cover Trash Talk

Trivial Sports Histories: Album Cover Trash Talk
In 1986 The Housemartins released their first album, “London 0 Hull 4″. The album which was big in the UK and on American college radio contains the singles “Flag Day” and “Think for a Minute”, as well as “Happy Hour”, a tune referenced by the Barenaked Ladies on their first album. The album “London 0... Read more »

Trivial Sports Histories: Philly Eagles, Horrible Rappers

Trivial Sports Histories: Philly Eagles, Horrible Rappers
In the 1988 NFL season the Philadelphia Eagles and their coach, Buddy Ryan, were feeling a little cocky. Ryan, who was a former assistant of Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, had come in just the year before. And coming off three very disappointing seasons following the Super Bowl era of Dick Vermeil, the Eagles were... Read more »
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"Bear Down Chicago Bears" sounds like "Sit on my Face"

"Bear Down Chicago Bears" sounds like "Sit on my Face"
A couple of months ago during the off-season my insomnia got the best of me. When that happens and I’ve totally given up sleep I often hit YouTube to check out long lost favorites from my MTV childhood and other silly things. That day, a friend had sent me a photo of a toilet with... Read more »

Parents: Don’t Yell “Retard!” from the Stands

Parents: Don’t Yell “Retard!” from the Stands
I’ve picked up a nice little side gig writing about area high school football for a major sports news conglomerate. Football isn’t my first choice in sports, but the chance to watch and report the game is as rewarding as living in the moment as a writer with something to write about. Then there’s the... Read more »

Sports Philandering and the Big Ten

Sports Philandering and the Big Ten
Feel free to take me to task for boasting about Ohio State football this year. My prediction was that the Buckeyes would pick up nine or ten wins and that last season’s scandal and the loss of coach Jim Tressel wouldn’t have an effect. At 3-2, right now ten wins appear a long shot. Maybe... Read more »
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The Real World, BCS: College Football’s Late Summer Break & National TV Fling

The Real World, BCS: College Football’s Late Summer Break & National TV Fling
The nation rejoiced this past weekend as college football began again. There were a lot of touchdowns as is to be expected. Ohio State ramrodded their cross-state neighbors from Akron 42-0; while Florida beat up on Florida Atlantic 41-3 and Arkansas pounded Missouri State 51-7. Elsewhere, #2 Alabama took no mercy on Kent State, a... Read more »

My Hobby: Hating the Dallas Cowboys

My Hobby: Hating the Dallas Cowboys
In the David Mamet film “State and Main”, Alec Baldwin plays a scummy movie star in his late 40s named Bob Berringer, who reminds himself constantly that “everyone has a hobby”. His hobby, while filming on location, is hooking up with local high school girls. I have a hobby that is less devious, less dirty,... Read more »

Football Guitars Give Music, Sports Fans Ax to Grind

Football Guitars Give Music, Sports Fans Ax to Grind
Follow @MySportsComplex Sounds like the mancave owner’s dream. As if sports logo-clad beer lights weren’t enough, now the avid sports fan and weekend rock star has another sports ax to grind. Helmet Guitars, which can be found online at www.HelmetGuitars.com makes a line of specialty electric guitars for music and football enthusiasts. The company puts... Read more »
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Why You Never Take the TV Remote from a Football Fan

Why You Never Take the TV Remote from a Football Fan
One of my favorite movies from years past, potentially a classic, is Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The 1999 film which stars Sting, Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham, is largely a gangster film but sounds and reads wittily like a Beatles film with guns, smuggling, cannabis and a load of cursing. Like... Read more »