Wednesday, November 18, 2009

College football movies: Oher and others

"The Blind Side," the film based on the remarkable journey of Michael Oher (former Ole Miss player, now with the Baltimore Ravens), is coming to your local movie house Friday. Before you go see the Hollywood version, better to read the story: Click here for an excerpt from the book that started it all; this ran in The New York Times Magazine a couple of years back.

And while we're on the subject of college football movies, why not spend a couple hours this weekend with one of these (unless you really, really, really feel the need to watch Florida's beatdown of Florida International and compare it to what Alabama did to them back in September): 

* Everybody's All-American
* The Express
* The Junction Boys
* Knute Rockne, All American
* The Program
* Rudy
* The Spirit of West Point
* Water Boy
* We Are Marshall

But give me "Horse Feathers" over all of them -- the Marx Brothers running riot at victory-starved Huxley College. Even in 1932 they had their priorities straight. -- RTR

"And I say to you, gentleman, that this college is a failure. The trouble is, we're neglecting football for education."


"Where would this college be without football? Have we got a stadium?"
"Have we got a college?"
"Well, we can't support both. Tomorrow we start tearing down the college."


Bigdawg said...

Good suggestions on the college football movies. Two excellent movies about high school football are "The Best of Times" from 1986 starring Robin Williams and Kurt Russell and "Friday Night Lights" (the movie from which the TV series spun off) from 2004 starring Billy Bob Thornton.