Football Movies To Get You Through The Off-Season: Part I

Jared Wickerham

Get your fix during the off-season with these football flicks.

The offseason, like most terrible things in life, allows for no quick solutions only for time to run its course. Although there is no way to make football season start in the summer there are ways to get your fix during the long offseason. Below is a guide to several football movies that can help you get by until August 30, 2014 rolls around. The good news is you can probably get all the movies from below at the $5 bin in Wal-Mart and you get the bonus of the entertainment that goes along with going there!

Radio


(Or as I like to call it The Untold Story of Rakeem Cato and the 2014 Marshall Thundering Herd...just kidding...kinda)

Any Given Sunday


From Wikipedia: "Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football team. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, Matthew Modine, John C. McGinley, Charlton Heston, Ann-Margret, Lauren Holly, Bill Bellamy, Lela Rochon, Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Berkley, Marty Wright, and legendary NFL players Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor. The title comes from a line of dialogue D'Amato uses about how you can win or lose on "...any given Sunday."

What's the over under on how long until Johnny Football comes out with a music video a la Willie Beamen? I'm setting the line at one week into the NFL season and taking the under. I bet it won't be as good as Prime Time's though:


Memorable Scenes:


Best Quote: "Life is a game of inches"

Remember the Titans


Denzel gets hired at previously segregated T.C. Williams High School. Denzel finds out if he loses any games he will get fired. Denzel forces unity amongst his players. T.C. Williams goes undefeated. Denzel wins. Even if this wasn't a Disney flick would there have been any doubt that Denzel was going to come out on top?

Memorable scenes:


Best quote: "Left Side!" "Strong Side!"

Varsity Blues


From Wikipedia: "Varsity Blues is a 1999 American coming-of-age sports drama film that follows a small-town high school football team and their overbearing coach through a tumultuous season. The players must deal with the pressures of adolescence and their football obsessed community while having their hard coach on their back constantly. In the small (fictional) town of West Canaan, Texas, football is a way of life, and losing is not an option"

Memorable scenes:


Side note, does anyone else think its odd that they play a clip from this movie at Mountaineer Field during games?

Best quotes: "You gonna be second string all your life boy"
"I don't want. Your Life."

The Program


My personal all-time favorite. From wikipedia: "The film touches on the season of the fictional college football team, the ESU Timberwolves as they deal with the pressure to make a bowl game, drug and alcohol abuse, and overall college life. It follows the trials of Coach Sam Winters, the Heisman Trophy candidate Joe Kane, the freshman running back Darnell Jefferson, their girlfriends, and other team members."

Memorable scenes: I have no idea why they don't mention Alvin Mack in the summary, but it's a travesty (Warning NSFW).

Best Quotes: Jefferson: "Darnell Jefferson Tailback"
Griffin: "Ray Griffin starting tailback"
Jefferson:"yeah I know that's why they recruited me"

Coach: "what's your assignment"
Mack" "kill everybody"

Stay tuned for Part II.

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