Thursday, September 13, 2007

Finally, some respect for placekickers

Kudos to Disney for making a movie that has a placekicker as the star. For too long quarterbacks (and maybe the odd running back) have been given the star treatment by Hollywood. This has done nothing but further perpetuate the stereotype that placekickers and punters are football's second-class citizens. Thankfully by casting Duane "The Rock" Johnson as the placekicker and leader of his team in the upcoming "The Game Plan" they are striking a chord for low single digit wearers everywhere.

What, The Rock is the quarterback? Well why would Disney make him wear #1? They can't be that stupid, can they? I thought Iger was supposed to make sure Disney didn't make these sorts of mistakes anymore (the historical inaccuracies in the Mighty Ducks are too numerous to mention). Here's what an average NFL player wearing #1 should look like.

Meek, weird helmet, tiny shoulder pads. You can see the awkwardness of having to shower with his teammates in his eyes. Disney, to quote one of Bill Murray's ginger twin sons in Rushmore, "get your head out of your ass!"

Seriously though, these sort of little things bug me. I have enough trouble watching sports movies with fictional teams (The Natural and Bang the Drum Slowly being the two notable exceptions) nonetheless having to see players misnumbered by position. Luckily, Charlie isn't old enough to want me to take her to this movie as I wouldn't be able to control myself at the theatre. "Why is the kicker taking a snap?". "Are they kicking on first down?". "Why's that kicker kissing an attractive woman?". It would be insufferable for all the other movie-goers.

Please Disney, if you start launching sequels of this thing give The Rock #12. If not, it's highly unlikely I'll be buying #3 or #4 once Charlotte's ready to watch these things. I figure it will be firmly in "straight to DVD" territory by then.

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