Monday, June 2, 2014

Fungos, FOGOs & Fundamentals: Sports Movies

In this belated edition of the Triple-F, our co-conspirators tackle the greatest sports movies of all time, piggy-backing on the most recent list: The Baker Dozen: Sports Movies.  This discussion goes in a million different directions, including a throw-down on the merits of For Love of the Game, an interlude on the best movie coach, a dissection of the worst sports movies of all time, an accord regarding “The Beatles” of baseball movies, all before devolving into a ruckus regarding bicycles…or something.  Enjoy!    
"Really, someone thinks we're the best?"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Baker Dozen: Sports Movies

Here it is!  The Baker Dozen list thousands of fans and readers (minus-995, of course) have been clamoring for since this site’s inception.  Some may wonder why it’s taken this long for a Sports Movies list to come out since this site’s main focus is on sports and movies.  Well, the reason being is that it’s such a tough list to put together; I just kept putting it aside – not wanting to deal with the pressure of accumulating my all-time favorite sports movies.  Now that it’s finished, it was just as difficult as I thought it would be.

Last week I released the updated version of the BDMI (Baker Dozen Movie Index).  With a renewed vigor of working on the movie rankings for this site, I figured this is the right time to finally break-out my top 13 sports movies.  As with all the B-13 lists, this is not a ranking.  Additionally, I must have seen a movie for it to eligible for inclusion.  With that said there will be no winning one for the Gipper, no singing along with those Damn Yankees or crying after hearing Brian’s Song.  (It’s about a song, right?)
Hoosiers may be the best sports movie ever.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

BDMI: Let's Call it 2.0

When I began this little writing adventure, there were a few things I wanted to do on a somewhat consistent basis:  write about sports; write about movies; make lists.  In making my initial lists of movies, I wanted to come up with a way to somehow statistically quantify the value of a movie.  My original concepts sucked.

Then came the Baker Dozen List that was spurred by my belief that ticket sales at the current market value should not distinguish what is a good movie.  From that concept arose the Baker Dozen Movie Index.  I wanted to show a movie’s value through tickets sales set at an even scale with the added benefit (or not) of critics’ and audiences’ views, as well as success during the awards season. 
The king of the BDMI: Gone with the Wind

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Scenario(s): BCS Championship

Here we go yo, Here we go yo
So what’s the, what’s the scenario
A-yo, Bo knows this and Bo knows that
But Bo don’t know jack, cause Bo can’t rap…
- A Tribe Called Quest, Scenario

Bo may not know how to rap, but he does know that his Auburn Tigers have created quite a stir in the finagling heading into the BCS championship game after their amazing victory Saturday night over previous No. 1 title contender Alabama.  Things would be so much simpler if Auburn would have let Alabama win and then roll over the Missouri Tigers for the SEC Championship.  But where’s the fun in that? 

The BCS, in its swan-song of a season before giving way to a mini-playoff system next year, couldn’t go quietly into the night without one last dose of controversy.  And boy, is there going to be some controversy.  A number of scenarios are now in place to determine which team will play in the final BCS Championship game against Florida State in Pasadena.
So, uh, who wants to play FSU and The Beast known as Timmy Jernigan?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Visit to the Trailer Park with Daddio (Vol. 4)

We head back down the dusty road to once again visit the trailer park as our two knuckleheads take a look at previews of five anticipated movies scheduled to come out in the coming months.  Daddio delivers his four-star anticipation ratings again.  No word yet as to whether or not Hollywood execs are ordering re-shoots based on these ratings.  We'll keep you posted.
Ahoy, Leo!  Yes, we are interested in what you've got to sell us!

Fungos, FOGOs & Fundamentals: Pre-Game/Post-Game vs. Miami

In this installment of the Triple F, we find our Four Horsemen of the Conversational Apocalypse talk FSU football before and after the ass-whipping the Seminoles laid on their in-state rival, Miami.  Discussion range from: did FSU call off the dogs too soon vs. NC State?; should FSU be worried about Miami?; why were we ever worried about Miami?; and will Baker finally give some credit to Jimbo Fisher???  Read on to find out!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nostalgia: The Drug of Choice on TV

After only one scene of ABC’s new comedy The Goldbergs, I turned to my wife and said “Holy shit, that’s me!” with a little more enthusiasm than was really warranted at the time.  In 1990, I became a teenager.  My wonder years were spent listening to both 90s rap and alternative rock while sharpening my skills on the Sega Genesis.  In the 1980s, however, I was the picture perfect definition of a kid.  My parents couldn’t have planned it out better – or planned it at all if you believe the stories.