Deleted scenes and a television confessional …While We’re Waiting

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It turns out there will be a scene that you won’t be seeing in the Draft Day movie. It appears that the NFL wants to portray a little less violent or crazy atmosphere. They reportedly made the movie cut a scene in which fans hung an effigy of Kevin Costner’s character.

When I was young my dad took me to see the Browns play the Colts in the playoffs. It was January 9, 1987 to be exact. The Browns beat the Colts 38-21. As we walked through the Muni-lot on our way in the game, I saw a huge crowd gathered around chanting and cheering as a group of fans hung an effigy of Colts’ running back Eric Dickerson.

That wasn’t my first playoff game at Municipal Stadium. We went to see the Jets game the year before. It was the first time I had seen an effigy in person though. Must have made an impression, because I still remember it.

I don’t really know that I’m either in favor or not in favor of the move made here by the NFL. Maybe it isn’t as far-fetched as some might think though. Although, Browns fans have had plenty of coaches and front office people that could have had the effigy treatment. If it hasn’t happened yet, maybe it is a bit of movie fiction. (H/T FSO)

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Huge props to the Rays for a cool tradition. Tampa Bay has had it’s players out meeting and greeting their fans on Opening Day since the team’s inaugural year. Some were out shaking hands and giving high fives. Some were scanning tickets. All of them had a simple message- thanks for coming.

Can’t tell you how big a fan I am of this. I’m sure not every player is asked to do this. I bet some are a lot more willing than others. Still, kudos Tampa.

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Yesterday’s discussion of the How I Met Your Mother finale had me thinking. Not because I had a different opinion, or any opinion at all really. See I’ve never seen the show. In fact, there are so many shows that everyone around me (or around me in cyberspace) talk about constantly that I have just never watched. So I started a little list. These are shows that I have either never seen, or never seen more than an episode of.

30 Rock, Lost, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, South Park, The Sopranos, The Wire, Family Guy, Arrested Development, Sex and the City, Dexter, The West Wing, Breaking Bad and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

I’m sure that there are more for this list, but I used a couple of ‘top ten shows’ lists to even come up with some of these. Why? Well, a variety of reasons I’m sure. Partially because I don’t have HBO or Showtime or any of those channels. Partially because I have a daughter in the house that I don’t really want to watch these with. I would add that I don’t think my life is any less enriched because I didn’t watch them. I doubt on my deathbed I will really wish I had taken the time to see all of 24. We all have things we love and make time for. Honestly, I think sometimes that other people must get another couple hours a day more than me. I have enough trouble getting to everything I need to do as it is.

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Finally, because you know I’m a uniform nerd… the Akron Zips will have a new look apparently next fall. Looks like they are going with black and gold.

I think we are reaching the point of too much with the trendy uniforms. But hey, that’s just one guy’s opinion. Have a good week gang.

  • MrCleaveland

    I thought I noticed a subtle change in the TV commercial for “Draft Day.” Earlier, the coach was apparently a former Dallas Cowboys assistant, and he said something about how Dallas won a lot. But the last time I saw it, they changed the city to Seattle.

  • humboldt

    Draft Day looks offensively bad…but when it comes to the Browns I am a moth to fire and will see it when it comes out on April 11th. (yes, I’m asking for an intervention)

  • RGB

    I noticed that.
    I bet they filmed that scene multiple ways, so they could edit it accordingly based on who the current SB champ turned out to be.

  • RGB

    It’s Kevin Costner. Of course it looks awful.
    Buuut, we will all be going to see it, nonetheless.
    I wonder if we can get a intervention group rate….

  • Paul Marsh

    Same here. My wife has already told me I’m on my own to see it.

  • Natedawg86

    Also, we will have to buy it when it comes out on bluray

  • Natedawg86

    If the movie would have used another teams colors, i would have waited until it came out on Redbox

  • humboldt

    Indeed. If it was about another team not only would I not see the film, but I would look with contempt upon anyone who did!

  • Garry_Owen

    I’ll look for the guy in the sunglasses and hoodie slunk low in his seat at the local theater, and I’ll know it’s you. Look for the same, and you’ll know it’s me.

  • Natedawg86

    It will be interesting to see it here in Baltimore. What should I say to the people that wear Ravens stuff to the movie?
    Good to see you are going back to your roots

  • Garry_Owen

    I can’t help it, but I love Kevin Costner. He’s one of the 3 worst actors in history (Nicholas Cage and Keanu Reeves, I’m looking at you), but for some reason I think he’s great. And now wearing Browns gear? Fuggetaboutit. Serious intervention time.

  • Garry_Owen

    Actions speak louder than words. I’m not saying. Just saying.

  • mgbode

    I am going to assume that you do not count guys like Jean Claude Van Damme as an actor.

    http://0.media.todaysbigthing.cvcdn.com/13/41/556ad8bb3f91c4803392ccfcb9c164e5.gif

  • RGB

    I wonder if they’ll subject us to clips of The Drive…The Fumble…

  • mgbode

    and they thought that team might be Dallas? they filmed this thing last year, right?

  • RGB

    Don’t forget Michael Madsen. Barf!

  • Garry_Owen

    You know what, I think his chops are better than Reeves’s and Cage’s, though probably not as good as Costner’s (and I failed to mention Stephen Segal – but I truly do not think that guy’s an actor, or ever was).

  • Natedawg86

    They should have just shot those scenes 10 times from the start

  • mgbode

    I think that was the final selling point that got them to pick the Browns as much as any subsidy for the filming.

    The pitch to how to build up the sense of despair:

    Sure, Buffalo can talk about losing 4 SB in a row when the NFC was just a better conference, but have you heard of Red Right 88, Elway, Modell, and everything since ’95 for the Browns? Oh, I understand that the audience won’t believe that you can lose a game by a helmet toss or that an entire stadium would riot by throwing beer bottles onto the field. We’ll have to gloss over those items. But, can I interest you in the last high draft pick QB who was so awful that he actually just flipped the ball high up in the air to just gift wrap a pick-6? I thought you’d like that one.

  • RGB

    Just start the pre-therapy now…

  • mgbode

    Keanu is an awesome actor though for one role. The role of guy who is too dumb to know any better. Amazing how many scripts have been written around that role for him.

  • Garry_Owen

    The same is true for Costner. Nobody plays a wooden, emotionless enigma better than him. (I mean that seriously.) His best movie, bar none: Open Range. If you haven’t seen it, see it.

  • mgbode

    Eh, I think I’m desensitized enough to it now. Honestly, I sort of want them to go over the top with it and use real clips and show the absolute gut wrenching past 50 years of our franchise. ESPN always just shows “The Drive” and “The Fumble” without explaining the context to why each was so horrible. It’d be nice to give the nation that context so I won’t have that expression of sullen surprise when someone new watches the Browns history with me and sees us up by a TD, the Broncos fumble the kickoff and recover between their own 1 & 2 yd line.

  • Natedawg86

    Switch your selector lever from “safe” to “semi” and watch, your lane

  • RGB

    You say that now, but when Jeremiah Castille runs down the line (on the big screen), and well, you know the rest…

  • mgbode

    yeah, let’s just say that everyone in my Austin area theater will know Webster Slaughter didn’t try to block.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    When it comes to TV shows, I enjoy a good TV show… so long as it doesn’t take over my life or schedule, so I rarely watch. Basically my rule is that if a show people keep telling me I’d enjoy sticks around a few seasons and they’re still telling me I’d really like it, I’ll start watching it then. Unfortunately with HIMYM I started it around Season 6, so that got me stuck for a few more years, but generally that means I get to just binge watch shows (like Breaking Bad or Friday Night Lights) when I have time and feel like it.

  • Garry_Owen

    Breaking Bad has taken over my life. I’m not complaining – it is a TV masterpiece, but I am rather looking forward to finishing these last 7 episodes so that I can finally get some sleep. [No spoilers, please.]

  • humboldt

    I’ll slip you an Edmund Fitzgerald; we’ll get through this, my friend

  • http://twitter.com/bbo13 B-bo

    But Costner does one thing well: sports movies. Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Tin Cup, For Love of the Game…pretty good stuff. He was good in Hatfields & McCoys, Untouchables, The Bodyguard. He’s certainly doesn’t belong on a 3 worst actors list of any sort, not while Josh Hartnett, Chris Klein, Keanu Reeves, Seagal, JCVD, Zac Efron, Shia LeBeauf, John. Travolta, and Hayden Christensen exist. And Paul Walker with a posthumous nod. He and Nic Cage share the “when they bomb, they bomb BIG” gene, but his good work is enough to keep him respectable.

  • http://twitter.com/bbo13 B-bo

    Johnny Utah! Clearly his best role. “I AM AN EFF BEE EYE AGENT!”. Yes you are, Keanu. Yes you are.

  • mgbode

    you’re a real blue flame special, aren’t ya son?
    (you had to know that I fully support any movie that includes both a properly pronounced, if not spelled, Bode character along with the basic plotline that setup the Fast & Furious series)

  • humboldt

    Agreed that Costner is able to embody romanticized American sports archetypes exceptionally well. My concerns about Draft Day isn’t so much him, it’s the insipid dialogue that litters throughout the preview. That may not be a fair sampling of the film, but it is enough to make me worry about whether the overall story will hold together or just feel like a string of empty cliches and tropes (approved by the NFL propaganda machine).

    I will see it, and I will likely tear up because…well, Cleveland…but I have my concerns.

  • Jay

    Re: Burning or hanging an effigy: I remember when I was younger this was very common place to see at the stadium or even on TV. It seemed like the camera would always find someone in the stands hanging the mascot of the other team. You don’t see it too much any more.

  • http://twitter.com/bbo13 B-bo

    I’m definitely more afraid of the movie being ruined by terrible writing than I am of poor acting. They managed to throw together a reasonably recognizable cast, which is a start anyway. And I’m always on board with Denis Leary, though the fact that the movie did not get an R rating tells me that he doesn’t get to do what he does best.

  • Matthew Grant Anson

    Everyone goes to rehab and lives happily ever after.