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Invincible Simmons muffs the punt

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Columbo, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member


    Simmins writes:

    So will "Gridiron Gang," the latest sports movie to ride the whole "based on a true story" tag. That's Hollywood's way of saying, "the real story was much less interesting, we spruced it up for you." Um, shouldn't we start figuring out where to draw the line on this one? At the end of "Invincible," Mark Wahlberg's character blocks a punt for the Eagles and runs it back for a touchdown, and I remember thinking at the time, "Well, they went too far, nobody in their right mind will ever believe that happened." Then I was discussing it with my father last week, who enjoyed the movie and sounded shocked when I mentioned the rigged ending.

    "Really?" he asked. "That didn't happen? I mean, they said it was based on a true story."

    Yeah, exactly. BASED on a true story.


    The movie did not have him blocking a punt.

    It had him picking up a muffed punt and running it in.

    They showed the actual footage in the credits.

  2. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    Oops. Helps to be right when you're going to be a smartass.
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    But... he's the Sports Guy. Doesn't he know all?
  4. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Fact checking must be as icky to him as interviewing sources.
  5. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    He has editors that are supposed to do that. Both are to blame here.
  6. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    He has editors?
  7. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    If the copy editors make six figures, then perhaps.
  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    What do you expect? He's writing about a sport other than one in which the ball is round,
    and relatively large. Like SAS, Bill's ignorance is wide-ranging.
  9. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Are you saying Simmons prefers smaller balls? :eek:
  10. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    It also has nothing to do with the Red Sox, shmoozing with the stars ala Dick Cavett and sitting on his couch like a brainless goof.
  11. CatchMeUp

    CatchMeUp Member

    just for the record, the movie did kind of make it up. you couldn't return a muffed punt then, only recover it. in real life, papale recovered it and the eagles kicked a field goal to win. in the movie, he returned it for a td.
  12. fmrsped

    fmrsped Active Member

    He's got that, along with another pretty significant correction, in his NFL column today.
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