Wow! It is such a fantastic time to be a fan of Cleveland sports! The Indians make the postseason by winning a one-game playoff against the dreaded New York Yankees and, due to their inspired play and sudden surge in fans, they aren't going to move to Florida as originally thought! And then the Browns pull some clever moves in the NFL Draft and screw over the Seattle Seahawks by nabbing not only a number one pick in Vontae Mack but also a number seven in RB Ray Jennings! If only I could be in Cleveland to help them celebrate what is sure to be the start of a dynasty in two sports!
For anyone scratching their heads right now, I am, of course, not referring to reality but to the movies Major League and Draft Day.
I love well done sports movies and, after finally seeing the latter last night with Katie, I can say that these are two of the better ones. And, for some reason, they both involve Cleveland teams.
A lot of sports movies that aren't focusing on true events or historical figures tend to create fictional teams. Any Given Sunday, The Replacements, The Last Boy Scout, and Necessary Roughness just to name a few.
I much prefer when production teams behind fictional movies obtain the proper permissions and use real teams, real cities, real stadiums, and, in rare cases, real players. Heck, the "Ray Jennings" I refer to above was played by current Houston Texans RB Arian Foster.
But with all the available teams and cities in professional sports, why so much fictional cinematic focus on Cleveland? Sorry, just one of those things that make you go hmmmmm...
If you haven't yet seen Draft Day, I highly recommend it. The first hour seems a bit slow and you aren't quite sure where it's going. But the last 40 minutes are pretty spectacular. As I said on Twitter last night...
Just finished Draft Day. Thoroughly enjoyable. Kevin Costner is never allowed to do non-sports films again. And Chadwick Boseman was great.— KevinIL (@kapgar) November 5, 2014
As a note, Vontae Mack was played by Chadwick Boseman who, after portraying characters who play in both the NFL and MLB (Jackie Robinson in 42), may as well be named an honorary pro athlete.