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The Elmira Express

As in Ernie Davis the Elmira Express.  Certainly not this Elmyra, the one that will “love you and kiss you and hug you and never use you up.”  I saw and reviewed The Express (Gary Fleder, 200eight) for FilmThreat.  The film is based on Robert C. Gallagher’s book.

Here is an excerpt:

“The Express” sets out to tell the story of Ernie Davis and his history-making accomplishments in football. Ernie wasn’t just the first African-American to receive the Heisman; he was also the first Orangeman to win it. Furthermore, before he was on the team, Syracuse had yet to win a National Championship. In portraying the difficulties that the Orangemen face in keeping their focus on the game while simultaneously remembering that they are battling against something beyond the parameters of the field and the rules of athletic engagement, “The Express” doesn’t resort to the overly sentimental and conventional method of heartstrings’ tugging.

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There are approximately a dozen practice sequences and half a dozen game sequences in the film.  The game-play is dynamically rendered.  Occasionally disorientating editing fuels suspense, particularly for viewers that do not already know the history of Syracuse University (and thus already know outcome of the games depicted on screen).

Rob Brown plays Ernie Davis.  Darrin Dewitt Henson plays Jim BrownDennis Quaid plays Syracuse head coach Ben Schwartzwalder.

Visit the film’s official site for more information and goodies.

College Football: Hokies bat the Yellow Jackets away

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets traveled north to hammer it out with the Virginia Tech Hokies (televised by ESPN via ABC). This entry shall be streamlined because of a substantial tangential thought which surfaced while I watched a few plays from the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game.

By the end of the first half, Virginia Tech was in the lead with fourteen points (thanks to touchdowns by running back Darren Evans and quarterback Tyrod Taylor) to GaTech’s 9 (a field goal and a Roddy Jones TD). By the end of the second half, GaTech tied the game 17 to 17; but then there was a field goal by Virginia Tech.  Final score 20-17.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. The Hokies donned orange jerseys, which hasn’t happened since 1994. The uniforms made me think of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The bleachers were a sea of orange.

2. Virginia Tech’s president was interviewed briefly in the first quarter. He said that all VT’s home games are sold out. Ever since April 16, 2007 the entire community has banded together in unprecedented ways.

I flipped to NBC during a commercial break in the first quarter and was met with the game between the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines. The substantial tangent has to do with a particular pass in the top of the second quarter when Michigan had possession of the ball. Quarterback Steven Threet threw an incomplete pass.  The ball was knocked from flight by one of the Notre Dame players (I don’t recall who).  Threet’s pass would probably have landed in the hands of its intended (or an eligible) receiver if the other guy wasn’t in the way.  Does the incomplete pass mean Threet didn’t throw the ball adequately enough?  Should he have seen the blue jersey coming?

I’ve always believed that hard work doesn’t always pay off–not even for those who deserve it.  Athletes probably experience it disproportionately more than non-athletes.  So, the next time you tried really hard but didn’t stick the landing, remember the pass that was rendered incomplete because the ball was batted away.  It’s not your fault.  There are other forces at play.

The halftime show during the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game included an interview Bob Costas did with Jim Brown about Ernie Davis, who played for Syracuse University, became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, and died of leukemia at the age of twenty-three.  Jim Brown mentioned his “quickness, speed, power…agility, intelligence” and that “he transcends race….people just liked him…He had that..that spirit, just an intangible that moved mountains. The human spirit man…it can overcome anything.”

Notre Dame players have translucent blue mouth guards.  Dazzling.  The Irish Guard.  Click here to read all about Notre Dame’s win over Michigan.  35 to 17.

NFL 08: Cowboys lighten up the Browns

The Dallas Cowboys traveled to Cleveland to go up against and eventually took down the Browns.

Televised by Fox, the first quarter saw its first touchdown at about the seven or six minute mark on the clock. Cowboys running back Marion Barber put it in the end zone. The top of the second quarter put the Browns on the board with a TD by tight end Kellen Winslow. Teams tied. 7-7. Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens caught a thirty-five yard touchdown pass not long afterwards. At the very bottom of the second quarter, Owens almost made another TD but it was ruled down at the Cleveland one. Marion Barber got into the end zone on the next play. Going into halftime, Dallas 21. Cleveland 7.

The third quarter featured Cowboys rookie running back Felix Jones’s first touchdown (of the rushing persuasion) at 6:24 on the clock. Dallas 28. Cleveland 7. Browns defensive back Eric Wright intercepted Tony Romo’s TD pass intended for Terrell Owens with under a minute in the third. The fourth quarter allowed the Browns to add three more points via field goal for 10 total points. Final score: Cowboys 28 and Browns 10.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for Fox.

2. After returning from the commercial break with fifty-nine seconds left to play in the first quarter, one of the cameras honed in on a Browns fan who wore a headpiece consisting three dog-heads, much like Cerberus of Hades.

3. Terrell Owens garnered a penalty for excessive celebration after he made the TD in the second quarter. After putting the ball down on the ground, he did a mock track meet crouch, pretending the goal line was the starting line. He had a nice body line, though.

4. Jim Brown was in attendance at the game. He looks like a bulldog, animalistic, speaking without saying a word.

5. Skycam was in the house. When Cowboys Mat McBriar punted the ball away around 6:57 of the second quarter, the camera was behind him (long shot, slightly high angle). The skycam’s shadow could be seen just to McBriar’s right shoulder. It looked like an alien, something Monster’s Inc. meets Lilo & Stitch.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Yay! Eagles beat the Rams. Steelers beat the Texans.