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Which athlete's life story would you like to see become a movie?


Yeah, it’s true I have been away too long.

But you have to give me credit for coming back with a flourish, getting half the bar stirred up about Mark Teixeira in November.

I may not be bright, but like they said about me during my entire educational career, I can stir it up.

Now, to answer the question posed from Rob K. and the other regulars, my time off was not Steve Phillips-esque. There was no forced vacation, no revealing text messages and no rabbits in pots during the entire week the bar was dark.

I simply took some time off after the long baseball season, but it had to be delayed a little bit.

So everything’s cool and there is no need to Google my name with “arrest” or “fired.” Certainly not yet, anyway.

Today’s topic is something we have hit on before. But it has been 18 months or so.

Wednesday evening I attended a screening of “The Blind Side,” the movie based on the book that was based on the life of Ravens’ offensive lineman Michael Oher.

I’ll give you my thoughts about the film at a later time.

I really enjoyed the book and was eager to see how it translates to the big screen. I also was also looking forward to seeing Sandra Bullock for 90 minutes. That’s one of life’s small pleasures.

Plus, this one movie is going to open up a whole lot of cool topics here for the next couple of weeks. Let’s get one out of the way quickly.

Oher’s story – a disadvantaged teen living from home to home was befriended by a rich family that helped him realize his potential – is an inspiring one and deserves to be told.

My question is this: Which athlete’s story – local, national or international -- would you like to see made into a movie? One that already hasn’t been told by Hollywood.

This is a serious inquiry, but I am sure we’ll get some jokers to chip in, and that’s cool too. Just keep it clean.

Daily Think Special: Which athlete’s life story would you like to see become a movie?

Comments

Walshy from Final Boss. Or maybe Tsquared from Str8 Rippin.

Given all the recent concern about brain injuries in football, maybe a documentary following one or more older players and seeing what they deal with would be interesting.

And as far as interesting characters, a movie about John Rocker might be pretty entertaining. Maybe NC-17, though.

Kyle Boller

Because what's more entertaining than an hour and a half of watching a guy throw a football through the uprights from the 50 yard line (ON HIS KNEES!!!!), with Tara Reid part of the supporting cast?

If somebody can come up with a better answer than Juan Dixon, I'll buy him a beer.

John Unitas

OK...glad all is well in Connolly land. Gimme a coffee to go. Here's who's story I want to see on the big screen:

local-Juan Dixon

national-Lawrence Taylor

international-Diego Maradona

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Barkeep's Reply: I definitely would pay to see the LT story. And a CHC guy, that goes without saying.

I'd like to see "Lefty: The Brian Matusz Story" made in about 2035 showing the behind-the-scenes look at the most dominant pitcher of the 21st Century, who incredibly averaged 20 wins a year over his 20 year career, retiring with a career record of 402-152 and an astonishing ten Cy Young awards. That doesn't include his dominant postseason performance where he led the Orioles - the only team he played for - to the postseason fifteen times, including 12 AL titles and 10 World Series championships.

In the closer future, I'd be interested in an honest look at Ray Lewis and his life on and off the field. But I'd like to see it include at least one more Super Bowl title as well.

Mark McGwire.

Boring boring, boring. The only sports movies worth watching have a rags to riches story, sex, drugs, violence, a fall from grace and then a possible redemption. The Mike Tyson Story.

Kurt Warner

Tom Shopay.

Good idea. Rather than a singular person, how about one baseball season and the complex relationships of the major league's last four 20-game winners on the same team. They were, of course, McNally, Palmer, Cuellar and Dobson. They had wildly diverse backgrounds and it would be interesting to dissect that season -- were they aware of each other's...the team's possible record? How did catcher Ellie Hendricks deal with the four? How did the four tolerate manager Earl Weaver? Previous to those guys, the last team to have four 20-game winners was the White Sox in the 1920s. A couple of others came close: Cleveland, in 1951, and Oakland, in 1973. In baseball's current era of 5-man rotations and fully-stocked bullpens, will McNally, Palmer, Cuellar and Dobson be the last four to win more than 80 games in a season for their team? Quite a feat. How did they do it? It would be a fascinating story.

It keeps bombarding us (for 4 years?): the princess frog, the blind side, etc...., yet another movie that big govt uses to brainwash us (the gullible ones) that interracial is good, White equals black etc. Obama voters and the politically correct will be drooling all over this sirupy movie

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