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My Favorite Scene: Any Given Sunday (1999) “A Game of Inches”

Either you’re a huge fan of Oliver Stone, or you likely can’t stand anything about Oliver Stone: the man’s polarizing.  Personally, I’m not a fan.  Any Given Sunday is, to me, one of Stone’s best films.  It’s overlong and hackneyed at points, but it also was a prophetic and revealing portrait of the real culture of professional football and its consequences to those who play it long before the issues it raises became mainstream sports conversation.  The centerpiece of the film is, without a doubt, another great monologue from Al Pacino.

Is there another actor who has more memorable career monologues than Pacino?  The most iconic is, obviously, Scent of a Woman, but there’s Dog Day Afternoon, And Justice for All, a couple from the Godfather films, Heat, and on and on.  “A Game of Inches” has to be counted right up there.  As pre-game speeches go, they don’t come better.  As the best sports-related motivational speeches do, it also translates to life as a whole, and whatever else you may take away from Any Given Sunday.…this scene makes the career portfolio of one of the greatest actors of all-time.

Al Pacino and Jim Brown in Any Given Sunday

FIFA 18 Complete Achievement List (Xbox, Playstation – 2017)

FIFA 18 is usually the end of sports video game season ending the month-long tsunami of titles to prep sports fans to do things digitally that we can’t dream of attempting were we handed a ball or puck.  Futbol or soccer (fine, it’s football, you had it first and it makes more sense really) always delivers a quality package and FIFA 18 looks like no exception. Cheevos below from the awesome xboxachievements.com and the game will hit stores September 29, 2017. Continue reading FIFA 18 Complete Achievement List (Xbox, Playstation – 2017)

Complete Achievement/Trophy List for FIFA 17 (Xbox, Playstation – 2016)

After the very successful Rio Olympics, looking back, one of the highlights (THE highlight) for the host nation was Brazil’s victory over Germany in an amazing game that came down to the final penalty kick.  So riding that soccer (ahem football) buzz into video game stores is EA Sports’ FIFA 17.  The FIFA series consistently ranks at or near the top of the sports genre, and this year looks to be no exception.  You have some time to kill before it hits shelves on September 27, 2016, for both Xbox and Playstation consoles.  So you might as well spend it watching the highlights from that amazing Gold Medal match between Brazil and Germany (suffering Olympic withdrawal…..2018 Winter  Games in South Korea so far away…..). Achievement list below courtesy of xboxachievements.com.

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Complete Achievement/Trophy List for FIFA 16 (XBOX, Playstation – 2015)

With FIFA’s annual offering, I do believe the deluge of sports games comes to an end. While it might not be the most popular game in the genre in the States (that would be Madden), FIFA is worldwide the most popular sports franchise, so if you live internationally, double-check your country’s release date.  In the US, FIFA 16 will be hitting shelves on September 22, 2015. For more info, as always, check out the amazing xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Complete Achievement/Trophy List for FIFA 16 (XBOX, Playstation – 2015)

Movie Review: When the Game Stands Tall (2014) *Why Sports Matter*

Alexander Ludwig in TriStar Pictures' WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL.
Winning streaks are a big deal in football (the American sort for those not in the States).  Professionally, the record is 17 games.  In college, the record is 47 games.  That’s chump change compared to the high school record.  De La Salle High School won 151 games in a row.  That’s twelve years without a loss; from 1992 to 2004.  Thirteen straight championships.  That’s unbelievable.  When the Game Stands Tall isn’t about all the teams that went undefeated and steamrolled their competition.  When the Game Stands Tall is about the team that started at game #152 and lost two in a row. Continue reading Movie Review: When the Game Stands Tall (2014) *Why Sports Matter*