Here at CulturePoppe we love our football (mainly college) almost as much as pop culture itself. How is that possible, you ask? It just is. So deal.
In honor of this weekend being the kickoff of the football season, a.k.a. the most wonderful time of the year, we’re devoting this week’s Friday Five to football! We’ve put our heads together and have come up with a list of five things to get you into the pigskin throwing, shoulder pad wearing, scream at the tv even if you’re watching a game by yourself kind of mood. So, suit up and get ready to earn some helmet stickers.
Sports Night by JT
Before The Social Network, before Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, before the electrifying and history-making first four seasons of The West Wing, there was Sports Night. Aaron Sorkin’s comedy-drama about the production team behind a late-night sports newscast ran for two seasons on ABC from 1998-2000, and it featured all the hallmarks of classic Sorkin: rapid-fire dialogue, riveting stories, humor, deft handling of ethical dilemma plots, the famous Sorkin “walk n’ talks” and a cast to die for – Robert Guillaume (Benson), Peter Krause (Six Feet Under, Parenthood) Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and Josh Malina (The West Wing) for starters. It’s clear that ABC didn’t really know what kind of gem it had on its hands or even what to do with it. Case in point: the grossly out of place laugh track that was thankfully excised for the second and, sadly, final season. Fortunately for us, both seasons are streaming on Netflix.
GQ‘s September Issue by JT
GQ‘s big September issues isn’t just about fall style. It’s a great stop for some serious football fun. This September’s football special features interviews with Michael Vick and coverboy Mark Sanchez and “22 Reasons Every Day Should be Saturday”. And guys, it wouldn’t hurt to absorb some style pointers while you’re at it.
College GameDay (build by the Home Depot)* by Molly
*(I can’t say “College GameDay” and not say or at least think “built by the Home Depot”. They really drill that into you.)
With rumors of a new “updated” theme song for this season, I’ve never been more excited for the premiere of College Gameday. Let’s face it; the one they’ve been using for the past several years is just old. Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy? No thanks. I wasn’t a fan even when they were relevant, so let’s just move on, please. Regardless of the theme song, watching Gameday is a great way to start any Saturday during the fall. Listening to the guys analyze and discuss the upcoming games gives me the warm fuzzies and I dare you not to cry during the sob story segments they air each week highlighting a different team or individual player. They’re all just stellar. Also, when you get to see a special moment like this, it makes you stop and realize that sometimes it’s more than just a game and sometimes we’re more than just fans.
Rudy by Molly
RUUUDY. RUUUDY. RUUUDY.
What’s that? You’re getting choked up already? Good. I’d think less of you if you weren’t. Not really, but anyone who says that by the end of watching Rudy they aren’t an emotional mess is a liar. A LIAR, I say. Why is this one of the greatest (if not the greatest) sports movies ever? Let me tell you. First and foremost it’s a classic underdog story. We have Rudy who’s grown up a Notre Dame fan all his life dreaming of one day running out of that tunnel with the sun shining on his gold-painted helmet. But, wait. Rudy is a runt and isn’t all that great at school. Dream: Shattered, right? WRONG.
Second, look at this cast of characters. We have Samwise Gamgee himself, Sean Astin, his Holy Cross BFF D-Bob played by Jon Favreau. Ned Beatty as his skeptical father and Charles S. Dutton as the grounds keeper who gave Rudy a job and a place to sleep. Oh, hang on. We also have Vince Vaughn! I kid you not. He plays Jamie O’Hara, the player who causes a ruckus about Rudy’s tenacity during the last practice of the season and gets himself practically demoted to bench-warming status for a while. You can watch all of the young, slim V.V.’s highlights here. Thank me later. Best line? “It’s the last practice of the season, and this a-hole thinks it’s the Super Bowl!” Keepin’ it classy.
This video is what really needs to be watched. I think my favorite part is D-Bob yelling out “He’s so little!” when Rudy finally takes the field. Honorable mention: when Rudy runs to the side-lines asking what to do next. Isn’t that the always the case? Being in a situation we’ve waited for for what seems like forever – and we forget what to do.
Friday Night Lights by Haley
A list cannot be made on the topics of television, football or “things that are the best” without FNL being mentioned. If you are human and know about things worth knowing about, then chances are you’ve heard of this little nugget of brilliance. But on the off chance that you haven’t heard of it, let me be your guide. I’ve devised a litmus test of sorts to determine if you’re ready for this jelly.
- Do you like great television shows?
- Are you either for or against football?
- Do you have a heart?
- Do you think that I should marry Tim Riggins?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, CONGRATS! You’re ready to begin your love affair with Friday Night Lights. Still need convincing? Watch this (slightly spoiler-ish) video and tell me you aren’t hooked.
Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout by Haley
Guys, I’ve always been Team Jacob. And it’s safe to say that after seeing this video (and giving him the “Underage Hottie of the Night” award earlier this week), I’m becoming a full-fledged Taylor Lautner fan girl. Now, I don’t want to mislead you; it’s not that I think he’s super talented or has the potential to be a major movie star – I just think that he’s clearly the personality of the Twilight Three.
Regardless of your feelings on Tay-Tay, you should watch this video from Funny or Die. NFL players, Field of Dreams and celeb cameos – all reasons why you’ll think it’s great.