On Saturday, April 26th, after a couple of weeks of mourning the loss of my nearly 17 year old beagle, Ace Frehley II, I went out and saw the movie, “Draft Day,” starring Kevin Costner. I saw the advertising for the movie on television, and it looked good. I had wanted to see it, but I had to deal with the death of my beagle that I had since he was a puppy. It is still hard, but I am coping one day at a time.
In “Draft Day,” Kevin Costner plays Sonny Weaver, the GM of the hapless Cleveland Browns. It is Weaver’s job to save the Browns, as Draft day approaches. Throughout the film, Weaver deals with a ton of drama. He is dealing with the pressures of picking the right player. He is being bombarded by the team owner (Frank Langella) who wants to “make a splash.” His head coach (Denis Leary) is chewing him out because the coach wants this top running back, whose father was a Cleveland Brown.
On top of all this, Weaver’s girlfriend, Allie (Jennifer Garner) pregnant, and she is upset about his not being excited about the baby. Weaver lost his father a week prior to the draft. That fact, and being reminded that he fired his father as coach, weighs on his mind as he is wheeling and dealing to get the Number One pick. His mom (Ellen Burstyn) and his former wife (Rosanna Arquette) don’t make Weaver’s life easier.
Overall, I give this film a Thumbs Up. I really enjoyed the whole thing. I don’t see it as an Oscar contender, but it doesn’t matter. Kevin Costner does a wonderful job of portraying a frustrated, but at the same time, high powered GM, who’s under the gun. The filmgoer can see how the NFL Draft can begin tough on everyone, the agents, the prospects, even the players already on the team. Ivan Reitman directed a pretty realistic portrayal of the pressures of Draft Day.
Obviously, this is just a movie, but I thought it was done very well. I liked how Weaver did a bit of scouting on a top QB prospect, named Beau Callahan. I won’t give it away, but I found it fascinating. I also loved seeing the dealings, and people’s reactions to them. The cameos by such people as Chris Berman, Sean Combs, Deion Sanders, and many more were awesome. I could have done without the Ray Lewis cameo. Regardless, I think this film will entertain NFL fans, and nonfans.
Now, I will ramble about some NFL happenings:
Changing the 2014 NFL Draft Day
I don’t know about you, but I am not happy about the NFL Draft being so late this year. May 8th is too long. I realize that the Radio City Music Hall had something going on in April, but I am sure there could have been another NYC venue that could have hosted the Draft. I know the Commissioner wants to increase ratings for the Draft, but really. The NFL is already king. I just don’t see the need to move the weekend of the Draft.
Expansion of the Playoffs to 14 games
Surely, you jest. Getting into the playoffs is SUPPOSED to be hard, Mr. Commissioner. This goes for those owners too. Every game is supposed to be count. If the playoffs are expanded to include 4 more teams with terrible records, (not like it hasn’t happened before) well, what is the point of busting your tail to get the #1 seed?
Expanding the playoffs will just make the whole system look watered down. I don’t mind a 50-1 shot like Mine That Bird winning the Kentucky Derby once in a while. However, I don’t think I would want a whole bunch of Mine That Birds winning every Derby. My point is that I don’t want to see an 8-8 team win the Super Bowl every year, only because the playoffs were expanded.
The Drama Concerning the San Francisco 49ers
Well, that’s my take on the movie and some NFL happenings. I hope that my readers enjoyed it.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan
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