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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Draft Day




" No one can stop the clock from ticking, but the great ones know how to slow it down."

Sympathy for Cleveland .  I’m glad they decided to do a film with this organization in mind.  I’m not a Cleveland fan but can’t help but pity what that city had to endure through the years….

  • Michael Jordan single handedly destroying their Championship run with the greatest NBA team THAT city has ever had.
  • Having Bill Belichick and letting him go only to become one of the greatest coaches ever in the history of the NFL.
  • Cleveland Indians hasn’t won a World Series since 1948
  • Art Modell [owner] moves the beloved Browns team to Baltimore then wins the SuperBowl.
  • “The Decision”. Ohio’s own LeBron James opting to leave his “home” for brighter pastures down in South Beach Florida, now a  2 time NBA Champion with the Miami Heat.

     With such great fans it seems the people of Cleveland can not catch a break.  I noticed that all the teams showcased or highlighted in this film were teams that have a rich fan base but have fell short of glory in this celebrated league that is the NFL.  The Bills, Jacksonville, Texans, Cardinals, Kansas City, although they did manage to have the Seahawks as one of the franchises that was featured. The film had probably finished production by the time the Seahawks won the Superbowl this year…. Maybe had they waited to shoot the scenes with the Seahawk insignia on it, this movie may have showcased the Detroit Lions, Anyways…
    The entire movie is paced around 12 hours on the actual Draft Day for the NFL. Which made the story development happen at a good pace.  You can imagine as the hours wind down the story get’s more intense. Before the last couple of hours ticked away I was prepared to give Draft Day a C+, which isn’t bad.  After the final 2 hours ticked away in the last 20 minutes of the film, it earned a B-.  That small part elevated my whole viewing experience.
     Kevin Costner did a very good job as the GM for the Browns but not as good as Denis Leary.  Denis played the Head Coach for the Cleveland Browns and did an outstanding job.  I used to think Al Pacino played the best coach in Any Given Sunday, or even Samuel L. Jackson in Coach Carter.  Denis is now in that conversation.    

     Worth Watching!

      grade: B-

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