I don’t like sports movies. They aren’t very realistic, and they follow the same kind of plot in all them. There is usually an underdog that faces some sort of adversity against an unbeatable opponent, then the protagonist either wins triumphantly in the end, or painfully lose in the closing seconds but learns all sorts of life lessons along the way. The star quarterback/point guard/pitcher usually has some daddy issues. It is the same formula in all of them.
Now, all movies of a genre follow certain patterns. The big bang action movies are all the same, romantic comedies are all the same, horror slasher movies, etc… But what drives me the most nuts about sports movies is in real life people cling to hope for their team because of what they see in the movies. In real sports, the underdogs seemingly always have a chance because of the movies. Motivation a lot of times is rooted in fiction.
We don’t see that in other parts of life as it relates to other genres of movies. When you go camping, you don’t actually think a lunatic in a hockey mask is going to get you. Or when you go to a wedding, that the bride is going to run off and fall in love with the janitor. But in sports, because of what movies tell us, we think the underdogs stand a chance or that there will be this great story, and that is hardly the case.
We are going to see that Saturday. It is now being rampantly reported that Faton Bauta is going to get the start on Saturday. While no one can say that Greyson Lambert has done well enough not to warrant benching, having your third string quarterback who has hardly ever played, and never played any meaningful snaps go up against one of the best defenses on the schedule is not a recipe for success.
But it is something you’d see in a movie, isn’t it? The back up works hard, gets his number called, goes back to his home state, and provides a lift to the team to rise up against a formidable opponent.
Unfortunately, this isn’t Hollywood. These storybook endings don’t happen in real life.