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12-22-2006, 12:28 PM
The movie comes out nationwide today and I know there has not been much talk of it on this site. It tells the story of the largest Div 1 school football tragedy ever and how the town of Huntington WV rallied around the program to keep it going in the face of a ton of adversity. This is a good movie with a great football story that has at least two Broncos ties.
Kenard Lang's Dad was drafted to serve in Vietnam or he would have been a coach who went down on that plane. Larry Coyer got a last minute call From Massilon High School, the Home of Paul Brown, to become defensive coordinator or he would have been a coach on that plane too. He played his College ball there and had coached there two years before and recruited some of those players.
Here is an article Bill Williams did last week:
12-22-2006, 12:33 PM
My buddy is in that movie. He wraps his arm around the coach after a victory in the lockerroom and says, "I told you we could do it coach!"
So when you see that part, you can say, "Hey! There goes Gonzo's buddy. Let's NFL!"
Billy Clyde Puckett
12-22-2006, 12:33 PM
This is a great story and I remember the tragedy well, but I probably won't make much of an effort to see the movie. I'm kind of tired of these formula sports movies.
12-22-2006, 12:44 PM
Kenard Lang's Dad was drafted to serve in Vietnam or he would have been a coach who went down on that plane. Larry Coyer got a last minute call From Massilon High School, the Home of Paul Brown, to become defensive coordinator or he would have been a coach on that plane too.
Pretty amazing how differently things could have turned out had those phone calls not been made.
12-22-2006, 12:53 PM
I've met Jack Lengyel a handful of times. Great man. He was the interim AD at CU a few years back and longtime AD at the Naval Academy. I'll be seeing this one.
12-22-2006, 01:12 PM
it looks like a really well done movie,im definatley going to see it
12-22-2006, 01:33 PM
Bit of an unfavorable review in Rolling Stone. Peter Travers is usually dead on, IMHO:
We Are Marshall
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, David Strathairn, Anthony Mackie, Matthew Fox, Kate Mara
Directed by: McG
RS: 1 of 4 Stars
This is a football movie, but good taste is the only thing that gets kicked around. Who would you pick to direct the true story (oh, those words!) of West Virginia's Marshall University football team, after all the players and the coaches (save one) are killed in a 1970 plane crash? Why, McG, of course, the auteur of Charlie's Angels and TV's The O.C. I gave Mr. G the benefit of the doubt until he amped up the treacle past the legal limit. Even the reliable Matthew McConaughey hams it to the hilt as the new coach, Jack Lengyel. Matthew Fox, as assistant coach Red Dawson, tries the old play that less is more. No go. Marshall deserved better than this misbegotten tribute.
(Posted: Dec 12, 2006)