Ladies and Gentlemen, this is it; the moment we've all been waiting for. It's time for the final match-up in our football movie tournament, and even though the two movies that made it to the final surprised me, that doesn't mean that they don't deserve to be here. After all, you voted for them.
Tonight's final match-up is between No. 14 Any Given Sunday and No. 20 The Waterboy. Before you vote, let's dive into how each movie got to this point and watch their trailers.
The Waterboy defeated Jerry Maguire in the first round and then Varsity Blues in the second. Then in the third round, The Waterboy defeated No. 1 seed The Blind Side and, finally, in the semi-finals it defeated The Replacements to advance to the finals.
No. 20 (for some reason), The Waterboy, is a comedy about Bobby Boucher's struggle through life as a simple (and dumb) kid in an extremely rural Louisiana town. Bobby spent his entire childhood as a waterboy for a major college football team until he attempted to strike a "finely tuned athletic machine" which got him fired. He ended up as a waterboy for a much smaller, and unsuccessful, college where the coach instructed him to stand up for himself. Harnessing the power of his suppressed rage and using the love for his favorite wrester, Captain Insano, Boucher plays linebacker for the team and leads them to a great season.
Oh yeah, and he goes to school and meets a girl named Vicki Vallencourt and he liked her boobies.
Coach Klein: Bobby, can you do that for me every game?
Bobby Boucher: Coach, not only will I do it for you, I... I... I... yes, yes, I'll do it for you.
The Waterboy Trailer:
Any Given Sunday got to this point by defeating Radio in the first round and then beating No. 2 seed Brian's Song in the second. Then in the third round, Any Given Sunday defeated Friday Night Lights and then took down The Program in the semi-finals to advance to the finals.
From its first match-up:
Any Given Sunday is a movie about the fictional Miami Sharks and the trials and tribulations that players, coaches and ownership go through in NFL teams. It starts off with star quarterback Cap Rooney's injury and the young third-string quarterback, Willie Beamen, forced to replace him. Beamen's flashy style breathes new life into the team. Head coach Tony D'Amato begins to question his time-tested strategies and his life choices all while the new owner of the team, Christina Pagniacci, who took over after her father's death, plans to move the team to a new city. Regardless of the drama and pressure off the field, and the fact that the team is coming to the end of an era, everybody comes together to fight for a spot in the playoffs. Will they make it?
You find out life's this game of inches, so is football. Because in either game - life or football - the margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team we fight for that inch. On this team we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when add up all those inches, that's gonna make the f*cking difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying!
Any Given Sunday trailer:
Which movie will be known as second best and which movie will be crowned as the Cincy Jungle greatest football movie of all time?