Entries by Daniel Flener

The Waterboy: The Last Great Adam Sandler Movie

When I say Adam Sandler movie, I mean an Adam Sandler movie. Sandler has been great in projects since The Waterboy (1998). Notably, Punch Drunk Love (2002) is exceptional, and Sandler is great in it. Last year’s The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) was well-received, and, once again, Sandler is great. These films, though, are Paul Thomas […]

The Best Ending of Any Football Movie

Spoilers Ahead (But come on, the movie came out 14 years ago) Let’s get this out of the way: the ending of Friday Night Lights (2004) is a HUGE bummer. Maybe not as much of a bummer as the book the film is based on, but still a bummer. A major criticism of the film […]

The Unrelenting Awfulness of Radio

I’ve taken a great deal of grief from my coworkers this last week. When we first started discussing our best football movies, I made the crucial mistake of writing this email in a group message asking people their top 5 football movies:   Jerry Maguire Varsity Blues All The Right Moves (this is peak Tom […]

Why You Should Watch North Dallas Forty

North Dallas Forty (1979) is the best football movie no one at The Great American Rivalry Series has seen, except for CEO and Series Founder, Rick Ford. I consider myself a movie expert, but I’d never even heard of this film that the preeminent expert on football around here said was his favorite football movie of […]

Is Jerry Maguire a Football Movie?

I first watched Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire (1996) because I assumed it was a football movie. Or at least a movie about a sports agent. And I was right. Jerry Maguire is a movie about a football agent trying to figure out his life after a breakdown. Is there a love story at the heart of […]

The Final Countdown

The season’s almost here! Needless to say, it’s been a little busy around The Great American Rivalry Series offices, but this is the time of year we look forward to the most. With over 600 games nominated to be part of the 2018 Great American Rivalry Series, we are in the final phase of the […]

Lunch with Cole

13 weeks. 70 training days. Almost 75,000 minutes working to get into the best shape possible, both mentally and physically. That is how long a Marine recruit will spend to become part of our nation’s greatest fighting force. To most, those are just numbers on a page or a screen. For a Marine recruit, those […]