Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

07 Apr 2014

MMQB: Pinch-Hitter

Greg Bedard takes over for Mr. King for the week, uses the podium to talk to Les Snead about the No. 2 overall pick, the importance of the supplemental picks, and for some reason we get an interview with Kevin Costner.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 07 Apr 2014

11 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2014, 11:50am by SandyRiver


by Tim Wilson :: Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:50pm

Was the thought process on this Draft Day movie basically "Hey, a lot of people like the NFL and the draft gets big ratings, let's make a movie about it!" Because the producers seem to have succeeded in making a movie that appeals to no one-- it's too unrealistic and preposterous to get hardcore NFL fans and draftniks, and it's too focused on a very specific aspect of the sport to appeal to the general public as a generic sports movie. Looks truly awful.

As a side note, I have a tough time believing Frank Langella as someone who has ever watched a single minute of a football game, unless it was perhaps to ask "Who's winning the match?" at a party.

by Led :: Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:10pm

It looks like an opportunity to let Costner do what Costner does best -- play a good-looking, amiable down-on-his-luck man's man get one more big shot at glory while romancing a beautiful woman -- in a context that the general audience already is familiar with and understands. Seems like a decent money-making formula to me. Who knows if it will be any good. How many people gave a darn about minor league baseball before Bull Durham?

by Tim Wilson :: Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:56pm

Not quite the same-- that's like saying "How many people gave a damn about little league baseball before Bad News Bears?" It's not the level of the sport, it's that the sport is actually being played, in games, in a form of visually compelling competition. Movies that feature sports being played are generally pretty understandable to the public. Movies about draft room machinations seem more risky. And it doesn't seem like the people behind this one have the imagination and talent of the guys who did Moneyball.

by Led :: Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:37pm

I'd suggest Jerry Maguire is the better analogy here than Moneyball. And "visually compelling" is not a phrase I'd use to describe the on the field scenes in Bull Durham. Great dialogue, yes. Visually compelling, no. And that's ok. The point of Costner's quotes in the SI interview is that the sports angle in his movies is just there to provide colorful background for the romantic story: “‘Bull Durham’ wasn’t a movie about minor-league baseball. It was a movie about a girl and a guy. . . . You want to make a great movie? Don’t put too much sports into it.” People can disagree with that from a taste perspective, but it's a pretty good signal for what you can expect in Draft Day.

by Tim Wilson :: Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:43pm

Ah okay. That makes more sense if that's how Draft Day has been written, but it's not what the trailers are selling.

by Guest789 :: Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:33pm

See, I watched the trailer and was excited about the movie, until I read that quote. Now I have no interest in it whatsoever.


“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”

by jtr :: Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:00pm

Couldn't we have had a football-themed title to this article? Third-down back, Wildcat QB, nickel corner, short yardage specialist, longsnapper... Football has no shortage of roles based on relieving other players.

by MJK :: Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:20am

Bedard should have ended it with:

Nothing here today
I simply don't do haiku
Just not my style.

by SandyRiver :: Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:40am

Nothing here today
I simply don't do haiku
It's just not my style.

FTFY. Gotta be 5-7-5. (But it was entirely appropriate.)

by Kevin from Philly :: Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:02am

Of course this wasn't 5-7-5. It says he doesn't do haiku, so he didn't.

by SandyRiver :: Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:50am

Ahhh! The infamous nearhaiku.