I finally watched “The Fan” and I have some thoughts on the movie

The Fan (1996)

In 1996, a movie called “The Fan” was released. It was about a deranged, obsessive baseball fan who went to crazy lengths to try to “help” his favorite ballplayer succeed. Of course, it wasn’t fandom, but an unhealthy obsession that led to stealing, kidnapping and murder.

I was only eight when this movie came out, so I never got a chance to see the movie. It wasn’t until last night I saw it on Crackle and decided to watch it. The plot of the movie in itself isn’t a bad one. There are plenty of crazy fans that go too far for their team or a favorite player sometimes. This story did go a little extreme, but the premise of this movie isn’t something that is out of the ordinary.

But sadly, that’s where the movie fails. As good as the story was, the storytelling was horrible.

So why do I feel compelled to tell my thoughts on a movie that was released 18 years ago?

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Sad Jaguars fan tries to salvage Justin Blackmon jersey

Justin Blackmon has not been able to avoid trouble since joining the Jaguars. He was a high draft pick but has given the Jaguars a headache. The team could be moving on from him, and fans are thinking about doing the same thing.

One sad Jaguars fans decided to convert his Justin Blackmon jersey to a Will Blackmon jersey. Will has not gotten in trouble since joining the Jaguars, so the fan changed the jersey from #14 to #24.

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A’s finally get rid of Jim Johnson

When the A’s first signed him, I thought it was a hefty $10 million investment. But he just wrapped up his second straight season of over 50 saves. So I knew that if he was to replace Grant Balfour, he’s a good candidate.

I watched him on Opening Day. He blew the game. I didn’t boo him, but I understood the reason for booing him. He had a big shoe to fill and he didn’t deliver. Then he started blowing more games. Then in blowouts, he couldn’t get through the innings without surrendering runs.

Last night was the final straw. He faced four batters and all of them would eventually score. His ERA ballooned to 6.94. That was enough. He had to go. He just was not good. He might do better elsewhere. But here, he was not the player the team paid for. What a shame. But this was the move that had to be made. It could have been made earlier, but better late than never.

Farewell.

Since when do they put ads on team mascots?

I didn’t notice this before and maybe this is not new. But as I was looking through photos on my Facebook feed, this came up. Not only am I a fan of the ugly sweaters, but I noticed an ad patch on Swoop, the Eagles mascot.

Since when did they start putting ads on the mascots? I know that ads are placed on the team practice jerseys, but the mascot is also a walking billboard?

This is just another indication of the sign of the times. We already know ads are going to invade the players’ jerseys in the future. No reason to think even mascots will be safe from them.

Doc Rivers will quit if Donald Sterling is still owner

I will never understand what Doc Rivers is going through. I don’t know what it will feel like to have an owner like Donald Sterling. I won’t try to understand.

If this does happen and Sterling is still around, I applaud Rivers for taking this stand. It may just be a way to force action, but it’s a powerful statement.

Tony Dungy ‘wouldn’t have taken’ Michael Sam in NFL draft

Tony Dungy ‘wouldn’t have taken’ Michael Sam in NFL draft

Samuel:

What Tony Dungy said wasn’t wrong. It’s a legitimate concern that every team had to ponder leading up to the draft. Michael Sam’s sexual orientation is a story that the media will follow and it can be a distraction. Plus, there was that Oprah show that was supposed to happen. Running a team is tough enough and with distractions, it gets tougher. This wasn’t Dungy saying he was against who Sam is. This is just Dungy looking big picture as a coach. I don’t find fault in what Dungy thinks because he’s right. It’s just that at this time, it was just bad timing. Say it a year from now, maybe the reaction would be different. But now, it’s a tough one to accept. I get what he said, but I don’t think he should have said it. At least not now.

Of course, I think if another former coach said this, that would be a different story. But this is Tony Dungy the mentor, the religious man, the minority coach. He should get it and feel for everyone and treat them the same, right? It’s just tough for him because he’s no ordinary former football coach. Then again, this is no ordinary situation either.

Originally posted on For The Win:

(USA TODAY Sports Images)

(USA TODAY Sports Images)

Super Bowl winning coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy told The Tampa Bay Tribune he wouldn’t have taken Michael Sam in the draft because of the potential distractions that will come from Sam being the first openly gay player on a NFL roster.

Dungy told Ira Kaufman:

“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. [...] It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”

(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Given Dungy’s 2007 support of an Indiana group hoping to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, some took the quotes as a repudiation of Sam’s sexuality. Others pointed out the hypocrisy of Dungy supporting Michael Vick after the quarterback was released from federal prison on dog fighting…

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