Luke Wilson In Talks To Play Roger Goodell In A Movie About How Roger Goodell Does The Right Thing In The End?
There’s a movie in pre-production based on a 2009 GQ article called “Game Brain.” The article, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas, details the story of forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who first discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in former (and now deceased) NFL players like former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster. Not surprisingly, Omalu’s work was not readily accepted by the NFL — the article (and ostensibly the movie) details the pushback he faced from league doctors and officials after making his findings public.
The role of Dr. Omalu is already set — he’ll be played by Will Smith. Today, TheWrap reported that Luke Wilson, of all people, is in talks to play somehow-still-NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Notably, Goodell’s character arc is described as such (emphasis ours):
Goodell is the incoming NFL commissioner who leads a summit to investigate the connection between playing football and CTE. He eventually recognizes the connection and donates huge amounts of money to scientific research.
Roger Goodell admitting he was wrong? That doesn’t sound… right. At all. That last bit probably refers to when the NFL donated $30 million to the National Institute of Health in 2012, nearly four years after the timeline in the article ends. The official press release announcing this donation — “the single-largest donation to any organization in the league’s 92-year history” — makes no mention of Omalu or his pioneering work.
No one can deny that $30 million is a lot of money, and that it was a step in the right direction for the NFL to donate in the first place. But it’s worth remembering that the NFL and NFLPA had previously agreed to committing at least $100 million over 10 years to medical research, primarily on brain injuries. Also, Goodell made $44.2 million in a 12-month period from March 2012 to March 2013, including a bonus worth $40.36 million.
Perhaps the movie will shed light on Goodell’s learning process and how he came to understand and appreciate Omalu’s work. It probably will not show him receiving a $40+ million bonus, or him watching a video of Ray Rice beating his fiancee and then saying “Well, let’s just pretend like we didn’t see that, okay?”
Then Owen Wilson will show up as Goodell’s dead-beat brother and eat all of the Pop-Tarts, as per Owen Wilson’s usual schtick.
As football trick plays go, this is pretty good: quarterback takes snap, stands up, shows ball to ref, point to ref, walks through defensive line, then begins sprinting toward end zone. Touchdown. But Lewis & Clark Middle School (Jefferson City, Missouri) (Go Trailblazers!) added a nice touch: their coach named the play the “Ugly Kardashian”, and therein lies the genius. Kids will never forget a play with a name like that.
A rather heated controversy involving Korean baseball, as Ahn Sang Soo, mayor of the Korean city of Changwon, was pelted with two eggs by assemblyman Kim Sung Il. Unfortunate, but it said right there on the meeting agenda: “Mayor to get egged by disgruntled councilmember.” Ya gotta read those things.
According to the report, mayor Ahn wants to move the baseball stadium in Jinhae (represented by Kim) to Masan in order to attract the NC Dinos. The move would also apparently eliminate a planned research center in Jinhae that would be built along with the stadium.
Some people look at this warped basketball court, ruined from burst water pipes, as a tragedy. I like to look at this as possibly the greatest new game ever invented: Ba-SKATE-Ball. Somebody get Tony Hawk a pair of John Stockton shorts immediately!
Maybe instead of skateboards, you use inline rollerblades or something. Only because I can just see 10 guys on skateboards, with a board shooting out from underneath them when they slip. Or maybe they’re tethered, like surfboards.
Look, I haven’t worked out all the details yet. I just know it’s going to be amazing. Plus, we won’t have to worry about all these domestic abuse cases in our league because most skaters are just chill … and usually high.
Oooh, here’s another idea — how about 10 on 10 basketball, and you still have to dribble the ball. Twenty players on the court makes me think the ball won’t shoot out of bounds quite as much as I expect it would bouncing on these hills.
Maybe I’ll call that game — Bounce-sketball.
Get off my back, already, I’ll think of something else!
Forty-Niners’ fans usually travel well: ever since Joe Montana & Co. put the team on the map in 1980-81, red jerseys have been a common sight in most NFL stadiums the team visits. But this was a little ridiculous. Welcome to the relatively new AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys, where San Francisco met Dallas on Sunday and Niners’ fans drowned out the locals by several dozen decibels. And just look at all the red …
Reasons for this visiting team invasion?
* According to Ticket City, tickets to this game on the secondary market were marked up 141 percent. That’s a lot of money for Cowboys season ticket holders to pass up.
* Fans are turning on Jerry Jones. As we saw on Sunday he hasn’t done much to improve the team … yet he’s just broken ground on a new, state-of-the-art practice facility in Frisco, TX.
* San Francisco has had a serious Super Bowl contender for four straight seasons now.
* SF’s Michael Crabtree may have turned the tide by himself. The Texas native distributed 70 tickets to the game for family and friends.
The phenomenon was most evident when Vernon Davis caught a TD pass from Colin Kaepernick in the first quarter, and the stadium erupted in cheers. We’re betting the racket was loud enough to wake a dead Tom Landry.
According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos wide out will get an involuntary four-game break to recover from his concussions due to a positive test for amphetamines — a banned substance. However, the suspension might actually be incorrect if the following report from NBC’s Pro Football Talk is true.
It’d be a first offense (stage one vilolation), and under the league substance abuse policy constitutes a fine in the amount of 3/17 of a player’s base salary, not a suspension.
Makes sense considering he was handing out $100 bills at the Derby back in May, after wining $14,000 due to a clerical error. Objectively speaking, that day must have been fun as hell. We’ll update you as details emerge.
This was one of Nick Young’s not so ‘Swagy P’ moments, after he fell for a teenager concocted hoax and blasted it to all 150,000 twitter followers of his.
After this picture of a supposed ‘real life ‘ purge due to come to the listen U.S cities went viral, it seems only Nick Young was the one who didn’t get the hoax message and went into full out panic mode.
The Lakers upcoming 2014-2015 season will most likely be a lot more scary.
According to documents obtained by the Toronto Star on Wednesday, Ford, who coached football at Don Bosco Catholic High School in Toronto, was fired in part because he made his players “roll around in goose scat.”
The most sensational allegation contained in the documents came from Royiwsky, who told the board that Ford “made the players roll in goose scat” and “called them —-suckers” after an Oct. 2012 game against Father Henry Carr secondary school. Yan said Ford “wasn’t happy with the performance or the level of intensity.”
“I guess he was doing his Vince Lombardi impression,” Yan said.
Among other misdeeds by Ford as listed in the documents, released due to the Freedom on Information Act, were:
* Threatening to beat up a teacher.
* Showing up intoxicated to the final practice before his team was to play in the Metro Bowl in 2012.
* Sticking the school with a $5,000 bill for helmets which he had promised to pay for.
* Holding improper summer practice in which a player broke his collarbone.
When asked to respond, Rob Ford’s brother, Toronto councillor Doug Ford, had the most amusing quote of the day:
“I don’t give two craps,” Doug Ford said when asked about the allegations about the mayor. “You guys are the most biased media in the country. Bar none.”
Rob Ford, who was recently released from a rehab facility for alcohol addiction, was fired last year from a side-job as a volunteer coach at Don Bosco after he made disparaging remarks to a TV network about parents and their children.