We are coming up on Week 13 of the NFL season and the fight to see who will battle for NCAA Football supremacy is coming down to the wire. We are finally hearing less about Terrell Owens and more about the game. Although I will say giant Pink needs to go away from “Football Night In America,” as do the white dominated “This is Our Country” Chevrolet commercials and Tom Jackson’s “Jacked Up” segment on Monday Night Football. Oh, and what up with Romo denying the Jessica Simpson rumors? Like Tiki said on PTI, “I would let that rumor perpetuate itself until it came true.” She may be dumb, but like 1080i, I want it.
That said it seemed like it was a good time to bring back a golden oldie, sit back and enjoy one of the greatest movie speeches of all-time with Al Pacino from Any Given Sunday, and if you like, you can catch it on FX on Dec. 5. Laremy likes this speech so much he provided a play-by-play just below the video.
Let’s break this thing down because it’s easily the best sport’s movie speech, hell maybe the best speech of any movie in the past decade. Why is it so damn good? It builds and builds until you start getting goosbumps. Everyone, players on the screen included, figures “well here comes the inspirational speech.” But Pacino is too good to let you off the hook that easy. You WILL be moved by it. Here are a few of the really great bits.
He starts out slow with what would be an ok bit if he stopped at the end of it:
Fine and dandy, he’s set up the “inches” theme very nicely and very calmly. And then he turns introspective, which is where things start getting phenomenal.
I mean, that is laying yourself bare. The players start nodding their heads at about this point because many of them can relate.
This is about as profound as a movie can get; the difference between failure and achievement in all our lives. At this point Pacino is on a roll and could probably ask his guys to invade a country. He goes for the kill.
Pacino is bringing together a team that was fractured, all in the space of three minutes with one massive fucking speech. Take us home Al.
I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to write the living hell out of some columns. If anyone gets in my way I’m going to steamroll them. Thanks Al, and hell yeah man.