Stars: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey, Shelley Fabares
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Rating: G (General Audience)
Runtime: 73 minutes
While women shed more than a few tears over Love Story back in 1970, men had their equivalent with Brian's Song on TV. This biopic about the Chicago Bears' Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers is no mere sports film. It's one of those transcendent stories that struck a rare cultural nerve, a sensitive film about love, friendship, cancer, racial harmony, and football that came along at just the right time. James Caan is at his free-spirited best as Piccolo, and Billy Dee Williams is very charming as the quiet Sayers destined for superstardom. Roommates and rivals, these two rookies soon become best friends because of their competitive natures and complementary personalities. When Piccolo becomes stricken with cancer, his relentless will to live inspires the talented Sayers to reach his athletic potential. Jack Warden, as the masterful coach George Halas, superbly manipulates the ying and yang relationship for all it's worth. Michel Legrand's melancholy theme still lingers in the mind as one of the all-time greats. --Bill Desowitz
So, Concannon calls this trap play, and it's just beautiful...43 yards, wasn't it 43? Ah. So, Halas sees he's tired, and sends me in, so I go in, he comes out.
Concannon then figures he's gonna get REALLY foxy..you know, Concannon is....So, he says, "Um, same play. VERY SAME PLAY."
Now, a trap play is also called, a SUCKER play, because it makes the defense look REAL bad when it works. Now, defenses DO NOT like to look real bad, see...it makes 'em kinda surly...
So, anyway, all the linemen go this way, and it's like I am lookin' at a team portrait of the Los Angeles Rams! "Hey, Deacon! Merlin! How's the family, Rosey?"