A few months back, while Emily and I were visiting my folks, my father was watching one of his typically terrible movies: The Best of Times, a 1986 football (comedy?) starring Robin Williams and Kurt Russell.
Williams plays Jack Dundee, a dorky thirty-something banker who’s obsessed with the moment he dropped a perfectly thrown pass in the final seconds of a 1972 football game against the school’s arch-nemesis. Thirteen years later, a bunch of old men gather and play a muddy rematch in front of a frenzied crowd. I won’t spoil the result.
So why am I bringing this up? Because minutes ago, I saw this on CNN.com: Easton, Pa., and Phillipsburg, N.J., schools to settle score from 1993 tie game.
There will be no ties this time around. They're even breaking a century-old Turkey Day tradition, all in the name of who gets the bragging rights from that night so many years ago.Yes, they are playing a full-contact game. Ridiculous. It’s all fun and games until some old fart cracks his hip.
The players are now grown men in their early 30s. Hair is starting to turn gray, and waistlines have expanded. Some are family men, and most have full-time jobs. They had eight weeks to get back in game shape, and most jumped at the chance…
Gatorade, the sports beverage company, announced that it was organizing a replay: the same players, same coaches and the same field. NFL stars Peyton and Eli Manning will serve as honorary coaches for the rival teams. Ten thousand tickets to the game were sold in 90 minutes.
Apparently, if you’re interested in watching this spectacle (at 3pm on Sunday), footage of the game will be available on http://www.missiong.com/.