What happens when fans start to think like owners, to dream of firing baseball players rather than joining them on the field?
Call me when they start making movies about desk bound administrative type cops that happen to have a WolfCop reporting to them - that you don't get to see.
This transition, from a star- and skill-focused appreciation of the game, its teamwork and its intangibles to the purely statistical production of victories by management...
From “Jerry Maguire” to “Moneyball,” from “Coach Carter” to “Two for the Money,” the central narrative of the sports movie is being displaced from the feats of the actual athletes to the “struggles” of the manager, the coach, the publicist, the agent.
Even today’s more traditional ragtag sports movies — “The Miracle,” “Remember the Titans,” “Any Given Sunday” or “Friday Night Lights” — feature the coach, not a player, as the protagonist.
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