And right now, one of my favorite football movies, The Replacements, is on.
This film, released in 2000, stars Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Orlando Jones and Brooke Langton.
The film opens with a professional football game being played in Washington, D.C. During the final minutes of the game, commentators John Madden and Pat Summerall (playing themselves) discuss the fact that at midnight, all of the players in the League will go on strike since contract negotiations with the owners have failed, perilously close to the end of the regular playing season. Due to League regulations, the strike cannot extend into the post-season. The Sentinels are poised to continue into the post-season playoffs if they win three of the last four regular season games. Edward O'Neil, owner of the Washington Sentinels, contacts former head coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman), recruiting him to put together a team of replacement players during the strike. While other teams recruit semi-pro or former pro players, McGinty assembles an eclectic group of players that confuse the other coaching staff.
Upset that the League is continuing without them, some of the original team members, including the quarterback, constantly show up to cause trouble for the members of the replacement team.
In this scene (one of the most amusing song/dance numbers in films of recent years), the replacements are together at a bar when the former team comes in, giving them grief over the game they played earlier in the day and begins to pick on deaf guy on the team. A brawl ensues, and the replacements are taken to jail. Orlando Jones tries to lift their spirits though, reciting disco favorite "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor. The team, in the holding cell together join him in singing and break out into dance.
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If you haven't seen this football flick, be sure to check it out - it's definitely one of the more enjoyable and fun/funny ones out there. (I recall it being rated PG13 for mostly language).