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DeNiro to play Vince Lombardi, now please call it, THE BIG CHEESE, giggle...

Hey folks, Harry here and I want to wear my Cheesehead hat to the premiere of this one. It seems that Al Capone aka Robert DeNiro is set to play Vince Lombardi - perhaps the most legendary and beloved coach, this side of Tom Landry... ahem, in NFL history... so much so, when you win the SUPER BOWL, you get to take a trophy named after him home. This is one of those ESPN Films - but the feature is being written by Eric Roth, so expect Vince to be a fast running infant/man whose story will be told in reverse. Apparently the film will cover the period in which Vince built the GREEN BAY PACKERS into legends. Expect this to hit theaters sometime in the midst of the playoffs in 2012. I don't know about you, but I love Football flicks, how about you? Personally, my fave is NORTH DALLAS FORTY, what's yours?

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  • March 10, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Mine

    by Foomas

    favorite football movie....Debbie does Dallas :)

  • March 10, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Escape to Victory

    by alan_poon

    Oh ,you mean gridiron? I'd love to know why you Shermans call it football when 90% of the time you use your hands.

  • March 10, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Excellent casting... as for my fav football flick...

    by Heckles

    ...I really liked Wildcats when I was a kid. Maybe I just had a boner for Goldie. I really wanted to like Any Given Sunday more. Somehow, The Replacements is the best football flick I can think of right now.

  • March 10, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    About time they made a film on the Packers

    by Jack Kovack

    It's one of the greatest stories in sports history. Suprised it hasn't been made yet.

  • March 10, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Oh shit,,, I forgot about Rudy.

    by Heckles

    Rudy has to be the best of the best. That pudgy bastard makes me sniffle like a bitch every time.

  • March 10, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Solid casting

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    But as soon as you see the word "giggle" in the headline, you just know it's a Harry post. Nothing more attractive then picturing an overweight nerd giggling like a schoolgirl. <p> But off topic, seriously, Harry takes a lot of abuse here, and I do understand where some of it comes from. But I will say, I admire the fact that he appreciates so much cinema, compared the masses here who are so quick to proclaim everything shit...not excluding me.

  • March 10, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

    by Logan_1973

    Still my favorite pigskin flick.

  • March 10, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    This is freakin' awesome...

    by PoeticWarriortoo

    news!! If anyone gets a wild hair pick up When Pride Still Mattered. Great book on Lombardi!!

  • March 10, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    if this movie has the "ice bowl" in it...

    by sonnyhooper

    ....then ed harris HAS to play tom landry. harris or nick nolte would work too i guess. and speaking of nolte, yes, football movies never got any better than north dallas forty.

  • March 10, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Joe Pesci as Joe Paterno

    by Phil Connors

  • March 10, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Hate the Packers, hate football movies...

    by Jaka

    ...love DeNiro, so I'm torn. Could be good, but I'm not holding my breath.

  • March 10, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    The Most Legendary and Beloved Coach, Period!

    by Dave I

    There is no "perhaps" about it. Unless you live in Texas, I suppose. I'm not sure Landry's in that discussion, although in part through no fault of his own. He was great, but the Cowboys blow, Jerry Jones undercut his legacy, and the allowance of a bunch of druggies and undisciplined types on his team, and him casting a blind eye on it all, not to mention that whole Ice Bowl thing, keeps him out of "Most Legendary" coach discussions.<p><p>I DO like Landry a lot, but I think Lombardi was historically more legendary and beloved for a lot of reasons, some of which had to do with Jerry Jones and the later years of Landry's coaching career (and obviously Vince Lombardi's swan song with the Packers and having arguably the premier sports award named after him). As an aside, I do loathe Jerry Jones, in part for screwing over Landry, in part for just being a douche.<p><p>-Cheers

  • March 10, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Jaka, You Hate the Packers?

    by Dave I

    Why? They're the best team in sports! ;) -Cheers

  • March 10, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Eric Roth is a hack

    by BigTuna

    I'm still SHOCKED AICN sucked Rother's cock for that horrific Benny Button movie. He repeated virtually everything in his Gump script.

  • March 10, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Giggle?

    by CrunchyMilk

    You know it's gonna be a Harry article when he puts dumb shit like that in the title.

  • March 10, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    The Program

    by inneeduvasuperhero

    I want to see snot bubbles!

  • March 10, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    The Longest Yard

    by MacReady452

    Reynolds not Sandler..duh.

  • March 10, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Go Pack Go!

    by typhonicbeast

    You're damn right.

  • March 10, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Jim Lee Howell deserves some credit...

    by Heckles

    The guy hired Lombardi and Landry in the 50's to run the NY Giants offense and defense, respectively.

  • March 10, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Didn't Ernest Borgnine play Lombardi?

    by Ingeld

    I seem to remember a 70s tv movie about the coach.

  • March 10, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Don Shula & the '72 Dolphins, motherfuckers!

    by Julius Dithers

    Yeah, I had to be that guy. Now, discuss...

  • March 10, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Best football flick? NECESSARY ROUGHNESS!

    by zillabeast

    Kathy Ireland shower scene FTW

  • March 10, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    The Longest Yard

    by Star Hump

    giggle hee hee

  • March 10, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Respectfully, yes, I hate the Packers

    by Jaka

    And I've been a LOYAL 49ers fan since the early eighties (I live in the Bay Area). I believe we have more titles, so we're the best. : ) Heh. I'm cool with liking whatever sports team(s) you prefer. We wouldn't have anything to argue about (sports wise) if we all liked the same team. But I get really annoyed by people who root for teams that aren't geographically their own. Raiders, Steelers, Packers, Cowboys - don't like any of 'em, mostly for that reason.

  • March 10, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST

    FORTY FUCKING NINERS BABY!!!

    by zillabeast

    Red and Gold, born and raised! Samurai Mike has righted the ship and we are off and into the playoffs in 2010! I just hope we make it past the wild card round....

  • March 10, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    I don't know about you...

    by blackwood

    ...what about you?

  • March 10, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Since Arizone is going to be shite this season...

    by Jaka

    ...yes! I do believe we will once again be playoff bound. I'm not sure we've got our quarterback issues fixed just yet. But Big Mike is a defensive coach, anyway. If we can hold other teams to a couple touchdowns we should be OK.

  • March 11, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST

    M.A.S.H.

    by I_am_not_Henry_Silva

    Really it's a football movie, no?

  • March 11, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Gosh, I love the Packers.

    by Thrillhouse77

    You betcha. Wisconsin born and bred! Go Pack Go!

  • March 11, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    I hope the film follows Lombardi post-Packers....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ...into the Redskins. He continued to be a productive coach.

  • March 11, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Victory with Sylvester Stallone.

    by quentintarantado

    Oh, you mean that American football that resembles rugby? Not the REAL football. "Best of Times" with Kurt Russell and Robin Williams.

  • March 11, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Necessary Roughness.

    by alan_poon

    Scott Bakula was aces in that.

  • March 11, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    A Packers movie, eh?

    by Mechasheeva

    About damn time Hollywood took notice of how amazing they are. Err... were. And will be. Whatever, I'm for this.

  • March 11, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    If De Niro kicks it threw the up goal posts...

    by DeNiro4Prez

    it'll be released in December; for awards consideration. As far as fav sports movie? The Natural. Say, Harry, what's 'the expendables' going to be rated.

  • March 11, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE??

    by alice133

    thats the extent of my vince lombardi knowledge. <p>and i bet that line will be in the movie.

  • March 11, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Mine?

    by maxcadyuk

    "When Saturday Comes". Sniff.

  • March 11, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Forget Vince Lombardi

    by Trav

    Quite simply, the Lombardi trophy should be the George Halas trophy. The simple fact is that there would be no Packers and no NFL if it weren't for George Halas and the Chicago Bears. Who loaned money to Curly Lambeau to keep the Packers afloat in the early days? That's right, George Halas.

  • March 11, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Lombardi was nothing w/out Paul Brown . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    Where's my Paul Brown flick??? HERE WE GO BROWNIES!!!!!

  • March 11, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    No, the name should be...

    by ByTor

    "Meet the Packers." <P> You're welcome.

  • March 11, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    You are all wrong...

    by the_beard_of_Chuck_Norris

    "Brian's Song" is the greatest football movie period. End of discussion.

  • March 11, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Brian's Song is BARELY a football movie.

    by Nice Marmot

    As a die hard football fan, I feel like 'Friday Night Lights' feels like the most accurate football movie.

  • March 11, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Feel like it feels like?

    by Nice Marmot

    More coffee please . . .

  • March 11, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Wildcats

    by Nice Marmot

  • March 11, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    What about some love for Necessary Roughness?

    by Jamie McBain

  • March 11, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    The Replacements!

    by rodneyfaile

    best football movie

  • March 11, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Any Given Sunday

    by Star Hump

    a true lowpoint in Oliver Stone's career. What a shitfest.<p> and soccer sucks.

  • March 11, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Why do the cheeseheads love Lombardi?

    by johnnyangelheart

    Didn't he dump the Pack for the Redskins? Seems kind of Belichek-ish to me.

  • March 11, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    What's my name? It's Willy Beamen.

    by Disgustin_Justin

    I keep the ladies... Cold creamin'

  • March 11, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Sherman? WTF is a Sherman?

    by johnnyangelheart

    A Civil War general? A kid with a dog and a time machine?

  • March 11, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    About damn time...

    by TheGreatHomsar

    DeNiro got a project that wasn't a watered down Heat wannabe or some lame-ass PG-13 "thriller." I'm no Packers fan (Texas born and raised, Landry all the way!) but Lombardi is a legend, and I LOVE that era of football. Looking forward to this!

  • March 11, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Sherman Tank =Yank.

    by alan_poon

  • March 11, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    johnnyangel

    by MemBirdman

    Lombardi decided to quit coaching after Super Bowl II, but stayed as the GM. After a year, he got the itch to coach again but because the Packers were already committed to Phil Bengtson, he left and went to the Redskins briefly before he died.

  • March 11, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Personally, I'm waiting for the story....

    by MemBirdman

    ...between him and Jim Ringo in contract negotiations. Packer fans know what I'm talking about.

  • March 11, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Invincible is my favorite

    by SithMenace

    because I'm an Eagles fan.

  • March 11, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Friday Night Lights, Any Given Sunday, & The Longest Yard

    by Wcwlkr

    Those are my favorites. But the orginal Longest Yard not the remake. Honorable mention goes out to The Program! I loved that movie.

  • March 11, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    Interested to see but...

    by Wcwlkr

    I doubt I'd go to the theaters I don't care much for the Packers. In fact they make me sick. I can only tolerate them now, since Overated Brett Farve is gone.

  • March 11, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    North Dallas Forty and Rudy are my favorites

    by BanditDarville

    because they are about individuals with football as a backdrop. Others fail because they try too hard to authenticate a team or coach/player dynamic.

  • March 11, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Damn. I forgot about Wildcats!! Very underated...

    by BanditDarville

    How can you go wrong with a nice shot of Goldie's ta tas? I love M.Emmett Walsh in that movie because I know lawyers like his character that use football analogies for everything.

  • March 11, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Thank you to Mr. Poon and Mr. Birdman

    by johnnyangelheart

    Don't get a lot of British slang down here in Texas. And it sounds like Lombardi had a reason for leaving Green Bay, but as a guy who was permanently scarred by the Ice Bowl, I won't be watching any Lombardi biopics.

  • March 11, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    LITTLE GIANTS!!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Al Bundy vs. Dark Helmet 4 life.

  • March 19, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    fuck the cowboys, harry

    by Kammich

    and my philadelphia eagles were the first and only team to hand Mr. Lombardi a postseason loss, in the 1960 NFL title game. so, suck it all around. (this is the part where fans of any other NFC East team point out how the Eagles have yet to win a super bowl. don't worry, i know.)