My favorite time of year is here- The Christmas Movie Bonanza Season! You can save presents, and seasons greetings, and good tidings, and wishes of world peace, and all that crap. Just give me movies by David O. Russell, movies that star Christian Bale, Leo DiCaprio, and provide me with laughter from Ron Burgundy.
Want to give me a Christmas Gift? Give me movie ticket passes. I am going to see all of them. This is the time when the heavy hitters come out, when Oscars are won and lost, and when movie magic happens.
Which is why I am going with the first movie I am excited about this December of Out of The Furnace. The trailer looks good, Bale looks intense, and Woody from Cheers is continuing his monster, get out of my way, movie star comeback, while his Cheers co-star and at the time higher on the celebrity list, Kristie Alley, is trying to make a comeback in a sitcom with Kramer and her Cheers costar-Carla. Harrelson’s career looks like a popping bottles rap video compared to his Cheers co-stars.
Out of the Furnace synopsis goes as such-
Russell Baze has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so - with nothing left to lose - Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother.
Just one note and that is Bale’s character has the same name as the winningest jockey in horse racing history. Interesting. Seems like foreshadowing a winner to me.
Anyway, lets combine movie and sport and bring you those who are burning up in the furnace and those who are safely out of the furnace.
In an hour and a half we will see the future of Jameis Winston. Will he become a Mike Tyson figure- a young sports athlete that seemingly had a Heisman and a National Title chance on the horizon to suddenly have it all ripped away.
Or will he have a Kobe Bryant outcome where he is not charged, continues to play, but all anyone talks about is that possibility that Winston did something. Those whispers follow a person around like a dark cloud. Even winning the Heisman and/or a National Title won’t cure the doubt and suspicion. Only time will. And even then it never totally goes away.
But if the worst case scenario happens this will be a firestorm, a rush to judgment on Winston, on the victim, on race, on athletes, on football, and on the justice system. Be ready for the onslaught of media coverage this yields if Winston is charged later today.
Everyone will be in the furnace if that happens.
No way to transition from that last one, but we will try.
Mike Tomlin, thanks for answering the questions. Thanks for admitting guilt. Thanks for being the poster coach of what is unacceptable on field shenanigans.
I think 100 thousand was good, but suspension would be better. I don’t want a draft pick stripped, I want personal accountability. Money is money, but losing your head coach for a couple of games and having an assistant take over, throwing off the whole team and system would mean more.
I hope Jacoby Ellsbury knows that money is nice, but dealing with New York is not worth the price. Just ask Jason Giambi.
You are playing a kids game. It is suppose to be fun. Playing in New York is not fun. It is a job, and a stressful one at that. You have just signed up to deal with expectations, media, fans, crazy owners, and the weight of a city that just saw your former team and rival win.
I know Boston is a tough place to play, and they have media and fan pressure too. But they also are goofy, grow beards, and have fun. They are not the robots and polish, always have to be the boy scout the Yankees require. That is very boring and that lack of personal freedom is tough to take. Boston is Las Vegas to New York’s Pleasantville by comparison.
That is enough to make even me break out with acne just thinking of the stress.
Who openly wants to have that pressure. Money is nice. Lofty expectations and a merciless market is not.