Oscar contenders as NFL playoff teams

Posted by · 9:56 am · January 6th, 2011

I just love this.  I can’t stand baseball, so I missed Movieline’s cute little item drawing parallels between MLB playoff teams and the year’s Oscar contending films back in October.  But you know I’m a pigskin fan, so the latest stab caught my eye.

I guess you could go the contenders-as-food route if you want to, but, meh, this is more fun.  And it also reminds me that, with my beloved Redskins out of the mix, and with my #2 squad, the Dolphins, also watching from home (to say nothing of the lowly Panthers, third on my totem pole of NFL faves), I should probably pick a horse in this race to rally behind.

I’ve been calling it Falcons vs. Patriots (ugh) for a few months now, and I’m sticking to that prediction.  Dad’s a Georgia boy and I have nothing against Matty Ice and his boys, so I’ll roll with Atlanta.

On the AFC side of things, I’m a bit torn.  I like the grit the Ravens are showing, but I have a soft spot for those Jets (and hey, Sanchez was sitting right behind me at graduation — a little school spirit).  But mostly I’m hoping to see Michael Turner and Roddy White tear up a few defenses on the way to, hopefully, getting Tom Brady’s damn haircut out of my face.

So to go by Movieline’s breakdown, you could say I’m hoping for “Inception” vs. “The Fighter” at Super Bowl XLV.

Now…back to our regularly scheduled programming.

[Photo: Sports Illustrated]

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  • 1 1-06-2011 at 10:13 am

    Joe7827 said...

    I don’t necessarily agree with all of the analogies (I’d like to think we have a better shot than “Shutter Island”, darn it), but the description of the Patriots was brilliant. And the reference to Manning’s right arm is just… wrong.

  • 2 1-06-2011 at 10:27 am

    James D. said...

    This whole idea that the Seahawks have no chance is ludicrous. They have arguably the best homefield advantage in the NFL, and does no one remember the same argument being made against the Cardinals two years ago?

    My team is the Dolphins, and if we hire Harbaugh, I am going to be devastated. Does no one remember how badly Saban and Petrino did?

  • 3 1-06-2011 at 10:27 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    So I guess Christopher Nolan has an arrogant fan base.

    And if the Seahawks’s comparison is Grown Ups, then what would Carolina Panthers comparison be?

    I think it will be Packers and Patriots.

  • 4 1-06-2011 at 10:42 am

    Brian said...

    I am thinking Saints vs. Patriots; I think the Seahawks comparison should be Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, they will have to beat everyone to not be considered a joke.

  • 5 1-06-2011 at 10:45 am

    Lenny said...

    As of right now, I find it hard to believe that someone’s gonna go to Foxboro and beat the Patriots at home. Brady’s had one of the best seasons of his career and the team just looks invincible right now. The only question I have with them is how well their young defense will play down the stretch. But with Belichick literally coaching everything on that team, I’m sure they’ll come up big.

    As for the NFC, I have a feeling that the winner of that Packer-Eagle game on Sunday will represent the conference in the Super Bowl.

    What I’m hoping for:

    Toy Story 3 vs. The King’s Speech

    My prediction:

    The Social Network vs. Black Swan

  • 6 1-06-2011 at 11:06 am

    Andrej said...

    I have no clue about these american football teams! But it’s a very cute and well written article ☺ The one about Inception was really spot-on.

    I’ll stick to foods, though. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is… a bowl of Starburst and Skittles. Yummy pretty colors for a sweet overload, but it doesn’t really make for a whole meal. You’re better off sharing the treats with some friends than chowing them on your own, or you’ll quickly get tired once the sugary rush wears off.

  • 7 1-06-2011 at 11:09 am

    BK said...

    Hoping for Toy Story 3 vs… whoever–maybe The Fighter or True Grit. That would be a great game to watch. However, like a couple people above, I really don’t see anybody beating the Patriots. Which sucks.

  • 8 1-06-2011 at 11:18 am

    al b. said...

    What I’m hoping in the Super Bowl: The Kids Are All Right vs. The King’s Speech.

    What’s probably gonna end up happening: The Social Network vs. The Fighter.

    Don’t Count Out: Black Swan vs. Inception

  • 9 1-06-2011 at 11:31 am

    Casey Fiore said...

    I’m from Boston and I fucking hate the Patriots. just wanted to throw it out their because at least some others could appreciate it. The bandwagon and my hatred grow heavier every time the Patriots win

  • 10 1-06-2011 at 11:54 am

    DylanS said...

    I didn’t realize you were a Skinsfan , Kris!

  • 11 1-06-2011 at 12:03 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    You must have missed the years of “Day of Rest” posts then, Dylan.

  • 12 1-06-2011 at 12:11 pm

    The Other Ryan said...

    Tom Brady has hair plugs. He gets them at a place in Cranston, RI. Still, go Patriots.

  • 13 1-06-2011 at 12:16 pm

    DylanS said...

    Checking them out at this moment, actually. If I could ask, living in New Jersey where I’m surrounded by nothing but Eagles and Giants fans, how did you feel about the treatment of McNabb by the seasons end?

  • 14 1-06-2011 at 12:36 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Hard to say. When a coach and QB don’t get along, there’s not much to be said. Benching in the Lions game (which I attended) was pretty stupid, though. The stuff at the end I get. After all, he won’t be there next year. Might as well look at your other QB. But earlier, that was shitty and just dumb.

  • 15 1-06-2011 at 12:43 pm

    DylanS said...

    I just had a problem with putting him at 3rd string, it was certainly understandable putting him on the bench (although I blame very little of our problems on him), but a move like that is blatant, and accomplishes nothing but to fuck with his already unraveling confidence, pointless. Here’s hoping that one day soon, Dan Snyder had an epiphany and decides to sell the team.

  • 16 1-06-2011 at 12:46 pm

    Ben M. said...

    I picked the Packers and Jets for the Super Bowl before the start of the season, though I’m actually backing away from those and picking the Colts and Eagles (mainly due to home field) this week.

    And call me crazy, but I have a gut feeling the Seahawks might win for three reasons. 1. given the nature of the NFL, it always seems like the team that is given no chance wins (for instance the Vikings beat the Eagles when there were the worst underdog in points spread during the entire season), 2. the Saints did not play that great down the stretch losing two of the last three and with three of their four final victories coming by four points or less, and 3. given the running back injuries the Saints have they will have to rely on Reggie Bush, and nobody knows Bush better than Pete Carroll, and I imagine Carroll would love to stick it to Bush given the way Bush tarnished Carroll’s otherwise exceptional legacy with USC.

  • 17 1-06-2011 at 12:53 pm

    DylanS said...

    Ben M.- I think you’re reading into the Bush-Carroll thing way too much. And as a coach, who can only call plays from the sideline, how exactly is he going to “stick it” to Reggie any more than any coach for any team. And even if Reggie is shut down, I pretty sure Drew Brees can handle things with his recievers, he has a pretty accurate arm from what I hear.

  • 18 1-06-2011 at 1:00 pm

    Ben M. said...

    Dylan, you may be right, I was just thinking that as someone who coached Bush for those years, Carroll might know Bush’s weaknesses better than other coaches would and thus could call plays designed to exploit them (similar to how I think the Bucs had an edge in their Super Bowl given Jon Gruden’s familiarity with the Raiders).

    And logically, the Saints are the smart pick. Just that the NFL can always be crazy and I guess part of me wants to see a little chaos with the Seahawks winning, the same way I wanted the NFC West winner to be under .500 rather than 8-8.

  • 19 1-06-2011 at 1:13 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “Here’s hoping that one day soon, Dan Snyder had an epiphany and decides to sell the team.”

    From your lips to God’s ears.

  • 20 1-06-2011 at 1:20 pm

    Patriotsfan said...

    Cool! My favorite team and my favorite movie of the year are the same. If the Patriots win the Super Bowl, and The Social Network wins Best Picture at the Oscars, it will have been a good year indeed.

    And to all you Patriot haters, the only thing I can say is it has been one fun decade!

  • 21 1-06-2011 at 1:32 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    The question being: were you a fan before said decade? Because a great many of you weren’t. Or didn’t admit it, anyway. ;)

  • 22 1-06-2011 at 2:28 pm

    Kyle said...

    I know little to nothing about football (beyond what Friday Night Lights, and what I learned during the Falcons “Dirty Bird” playoff run), and I’m more of a baseball guy anyway…but it would be nice to watch the Falcons beat the hell out of Michael Vick.

  • 23 1-06-2011 at 4:01 pm

    Silencio said...

    The most perfect pairing (film wise and color wise) would be Shutter Island and Inception. But probably not likely. I do see The Social Network falling short, though. 18 and 1, anyone. This year, I’m thinking 15 and 3.

  • 24 1-06-2011 at 4:30 pm

    Loyal said...

    As cliché as it sounds, I’m an Oscar fanboy who isn’t into sports.

  • 25 1-06-2011 at 5:40 pm

    Patriotsfan said...

    Kris: Yes I was. I started getting into football in 1994 and have been a loyal Patriots ever since then. Back then, they were a pretty mediocre team, but I stuck by them every year, even one excruciatingly painful year when they started 6-2 and finished 8-8 (which is why I hater Pete Carrol).

    I’m sure there are a lot of Patriot bandwagon fans, but I’m not one of them, and cheering for them when they weren’t always that good, has made this decade all that much sweeter!

  • 26 1-06-2011 at 6:37 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I used to be a Bledsoe guy.

  • 27 1-06-2011 at 6:41 pm

    THE Diego Ortiz said...

    I don’t have a team. I’m usually more a fan of the players than the team, but I’ve been rooting for the Jets this season.

    They got my fellow Mexican-American Marcos Sanchez and my boy L.T. (I was dissapointed when San DIEGO got rid of him)

    It’s perfect. Inception was my favorite movie.

    I’m a Vick fan, but not an Eagles fan.
    I’m a Portman fan, but not a Black Swan fan.


  • 28 1-06-2011 at 6:58 pm

    Patriotsfan said...

    Kris: Me too. That’s actually why I became a Patriots fan. I still have a Drew Bledsoe jersey, as well as a lot of other Patriot paraphernalia with Bledsoe on it.

  • 29 1-06-2011 at 8:11 pm

    Ky said...

    Go Pats!

  • 30 1-06-2011 at 9:32 pm

    Kelly said...

    Born and raised in Philadelphia… Get ’em Black Swan!

  • 31 1-06-2011 at 11:12 pm

    matt said...

    Daaa kings speech has a nice ring to it…

  • 32 1-07-2011 at 9:30 am

    Zac said...

    Redskins, Dolphins and Panthers are your three teams? Interesting.

    I thought it was weird that my three are the Bengals, Browns and Lions, but that is because I was born in Ohio and currently live in Michigan.

  • 33 1-08-2011 at 11:16 am

    AdamA said...

    Um…the Bledsoe days were pretty good for the The Social Network, guys. Not 3 championships good, but certainly good enough to make it to the Oscars and arguably outplay Shutter Island. Not exactly evidence of loyal fandom through bleak times.

    (I’m not one to talk. Toy Story 3 has been mostly great since I started paying attention in 1994–I was 11.)

  • 34 1-08-2011 at 9:10 pm

    Joe7827 said...

    Oh great, so now this means “Grown Ups” will make the BP Ten. And I’m still waiting for Leo DiCaprio’s speech: “yes, yes, yes, I finally beat James Franco!”

    AdamA: uh, The Social Network outplaying Shutter Island? I think not; we won that one fair and square.