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12 college football movies you could watch instead of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno

HBO and director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural) are making a movie starring Al Pacino as Joe Paterno, centering on the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Seeing as that fallout continues and the entire story was nothing but horrific the first time around, I’m not sure why the world needs this movie or who the audience is supposed to be.

Other college football movies you could watch, none of which bring back up unimaginably horrible stories that are still unfolding:

  • We Are Marshall: A true and inspirational story, most memorable for Matthew McConaughey acting his ass off in every scene. I don’t mean that to say he should’ve been Best Actor or anything, though he did a good job. He just tries really hard, and that’s appreciated.
  • The Program: The 1990s stereotype of the renegade college football team that mostly only damages itself and its opponents (it’s totally Miami), expanded upon. We did an Eastern State roster breakdown one time.
  • The Blind Side: Here’s a good story about how they got all those coaches to play themselves while wearing the logos of former employers.
  • Necessary Roughness: An OK comedy about a team starting over after SMU-like sanctions, not Penn State-like sanctions. Chip Kelly evidently likes it.
  • Forrest Gump: Bama.
  • Greater; All the Right Moves; Knute Rockne, All American; Johnny Be Good: I’ve never seen any of these, but some people like them.
  • The Waterboy: How many dumb Adam Sandler movies would you say still … I’m not sure if “hold up” is the best term here, but I don’t know of a better one. This is far from his worst, I guess we can agree.
  • The Express: A mostly fine sports movie, complicated by its rocky relationship with the truth, including a 1959 Syracuse-West Virginia game that never happened and the recruitment of the title character’s successor (who’s played by Chadwick Boseman, eventual star of Black Panther).
  • Rudy: Oh, you wanna talk about movies that just made stuff up? This movie is such a lie that even…

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