Thursday, October 28, 2004

Congrats to Red Sox, not so much to Jimmy Fallon

Always a huge fan of Bill Simmons' The Sports Guy columns, and last night's World Series Game 4 diary was pretty special.

I really don't care about baseball or Boston, but it's been great watching them, just having fun, overcoming history and the Yankees.

Now, Red Sox fans aren't the only beneficiaries of the breaking of the curse. Fever Pitch, an American remake of a British film of the same name, which in turn is a fictional adaptation of an excellent memoir by Nick Hornby, chronicling his obsession with a hapless English soccer team, Arsenal.

For the American adaptation, the Boston Red Sox were chosen to replace the similarly hapless (well, at the time anyway - they are the defending Premiership champions) Arsenal. The only problem - the book ends with Arsenal winning the league title on the last day of the season, against all odds, in the dying seconds, away against the most glamorous English club of the 70s and the 80s, Liverpool. Hornby goes on to find peace and perspective, thanks in no small parts to the championship.

Well, the Farrelly Brothers shot the ballpark scenes at actual Red Sox games, but they obviously didn't count on the Sox beating the Yankees.

So maybe they can re-jiggy the film to include the 2004 World Series? We'll see. But the TV audience did catch Jimmy Fallon, the star of the film, rushing the field after the final out. Hmmm.

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