What happened to the sports movie?

If you had stopped 14-year-old Kirk Minihane (he of the kminihane@weei.com email address for those who don't agree with what is about to be written) outside of the Burlington Mall theatre on April 21st of 1989 and told me that the movie I’d had just seen – Field Of Dreams – would signal the end of the sports movie as I knew it I doubt I would’ve recognized what language you were speaking.



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David Ortiz takes over for Jim Rice and Dwight Evans this week in the mailbag, and the Pink Hats aren’t exactly thrilled that I didn’t join them in that standing ovation last week. Oh well, we can always make up over a screening of “Still We Believe” while we swap stories about meeting Dennis Drinkwater.

To the ‘bag we go (and, as always, feel free to email away to kminihane@weei.com)
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Kirk,



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I thought I was done with Jim Rice and Dwight Evans.

Lots of email  this week on these guys, and I tried to answer a couple of them. But there isn't much left to say, and I'm closing the book after this mailbag. But we have some fun as the Jim Ed crowd makes some noise (but let's hope that they still have energy-- they'll need it to get Ellis Burks into Cooperstown).

Plus we look at George Washington Dungy, say goodbye to Jonathan Papelbon and I  defend Bruce Springsteen, Pete Rose and Nelson de la Rosa.



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Like most professional athletes, Boston Cannons midfielder Greg Downing was excited and honored to be a part of the Major League Lacrosse All-Star game in Denver earlier this month. But he also faced a problem that players in most other professional leagues don’t have to worry about.

Could he get time off from work to play in the game?



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Things seemed to have changed around here.

I’ll confess that as I started attacking the mailbag this week I felt a little bit like Gary Cherone taking over vocals for Van Halen. Just didn’t belong on this piece of real estate. But by the end of the week I truly believe that I was giving off a Hagar vibe. That’s progress, right?

We sort of jump (get it?) all over the place in the bag this week, as we try and find Joe Haggerty, figure out if Drew Bledsoe can match up with Babe Ruth and wonder if Chris Berman is in on the joke.



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I'm all over the place when it comes to dates.
 
Some are hard to pinpoint.
 



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Admit it. You like ripping people behind their backs. We all do. Yes, I happen to be one of those rare cases where it’s just as much fun to do it square to my face, but be that as it may, you’re still going to have a rare opportunity here the next couple of weeks.



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So, here is the debate: Which Boston athlete can stake claim to the best individual season?

(Note: Email me at kminihane@weei.com if you would like to debate further on our new feature at WEEI.com -- Slugfest.)

Pretty straight forward here, just one rule -- a player can only appear on the list once. Why? Just wanted to avoid four Bobby Orr seasons, three from Ted Williams and a couple of Bill Russell's. Thought a little variety might make for a better read.



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Another day, another dollar here at the d-bag mailbag. We’ve hit the dog days of summer and we continue to crank out the swill. We can’t be stopped -- no matter how much you’d like us to be. We’re like a fungus. Or a mold. Or that thing on Bradford’s face. We just keep coming at you.

Nothing too vicious or obscene this week. I promise that won’t happen again…

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Hey Mike,
 



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July 4th will mark the 70th anniversary of perhaps baseball’s most famous moment. (And maybe the most famous speech in sports history -- is “Win one for the Gipper” close?) Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” farewell to roughly 60,000 at Yankee Stadium took place on July 4, 1939. Can any athlete ever again be as beloved as The Iron Horse was during his 277-word farewell?



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