The Mannings: America’s First Football Family

March 10, 2020

The Book of Manning (2013) follows the football story and legacy of Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning. [1] This movie could be described as a reflexive documentary due to the incorporation of its subjects and sole focus on them. Although the film is framed subjectively, numbers do not lie. Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning hold some of the most successful college football careers in history. Both Peyton and Eli were…

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New Netflix Documentary Fights Cheerleading Stereotype

By Julie O’Hare Cheerleading is very insular. If you’re outside of cheerleading, you don’t get it. People put cheerleading in the same category has dance or gymnastics, but it is much more than that. Cheer is a docuseries that follows the hard work of the Navarro College Bulldogs cheerleading team in Corsicana, Texas. It is a documentary that cheerleaders have long deserved. The six-part series captures the squad’s preparation to…

March 10, 2020
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The rise of Tigress

The Bangladesh women’s cricket team made history by winning ACC (Asian Cricket Cup) in 2018. They had beaten the six-time winner India won the Asia Cup. Bangladesh team was granted to ODI in 2011 and to T20I in 2014. Although the Bangladesh team was qualified to the International world very recently, they have achieved tremendous success. They have only played 36 WODIs compare to India (263), Australia (73). After winning…

April 4, 2019
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The Faces Behind Uncommon Sports: Judo

When someone mentions martial arts, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely karate. What people often forget is that there are many types of martial arts that can be practiced – and one of the most commonly forgotten is judo. Judo, as compared to another martial art like karate, is much more of a grappling martial art. Judo doesn’t involve striking your competitors body in any way,…

April 3, 2019
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Subversion and Parody of American Iconography in the Opening of The Farrelly Brothers Kingpin

In these continuing segments, my goal is to tie in my research on film theory, to sports films. In the last segment I talked about a sports documentary from Werner Herzog, title The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner on the subject of ski jumping. It is a type of film that is not very much viewed because of its distribution directly to television, as well as its varying styles…

April 3, 2019
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The Faces Behind Uncommon Sports: Bouldering

Most athletes find their passion for sports before their senior year of high school, but very few get hooked because of a school project. Melise Edwards picked up bouldering while completing a psychology project about the risks extreme athletes take and their ability to put themselves in those dangerous situations. Now, Edwards is a sponsored athlete that competes in bouldering competitions around the country. Bouldering is a form of rock…

March 6, 2019
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The Sublimity of Sport

By Daniel Moore “I ought to be all alone in the world, Just me, Steiner, and no other living thing. No sun, no culture, Myself, naked on a high rock, No storm, no snow, no banks, No money, no time, no breath. Then, at least, I wouldn’t be afraid.” -Poem at the end of Werner Herzog’s The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner In a class of mine a little…

February 28, 2019
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