Whether you're excited for Super Bowl, sad another football season is ending, or just don't care, here are football related movie's and television episodes for everyone to enjoy!
Silver Linings Playbook
Suffering from bi-polar disorder and recently released from a psychiatric hospital, Pat returns to his parent’s house and determined to win back his ex-wife. Pat meets recently widowed Tiffany, complete with her own neuroses, at a dinner at a friend’s house, where she offers to help Pat communicate with his ex-wife-as long as he enters a dance competition with her. Constant throughout the movie is Pat and his family’s devotion to the Philadelphia Eagles- and all the rituals and good luck charms that go along with being a Birds fan.
Socially inept and clumsy Bobby Boucher takes his job as water boy for the university football team very seriously. When he is fired from his position because of sheer incompetence, Bobby approaches the rival university’s coach and asks for a job. After enduring one mean spirited comment too many, Bobby lashes out and tackles the quarterback to the ground which leads to him quickly becoming one of the most feared linebackers.
We Are Marshall
This historical drama describes the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 football players on the Marshal University Thundering Herd football teams, the rebuilding of the football programs and the healing of the community.
Remember the Titans
When African-American coach Herman Boone is hired to coach the T.C. William’s High School football team, the white players boycott until the former coach, Bill Yoast, comes on as assistant coach. The team deals with several racial clashes, while the school board tells Boone that if he loses even one game he will lose his job as well. This leads to an undefeated season, which is threatened right before the semi-finals when it is apparent the referees are intentionally calling a bad game.
Rudy dreams of playing football for Notre Dame even though his grades aren’t good enough to get into the school and he lacks the stature or talent necessary to play in such a prestigious program and instead goes to work in a steel mill. After his best friend is killed in a car accident, Rudy decides it’s time get on with his dreams, enrolls in a junior college where after a lot of hard work he is accepted to transfer to Notre Dame. Rudy doesn’t make the team, but gets the chance to be the “tackling dummy” and after two years of inspiring the team he’s allowed to dress for one game, where he is triumphantly carried off the field by his teammates.
How I Met Your Mother-“Monday Night Football” (Season 2, episode 14)
When a funeral and extra-long wake on Super Bowl Sunday prevents the gang from their tradition of watching the game live while eating hot wings, they decide to tape it to watch the following night. Everyone disrupts their regular routine in order to keep from accidently learning the outcome of the game-Ted works from home while Barney handcuffs himself to Ted’s wall. Hilarity ensues in Lily’s classroom and as Robin tries not to listen to the recap while she’s presenting the news.
Seinfeld “The Label Maker” (Season 6, episode 12)
Jerry has two tickets to the Super Bowl, but can’t attend because of Drakes Wedding, so he gives them to Dr. Whatley-who Elaine suspects re-gifted to Jerry a Label Maker she gave him for Christmas. In an epic kerfuffle that Seinfeld is known for, the tickets go from person to person, until finally Jerry finds himself at the Super Bowl sitting next to Newman.
The Simpsons “Lisa the Greek” (Season 3, episode 14)
Homer begins to bond with Lisa when he discovers her ability to pick winning football teams and uses it to help him gamble. For the 8 weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, all of Lisa’s picks wins. When Lisa discovers Homer is just using her for her prognostic abilities, and not because he enjoys spending time with her, she quits talking to him. Homer makes tries to make amends by inviting her to watch the Super Bowl with him, where Lisa gives him this cryptic prediction: if she still loves Homer, Washington will win; if she doesn’t, Buffalo will.