With the Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the news lately for his recent scandal, it’s easy to forget just how good Pryor has been. While he may not appreciate the pride of the university and the legacy of players before him, he comes from a long line of very successful Buckeye quarterbacks. Men such as Troy Smith, Joe Germaine, Craig Krenzel, and Mike Tomczak have all worn the scarlet and gray, but one name you won’t see on any “Top Buckeye QB lists” is the one and only Shane Falco.
Maybe you overlooked this former All-American. Maybe you don’t remember that he suffered an embarrassing loss in the 1996 Sugar Bowl, falling by a whopping 45 points, and earning the nickname “Footsteps” because he was too quick to dump the ball off and shied away from contact. Maybe you forgot he was drafted by San Diego and that his professional career lasted just a single season when he was unable to overcome his tendency to choke. Maybe you don’t know any of this because Shane Falco isn’t a real person. He’s just a character played by legendary Keanu Reeves in the movie The Replacements. (Thank you TBS for showing this last night…twice.)
“I’m all right. Don’t nobody worry bout me.” Words of wisdom from the movie that launched the career of Michael O’Keefe, bka Danny Noonan from one of the best, most quotable sports movies ever: Caddyshack. Words cannot describe the joy this movie has delivered, and rightfully so. There’s a quality in Caddyshack that’s severely lacking in most of the “modern era” sports movies (Rebound, anyone?).
Anyway, as pointed out by Jamie Mottram at Mr Irrelevant, Danny Noonan is back and he’s blogging for Yahoo Sports, as Michael O’Keefe, of course, but even he acknowledges the Noooooooooooooonan reference (how can you not). In his post, “Danny” discusses golfing with the Manning clan (“Miss it, Noonan”).
He also makes his preference known about who he wants to win in the Dallas/NY Giants game coming up on Sunday (he’s a New York fan). So, if you’re like me and have a soft sport for anything Caddyshack-related; or if you are a golf enthusiast, make sure you check out his blog.
With all that Caddyshack going on in my head, it would be only right if you left you with a compilation video of the gopher, backed by the brilliant stylings of Kenny Loggins and “I’m Alright.” What a way to start the weekend.