History Film / NecessaryRoughness

14th May '17 8:02:13 AM IlGreven
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*** Andre might be another matter. He's a graduate student, thus in real life he probably would not have the eligibility the movie claims he has.
1st May '17 11:10:31 PM creader
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* [[LoopholeAbuse Ain't No Rule]]: [[TruthInTelevision There really]] ''[[TruthInTelevision isn't]]'' [[TruthInTelevision a rule]] that says a woman can't play college football -- and there actually have been a few female kickers at the college level in RealLife.

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* [[LoopholeAbuse Ain't No Rule]]: [[TruthInTelevision There really]] ''[[TruthInTelevision isn't]]'' [[TruthInTelevision a rule]] that says a woman can't play college football -- and there actually have been a few female kickers at the college level in RealLife.



* LoopholeAbuse: [[TruthInTelevision There really]] ''[[TruthInTelevision isn't]]'' [[TruthInTelevision a rule]] that says a woman can't play college football -- and there actually have been a few female kickers at the college level in RealLife.



* [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed No Colleges Were Harmed]]: Texas State is basically the University of North Texas (where the movie was mostly shot) with the SerialNumbersFiledOff. However, the backstory for TSU is basically that of Southern Methodist University, the only school in NCAA history to receive the "Death Penalty"[[note]]A complete shutdown of the program for an entire season. Which became two seasons because SMU didn't have enough eligible players when the ban was lifted. It may not seem like all that significant, but to put it in perspective, it took over 20 years before the SMU football program recovered enough to even be a blip on the radar in regards to championships and prestige.[[/note]] for football. Meanwhile, the Armadillos' rival Texas Colts are an expy of what most people probably think of the Texas Longhorns.

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* [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed No Colleges Were Harmed]]: NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Texas State is basically the University of North Texas (where the movie was mostly shot) with the SerialNumbersFiledOff. However, the backstory for TSU is basically that of Southern Methodist University, the only school in NCAA history to receive the "Death Penalty"[[note]]A complete shutdown of the program for an entire season. Which became two seasons because SMU didn't have enough eligible players when the ban was lifted. It may not seem like all that significant, but to put it in perspective, it took over 20 years before the SMU football program recovered enough to even be a blip on the radar in regards to championships and prestige.[[/note]] for football. Meanwhile, the Armadillos' rival Texas Colts are an expy of what most people probably think of the Texas Longhorns.



* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Armadillos
* RealitySubtext: An allegory to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Methodist_University_football_scandal troubles that befell Southern Methodist University]] in 1987, having their football program shut down for illegal recruiting.

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* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Armadillos
* RealitySubtext: An allegory to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Methodist_University_football_scandal troubles that befell Southern Methodist University]] in 1987, having their football program shut down for illegal recruiting.
Armadillos.



* [[WhoNeedsOvertime Who Needs A Tie?]]: In the climax, after a few of the players get hurt, it looks like the Armadillos are going for the tie, but they run a fake PAT with Blake hitting Charlie Banks in the endzone for the 2-point conversion and the win. (This was before the NCAA adopted overtime.)

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* [[WhoNeedsOvertime Who Needs A Tie?]]: WhoNeedsOvertime: In the climax, after a few of the players get hurt, it looks like the Armadillos are going for the tie, but they run a fake PAT with Blake hitting Charlie Banks in the endzone for the 2-point conversion and the win. (This was before the NCAA adopted overtime.)
22nd Jan '17 6:37:41 AM shawn_allen
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-->(Manu hits him so hard, his face mask flies off)(doubles as a FreezeFrameBonus)
22nd Jan '17 6:32:20 AM shawn_allen
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* ChekhovsGunman: Charlie Banks, the only surviving past Armadillo, catches Paul's "tryout" throw. [[spoiler:When they try the 2 point conversion in the last game, he catches the winning throw, even wearing the number of Paul's old throwing dummy.]]
7th Dec '16 11:26:45 AM Freezer
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Coach Gennero's appearance on Creator/{{ESPN}} is played like he's been exiled from coaching. In real life, broadcasting is a standard fallback job for coaches between jobs. Some, like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher and Mike Van Gundy, have chosen to stay in broadcasting, rather than pursue other coaching opportunities.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Coach Gennero's appearance on Creator/{{ESPN}} is played like he's been exiled from coaching. In real life, broadcasting is a standard fallback job for coaches between jobs. Some, like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher and Mike Jeff Van Gundy, have chosen to stay in broadcasting, rather than pursue other coaching opportunities.
7th Dec '16 6:28:01 AM kyojikasshu
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* ExpospeakGag: Gennaro is hospitalized, and later is told what happened in technical terms... but it's just indigestion.

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* DownToTheLastPlay: The Kansas game comes down to Lucy having to make a field goal in heavy rain as time expires just to tie, while the Texas game comes down to one last shot at the end zone with the Armadillos down seven points. Coach Gennero sends in Coach Rigg's gimmick play, and it works, and then lets Blake set up a fake extra point kick to go for the win.
* ExpospeakGag: Gennaro Gennero is hospitalized, and later is told what happened in technical terms... but it's just indigestion.


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* LaserGuidedKarma: Flat-Top antagonized the Armadillos at the bar by insulting Manumanu. On the game-ending two-point attempt, [[spoiler: Manumanu absolutely ''destroys'' Flat-Top]].
** Dean Elias spends the entire movie trying to end the football program. During the final game, he approaches Chancellor Purcell, having taken it upon himself to re-grade the team's exams on his own curve. Blake spots this activity on the sidelines, and calls a play that sends both teams plowing straight over the Dean, who's left trampled, and somehow holding the football. Purcell puts a bow on the whole thing by telling Elias:
---> "By the way, you're fired."


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* ThePromise: As the Armadillos set up the final play of the movie, it's actually the last line of the movie not spoken by the announcer:
--> '''Manumanu''': ''(about [[JerkJock Flat-Top]])'' "Mr. Blake. He'll never touch you."\\
''(cue dramatic music)''
15th Oct '16 3:53:37 PM Freezer
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Coach Gennero's appearance on Creator/{{ESPN}} is played like he's been exiled from coaching. In reality, plenty of coaches who have been fired or quit - in every sport - take up broadcasting for at least a year or two. And many tend to take up broadcasting as a post-athletic career.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Coach Gennero's appearance on Creator/{{ESPN}} is played like he's been exiled from coaching. In reality, plenty of coaches who have been fired or quit - in every sport - take up real life, broadcasting is a standard fallback job for at least a year or two. And many tend coaches between jobs. Some, like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher and Mike Van Gundy, have chosen to take up broadcasting as a post-athletic career.stay in broadcasting, rather than pursue other coaching opportunities.
14th Oct '16 9:48:47 AM SAMAS
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It falls on Blake, as quarterback, and Coach Eddie "Straight Arrow" Gennero (Hector Elizondo) - a former big-time college coach lured to Texas State with the promise of building a program from the ground up, with no booster interference - to try and turn this strange group of nobodies into a {{Band of Brothers}}, while the entire time the team is under the baleful eye of [[DeanBitterman Dean Elias]], who hates college sports teams and wants any excuse to destroy the team and get rid of football forever. (Yeah, in ''Texas''. As you can imagine, [[SarcasmMode he's quite the popular guy]].) Along the way he falls for one of his teachers, journalism professor Suzanne Carter, with whom he turns out to have a past of which he was completely unaware.

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It falls on Blake, as quarterback, and Coach Eddie "Straight Arrow" Gennero (Hector Elizondo) - a former big-time college coach lured to Texas State with the promise of building a program from the ground up, with no booster interference - to try and turn this strange group of nobodies into a {{Band of Brothers}}, while the entire time the team is under the baleful eye of [[DeanBitterman Dean Elias]], who hates college sports teams and wants any excuse to destroy the team and get rid of football forever. (Yeah, in ''Texas''.''{{Texas}}''. As you can imagine, [[SarcasmMode he's quite the popular guy]].) Along the way he falls for one of his teachers, journalism professor Suzanne Carter, with whom he turns out to have a past of which he was completely unaware.
7th May '16 4:58:07 PM MrJL
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* GeniusBruiser: Andre, a massive, powerful lineman who went to Texas State on a football and ''chemistry'' scholarship. He ended up quitting football in favor of academics, and by his third year in college he's ''teaching'' classes.

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* GeniusBruiser: Andre, a massive, powerful lineman who went to Texas State on a football and ''chemistry'' scholarship. He ended up quitting football in favor of academics, and by his third year in college he's ''teaching'' classes.academics
15th Jan '16 6:28:30 AM Freezer
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* ArtisticLicenseSports: The scene where the referee gives up trying to tally all the penalties Samurai racked up when he punched out half the opposing offense: In reality, the other team would only be allowed to take one of the penalties, not all of them (not to mention Samurai would've been ejected from the game before the ref even started talking). Averted in the "take one of the penalties" sense, in that the ref finally gives up on the long list and ends with "15 yards, first down!" ...which is what the infraction would have given in real life (though, again, Samurai would be ejected.)
** Averted with Blake. Since he never went to college, his eligibility clock never started. Several RealLife older football players (Chris Weinke, Brandon Weeden) have had successful college football careers (this was usually after they had given up being professional baseball players; though this would make them ineligible to play baseball in college, they can still play football just fine.)



* GretzkyHasTheBall: The scene where the referee gives up trying to tally all the penalties Samurai racked up when he punched out half the opposing offense: In reality, the other team would only be allowed to take one of the penalties, not all of them (not to mention Samurai would've been ejected from the game before the ref even started talking). Averted in the "take one of the penalties" sense, in that the ref finally gives up on the long list and ends with "15 yards, first down!" ...which is what the infraction would have given in real life (though, again, Samurai would be ejected.)
** Averted with Blake. Since he never went to college, his eligibility clock never started. Several RealLife older football players (Chris Weinke, Brandon Weeden) have had successful college football careers (this was usually after they had given up being professional baseball players; though this would make them ineligible to play baseball in college, they can still play football just fine.)
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