Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Roger's father an uncaring individual who was burdened by having a kid he didn't want or someone who cared enough about his son to know he could never be the father he needed and gave up his paternal rights so someone else could?
At the hearing, Maggie's What the Hell, Hero? speech mentions how no one laughs at a professional football player who drops to one knee after a touchdown. Fast forward to 2011 and Tebowing◊
The 1994 version may have been a bit difficult to watch after Nick Adenhart's death.
Family-Unfriendly Aesop: For most of the 1994 film, the characters don't believe in themselves to win but rather they believe in angels coming in and blatantly cheating in their favor, costing hard-working opposing athletes their livelihood for the sake of a little kid with a terrible case of Sarcasm-Blind. In contrast, the angels in the original film were more sparks of inspiration that had the coach push all the right buttons for his team.
It's easy to miss, but one of the montages does show that, despite how crazy some of the plays are, the team begins to rely less and less on the actual angels as they being to legitimately get better. And, as Al states, the championship is all on them.
Of course, that's little consolation to the teams the angels did screw along the way, like the A's falling victim to Al's sentient baseball off the bat of Hemmerling.
Jerkass Woobie: George Knox starts out as one, frustrated from his promising career being cut short and the Angels' inability to pull it together on the field. When things finally start to look up when the real Angels show, he nearly loses his job when Ranch outs him on this.
Retroactive Recognition: Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Roger, and both Adrian Brody and Matthew McConaughey have early roles as members of the Angels ball team.