- Fridge Horror: How did Cheeseburger Eddy get those burgers into prison? Probably the best we don't know.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The basic premise of an NFL quarterback being sent to prison in his prime happened to Michael Vick less than 3 years after the remake was released.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: In the remake Crewe mentions they would have a tune up game against Appalachian State or some division II team. Two years later, Appalachian State beat number 5 ranked Michigan in a game not unlike the situation posed in the movie.
- Moral Event Horizon: The warden crosses it first when he has Unger kill Caretaker by booby-trapping a radio, and again when he threatens to frame Paul for Caretaker's murder unless he throws the game, and orders the guards to give the cons a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on the field even after promising to go easy on them if Paul held up his end of the bargain.
- Tear Jerker: Caretaker's death. He's caught in an explosion just in time for the other inmates to helplessly watch him burn to death. The funeral only adds to it, as his teammates step up one by one and place items on his casket, including a cheeseburger, a bible and Caretaker's whistle and stopwatch. Crewe's gift takes it up to eleven: a picture of Caretaker's mother that Caretaker gave Crewe earlier in the movie. When you consider the conversation the two men had, Caretaker's mother is still alive and will have to hear the news that her son was killed. This was the same conversation Caretaker said he looked forward to sharing a drink with Crewe once they got out of prison, and Crewe admitted Caretaker was the first real friend he'd had in as long as he could remember.