High school football: At the movies
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Friday, November 16, 2012
11/16/12 at 5:21 AM
At the Tulsa World's Photo Days this year, athletes were asked to name their favorite movie. Below are the top three choices of the 140 football players who responded.
'Friday Night Lights'
For today's players, some older movies still resonate the most. This 2004 film starring Billy Bob Thornton, which was inspired by H.G. Bissinger's 1988 book that followed the Odessa Permian Panthers, also led to a TV series that ran from 2006-11.
'Remember the Titans'
Tied with Friday Night Lights for the most votes. The 2000 film that starred Denzel Washington depicted the real-life story of when T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., was desegregated in 1971 and an African-American head coach Herman Boone (Washington) was hired to lead the football team, nearly resulting in a boycott by white players.
'The Dark Knight Rises'
The favorite among this year's films, was the third in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. However, it finished a distant third behind Friday Night Lights and Remember the Titans. Other films that were in contention for the top three included "The Expendables 2," "21 Jump Street," "Step Brothers," "Gladiator," "300," "Warrior," "Ted," and "Glory Road."