This current ESPN 30 for 30 run is dope. It feels like the original set of films that came out four years ago. Playing for the Mob was great. I’m more than ready for Rand University and The U Part 2, but last night was all about Brian and The Boz directed by Thaddeus D. Matula.
I didn’t know what to expect going into the documentary. Sure, I’m from Oklahoma but I was in diapers when Brian Bosworth was teaching the country Sports Marketing 101. The documentary overall was on par with the rest of the 30 for 30 stable. It didn’t crack my top five but it was definitely worth the watch. It was your typical story about fame, sort of like an “E! Hollywood True Story” dressed up in a football costume.
The movie opens up with Bosworth and his son riding to a storage unit. His entire high school and collegiate life is in that storage unit. It started with his upbringing and his dad, Foster Bosworth. Their relationship told the story itself. Military drill sergeant type father, who’s incapable of telling his son “I love you.” Perfection wasn’t expected of Brian, it was demanded. Insert an uber athletic son who’s playing not just for himself, but for his father’s deferred dreams and you have a recipe for an insecure kid looking for acceptance and love.
You can hear it on Bosworth’s voice as soon as he begins to talk about his father.
“My dad kept his own stats of the (high school) games. Why couldn’t he just watch the game and be proud of me.”
It’s dope to see Bosworth coming to grips with his upbringing in the presence of his son, Max, who is about as big as a go-kart while his dad looks like a pickup truck. Max Bosworth may grow bigger and taller….he could become a great athlete….but he’ll never be his dad or “The Boz”, and that’s fine because he doesn’t want to be him either.
As Bosworth is going through the storage, he stumbles upon his scholarship offers and letters. LSU, OU, SMU, Texas, all of the college football blue bloods of the ‘80s. What’s his son have to say?
“You could have gone to Harvard? Why didn’t you go there?” This kid is on the right track.
When you’re under the pressure of perfect parents you take breaks and cut corners in life. You do so in order to set the bar low for yourself and accomplish something. Instead of challenging himself and going to Texas or Oklahoma, Bosworth took the easy way out and committed to Texas A&M. The commitment didn’t deter Oklahoma head coach, Barry Switzer though. The Arkansas Pimp strolled right into the Irving MacArthur high school “chow hall” wearing a mink coat and a his national championship ring. It probably was not a pinky ring, but let’s pretend that is was. Switzer walks into lunch and begins screaming Bosworth’s name. The Boz stands up. The student and pupil meet. A verbal commitment is abandoned. A lifetime friendship is formed.
Again, with a perfectionist parent you’re just seeking love and acceptance. Unlike Foster Bosworth, Barry Switzer loved Brian’s talent and accepted him for who he was. When this happens and the kid has success, the wave of confidence isn’t far around the corner. Bosworth was shy and quiet. Switzer was loud and loquacious. In the spirit of Halloween this Friday, you could say that Brian Bosworth didn’t invent “The Boz”, Barry Switzer did. Never underestimate the power of believing in someone before they believe in themselves. Sure, it causes an ego boost that could be hazardous for your health, but it gives people an artificial confidence that’s unstoppable. And from 1984 – 1987, Brian Bosworth was unstoppable on the field and off the field. Bosworth has stated that he looked up to Barry Switzer more than he did his own father. A boy often gravitates towards what and who his father is. The bravado and machismo that was “The Boz” wasn’t Foster Bosworth, it was fostered by Barry Switzer. Brian wanted to be Barry, and on the field, he was.
Bosworth wasn’t ahead of his time. Athletes with big personalities were around before him with the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Namath. Most things in life are cyclical and in the 80s, it was Bosworth’s turn to be the athlete that everyone loved or hated. It was Bosworth’s turn to be the household name. Whether you call him a marketing genius or just a lucky rebel, Brian Bosworth reaped everything he had sown good and bad. His trademark Mohawk, red bandana, billboard cleats, sound byte waiting to happen were all prerequisites for the college football superstar. People began to pay attention to college football again. He was a star before he ever set foot on an NFL field. Before there was Deion Sanders and Ochocinco, there was Brian Bosworth.
As we all know, the untimely demise of The Boz wasn’t a good one. He was busted for doing steroids. He wore a t-shirt during the Orange Bowl that said “National Communist Against Athletes.” Switzer kicked him off the team because of that. He took the back door into the NFL by opting of the Supplemental Draft. Seattle picked him. He said he wouldn’t play for them, but of course he played. He called out John Elway and won. He called out Bo Jackson and got jacked. He penned a tell all book with Rick Reilly titled, The Boz, that essentially lit the match that led to the OU program receiving NCAA sanctions and Barry Switzer being fired. He flamed out in Seattle due to a bum shoulder, that was probably shot from steroid use.
Bozworth is known a bust on the field and a current day B-movie star off the field, but he looks like he’s at peace with his life. For everything that Bosworth got wrong, he got one thing right, and that’s being a great father. I love the way this film was directed. It’s different from most documentaries that just have people interviewing. Most of the film takes place in the storage unit. Brian Bosworth surrounded by the stuff that doesn’t matter — the awards, the letters, the memorabilia and the things that made up his legacy as The Boz but right by his side is what really matters — his son, Max…his REAL LEGACY as Brian Bosworth.
Random Thoughts In My Head While Watching The Boz
By looks of his black Dodge Ram truck on 9 inch lifts with KC headlights perfectly in lined across the top, Brian Bosworth is the same person he was back in the ‘80s. He’s on the way to his storage unit with his son Max. Where is the storage unit? The city that the Boz resides in Austin, TX. Being a Sooner myself, I have to be honest you can’t deny the awesomeness that is Austin, TX. I don’t blame the man for living there at all. I’m also not some cooky OU Super fan that lives and breathes OU Football and would look at Bosworth as some sort of traitor for living in Austin.
Imagine if the Boz had attened SMU. He would have been there one year after Craig James and Eric Dickerson smack dab in the middle of all the controversy. SMU would have gotten one death penalty and seventeen consecutive life sentences of mediocrity.
Bruh….Jamelle Holloway is trapped in the 70s. He has to be because his suit is straight out of Studio 54. If he likes it, I love it.
S/O to Spencer Tillman for shooting it straight throughout this entire film.
No wonder the Sooners balled out in the ‘80s. Two of the greatest recruiters in college football history, Barry Switzer and Mack Brown were on the same coaching staff. Those two could have got Lebron to ditch basketball and play football if they wanted too.
R.I.P. Gary Wichard who passed away in 2011. I would have loved to hear the legendary agents side of the story about his relationship with Bosworth.Read more
Washington State vs. Stanford – Finally, Stanford brought their offense to a game.
FSU vs. Syracuse – The Noles were on cruise control and you could see it especially on defense. I don’t blame them, they were looking ahead to their game with Notre Dame this week.
Auburn vs. Mississippi State – A Gus Malzahn team held to only 23 points? Yeah, the Bulldogs are for real this year.
Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M – That Ole Miss #1 recruiting class of 2013 is making a huge impact on this team.
TCU vs. Baylor – Okay now this Arena Football league also known as the Big 12 is getting out of hand. Why was the final score 58-61?
North Carolina vs. Notre Dame – The #6th ranked team in the country should not be giving up 43 points to a terrible UNC squad.
Alabama vs. Arkansas – What is wrong with Bama? I think A.J. McCarron was right.
Michigan State vs. Purdue – Easy win for Michigan State. I don’t like that they gave up 31 points though.
USC vs. Arizona – Great win for USC on the road no less. The Pac-12 is still up for grabs.
Texas vs. Oklahoma – This now makes two games in a row that Trevor Knight hasn’t played very well at all. He’s got to step it up if the Sooners are going to make it in the playoffs.
Oregon vs. UCLA – Wasn’t this supposed to be UCLA’s year?
Georgia vs. Missouri – Georgia never makes any sense. They lose to South Carolina and let Tennessee stick around and then they shutout Missouri.
I didn’t catch a like of the Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech or East Carolina games.
Colts vs. Texans – Are we going to enter T.Y. Hilton into the top 10 WRs discussion soon?
Patriots vs. Bills – Brady looked great. He’s finally starting to get adjusted to his new WRs.
Panthers vs. Bengals – A tie?!?!?!?
Steelers vs. Browns – The Todd Haley experiment just isn’t working. When are we going to acknowledge this?
Packers vs. Dolphins – I’m assuming Aaron Rodgers heard all those comments about him not being clutch.
Lions vs. Vikings - Don’t trip Teddy. The Lions have the best defense in football hands down.
Broncos vs. Jets – Why sign Chris Johnson if you’re only going to give him the ball three times?
Ravens vs. Bucs – The boys from Tampa got destroyed again. Not surprised.
Jaguars vs. Titans - You couldn’t pay me to watch this game.
Chargers vs. Raiders - The Bolts played a close game finally and pulled it out. Looking forward to their matchup with the Broncos in two weeks.
Redskins vs. Cardinals - Wasn’t Kirk Cousins supposed to be better than RGIII? Also, Bruce Arians might be getting his second Coach of the Year award this year.
Bears vs. Falcons – The Bears have won three of their four games on the road this year.
Cowboys vs. Seahawks – The Cowboys Big 3 2.0 is making noise and their defense is finally behaving also.
Giants vs. Eagles - My thoughts and prayers go out to Victor Cruz.Read more
We’re five weeks into the college football season, and the NFL season just ended its first quarter. This weekend looked like Fashion Week in various stadiums across the country. As I perused from game to game, I noticed no one individual getting his fresh on to the most maximum of levels, but several teams were rocking dope alternate uniforms. Here are football’s freshest from this past weekend’s football action.Read more
Brandon Marshall has been through some ups and downs throughout his NFL career and he’s certainly no saint, and that’s what makes his latest web series with GQ so interesting. You get the see the human side of one of the NFL’s best wide receivers as he opens up about his life on field, his bouts with bi polar disorder off the field and so much more.Read more
I found this gem on YouTube today and watched all of it. It’s great. Cam Newton is often misunderstood in the media. This webseries by Under Armour really helps fan get to know who Cam Newton really is. My biggest takeaway from this series is that the kid is a leader of men and it’s effortless.Read more
They say some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths, and it’s true. Take any trust fund baby and you’ll see a platinum Tiffany spoon carefully placed in their mouths being held by the nanny or butler. However, there are also kids born with golden genetics, and it has nothing to do with their faces or their perfect bone structure. It’s all about their bodies and the freakish things they are able to do with them.
Think about LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Think about Calvin Johnson. These genetic freaks are born with the perfect height and weight combination, pros that go beyond to become something more — entertainers, a show all to themselves. Their DNA has been custom tailored for them to be top flight athletes. Their quick twitch muscles are faster than email, they are completely unaware of their own strength, and it just proves that sometimes life isn’t fair. You can work all you want. Do push-ups until you can’t lift your arms. Run until you’re ready to throw up. Study film until your eyes hurt. None of it will matter. Could you ever catch Prime Time? Nope. Could you ever jump with Jordan? No way. These cats are untouchable. True legends. Real-life transformers.
With the NFL in full swing and the NBA just around the bend — the two leagues that are probably littered with the most incredible all-around athletes in sports today — are the most physically gifted athletes in sports today and don’t be surprised if one day in the future these athletes are discovered to be Transformers, Decepticons, Superheroes or Mutants. Here is Calvin Johnson and the All-Tranformer Team.Read more
It was a great weekend of football as usual. Here are my quick hits and jukes from this past weekend’s football action.
UCLA vs. Arizona State – Welcome back to the Heisman Trophy conversation Brett Hundley.
Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State – This game was an old Western shootout and easily the most exciting game of the weekend.
FSU vs. NC State – It’s just something about the Noles playing in Raliegh that always makes for a great game.
LA Tech vs. Auburn – Yeah…didn’t watch a lick of this game.
Arkansas vs. Texas A&M – This was Arkansas’ game to win and they let it slip away. Give them another year and all will be right in Fayettville again.
Baylor vs. Iowa State – Why are we not talking more about Bryce Petty?
Notre Dame vs. Syracuse – Notre Dame looks damn good. Everett Gholson is my Heisman front runner right now.
Wyoming vs. Michigan State – While everyone is running the spread offense, Michigan State be like….SMASH MOUTH.
Memphis vs. Ole Miss – The score of 3 – 24 doesn’t say so, but this was closer than it looked. Ole Miss got caught looking ahead to their matchup with Bama this weekend.
Tennessee vs. Georgia – Great traditional SEC game. Tennessee is one year away. Todd Gurley may have been the best back on the field on Saturday but when it’s all said and done, Jalen Hurd will be a better pro.
Missouri vs. South Carolina – What the hell is up with South Carolina?
Stanford vs. Washington – Stanford got caught looking ahead to Notre Dame next weekend.
New Mexico State vs. LSU – I didn’t watch a lick of this game.
Oregon State vs. USC – The Men of Troy might be back. Everything should be a smooth horse trot until their last two games against UCLA and Notre Dame.
South Florida vs. Wisconsin – The Badgers don’t get enough credit for being a great football program. They’re better than Michigan and Penn State in the last ten years.
Illinois vs. Nebraska – Forget the game….did you see the jerseys the Cornhuskers were rocking!?!?!
Cincy vs. Ohio State – The football DNA of Ohio is all Columbus.
Giants vs. Redskins – And just like that, the Giants aren’t so bad and Kirk Cousins isn’t that good. Welcome to the NFL.
Packers vs. Bears – Aaron Rodgers does himself no favors when he plays like an alien sent from football planet, Lombardiaki. It’s like feeding the animals in the zoo. When Rodgers plays like this the fans and media are only going to want more consistency out of him.
Bills vs. Texans – I think it’s a mistake to be pulling E.J. Manuel this early. Be realistic, you’re not going to win the Super Bowl. They should give him time to grow.
Colts vs. Titans – How lucky is the city of Indianapolis? Peyton Manning and then Andrew Luck. That’s like the Bulls drafting Kobe Bryant the year Jordan retired.
Panthers vs. Ravens – The only people surprised by Steve Smith Sr’s performance on Sunday are the people that doubted him after last season.
Lions vs. Jets – I really fell sorry for Geno Smith. There’s really not much difference between him and Nick Foles. You can’t help what parents you’re born too or what team you’re drafted too.
Bucs vs. Steelers – Antonio Brown a top 10 WRs yet? And, Mike Glennon should have been the starting QB since minicamp.
Dolphins vs. Raiders – Will the Raiders ever be good again? The NFL hasn’t done them any favors with their travel schedule either.
Jaguars vs. Chargers – Philip Rivers got that old thing back. He’s completing over 75% of his passes lol.
Falcons vs. Vikings – Teddy Bridgewater was the last pick in the 2014 draft….when the Redraft articles for this year’s draft class pop up in five years, we’ll be saying Bridgewater should have been the 1st pick.
Eagles vs. 49ers – For the 49ers defense to play this well with so many starters either suspended or not healthy is absolutely amazing.
Saints vs. Cowboys – Demarco Murray is the best running back in the NFL right now. He’s also running behind the best line.Read more
Things change and people change. The phone today wasn’t what it was twenty five years ago. It was big bulky and you needed an extension cord longer than Nile River if you wanted to take it from the living room to the bathroom. The person you fell in love with ten years ago is not the same person you’re married to today. They were hot and sexy back then. Now they’re fat, possibly ugly, but they make a great spouse and parent. The cornerback from LSU, Patrick Peterson may or may not be the same Patrick Peterson that plays for the Dallas Cowboys. One thing is for sure, whether he’s the same or not, he needs to evolve. He needs to change, because his career is on the line.
The third year corner of the Dallas Cowboys was told yesterday by Head Coach, Jason Garrett, that he would no longer be the starter. Claiborne didn’t like that news. He stormed out of the Cowboys’ facility yesterday. Well, that wasn’t very professional of him was it?
Yes, he’s a young corner, but he’s not playing QB. He’s playing one of the most basic and instinctual positions on the field. Corners with terrible technique often succeed early in their careers because of their pure athleticism. Experience is no longer an excuse. The Bears’ Kyle Fuller, a 1st round pick this season, leads the NFL with 3 picks in 3 games and has proven he can play at this level. What has Morris Claiborne done in three years? Not enough to warrant the Cowboys trading up to get him with the 6th overall pick, which they did in 2012. Coming out of LSU, Claiborne was supposed to be the next Patrick Peterson. It was said that Claiborne’s LSU teammate, Tyrann Mathieu would struggle in the league and that Mo would be a better pro. The consensus got it wrong, because Claiborne has been nothing short of terrible in his first three seasons.
So is Claiborne a bust? If he doesn’t change and evolve then yes. Right now he’s posted on the corner getting that work from anybody and everybody. It doesn’t have to be this way for him though. He can switch positions. Players do it at every level. Warren Sapp was a tight end in high school before they converted him to defensive tackle in college. J.J. Watt was a tight end at Central Michigan before coming to Wisconsin and playing defensive tackle. Richard Sherman was a wide receiver his first two years at Stanford before moving to cornerback. Antwaan Randle El was a quarterback all throughout college at Indiana and before making the switch once he got to the NFL.
Claiborne needs to give Antrel Rolle a call. Rolle was the second cornerback taken in the 2005 NFL Draft, but he’s spent the majority of his career playing free safety. Why? Well….he couldn’t play corner much like Morris Claiborne. Rolle spent three years at corner before being moved to safety. Rolle was benched in his third season much like Claiborne is being benched now. Once he made the move to safety Rolle has enjoyed nothing but success in the NFL with last season, his ninth, being the best of his career.
You don’t win SEC defensive player of the year in 2011 in the SEC if you can’t ball. You’re not picked in the top 5 in the NFL Draft if you don’t have talent. Look, Mo Claiborne has all the tools to be an exceptional pro. And so does Tom Brady, but would we say the same thing about Giselle’s husband if he were playing wide receiver? Of course not. One of my favorite John Calipari quotes,
“Fail fast,” Calipari said. “Let’s see what they know and don’t know, and the only way I can learn that is if they fail fast. ‘Go for it. Show us what you can do. Let’s see stuff. Don’t be afraid. Fail fast.’ And then we’ll correct it … quickly.”
Mo Claiborne, you’ve failed at cornerback in the NFL and that’s okay. It’s one of the hardest positions to play in all of sports. America loves a comeback story and you play on America’s Team. Move to safety big dogg and show us what you’re made of.Read more
Last week was the first week that the college teams really started to add some flair to their uniforms and thankfully, it continued this week. The NFL did their thing this week also. For some odd reason, everyone was rocking white on Sunday like they were hitting one of Diddy’s all-white parties after the game. Here are freshest, flyest and most spatted up teams and players from last weekend’s football action.Read more
Texas HS football player, Apollos Hester is making national news today. His East View Patriots defeated Vandegrift this past Friday night in a close 42-41 game. Apollos got some TV time and took advantage of it. Take a look at this dope speech.Read more