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(1998)

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Continuity 

During the backyard barbecue at the Bouchers', the size and shape of the bruise on Bobby's eye changes during the course of the scene.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Derek gives Bobby his helmet, Casey calls Bobby a dink, but his mouth doesn't move.
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Character error 

The Medulla Oblongata does not control anger, jealousy and envy. It actually controls the respiratory drive.
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Continuity 

When reporting on the final game, the ESPN announcer mentions that it is "the first annual Bourbon Bowl." Yet in the next scene, a patch that reads "The Bourbon Bowl 50th Anniversary 1948-1998" is clearly sewn onto the football jersey worn by Bobby Boucher.
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In the final game, the overhead view of the Stadium clearly shows grandstands at each end of the field, but screen shots during the game from the field show no grandstands behind the goals.
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During the outdoor dinner with Bobby, Vicki, and Mama, jars and bottles on the table appear and disappear.
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When Derek kicks the field goal in the Bourbon Bowl game, as the ball crosses the goal posts, the scoreboard clearly shows the score being 17-0. The very next shot shows the "correct" score as 27-17.
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In the bowl game, Bobby is thrown a hand-off underhand. There is no way the pass could have come out as a spiral, given the position of the player's hands during the pass.
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When Bobby finishes his exam and is walking out of the building with Vicky, there is a poster in the window of the door, which has disappeared by the next shot.
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Late in the Bourbon Bowl, the electronic scoreboard shows that the Mud Dogs have two timeouts left. Later in the same half, the scoreboard reads that the Mud Dogs have three timeouts left (which we know can't be right since we see the team call a time-out at least once earlier in the half).
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On the final play of the game, Bobby's team snaps the ball at midfield where he recovered the onside kick. The penalty for the late hit on Bobby have not been marked off. The announcers even mention that the Mud Dogs will not be kicking a field goal for the tie, but play to win. A field goal without the yardage from the penalty would have been in excess of 60 yards.
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Vicky "soups" up Bobby's lawnmower yet later, when she steals L.T.'s Porsche, they are both shown driving quite slowly.
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When Bobby finds Vicky working on his lawnmower, a man wearing a yellow shirt appears and disappears several times throughout the scene.
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When Red Beaulieu fires Bobby, Bobby is leaning on a water bucket. When the camera comes back to Bobby, the bucket is gone.
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Bobby has an under bite during the first part of the movie, which then disappears after he gets his first tackle.
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When Bobby is given a waterboy job for Coach Klein, Coach is holding a blue cup. In the next scene, Bobby is holding it.
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While Bobby and Vikki are talking outside LT's football camp, the same red mini-van drives by in the background twice.
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As Coach Klein sits down when feeling lightheaded, a curved line appears on the chalkboard.
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On the last play of the Bourbon Bowl, Bobby throws a pass to the quarterback for the winning touchdown. The QB is running down the left sideline looking over his right shoulder, and reaches back to catch the pass with his left hand, while beginning to fall on his left side. But in the next shot, shown from beyond the endzone, he is seen falling on his right side.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Reflected in players' helmets throughout the movie.
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The film was shot open-matte. Consequently, in the 4:3 full-frame version of the movie, there are multiple instances of camera tracks becoming visible at the bottom of the screen.
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Errors in geography 

At the beginning of the movie they show Altell Stadium, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but in the filming locations, Jacksonville is not listed.
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Factual errors 

Bobby was injured on the second last play of the Bourbon Bowl, resulting in an injury timeout, but then stayed in for the next play (the final one of the game). Under NCAA rules, an injured player must sit out out least one play immediately following the resulting injury timeout, unless his team elects to use of their timeouts. According to the scoreboard, the Muddogs did have one timeout remaining, but didn't use it. It is possible that the officials could have automatically charged the Muddogs their final timeout, making the final play possible, but there is no indication that they did this in the film.
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Louisiana's local law enforcement is shown wearing uniforms that say "County Sheriff." Louisiana has no counties, it has parishes.
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In the Bourbon Bowl, on the opening kickoff, the clock starts before the kick returner touches the ball. However, the clock isn't supposed to start until the kick returner advances the ball beyond the goal line.
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When ESPN reports on the first game against Western Mississippi, they show SCLSU on top row of the box score, even though it was a home game for the Muddogs. Home teams are always listed in the bottom row of the box score.
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Revealing mistakes 

While showing the Lousiana State cheerleaders, the mascot drinks from a bottle of alcohol with the cap still on.
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When Mud Dogs' stadium is first seen, the goal posts are of high school width. College width for the uprights is narrower, same as the NFL.
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The alligators Bobby's mom serves at the BBQ with Vicky are obviously rubber toys.
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