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Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule. With fewer players than most teams, the makeshift team must overcome obstacles that the best teams in the country couldn't deal with. Using a thirty-four-year-old quarterback, a female placekicker, and a gang of misfits, Ed "Straight Arrow" Genero must take his team to play the number one Texas Colts.Written by
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[Halftime of final game]
Now, let's analyze what's been working for us.
NOT A GOD DAMN THING'S been working for us. Like this goddamn suit doesn't work for me... and this stinking tie... and this goddamned shirt. IT DOESN'T WORK FOR ME. YOU KNOW HOW TO PLAY WINNING HARD-NOSED FOOTBALL? YOU PLAY FOOTBALL LIKE ED GENERRO PLAYED FOOTBALL. A guy who gave his life for this football team. He was a 140-pound halfback, and HE PLAYED LIKE A GODDAMN WILDMAN! NO! LIKE A GODDAMN RAMPAGING BEAST!...
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The Texas State University Fighting Armadillos face NCAA sanctions after multiple infractions. The old players are all expelled and the old coaches fired. Carver Purcell (Fred Dalton Thompson) hires coach Ed Gennero (Hector Elizondo) to run a clean program with no pressure to win. Gennero talks defense coach Wally Rig (Robert Loggia) to join him. There are no scholarships and the players have to be actual students. Wally asks former high school star Paul Blake (Scott Bakula) to try out. Dean Phillip Elias (Larry Miller) doesn't like the football program. Joining the team is rich boy Jarvis Edison (Jason Bateman), receiver Featherstone who can't hold on to the ball, Eric 'Samorai' Hansen and soccer player Lucy Draper (Kathy Ireland). Blake falls for Dr. Suzanne Carter (Harley Jane Kozak) who turns out to be his professor. Andre Krimm (Sinbad) is the celestrial mechanics professor and former football player who Blake gets to join the team. It's a silly little sports movie in the vein of Major League. It's got the zany cast of characters. It's got the evil dean. This one even has a girl on the team and Kathy Ireland makes for a very cute football player. Bakula is terrific as the old weary freshman. Rob Schneider is actually funny when he's doing commentary. It's very formulaic but that's what these movies are.
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