Moneyballer: Superfat Actor Can’t Have My Name

I’ve less than no interest in Hollywood’s hilariously impossible attempt to capture  Moneyball as a feature film - until now. Bad enough we’re required to buy Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, but now comes this newly-released photo of former A’s manager Art Howe being played by … wait for itPhilip Seymour Hoffman.

Art Howe and Philip Seymour Hoffman

(Works for me!)

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That “Moneyball” Movie Is Back On, Apparently

If you’re anything like us, you were probably devastated to learn that the Moneyball movie had lost its funding at the last second, mainly because the idea of Brad Pitt as a general manager who uses Bloomin’ Onions to seduce waitresses is spectacularly hilarious. Luckily, we have good news.

Bloomin Onion
(A little yonic, don’t you think? No? Maybe we’re just perverts.)

As FILMDRUNK reports, the movie’s back in the works, albeit with some changes. For example, instead of being about baseball, it’s about the financial aspects of midget wrestling instead. Okay, no it isn’t. But it should be.

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Well-Liked Iowa HS Football Coach Shot To Death

Ed Thomas, a popular Iowa high school football coach who saw many of his players make it to the NFL, was shot & killed in the school’s weight room this morning.

Ed Thomas Parkersburg HS football coach

• Road tripping, Wisconsin style: Driving home drunk in a golf cart.

• Break out the blindfolds - Oregon’s new football uniforms are here.

Terrell Owens gets cursed out by teammate Joanna Krupa for getting themselves eliminated on ABC’s “Superstars”.

• No “Moneyball” movie means no sex scenes between Billy Beane & an Outback Steakhouse waitress.

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Moneyball Movie Had A Sex Scene… With A Lady

Movie fans were no doubt grief-stricken at the news over the weekend that Sony Pictures axed Money Pit Moneyball, the Billy Beane biopic that, for some reason, was to star Brad Pitt. Maybe it was because they figured there’s no way a movie about sports stats would draw people to the theaters. Maybe it was because they figured there was absolutely no reason for it to cost $50 million to shoot since it’s a movie about statistics. Maybe they’re not big Oakland fans.

(So wait, the ball’s not actually made of money? Then the title makes no sense.)

So now we’re all missing out on what what was sure to be one of the finest cinematic treasures in baseball movie history, the best baseball movie since, like, The Sandlot 2. Lucky for all of us, the script (or at least one of the earlier drafts, anyway) is available online for your perusal (PDF, pops to new window). Quick hint: it gets good when they go to Outback.

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Anna Rawson Makes Her GoDaddy Girl TV Debut

• It’s finally here: Anna Rawson’s first TV commercial as a GoDaddy Girl.

Anna Rawson

Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen are six months away from unleashing Superbaby onto our world.

• Count Brendan Haywood among those who aren’t pleased about Donte’ Stallworth’s light sentence. But Plaxico probably isn’t as judgmental.

• Wimbledon is worried about potentially massive match-fixing.

• Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since O.J.’s most memorable run.

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The ‘Moneyball’ Stats Revolution Comes To Golf

Depending on who’s doing the talking, the advent of statistical analysis in sports like baseball has been either one of the greatest developments ever or one of the worst. Regardless of your stance on the matter or whether you think a computer wrote the book Moneyball (like Joe Morgan), the newfound love of numbers has helped people look at things like sports, business, and politics in a whole new light.

Anna Rawson

(Golf = sexy.)

So it was only a matter of time before the whitests and male-est of professionals - numbers crunchers - met up with the whitest and male-est of sports, golf, to look at a good walk spoiled in a whole new light. The results are actually pretty interesting.

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Brad Pitt as Billy Beane on Big Screen? Please, NO

VARIETY and FIRST SHOWING both report this week that Brad Pitt is set to star as A’s GM Billy Beane in a big screen adaptation of the book “Moneyball.”

Moneyball is a project setup at Sony that we first mentioned way back in March. Oscar winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Mission: Impossible, American Gangster) has signed on to adapt the screenplay for David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) to direct.

Brad Pitt Kevin Spacey Billy Beane Moneyball The Movie

(OBVIOUS: Spacey a better fit than Pitt as Beane)

STRIKE ONE: OK, so the same guy who wrote the screenplay for Schindler’s List is going to do the same for a book about the Oakland A’s?

I think he might be a little better suited to an interpretation of the Royals’ last 15 seasons.

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College Team Finally Ends 49-Game Losing Streak

When the smoke finally cleared on last night’s 18-17 win over the Waterloo Warriors, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and their 2,562 fans got to celebrate something they haven’t witnessed in the past six years: a football victory.

Toronto Varsity Blues game winning FG

It was a pretty good first impression for new coach Greg DeLaval - this was his first game as the “leader of Canadian men”. DeLaval took over for Steve Howlett who, as you’ll recall, was offered a raise after leading the team to an 0-40 start. Guess the school figured out that wasn’t such a great plan.

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