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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Final Season

I admit I’m always a sucker for a good inspirational sports movie. I always fall for the underdog achievement flick. Weather it’s a horse, a baseball team, a college football player, or another sport you can think of. I will almost always fall hook line and sinker for the team that wins it all with absolutely nothing. This movie follows in the tradition of Rudy, Flicka, and Remember the Titans as a simple feel good movie to write home about. A movie that will pick you up out of any slump and make you relate to the characters and fell like a winner. The lead actor and main character is even familiar with the sports underdog role. Sean Astin (Rudy) plays Kent Stock the soon to be moving on coach who opts out of his girls volleyball coaching position at one school to play with a legandery sports school where winning is tradition and the aging coach is idolized. The greedy, close-minded, heartless, school board wants to combine this small town school with a big city conglomerate and make them into one. Thus taking the heart out of the breadbasket community. When the whole town objects they are shunned away by the ignorant figureheads and given one last season to fall on their faces and thus humiliate them selves as they are “enviably” going to do. Well the yokes on them. Kent Stock is seen as the “best man for the job”. He is hired away from cushiony career to coach the teams “Final Season.” Determined to fall flat on his face, he turns the tables on the inept bureaucrats and turns a group of rag tag players into a real team. He follows in his idol’s footsteps and brings life back to this dying community. He even pulls of the seemingly unlikely romance in a way that is somehow believable. Pay the man his props for making the antagonist eat crow and crawl back in the hole from which they emerged. Grade A-

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm