At night, after practice, over, perhaps, a beer, we talk about movies, our favorite movies of all time. Something to do after standing in the sun watching football practice. And I'm not complaining. I like standing in the sun watching football practice, at least for the first couple hours.
Ran into Bill Polian, the first president of the Carolina Panthers, who left in 1997 after three seasons and went on to build an empire in Indianapolis. He's in Spartanburg for the first time since he left the Panthers.
We started talking about movies and I asked him his two favorite movies of all time. Immediately he said, "On the Waterfront" and "The Godfather." Young Marlon Brando, old Marlon Brando.
He asked me my favorite two and I said "Shane" and "Cool Hand Luke."
Another guy made fun of Shane and I told him he couldn't and he stopped. My older son once apologized to me. What for? "I talked during Shane," he said.
Interesting conversation. Polian and writers local and national talked movies and books and almost everything but football. Polian, who does a show with the legendary Alex Marvez on Sirius XM NFL Radio, goes from camp to camp. Came to Spartanburg from Jacksonville. The rest of us gather in Spartanburg every day.
There's more to life than the NFL. There's Pulp Fiction and Training Day, two other top movie nominees.
If you're a guy, I think you're obligated to be able to, when asked, name your top five movies of all time.
1. Shane or Cool Hand Luke.
2. Cool Hand Luke or Shane.
3. The Godfather.
4. The Godfather II
5. Not The Godfather III.