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For the Love of the Game (Movies)

"Maybe I don't want to get thrown off the team. You know, love of the game and all that."

This writer isn't convinced that Klembom, writing team Phil Klemmer and John Enbom, were even thinking of the movie when they wrote 3.03 "Wichita Linebacker," or that the phrase "for the love of the game" originated with this 1999 soppy Kevin Costner romance. First of all, Klembom admit they know nothing of football and from their comments; it seems likely that it's just as true about baseball. Secondly, they are way too cool to reference Costner in a complimentary way. Phil Klemmer was, after all, one of the writers of 1.12 "Clash of the Tritons," wherein Aaron remarked on Costner's career slide. Thirdly, the origin of the score "love" in tennis is often reported to derive from the expression and tennis has been around a lot longer than Costner. Finally, come on! Even a young, upstanding, decent kid from Kansas on a sports scholarship has money in mind when it comes to college football. However, some think it is reference to the film, so...it's a 1999 soppy Kevin Costner baseball vs. love romance. And that's about the only memorable thing about it. Costner, though nominated for Worst Actor, couldn't even win the Razzie.

3.03 "Wichita Linebacker"

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