Thursday, June 2, 2011

Keep Running It, Until The Play No Longer Works

I have yet to see "Hangover II" but I plan to.

This, despite many vicious reviews, squawking about how it's THE EXACT SAME MOVIE AS THE ORIGINAL!

Yeah. So what's your point?

Like the Redskins - who ran "50 Gut" 9 straight times against the Cowboys to close out the 1982 NFC Championship Game - if something is funny, and if it works, keep doing it until it no longer gains yardage.

And clearly, if Hangover II sucked, then it wouldn't have demolished the box office to the tune of 138 million over Memorial Day Weekend.

To me, Ken Jeong is like Gibbs' signature "Counter Trey" play. Funny as hell, and works just about every time.

Ken Jeong in Bankok with "The Wolfpack"? Yep. Funny. Run it.


From Leonard Shapiro, of the Washington Post...

They included the counter trey, once the Redskins' signature running play that Gibbs implemented his first season and used for years to take advantage of his gifted and mobile offensive line, then as now coached by Joe Bugel. In the counter trey, Bostic, the center, right guard Mark May and right tackle George Starke would block to the left, giving the appearance of a run to the left. Left guard Russ Grimm and left tackle Joe Jacoby would then pull out from their positions and head around the right corner and down the field looking for linebackers and defensive backs to flatten.

The running back would take a step to the left to draw the defense to that side, then take a handoff from the quarterback and head right behind Grimm and Jacoby, with defenders often scattered like so many bowling pins along the way.

Another Gibbs standard was 50-gut, with John Riggins running to his left and looking for a hole between Bostic and Grimm or Grimm and Jacoby. In the 1982 NFC title game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Redskins used the play nine straight times as they ran out the clock in the fourth quarter in a 31-17 victory.



  1. In high school our coach hated the play. Didn't see how it could work, to easy to catch form behind, etc. But we would run it agaisnt our defense because everyone else ran it. Our defense couldn't stop it when our offense ran it. We had a great defense.

    Finally half way through the season coach decided we should try it against other teams. Guess what it worked. Hard to believe that Joe Gibbs was smarter than our high school coach.


  2. If you read the reviews and didn't see the final score the reviewer gave Hangover 2, they all read pretty much the same. The difference is that the good reviews (or better reviews) acknowledge the what should be obvious point that fans of the first movie will probably like this sequel because it follows the same path. The bad reviews harp on this obvious fact. If you are expecting high-brow farce/parody/comedy when you head out to the multi-plex to see this movie, you deserve 3-stars out of 10, which isn't the movie's fault.

  3. I'm sorry, first weekend box office = quality? Czabe, I was hoping you actually didn't trot out that obvious (and wrong) argument. Getting people into the theater for a sequel to a HUGELY popular film is no big feat. Sequels to successful movies practically sell themselves. If you find it funny, great, but don't tell me it's funnier because of how much money it made.