Marky Mark to play Vince Papale

Marky Mark to play Vince Papale

Vince Papale is before my time, but that doesn't mean I won't enjoy a movie about him.  He was on 610 WIP's morning show with Angelo Cataldi yesterday and was extremely excited about Disney going forward with the movie.  It will be shot in Philadelphia and feature Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale.  As far as I can make out, it is a Rocky like story of a bartender/school teacher who ends up playing for the Eagles.  The producers are the same guys who brought you Miracle and The Rookie.

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/03/2005 | Inqlings | Tale of unlikely Eagle Vince Papale to be shot in Philly.

The story of Vince Papale - the Interboro High substitute teacher and part-time bartender who won a walk-on role with the Eagles nearly 30 years ago - is coming to the big screen, and the bulk of it will be shot here this summer for Disney.

Producer Mark Ciardi, a Jersey guy, says he and partner Gordon Gray of Mayhem Pictures have Mark Wahlberg coming in to star as the hard-charging special-teams ace/wide receiver. The 12-week shoot will start in early August. Ericson Core, who was cinematographer on Payback and The Fast and the Furious, will direct.

Other roles must be cast. Kevin Bacon's name has been bandied about for the role of coach Dick Vermeil.

Invincible was a working title, but Ciardi and Gray may not be able to obtain it. "So it's The Untitled Vince Papale Project," Ciardi said yesterday. Gray and Ciardi produced Miracle and The Rookie for Disney. The script is by Brad Gann and Mike Rich (The Rookie).

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake


SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.