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).

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.

Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.

Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.

Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.