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Marilee J. Layman

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08:03 pm: Murderball


The real name for this is Quad Rugby but it looks like a cross of basketball with bumper cars. Just a little more violent. The chairs look like they were built for Mad Max. Each player is assigned a number depending on his abilities and you can't have more than the number eight on the floor at the same time.

This is a documentary that came out in 2005, so I'm sure the winners have changed since then. But in the world quad rugby and paralympics quad rugby, there's a big contest between the US team and the Canadian team. We see in the beginning that an older guy named Joe doesn't make it into the US team for 2000 world quad rugby because he's lost the edge and others still have it. That year, the US wins. Joe goes to be the coach for the Canadian team and at the paralympics quad rugby, Canada wins. The 2004 world quad rugby is also won by the Canadians with Joe as coach.

I didn't care much about that, it's what's shown in between. Joe is a really awful guy. He abuses his son in language and clearly says he would do physical abuse if he could. He tells his wife that he's not nearly as bad as his father, and that doesn't really make her feel good. At the end, he does get back from that last match in time to see his son play violin in a concert.

Mark is a younger guy and we see a lot about him -- his family & girlfriend, his feelings about the bouts, and a bit of how quads manage. He also recruits both in NYC and at Walter Reed.

A lot of the players tell us how they became quads, and for many of them, it was drunken driving (not usually them driving).

I liked this, but I kept being mad at Joe. I suppose it's a way to show they're not all angels.

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Date:February 15th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
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I think I'll pass.
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