Starting tomorrow I’ll start a string of posts on Film vs. TV writing, but today I wanted to reflect on Super Bowl 50 and see if I could find any takeaway for dramatic writers.
Payton Manning won his second Super Bowl game as quarterback and it had to be pretty sweet knowing that earlier this year he had been booed by Denver fans, and after an injury one sports analyst said he didn’t except to see Manning in a Bronco uniform ever again, and when he did come back from an injury he wasn’t the starter.
But things change and there he was starting in Super Bowl 50 with over 100 million people watching. Now his two wins as a Super Bowl-winning QB equal his brother Eli Manning’s two wins as a Super Bowl QB.
It made me think about what Payton and Eli’s dad Archie (also at one time an NFL quarterback) told his boys when they hit rough spot in their careers.
“In my first year, I always looked for positive things and kept working, … The good news is the score is always zero-zero when you kick off the next week. I’ve told Eli to ‘keep sawing wood.'”
That’s good advice for anyone—in writing and in life. It’s a good bookend to last week’s quote in Screenwriting & 10 Feet of Concrete. It’s also in the same family as Robert Redford’s quote about “returning to zero.”
P.P.S. And did you know that all the footballs made for Super Bowl 50 were made at the Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio? (And the cows that the hides are made from come from Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa.)