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Monday, February 5, 2018

AWARDS SEASON 2018
Between Film Awards Shows, Movies Made On The Pitch


Watford players and mascot Harry Hornet celebrate after captain Troy Deeney (number 9) scored a penalty during their 4-1 victory over Chelsea at Vicarage Road tonight in the Premier League. 
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Omar P.L. Moore/PopcornReel.com        Follow popcornreel on Twitter FOLLOW                                           
Monday, February 5, 2018

The Directors Guild Of America Awards were on Saturday night.  But who directed the remarkable night on the pitch tonight at Vicarage Road?  Rocky?  Hoosiers? 

Gene Hackman was not on the sidelines and this was not a basketball game.  Javi Gracia, the newly-minted manager of Watford Football Club, marked his home debut at Vicarage Road with a thumping 4-1 win over Premier League champions Chelsea, before a global television audience.

Watford, nicknamed the Hornets, stung Chelsea with the kind of never-say-die resiliency Sylvester Stallone would be proud of. 

Had tonight's win been part of a sports movie it would have been framed as a David vs. Goliath battle.  Watford had struggled for the last three-plus months in the Premier League.  Chelsea had stumbles of their own prior to this downfall.  It was a brilliant display for the home team, their golden yellow shirts resplendent in the night.

Between a somewhat anti-climactic DGA Awards and this weekend's upcoming Writers' Guild Of America Awards, we've had a sparkling Super Bowl and a phenomenal Watford win, the latter coming from a team that had won only once in the Premier League since mid-October.



Until some new, noteworthy actual movies arrive, sports events for some, including this writer, will have resonance until "Black Panther" opens next week and "A Wrinkle Of Time" arrives next month in U.S. and Canadian theaters.  It will be interesting to see if both are in awards show contention next year at this time. 

So far in this early part of 2018 it is easy to say that exciting sports events are eclipsing the typically tepid movies opening at this time of year.

And as a long-time supporter of Watford Football Club this writer couldn't be happier.


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