You're probably familiar with, or at least aware of, Disney's Air Bud series of movies. Beginning in 1997 with the eponymous Air Bud, the film series follows the exploits of Buddy, a golden retriever who can play sports on human teams. The dog played basketball in that first film, and then in 1998, the sequel Air Bud: Golden Receiver found him taking up football. Later films had him play soccer, baseball and volleyball (that's right, hockey fans: they made a volleyball film and then stopped!)
Beyond the original series, a number of Air Buddies spinoff films have been made, bringing the current acknowledged count to fourteen - FOURTEEN - Air Bud/Buddies tales.
"Acknowledged?" you say?
Yes, well. Let's go back to that second film.
You're telling me that a dog picked up pee-wee football and was good at it. You're telling me he won games. You're telling me that a dog played and won football games in 1998 and then we all just moved on with our lives and no one else tried to take football-playing dogs to the next competitive level?
Don't be ridiculous.
College football coaches will take any competitive advantage. They'll offer scholarships to middle schoolers. So, of course they just started hucking footballs at any dog they saw, just hoping to find another Buddy. And they did! It turns out, there were lots of football-apt pups out there! Unfortunately, due to the murky legal climate surrounding NCAA name-and-likeness rights, the films produced about these dogs have been locked away deep in the Disney vault for years.
(I broke in.) (The alternate cut of Frozen is dark, man.)
For the first time on DVD and Blu-Ray, we bring you the Air Bud's student-athlete canon.
INCREDIBLE DOG ASSES
Bret Bielema is widely known as a proponent of power football, on the lines and in the backfield. So it's only natural he'd find his type of player in this mountain breed. From the Alps to the Ozarks, these dogs... are pure hog.
THE MOST SUCCESSFUL UCONN TEAM IN YEARS
It's not inconceivable that dogs could actually play for Connecticut. Heck, they might have even done so this past year. How would we know? There's no way to know.
DON'T LOCK THESE DOGS IN THE SHED UNLESS YOU WANT A REAL MESS IN THERE
They've got the attitude he demands, and the defensive skills he doesn't.
SMALL CONFERENCE, SHORT LEGS
Conference USA's got a new set of field Marshalls... and they're going to get their sheep in order.
THERE ARE MORE IMAGES THAN YOU'D THINK OF DOGS HOLDING KNIVES
And you'd have to figure that Louisiana *is* in large part responsible for that.
PURDUE FOOTBALL AFFECTS HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE EACH SATURDAY
Only fifty dollars can buy them tickets to a different team's games. Please, call and donate now.
IT'S BEEN LONG ENOUGH I CAN DO THIS AND I'M NOT SORRY
I'm really not.
YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT, YOU CAN GET A BROADCASTING JOB AND CHASE BUNNIES
Again, I'm not sorry.