Twenty years ago, in the summer of 1997, Disney released Air Bud, a movie about a golden retriever named Buddy who can play basketball. It did well in the box office because there were enough people who wanted to see how the hell Disney was going to execute this idea. Then four more Air Bud movies were made over the next six years.
I have no nostalgia for Air Bud. The idea to watch it never crossed my mind when I was 7 years old. It was a cultural blind spot that I shared with my colleague Charlotte Wilder, who also watched it for the first time this year. But with the 20th anniversary coming up, I decided to rectify my Air Bud-less life and watch all five movies, stopping short of watching the Buddies spinoff series.
With that out of the way, I would like to share the following things I learned while watching the Air Bud series:
It turns out it’s not that far-fetched to play with or against a dog. Buddy is capable of making baskets, steals, assists, and sometimes he can get rough — shout out to the first movie’s bully, Larry Willingham, for getting wiped out by a dog.
And right now, Bell can sit at home until the regular season is set to start and still make that full amount. He doesn’t have to show up to training camp — even if Antonio Brown wants him to.
Crowell and Johnson averaged an efficient 4.8 yards per carry last season. With uncertainty surrounding the rest of the team’s offensive skill positions, they’ll need to do the same in 2017 to keep the Browns out of the NFL basement.