• Real Story
With its undersized, underdog hero and its dramatic climax, Rudy is widely considered one of the best sports movies of all time. But when I talked to Joe Montana—who was a Notre Dame quarterback when the movie took place—last week, he was quick to point out that Hollywood took some liberties with the story. "It's a movie, remember," he said. "Not all that's true." Specifically, Montana said the crowd wasn't chanting Rudy Ruettiger's name, and the scene in which the Irish players threw their jerseys down to protest Rudy's originally being left off the roster never happened. And while Ruettiger did make a big play at the end of the game, Montana didn't remember it being quite so dramatic. "He got in and he did get a sack, and then the guys just carried him off kind of playing around," Montana said. "I won't say it was a joke, just playing around. But he worked his butt off to get where he was and to do the things he did. But not any harder than anyone else."
• Line of the week
First-year Irish coach Brian Kelly talked about running out of the tunnel at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time: "For a moment there I thought about the historical significance of running out of that tunnel. For a moment. After that, you're trying to get the heck out of the way so you don't get run over."
THE FINE PRINT: Florida pastor Terry Jones may be calming down. Now he just wants to burn the Cowboys' playbook.
Now Hear This
Listen to the podcasts at danpatrick.com/interviews
1. Two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin on Reggie Bush.
2. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice discusses Week 1 in the NFL.