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KSR’s College Football Movie Countdown: The Waterboy


There are few things I love more than college football, so every year, I watch as many football movies as I can in the week leading up to the first game. For fun, I thought I’d include you guys this year. Over the next week, I will post recaps of each movie in order to get us ready for kickoff. First up: “The Waterboy.”


Starring: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler

Short and insufficient plot summary: A 31-year-old waterboy discovers he can tackle, joins a college football team, and leads them to victory in the Bourbon Bowl.

Why it made the list: For some reason, I really love this movie. It was one of the last movies of Adam Sandler’s golden years of the mid to late 90’s (“Happy Gilmore” still reigns supreme). Like most Sandler movies, the plot and characters are totally silly, but if you think about it, “The Waterboy” is a Cinderella story. Bobby Boucher, a 31-year-old man who still lives with this mother, may have some mental health issues, but he makes some seriously good water. For years, he’s repressed the pain of being made fun of, and snaps after a player mocks him during a practice, tackling him to the ground with such force that the beleaguered coach (Henry Winkler) gives him a spot on the team. From there, he uses all the memories of people making fun of him as his “tackling fuel” and leads the team to a win over their rival in the Bourbon Bowl, while gaining plenty of friends, fans, and even a girlfriend along the way. Essentially, “The Waterboy” is “Rudy,” just on Adam Sandler’s level.

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UK connection? Not really, unless Za’Darius Smith was previously the towel boy for East Mississippi Community College. However, the Mud Dogs do beat Louisville and Adam Sandler did wear that Kentucky shirt in that movie one time.

Character comparisons:


Bradley Dale Peveto as Farmer Fran

Not only do Farmer Fran and Peveto both coach the special teams, they both have Cajun accents. And, from what I’ve come to know of Peveto, he shares Farmer Fran’s fun-loving attitude. If Kentucky goes to a bowl game this season, do you think we’ll see Peveto shirtless on the sidelines pinching his nipples in delight?

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Les Miles as Coach Red Beaulieu

Even though Gerry DiNardo was the coach at LSU (who the University of Louisiana Cougars seem to be based on) when this movie came out, I’m convinced Red Beaulieu was written with Les Miles in mind. They are the same person.

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Rick Pitino as Coach Klein

Both coaches with seriously weird tattoos.


Erin Calipari as Vicky Valencourt

Both are a little vampy and would do anything to help their team. In Vicky’s case, she gave gave Bobby a sip of arctic water to revive him during the big game; in Erin’s case, she drops twitter bombs on Louisville and Rick Pitino to entertain us throughout the season.

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Mark Emmert as Steve the Jackass

Just because.

Fun fact: The movie includes cameos from Lynn Swann, Lawrence Taylor, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher, and Paul Wight. Also, Sandler watched LaVar Arrington practice while he was at Penn State to prepare for the role.

Best line: Most people would go with Rob Schneider as the cajun townie saying “You can do it… you can do it all night loong!” at the end. However, his other line of “Oh no, we suck again!” got a lot of use by UK fans during the Joker years.

College football excitement ranking: On a level of 1 being “meh” to 10 being “SNARE DRUMS TRUMPETS GIMME THE BALL”, I’d rank “The Waterboy” at a 5, just because it’s not really about football at all, but it’s still a fun and silly movie to laugh at during lazy Saturdays on TBS.

Next up: “Varsity Blues”…

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

17 Comments for KSR’s College Football Movie Countdown: The Waterboy

  1. BleedBlueinNashville
    10:38 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    I love this, I would watch one movie every Thursday night before my high school games on Friday night. Said movie was/is “The Program” I know that probably dates me but who cares, that movie is the best to get you pumped up for some football. So if this movie is not on your list, I will be as mad as SLASH SLASH guy. Cain is Able!!

  2. WGY944
    10:48 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’d rank “The Waterboy” at a 5

    And I’d rank this post a -305. That’s a negative 305 for you pencil-necked geeks that don’t understand.

  3. JA
    10:51 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Happy Gilmore over Billy Madison? Booooo

  4. UKnowMe
    10:59 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    1. The Program is a great movie. Lattimer always reminded me of Jeff Snedegar.

  5. DoubleZeroMostel
    11:05 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’d love to…what was I saying, glad that she knows. Christ The King! Adoration!

  6. Tubby who
    11:09 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    If the program isn’t #1 on this list it’s a total Sham!

  7. OwensboroDavid
    11:16 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Great post, lol!

  8. Hal
    11:24 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    the program
    last boy scout
    the waterboy
    the replacements
    little giants
    any given sunday
    remember the titans

    f*** rudy

  9. BleedBlueinNashville
    11:36 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    4. 6. And 8. I agree, I wonder if there is an unedited copy of the program where the laying in the road scene is still in it.

  10. Scott
    1:33 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    I’d also strongly suggest Friday Nights Lights (if you’re the last person on earth who hasn’t seen this show) or the great ‘Playmakers’ that ESPN ended way before its time.

  11. grumpycat
    3:32 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    “For some reason, I really love this movie.” Cause it’s freakin awesome it why.

  12. Fat Mac
    6:45 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t forget that town in Louisiana is where joe dirt is from too

  13. rj
    8:25 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    I guess hal is too young to remember the longest yard, the burt Reynolds version, or north dallas fourty,their both better than any of those.

  14. Coop
    8:46 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    Next up is Varsity Blues? I though you were counting down college football movies?

  15. UofLwhenBridgewatergoesdown
    10:54 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    “Oh no, we suck again”!

  16. Duff
    3:03 pm August 23, 2013 Permalink

    Completely left out “No Colonel Sanders, you’re wrong.”

  17. The Real JD
    10:20 pm August 23, 2013 Permalink

    I am The Real JD, and I approve of this message.