Arena Football in Atlantic City – Did You Know “Any Given Sunday”

“It’s going to happen,” said Ron Jaworski, majority owner of the Philadelphia Soul, which plans to start a franchise in Atlantic City.

Did you Know…the movie “Any Given Sunday” used Arena Football League players such Pat O’Hara, who played for the Tampa Bay Storm. It was a 1999 American sports drama film directed by Oliver Stone about a fictional professional American football team. There were some pretty big names attached to the film: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, Ann-Margret, Lauren Holly, Matthew Modine, John C. McGinley, Charlton Heston, Bill Bellamy, Lela Rochon, Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Berkley, Marty Wright, and NFL players Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor.

Oliver Stone was nominated for the “Golden Berlin Bear” at the 2000 Berlin International Film Festival.

The movie was based on the novel “On Any Given Sunday” by famed NFL defensive end Pat Toomay. There is a line in the book that says a team can win or lose on “any given Sunday.”

There were also multiple cameos featured in “Any Give SUnday,” including Dick Butkus, Y. A. Tittle, Pat Toomay, Warren Moon, Johnny Unitas, Ricky Watters, Emmitt Smith and Terrell Owens, as well as coach Barry Switzer.

Having an arena football team in Atlantic City could be a boost that can bring a different crowd to the shore. Unfortunately, many sports ideas have come and gone – none of them ever really driving the traffic the city had hoped for. The good news is that Jaworski said, “When the league was first talking about expanding, Atlantic City was one of the top three contenders because of sports betting.
Sports betting is a game-changer.”

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