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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh?

Donovan McNabb does not seem to be a fan of highbrow cinema.

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh?

     Later today, Andy Reid, Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins are scheduled for their regular Wednesday NovaCare news conferences, but in the meantime, we have this McNabb interview with the700level.com, in which McNabb further underscores the fact that he does not seem to spend a lot of his movie-going time at The Ritz.

    You'll recall that on Sunday, McNabb likened his chest contusion to "when Bruce Lee got kicked in the chest by Kareem" in the 1978 movie, "Game of Death." In the 700level interview, McNabb expands on that topic and confirms what has been written in the Eagles' media guide, that his favorite movie is not "Casablanca," "The Godfather" or even "Star Wars," but "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh." Oh well, at least Dr. J is in it.

     Donovan McNabb already has his popcorn ready, T.O., when this flick comes on"It is my favorite movie of all time, yes," McNabb says. "You need to check it out. It’s got a lot of the NBA stars from the past. Kareem is in there, Norm Nixon, Mychal Thompson, Bob Lanier, the list goes on. It’s a movie that is pretty awesome with an interesting plot of a losing team that comes together and had tryouts and they pick all Pisces. They had an astrologist come in and tells them what (their)  reads were going to be and how it's going to happen." 

    McNabb also gives a shout-out to Dawkins ("His passion is unbearable. His determination is something you wish everyone had") who today will be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in beating the Steelers last Sunday.

   When we referenced McNabb's Bruce Lee-Kareem allusion in Tuesday's Daily News, we mused about other movies McNabb might identify with. This prompted reader Peter Glaze of Glenolden to chime in.

    "Perhaps Donovan will also equate his situation in 2005, to the plight of the Alan Bates character in the 1966 movie 'The King of Hearts.' " Glaze e-mailed.  "In this film, which takes place during WWI, the protagonist goes to an abandoned town to disarm a bomb and is inadvertently knocked unconscious. He wakes to find the entire town inhabited and run by escapees from the local asylum. He's the only sane person in town, but nobody will listen to him."

    Sounds about right to me.Anybody else have good Donovan movie analogies? (Please, no "Rocky.") If so, e-mail your Eagletarian at bowenl@phillynews.com, or just leave 'em in the comments below and we'll ferret them out. Winner gets absolutely nothing, except a mention on Philly.com's most-read blog. Maybe we should talk to the boss about having "Eagletarian" T-shirts printed up. Or coffee mugs. Those are nice. Coffee mugs with "Eagletarian" and the notation "This is what I'm really reading all day when you think I'm scrutinizing pie charts." That might work.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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