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Article by bradengall posted over a year ago
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-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden)

Editorial Disclaimer: This is for fun. This is entertainment. This is not journalism. No coaches' egos were harmed in the making of this piece. Please enjoy as such...

Vito Corleone – Rick Pitino, Louisville

ncaa, coaches, godfather, basketballPitino has been to the top of the mountain and felt the warm glow of a championship wash over him like the Tuscan sun. Yet, he didn’t stick around too long in Act I as the game began to pass him by. He disappeared for a while but returned to play a prominent role in Act II – whether that is under the lights of Madison Square Garden in the Big East Championship or making Charles Barkley look foolish on CBS’ television set. Most importantly, Vito taught his prized pupil how to operate, recruit, coach, fund-raise and dress – as both a player and coach.

Michael Corleone – Billy Donovan, Florida

After heading off to war to hone his craft (in the MAC), "Mikey" could not help but return to his father’s arena (the SEC). When the son of the legend took over, he exceeded all expectations, but this time in a new zip code. After learning...
Opinion by fletcherrhoden posted over a year ago
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Marlon Brando and Sean Penn. Both great actors, each arguably the greatest of his generation. But the similarities only begin there. With so much in common, it’s almost impossible to resist calling Sean Penn our Marlon Brando.
The first things one sees are the physical similarities. Both men shared an almost feline posture in youth; slender, forward-leaning with broad but slopping shoulders. Like big cats stalking through tall grass, they moved with heads low and forward and with hulking grace. You see it in Brando’s turn as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Names Desire as he prowls the house like a caged tiger. It’s there in Sean Penn’s bobbing and weaving Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times At Ridgemont High or in his hunched, old-lion turn as Jimmy Markum in Mystic River. Interestingly, these characters are all outsiders, criminals, feral in domestic society, another similarity we’ll get to shortly.
Other physical similarities that help make Sean Penn our generation’s Marlon Brando are collected in close proximity just above the neck. Penn has the doleful eyes, the arching brows, the expressive forehead, the high cheekbones, the strong chin, the air of...