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(NFL)   Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films, dies at age LXIX   (nfl.com) divider line 119
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2012-09-18 03:24:24 PM
I, for one, can't wait for the tight shot of the spiraling casket, flying through the air.
 
2012-09-18 03:26:14 PM
 
2012-09-18 03:31:24 PM
Steve Sabol and NFL films also produced this video.
 
2012-09-18 03:32:26 PM
NFL Films is uniquely distinctive in how it covers its sport.... it is almost filmed and covered how most people would imagine baseball would cover itself... in a methodical, glorifying way. It is actually kind of surprising that baseball never had a similar outfit doing baseball games... about the closest thing to "NFL Films" baseball has ever had was Ken Burns "Baseball" documentary. And I can't think of anything similar for the NBA or NHL, or any other sport.
 
2012-09-18 03:32:46 PM
The Autumn wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
Swaggering boisterously.
His face is weatherbeaten
He wears a hooded sash
With a silver hat about his head
And a bristling black mustache
He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold.
The Autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
He'll knock you 'round and upside down
And laugh when he's conquered and won.


/you just read that in John Facenda's voice.
 
2012-09-18 03:34:27 PM
RIP.  He changed sports forever.
 
2012-09-18 03:35:10 PM

Miss Stein: Steve Sabol and NFL films also produced this video.


At least it wasn't "Separate Ways", which if they had been responsible for that, it would have nullified the entire NFL Films library.
 
2012-09-18 03:36:16 PM
Brain tumor? Lemme guess; he was using a replacement doctor.
 
2012-09-18 03:36:54 PM

basemetal: /you just read that in John Facenda's voice.


To be fair, I try to read everything in his voice, makes it very entertaining.
 
2012-09-18 03:38:15 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-18 03:38:45 PM

downstairs: RIP.  He changed sports forever.


I think you mean his father changed sports forever.
 
2012-09-18 03:40:00 PM
So much of my youth was spent watching NFL Film. They truly made great films. RIP Mr. Sabol.
 
2012-09-18 03:43:31 PM

borg: downstairs: RIP.  He changed sports forever.

I think you mean his father changed sports forever.



Well, both of them.  I mean... his father started the company and all, but Steve really made it what it is.
 
2012-09-18 03:46:34 PM

dletter: Miss Stein: Steve Sabol and NFL films also produced this video.

At least it wasn't "Separate Ways", which if they had been responsible for that, it would have nullified the entire NFL Films library.


Ah, that would be Tom Buckholtz. Here's an interview in which he tries to explain himself.
 
2012-09-18 05:03:12 PM
farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2012-09-18 06:30:20 PM
This is the greatest headline of the week. farkin props to you, subs
 
2012-09-18 06:41:06 PM
This is pretty cool, the headline at least.

RIP awesome guy
 
2012-09-18 06:41:22 PM
This is one of the great losses in the history of the league. There are all time greats who won't be remembered as favorably as this guy and his dad.
 
2012-09-18 06:52:09 PM
Very sad news. Met him in San Francisco about 10 years ago, couldn't have been a nicer fellow. RIP, buddy. The NFL is a lesser entity without you.

/ And Roger Goodell will live forever
 
2012-09-18 06:52:18 PM

puffy999: This is one of the great losses in the history of the league. There are all time greats who won't be remembered as favorably as this guy and his dad.


This
 
2012-09-18 06:54:27 PM
Sad news. He and his dad probably did more for the game then any other non-player, coach or owner.
 
2012-09-18 06:57:09 PM
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-18 06:58:58 PM
Is he going to be buried in the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field?
 
2012-09-18 07:00:10 PM

Why Would I Read the Article: Very sad news. Met him in San Francisco about 10 years ago, couldn't have been a nicer fellow. RIP, buddy. The NFL is a lesser entity without you.

/ And Roger Goodell will live forever


Did he talk the way he does on the films? I want to believe he constently talks talked the same way in everyday conversation. Him and Don Pardo, and the "come on down" guy from The Price Is Right.
 
2012-09-18 07:01:00 PM

eagles95: puffy999: This is one of the great losses in the history of the league. There are all time greats who won't be remembered as favorably as this guy and his dad.

This


yup
 
2012-09-18 07:01:12 PM
This is terrible news. The Sabols are one of the biggest reasons I love the NFL. They did more to romanticize the game and make it as mythic as it was.

This hurts.
 
2012-09-18 07:01:35 PM

Super Chronic: constently


consistently
 
2012-09-18 07:04:36 PM
Thanks for making my life a bit better. RIP.
 
2012-09-18 07:07:58 PM

dletter: NFL Films is uniquely distinctive in how it covers its sport.... it is almost filmed and covered how most people would imagine baseball would cover itself... in a methodical, glorifying way. It is actually kind of surprising that baseball never had a similar outfit doing baseball games... about the closest thing to "NFL Films" baseball has ever had was Ken Burns "Baseball" documentary. And I can't think of anything similar for the NBA or NHL, or any other sport.


IIRC, a lot of that has to do with their cinematography, in that from the beginning they've insisted on using 35mm film rather than TV cameras or whatever. Gives it an epic, cinema feeling.
 
2012-09-18 07:11:55 PM

Robo Beat: dletter: NFL Films is uniquely distinctive in how it covers its sport.... it is almost filmed and covered how most people would imagine baseball would cover itself... in a methodical, glorifying way. It is actually kind of surprising that baseball never had a similar outfit doing baseball games... about the closest thing to "NFL Films" baseball has ever had was Ken Burns "Baseball" documentary. And I can't think of anything similar for the NBA or NHL, or any other sport.

IIRC, a lot of that has to do with their cinematography, in that from the beginning they've insisted on using 35mm film rather than TV cameras or whatever. Gives it an epic, cinema feeling.


Exactly... and the tones of the voice over guy, etc... makes it very dramatic. As I said, you'd expect baseball to have "MLB Films" doing the same thing considering how much "history and lore" baseball has. But, you really don't have anything like that.
 
2012-09-18 07:20:15 PM

Robo Beat: dletter: NFL Films is uniquely distinctive in how it covers its sport.... it is almost filmed and covered how most people would imagine baseball would cover itself... in a methodical, glorifying way. It is actually kind of surprising that baseball never had a similar outfit doing baseball games... about the closest thing to "NFL Films" baseball has ever had was Ken Burns "Baseball" documentary. And I can't think of anything similar for the NBA or NHL, or any other sport.

IIRC, a lot of that has to do with their cinematography, in that from the beginning they've insisted on using 35mm film rather than TV cameras or whatever. Gives it an epic, cinema feeling.


Sabol is literally (and I mean LITERALLY) the Ansel Adams of motion photography AND cinematography. Action shots are always considered the greatest of photography's many facets, but there are precious few people who can make them alive. Sabol knew exactly what made those moments special, and he told the photographers and their assistants where to get the best "moment" shots.

Coaches and players may have a love for the game, but if you put him in as a real coach for even a quarter, he would have been able to read the defensive (or offensive) line well enough to make every single play a first down at least. He didn't just know the game inside and out, he could read its language so well he could have written an entire codex on what to do and what not to do on every play. That's how much he WAS football. Moreso than any commissioner, president, manager, coach... anybody.

My dad hates team sports, but he's one of the best photographers no one has ever heard of (he got me into macro photography to take pictures of black widow spiders for documentation purposes, instead of handling them) and HE would watch every single NFL films presentation (on mute) just for the awe of his editing skill.

Rest in peace, Mr. Sabol, you made a lifelong (since 9) Hockey/Baseball fan become a Football fan in me. You, Sir, RULED.
 
2012-09-18 07:24:24 PM
Back in the '70's,I had a subscription to Sports Illustrated.Every year they would send me
a tape of NFL bloopers.The Sabol's turned me into a football fan as I was mostly into baseball.
I didn't realize his pop is still alive.
 
2012-09-18 08:00:11 PM
Nice subby
 
2012-09-18 08:02:37 PM

dletter: Robo Beat: dletter: NFL Films is uniquely distinctive in how it covers its sport.... it is almost filmed and covered how most people would imagine baseball would cover itself... in a methodical, glorifying way. It is actually kind of surprising that baseball never had a similar outfit doing baseball games... about the closest thing to "NFL Films" baseball has ever had was Ken Burns "Baseball" documentary. And I can't think of anything similar for the NBA or NHL, or any other sport.

IIRC, a lot of that has to do with their cinematography, in that from the beginning they've insisted on using 35mm film rather than TV cameras or whatever. Gives it an epic, cinema feeling.

Exactly... and the tones of the voice over guy, etc... makes it very dramatic. As I said, you'd expect baseball to have "MLB Films" doing the same thing considering how much "history and lore" baseball has. But, you really don't have anything like that.


From the NY Times obit: "The director Sam Peckinpah once told Steve Sabol that he got the idea for the classic slow-motion gunfight scene in the 1969 movie "The Wild Bunch" after watching a Super Bowl highlights film Mr. Sabol had made."

'Nuff said.
 
2012-09-18 08:03:20 PM
Very few filmmakers evoke the feeling watching classic NFL Films will evoke in any sports fan. I'm not sure anyone is fit to take the torch for this guy...he really set the standard.
 
2012-09-18 08:03:45 PM
RIP Fubol Man. Did it all. Knew em all. Filmed it all. Bad way to go. We owe you.
 
2012-09-18 08:08:25 PM
www.nflfemale.com
RIP Steve McNair

/too soon?
 
2012-09-18 08:11:38 PM

basemetal: The Autumn wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
Swaggering boisterously.
His face is weatherbeaten
He wears a hooded sash
With a silver hat about his head
And a bristling black mustache
He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold.
The Autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
He'll knock you 'round and upside down
And laugh when he's conquered and won.

/you just read that in John Facenda's voice.



f*ck man, i JUST WATCHED THAT! here - "autumn wind" -- john facenda

and i have read everything dramatic/sports-like in his voice since i was 15 years old ...
 
2012-09-18 08:13:33 PM

Jedekai: Robo Beat: dletter: NFL Films is uniquely distinctive in how it covers its sport.... it is almost filmed and covered how most people would imagine baseball would cover itself... in a methodical, glorifying way. It is actually kind of surprising that baseball never had a similar outfit doing baseball games... about the closest thing to "NFL Films" baseball has ever had was Ken Burns "Baseball" documentary. And I can't think of anything similar for the NBA or NHL, or any other sport.

IIRC, a lot of that has to do with their cinematography, in that from the beginning they've insisted on using 35mm film rather than TV cameras or whatever. Gives it an epic, cinema feeling.

Sabol is literally (and I mean LITERALLY) the Ansel Adams of motion photography AND cinematography. Action shots are always considered the greatest of photography's many facets, but there are precious few people who can make them alive. Sabol knew exactly what made those moments special, and he told the photographers and their assistants where to get the best "moment" shots.

Coaches and players may have a love for the game, but if you put him in as a real coach for even a quarter, he would have been able to read the defensive (or offensive) line well enough to make every single play a first down at least. He didn't just know the game inside and out, he could read its language so well he could have written an entire codex on what to do and what not to do on every play. That's how much he WAS football. Moreso than any commissioner, president, manager, coach... anybody.

My dad hates team sports, but he's one of the best photographers no one has ever heard of (he got me into macro photography to take pictures of black widow spiders for documentation purposes, instead of handling them) and HE would watch every single NFL films presentation (on mute) just for the awe of his editing skill.

Rest in peace, Mr. Sabol, you made a lifelong (since 9) Hockey/Baseball fan become a Football fan in me. You, Sir, RULED.


All this. RIP, boss. Everything I've accomplished professionally is because of you.
 
2012-09-18 08:13:38 PM
He did good.
 
2012-09-18 08:21:05 PM
The bloopers movies were so awesome. RIP dude.
 
2012-09-18 08:22:05 PM
First remember him from This Is The NFL in the early 70s. For a pre-cable age, it was a great weekly show.
 
2012-09-18 08:22:18 PM
:'( Others have said it better than I could, but he seemed like a good guy, and his contributions to NFL Films are great contributions to the world. RIP.
 
2012-09-18 08:27:35 PM
Steve (and Ed, of course) did more to make the NFL what it is today than Darth Goodell could do in a thousand lifetimes of trying.

He was just flat-out one hell of a nice guy. Gregarious, outgoing, FUNNY as all hell. I never 'met' him, but I was near enough to overhear him a couple times, for gosh sakes, he was one of the few people that actually got along with pretty much everybody.

Plus, what was said upthread about his talent, his eye, and his knowledge.

I feel like I came home from work to find that my best friend died. I'm tippin' one over for Steve tonight.
 
2012-09-18 08:28:22 PM
Would you like something to read?

Do you have anything light?

How about this leaflet, "Famous Colorado College Alumni?"

/RIP Mr. NFL Films Dude
 
2012-09-18 08:29:27 PM
If Round-Up from NFL Films music doesn't get you psyched up, then you need to turn in your Red Blooded American Man Card, buddy.

RIP, Snow-Falling in Slow Motion on Football Players While Epic Music Plays Man
 
2012-09-18 08:32:06 PM

BeSerious: The bloopers movies were so awesome. RIP dude.


This. I miss those, and wonder why they don't continue with the Football Follies into the modern NFL.
 
2012-09-18 08:38:43 PM
LXIX? Giggity.
 
2012-09-18 08:39:24 PM

ArtosRC: This is terrible news. The Sabols are one of the biggest reasons I love the NFL. They did more to romanticize the game and make it as mythic as it was.

This hurts.


I was very pleased when they recently put Ed into the HOF. The Sabols helped the NFL reach its apex, the way they handled the film just made things so epic. People get on football for how little time of the game is actual action, they made it seem like that action went on for days
 
2012-09-18 08:45:09 PM

basemetal: The Autumn wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
Swaggering boisterously.
His face is weatherbeaten
He wears a hooded sash
With a silver hat about his head
And a bristling black mustache
He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold.
The Autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
He'll knock you 'round and upside down
And laugh when he's conquered and won.

/you just read that in John Facenda's voice.


And it was awesome

/RIP Steve
/Cancer sucks balls
 
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