1 EXT. MARINA - DAY
The water around the moored boats looks dirty and cold.
ROLL CREDITS as we PICK UP a sad excuse for a boat
sitting in an end slip -- a seagull-shit-covered, thirty-
foot cabin cruiser that hasn't cruised in a long, longtime. An unpainted plywood addition has been nailed tothe top of the cabin, partially covered with a blueplastic tarp.
ANACOSTIA MARINA - WASHINGTON D.C. - FALL
The tarp moves and SHANE FALCO's half-naked torso emergesfrom under it. Shane is late twenties, golden boyhandsome, but quickly going to seed. He looks hung over.
"My Own Worst Enemy" by LIT.
Shane glances up at the clouds. He pulls on the top partof an old patched wet suit and zips it up, shivering.
2 EXT. MARINA - ON SHANE
in an old Zodiac inflatable dinghy. He's pulled up theattached rubber hood to his wet suit so that only thewhite of his face is visible. He pulls up to the yachtacross the way from his boat, ties the dinghy to the rearrail and clips a bill for services rendered on the sternline.
He slips on a weight belt, puts on a pair of old gaffer-
taped goggles, jams the end of an air hose in his mouth,
and falls backward into the water.
3 EXT. UNDERWATER - DAY
It's dark and murky as Shane descends dreamlike INTOFRAME. All that we hear is the shooting sound of hisAIR HOSE echoing across the river bottom as we -SMASH
getting decimated by a defensive lineman. The lineman
drives the quarterback to the turf in an ugly and violentcollision.
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EXT. UNDERWATER - DAY
Shane uses a long spatula to slowly and methodicallyattack the underside of the sailboat. The spatulascrapes away the green algae muck revealing the purewhite underside of the boat as we -SMASH
getting hit high and low in a vicious pass rush as theair is blasted from his lungs.
3D EXT. UNDERWATER - DAY
Amidst the beer cans and other trash something golden issitting on the river bottom. Shane takes a deep pull onhis hose and drifts down...
A shaft of sunlight penetrates the murky water andreveals a broken trophy half-buried in the mud. Shane
kneels over and picks it up. The trophy is almost afull-sized football rendered in bronze and attached to a
broken base. He wipes away mud from the plate with histhumb.
CLOSEUP - INSCRIPTION
SHANE FALCO - 1995 ALL-AMERICAN TEAM.
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getting speared by a lineman's helmet. The CRACK of his
RIBS is all that we hear as he turns his head to us,
revealing the anguished face of Shane Falco five yearsearlier.
3F EXT. UNDERWATER - DAY
Shane bends down as if behind an imaginary center. He
barks garbled signals as he cocks his left leg, takesthe snap, and drops back. But there's a blitz! He stepsup in the pocket, bobbing and weaving in a kind ofdelicate ballet.
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Suddenly he points down field, pulls up and cocks his
arm. The trophy comes behind his ear and snaps forwardin a perfect release.
The football spins OUT OF FRAME, but we HOLD ON Shane ashe watches his pass. Suddenly, he throws both arms up ina touchdown signal.
We STAY ON Shane in this victory pose, fifteen feetunderwater on the muddy bottom of the Potomac River, as
4 EXT. NEXTEL STADIUM - FIELD - DAY 4
Bam! A Miami Barracuda linebacker crushes a WashingtonSentinel running back and lands on his throat, elbowfirst.
Boom! You could feel that one all
the way up here in the booth, Pat!