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The year is 1991. Cam Atkinson Blue Jackets Jersey . The Soviet Union has collapsed, the Dow has closed over 3000 for the first time, and Im at the Providence Civic Center for a classic on USAs Tuesday Night Fight series. The fans -- men in wide-lapel suits and moustaches, women in slinky dresses and teased hairdos -- are all on their feet as Vinny Pazienza readies to fight Gilbert Dele for his WBA junior middleweight belt. Dele is from Paris by way of Guadeloupe and is making his second defense of the title. Pazienza was born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island -- practically down the block -- and is fighting in only his second bout since vaulting up in weight from 140 pounds to 154. In the center of the ring, the two fighters bounce jauntily on their toes. The crowd goes nuts. The bell rings. Here comes the ...Action! barks a voice.Say what?Okay, I am standing in the Providence Civic Center, but the year is 2014. Punches are thrown, but none land. The stands arent filled with 10,000 ticket holders (like the night of the actual fight), but 1,000 extras have been lured with the promise of free sandwiches, soft drinks and the chance to win a WBA championship belt signed by Paz. The two men facing off arent even Dele and Paz. Instead, a pro Haitian southpaw named Jean Pierre Augustin squares off against 29 year-old actor Miles Teller.Im ringside for a scene from Bleed for This, a feature film based on the life of Vinny Pazienza. A month after the actual 1991 Dele/Paz fight, Pazienza cracked his third and fourth vertebra in a horrific car accident. If he was lucky, doctors said, hed walk again. But he couldnt fight. Pazienza, known for his determination and guts far more than talent, didnt heed doctors warnings. He rehabbed and rebuilt himself with the same maniacal style that earned him the moniker The Pazmanian Devil. A year after breaking his neck, Paz returned to the ring. In their Boxings Book of Lists, boxing cognoscenti Bert Sugar and Teddy Atlas named Pazs return to the ring the second-greatest career comeback in the sports history -- only behind 45-year-old George Foremans 1994 upset of Michael Moorer.The film project began six years ago, when movie producer and Providence lifer Chad Verdi acquired the rights to the Paz story. Angelo Pizzo, whod penned the movies Hoosiers and Rudy, wrote the script. Scott Caan and his dad, James, were asked to play Paz and his old man, Angelo. But the best-laid plans didnt pan out. The Caans found themselves with scheduling conflicts. Names floated around -- Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie, Twilight) to play Paz, Al Pacino to portray Angelo. A nagging problem, however, prevented Verdi from pulling the trigger.We had a good script but not a great one, Verdi explains in his heavy Rhode Island brogue. Cant make a great movie with a good script -- and even with a great script, you can still make a bad movie.The tipping point arrived in the form of Ben Younger. The 41-year-old writer/director (Boiler Room, Prime) tossed the original script and started from scratch. His version thrilled Verdi, who then brought it to Martin Scorsese (through Verdis contacts in Rhode Island politics), who jumped on board as executive producer.With Matys blessing (a silent r as Verdi pronounces it), the project quickly gathered momentum. Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) came aboard, and the cast fell into place: Aaron Eckhart (London Has Fallen, The Dark Knight, Thank You For Smoking) as trainer Kevin Rooney, Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones, There Will Be Blood) as Pazs dad Angelo, and Katie Segal (Sons of Anarchy) as mother Louise Pazienza.The final piece of the puzzle? Miles Teller. The Downingtown, Pennsylvania native is blue-collar handsome, as evidenced by his recent breakthrough roles in The Spectacular Now and Whiplash. Teller radiates a raw, physical intensity. Wears his emotions on his sleeve. Burns with a hunger that is far from dainty or precious. In 2007, Teller was in his own near-fatal car crash and still has facial scars to prove it.Still, the film wasnt smooth sailing. What should have been a $25 million dollar movie had less than $7 million for a budget. The actors, according to Verdi, werent in tune at the start, and tensions ran high. Teller, who stands at 6-foot-2, had to pull a Robert DeNiro-esqe move from Raging Bull, dropping from 200-plus pounds to a sinewy 160 pounds for the staging of the Roger Mayweather fight (in real life, Pazs weight loss and subsequent dehydration sent him to the hospital after the bout). And Teller, a sweet science neophyte, had to learn to move and behave like a fighter.Miles is an extremely physical actor, Younger says. And studious. The same way he took on drumming in Whiplash hes taken on boxing. Not just the specificity of boxing but the training.A task harder than it looked.A couple times I told him to stop crying, Pazienza says with a laugh, regarding Tellers training sessions. This is what I did for a living. You only have to do a couple hours a day for a few weeks.Then there was Youngers challenge: making sure the movie magic looks real. Directors such as David O. Russell (The Fighter), Ron Sheldon (Play it to the Bone) and Scorsese have all had to deal with this problem when creating fight films.Id never done a fight sequence, Younger says. Never even had a punch thrown. So the hardest part about that is the choreography and matching camera angles. I learned very quickly how some were great and some simply werent.To ensure the fight-scene authenticity -- of which there are three: Paz versus Mayweather (played by former middleweight titlist Peter Quillin), Dele and Roberto Duran (played by light heavyweight Edwin Rodriguez) -- the producers hired Darrell Foster, a veteran fight choreographer who consulted on Play it to the Bone and turned Will Smith into a believable Ali.Miles had already done training on his own, Foster says. But not the right type. He looked at it as rock em sock em robots, but he lacked the basic foundation. Balance, movement, generating power from the ground up.Foster began schooling Teller, and he asked the actor one simple thing that made all the difference: Can you dance?Miles broke off into James Brown and Michael Jackson, Foster says. I knew Id struck gold. All we had to do was put the two and two together.The most sensitive critic has been pleased with the process.It was a little weird watching someone play me, but Miles has been unbelievable, Paz says. In the ring, hes good! Throwing body shots and rockets -- just like the old Vinny.The 1991 Dele/Paz bout lasted 45 minutes with Paz earning the TKO victory in the 11th round. Todays recreation lasted 10-plus hours, more grueling in some ways than boxing. Yet if all goes as planned, Younger will have made a movie more memorable than the fight itself. Sergei Bobrovsky Jersey . Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before. William Karlsson Jersey . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. 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STORRS, Conn. -- UConn football coach Bob Diaco says fixing whats wrong with the Huskies will be easy and hes the guy to do it.UConn (3-8, 0-7 American) will try to snap a five-game losing streak Saturday when it closes a disappointing season by hosting Tulane (3-8, 1-6).The Huskies come into the game ranked last in scoring (15 points a game) and 122nd in total offense (321 yards a game) among the nations 128 Bowl Subdivision teams.Diaco, who replaced his offensive coordinator earlier this season, told reporters Tuesday that while it seems the program is a mess, that is not the case.I know exactly what needs to be fixed, and Im going to fix it, he said. And the fixes are easy. To not have good enough players, thats a problem. We do not have that problem.The former Notre Dame defensive coordinator is now in his third season at UConn. He said he has the support of new athletic director David Benedict and will provide specifics about the changes he plans to make after Saturday.Im very excited about the future, thats for sure, Diaco said.Benedict declined to comment.Senior safety Obi Melifonwwu said Diaco has the support of the players and has made them better as athletes, students and people. Joonas Korpisalo Blue Jackets Jersey. When I first came here, I feel like there really wasnt a culture, he said. There really wasnt a brotherhood. Coach Diaco came in and a lot of people didnt know what to expect. A lot of people didnt buy in. But as the years have gone on, a lot of people have bought in.Diaco is 11-25 at UConn, and guided UConn to the St. Petersburg Bowl last season.He replaced Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired four games into his third season after going 10-18. Randy Edsall was 9-24 his first three seasons, 1999-2001, while the Huskies were making the transition from what was then a I-AA program.Diaco said he does not read the newspaper, watch TV or read his own emails and has not heard the questions about whether he is the right person to lead the program.I definitely am, he said.---More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '