The Vinatieri-Custer Connection Heads to the Big Screen
Back in 2002, in the build-up to Super Bowl XXXVI, mention was made of a connection between the placekicker for the New England Patriots, Adam Vinatieri, and one of the most famous loser generals of all time, George Armstrong Custer. Custer’s band leader, it turned out, was Vinatieri’s great-great grandfather, and it was only because Custer left the band behind before marching his army off to their deaths at Little Big Horn that New England had their special teams hero.
I honestly can’t remember how much ink and TV time was devoted to this story, but I’m sure it wasn’t much. The story that year was the St. Louis Rams and their offense, the so-called Greatest Show on Turf. Any attention paid to the Patriots was obligatory. They’d somehow gotten there, to the precipice of the major ass-kicking they were about to receive, so they needed to at least be mentioned.
Anyway, I bring all of this up not to gloat about the fact that my local football franchise defied the odds that day—though I am smiling at the memory—but instead to introduce a movie I heard about on Sunday morning at the NH Media Makers meet-up in Newmarket, New Hampshire.
The short film Bighorn is dubbed “a supernatural historical fantasy short film” on its Website, and it certainly sounds as if it’ll be a hoot. Set in both 1876 and 2002, it will apparently (according to the About page) tackle the question of what would have happened if Great-Great Grandpa Vinatieri and the band hadn’t stayed behind.
What do you think, Fivers? Will you see this?