In 1966, George Plimpton wrote a series of articles for Sports Illustrated
based on his firsthand experiences in the world of professional sports, including pitching in baseball's All-Star Game and fighting a few rounds with onetime middleweight champ Sugar Ray Robinson. Adapted from
Plimpton's best-selling book of the same name, PAPER LION is the amusing, occasionally insightful depiction of another of the writer's forays into pro sports, his summer spent in the training camp of football's Detroit Lions. Although Alda (in his film debut as Plimpton) tries at first to pass
himself off as a real free-agent quarterback, it becomes obvious almost immediately wh...