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Academy Award winner asks, “What happened to TCU?”

Academy Award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin was in Dallas on Wednesday to promote his new movie, “Steve Jobs”, which opens Friday.
Academy Award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin was in Dallas on Wednesday to promote his new movie, “Steve Jobs”, which opens Friday. AP

The biggest name in Hollywood screenwriting these days is the man who wrote “A Few Good Men,” “The Social Network,” and whose latest work will be released Friday, “Steve Jobs.”

There is no bigger, or more recognized, screenwriter than Mr. Aaron Sorkin.

On Wednesday at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Dallas, Sorkin was making the media rounds, one of which included a 20-minute interview with myself. I am a huge fan of Sorkin’s, and because no one else was available to do the interview, I grabbed it.

He was gracious, bright, engaging and, at the end the of the interview, he completely caught me off guard.

“So you’re a sports writer?” he asked. “OK - you have to tell me something. I was in London all last week doing press stuff for this and I was completely shut off from sports and had no idea what was going on. What happened to TCU? When I left the country, they were second or third and now they are fourth? How did that happen?”

Eight or 10 years ago, no one in Hollywood would have been talking about TCU, with the exception of Chris Klein and his then fiancee, Katie Holmes. Klein attended TCU for two semesters. Now, TCU is actually on the tips of the tongues of the most famous pretty, and powerful, people in the U.S.

Sorkin wrote the short-lived but underrated “Sports Night” television show, and he was the one who wrote the screenplay for “Moneyball.” He is a graduate of Syracuse University, and he knows sports.

“And every fall I kick my head in" because of the football team, he said. “But basketball has been good and (coach) Jim Boeheim will figure it out.”

I explained to him that “what happened” to TCU is not so much about TCU winning, it’s how  the Horned Frogs are winning. That the Horned Frogs are being punished for barely winning at Texas Tech and at Kansas State. The preseason No. 2 team in the nation is now No. 4.

“I don’t get that. Sports, if anything, is supposed to be a meritocracy,” he said. “They won the game, so why would they drop like that?”

Amen, AP voters.

This is a man whose career focuses on fiction, and yet not even Sorkin can conceive a world where a team is punished for winning.

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