Thanking the Academy, in advance
We know all you readers, like us, lie awake nights wondering how the story of former Cal QB Joe Ayoob’s world-record paper airplane winging could successfully transition to feature film. It’s just too pat, we agree, to end in a poorly-lit airplane hangar in front of a crowd smaller than the ones cheering him on in Berkeley. No, what this tale really needs for a dynamic third act is some juicy courtroom drama populated with characters one might encounter in a Christopher Guest ensemble.
The Wall Street Journal is here to oblige us, with a report on the "controversy" surrounding Ayoob's record:
"Competitive paper airplane flying had always been, in my mind, what can one person do with one piece of paper," says Mr. Kreiger, a 23-year-old engineer. Using a ringer, he says, is problematic: "I don't really think that's the spirit of the competition." [...] A Guinness spokeswoman says there was no internal debate about giving Mr. Collins credit. But some paper-plane purists are still aflutter.It's all spooling out in your heads now, isn't it? Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara and Jennifer Coolidge as take-no-prisoners, never-say-die, cutthroat paper airplane enthusiasts? Just picture Channing Tatum as Ayoob, defending his case in front of the Supreme Court against a string ensemble backdrop score, thundering to a close with this real life quote: "We broke a world record. If people want to try and hate on that, then that's all good." Chills. Working title: Desperado Joe, the Faux-Throwin' Bro of Strawberry Canyon.
Paper-plane enthusiasts have traditionally seen theirs as an individual sport. The question now: Is Mr. Collins's ringer a bad precedent, or has he ushered in a new era in which designers can focus on better paper folds instead of muscle tone?