All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals

I’ve never been a huge fan of the NFL. I don’t have a team, I’ve never had a desire at even attempting to get tickets when they travel over to the UK. I will always attempt to watch as much of the Superbowl until I start seeing the back of my eyelids, which is normally by the end of the first quarter. But all that could be about to change.

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I am an absolute sucker for sports films/documentaries and I was browsing through Amazon Prime when “All or Nothing” popped up. I had a spare hour so I gave the first episode a go and it did not disappoint, in fact I watched the whole thing in about a week. This is exactly the type of stuff I love to watch. Following a team over the course of a season with huge expectations, catching the high points and low points all on film is my cup of tea.

We follow the Arizona Cardinals as they bid to win the Superbowl. Their method is to recruit young, promising up and comers, sometimes with troubled pasts, and put them on the field with seasoned veterans looking for one last shot at winning arguably the biggest prize in sport.

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Their coach, Bruce Arians was one of the best parts of this documentary. He’s got such a tough exterior but I believe not many coaches in sport are as family orientated as this man. He, at one point, says “if any of my team’s kids have a graduation, prom, birthdays, anniversaries and they miss them because of work, even if it’s game day…then I’ll fire their ass”. It was refreshing to see not only a man so passionate about his team, but also understands that at the end of the day it’s just a game and family is what matters.

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Each episode you follow the board of directors, several players, even their wife’s and families as each of them bring a distinct personality to the team. It was such a joy to watch a team that will put their bodies on the line for each other day in day out. No matter how big or small their part was, everybody mattered.

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If you’re a big fan of NFL, then you know how their season ended. I didn’t, which made it more exciting for me but knowing where they finished in the season would not ruin this documentary in the slightest.

Overall it gets a 4 out of 5 from me, I was glued to it and enjoyed seeing the day to day running’s of an NFL team. So much work, time and effort is put in to it, as is the same with other teams I’m sure, but whether they are as close knit as these guys, is questionable. I’d like to see Amazon try this out with another team, possibly even another sport, but good luck in finding a group like these guys.

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After watching this, I’m willing to give NFL another chance. So come next season I shall certainly be watching whatever game is available on the box. And as of now, the Arizona Cardinals are my team.

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Thanks for reading.



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