"You know what separates the winners from the losers?" McGinty asks Falco, making his recruiting speech to the kid who quit the game in humiliation. "The score?" responds Falco, the heathen. But McGinty doesn't bite; he's too faithful to be baited by the cynicism of a never-was. "No, getting back on the horse after getting kicked in the teeth." Anyone else delivers that line, and it's hollow and laughable; Hackman, speaking in a whispered growl, renders it as Absolute Truth. Too bad the Absolute Truth about The Replacements is that it's absolutely awful, and even Gene Hackman can't carry it across the goal line.