Junior Soprano never had the makings of a varsity athlete

Check out a new YouTube video on the would-be Godfather of New Jersey, his strengths, weaknesses, and strained relationship with his nephew, Tony Soprano

A quick examination of Junior Soprano and why he never had the makings of a Boss. In anticipation of The Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark which is due to be released on March 12 on HBO Max, this video is intended as a character analysis and tribute to Uncle June. 

  • Contains spoilers from the HBO hit series The Sopranos
  • Narrated and produced by Geoffrey Ciani (aka – Rummy)
  • Written by Geoffrey Ciani and Christian Twiste

“Your father never had the makings of a varsity athlete.”  Junior Soprano informs his nephew, Tony.

The fact of the matter is, Uncle June was the one who never had the makings of a varsity athlete. And despite his envious cries to the contrary, his nephew Tony did have the makings of a varsity athlete, just like his father Johnny Boy before him.

Despite being the older brother, Junior rose through the ranks more slowly than Johnny Boy. Johnny Boy became a made guy before his big brother, and his natural abilities in a leadership role commanded greater respect between the Soprano siblings among their fellow criminals. Johnny Boy was the leader, the #1 brother, always taking charge. Junior was the follower, the #2 brother, always in the shadow of Johnny Boy. And this wasn’t limited to their respective roles as mobsters.

Check out the video for more…

…and if you like that one, check out our analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s masterwork, The ShiningThere are no ghosts in The Shining.


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