Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Hoosiers!

25 years ago today one of the best sports movies ever made was released: HOOSIERS.

Gene Hackman plays coach Norman Dale, leading a small team of players from a small town to the state championship. It is an amazing story that gets to the heart of small town ball and what it means to be part of a winning team.

So many great scenes and great lines. It's a movie that never gets old and will be just as amazing in another 25 years. Being one who likes using movie clips in teaching and preaching, I could do a whole series on community, work ethic, and using your gifts.

If you haven't seen this movie, you are missing out. It is required viewing for those from the Hoosier state, but that's a given. 

"If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners" - Coach Dale"

"I would hope you would support who we are. Not, who we are not. These six individuals have made a choice to work, a choice to sacrifice, to put themselves on the line 23 nights for the next 4 months, to represent you, this high school. That kind of commitment and effort deserves and demands your respect. This is your team." - Coach Dale 

On YouTube I can't find my favorite scene, when Hackman runs his first practice. But you can't go wrong with the final shot:


Todd said...

great stuff, Bobby. I've used the scene where Ollie wins the game in messages about finding your role, everyone having a place, stepping up and shining, etc.

This one never gets old. I'm listening to the soundtrack as I work.

Jess, not Jesse said...

During warm-ups in high school we would always do a layup for Ollie...the one where he slams it off the bottom of the backboard.

Greatest basketball movie, period.