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Some coaches would run from such a challenge. Aird embraces it, and he wants players who do the same. The state, the community and the students at IU are all excited to see where this can go. We have worked really hard to build the foundation for a good run and we are very optimistic about the future. Congrats to our Graduates!SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: "Hoosiers" (Championship Pre-Game Talk)
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I always thought it was fitting that "Hoosiers" was released during my most memorable year as a sports fan, , which featured the Basketball Jesus at the absolute zenith of his powers playing for the '86 Celts, maybe the greatest NBA team of all-time , the Patriots improbably making the Super Bowl, a glorious roller-coaster ride of a Red Sox season including Dave Henderson's homer in Anaheim, one of my Top 5 fan moments , Jack Nicklaus winning the Masters another Top 5 moment , and the Red Sox blowing the '86 World Series four months after Lenny Bias dropped dead my worst two moments ever.
Quite a year. During the spring of '86, my buddy Bish and I went to see it on a Sunday afternoon, knowing nothing about it other than "It's a basketball movie. True story. When you think about it, how many movies were so memorable, you actually remember everything about the day when you watched it for the first time?
That never happens. Anyway, to celebrate the th viewing Friday afternoon, I kept a running diary. Here's what transpired I'm already getting chills just from the music on the Main Menu. Nah na-na-na, nahh nuhh nahhhhh Feel free to sing along at home. Just gets you fired up. Indiana, She's a charter member of the Adrian Balboa Hall of Fame -- a k a "the token female character in a sports movie who throws a wet blanket on the leading male character and basically ruins his will to live.
You'll see. No coach in movie history brings his team together like Gene Hackman in "Hoosiers. Do you realize that, in the entire movie, they only show Jimmy missing four shots? Right now he's 3-for The school principal Cletus tells coach that Jimmy hasn't played for Hickory since the old coach died, but he has never seen a better ballplayer in 40 years.
Translation: Jimmy's a head case. The first one don't matter, and the second one you're kinda forced to deal with. Leave the ball, will ya, George? Here's the hand, Coach: Seven players on your team, 64 kids in the whole school, and your best player is MIA. Also, everyone in the town already hates you.
Good luck. Two important notes here:. Buddy mysteriously re-joins the team midway through the movie, with no explanation given.
Was the "Buddy returns and asks forgiveness scene" simply cut from the movie? Was it ever written in the first place?
Did the director think that we wouldn't notice that a seven-man roster inexplicably went back to eight? This one's been bothering me for 16 years. Whit and Rade the point guard who gets in trouble during the opening game for shooting too much are actually brothers: the Butcher brothers.
Subtle plot nuance, the kind of thing that takes nearly viewings to pick up. That's why I'm here, folks. Also, Whit apologizes and rejoins the team here's where we find out from his father that Rade and Whit are brothers , followed by Mr. Butcher ushering the disgruntled Hickory residents out of the gym so coach can run an uninterrupted practice.
It doesn't get much better than Mr. Butcher as the random "Underrated supporting character in a sports movie who only brings good things to the table. It takes the people of Hickory quite a while to warm up to coach Norman Dale.
He's for right now; only Bob Cousy's shooting percentage during the surreal free-throw shooting scene in "Blue Chips" was better done in one take, no less. I would give five years off my life to have Mike Miller's jumper. And you think I'm kidding. She just gave coach the "Stay away from Jimmy, I don't want him coaching in Hickory when he's 50" dig. She's a delight. I can't believe she's single. Here's a good trivia question: What is Barbara Hershey's character's name in this movie?
Even I had to look this up. Answer in the second half of the column. That was even dumber than Jim Cleamons putting Jason Kidd in the triangle offense back in ' Ever since one of my readers pointed out that coach Dale was a little shaky as a game coach, it has changed the way I watched this movie. More to come. And since Hickory played with four players down the stretch, everyone really hates the coach now.
Not good times. By the way, was there a more underrated sports movie athlete than Rade Butcher? You think it's easy to shoot that one-legged set shot?
He was like a young Danny Ainge. Also, did you know that everyone in the "Hoosiers" cast played college ball in real life except Jimmy Chitwood? It's true. See, you worried that this column might not work, but you're enjoying it, aren't you?
Barbara: Are you kidding? Nobody would marry me. I'm mean as a snake. Coach: Don't you know that you're supposed to become mean and vicious after you get married? Another loss in Game 2, highlighted by Rade defending the coach by sucker-punching somebody on the other team. This team is coming together, baby! Unfortunately, Cletus is having heart problems I think he's making them up because he's trying to distance himself from the coach: "Um, yeah, I'm not feeling well Another savvy move from coach Dale.
Hey, let's bring the town drunk aboard! Coach Dale convinces one of his players not to question his authority. I'm just not seeing it. I always liked Flatch. I'll never forget flicking channels one night and seeing him as a cop in an Skinemax erotic thriller They could have at least thrown in a scene when he was lounging around after a sex scene, wearing a Hickory High jersey.
Barbara telling everyone "I think it would be a mistake to let him go She's officially digging Norm. If this were an episode of "Dismissed," her competitor would be using a timeout card right now to cool her off. Jimmy's dramatic entrance, capped off by his first three lines of the movie: "I got something to say," "I don't know if it'll make any change, but I figure it's time for me to start playing ball," and "One other thing I play, coach stays, he goes, I go.
Butcher ripping up the votes, smiling and simply saying, "Coach stays. And no, I'm not drunk again. A quick switch to a "Hickory High kicking butt with Jimmy" sequence. Good God. This might be my favorite 10 minutes in the middle of any sports movie. Would anyone like some extra goosebumps? And yes, the "four passes before every shot" rule has officially been thrown out the window. It's Jimmy Time! Apparently he rejoined the team, because he just made a big steal in the final seconds of the game we're watching.
Maybe he just showed up for practice that week and nobody noticed. Anyway, with coach Dale already kicked out, Shooter needs to come up with the winning play Merle should be open swinging around the end of that fence. Boys, don't get caught watching the paint dry! Dale probably got most of his strategy from his assistant coach, Shooter.
I think this might work A drunken Shooter arrives and wanders on the court, followed by coach Dale telling the ref, "That's OK, he's an assistant coach" and earning a technical foul, then telling a bummed-out Flatch, "You keep in the game! By the way, coach Dale never would have come up with the picket-fence play.
Shooter was the driving force on that coaching staff. He was like a drunken Tex Winter.
Coach Norman Dale : My practices aren't designed for your enjoyment. Coach Norman 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.
A merican R hetoric : M ovie S peech. Audio mp3 delivered principally by Gene Hackman. Your browser does not support the audio element. Coach Dale : We've been all over this before.
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Coach Norman Dale : [ to another player ] How long is he going to go on like this? Rade : I don't know. He'll come when he's ready, not before. Coach Norman Dale : Hopefully that'll be sometime before tip-off. View Quote. Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit: team, team, team - no one more important that the other. I've seen you guys can shoot but there's more to the game than shooting. There's fundamentals and defense. 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. My practices aren't designed for your enjoyment.
No blaring trumpets. No whirling action. Just a few seconds that bring another, higher level of meaning to the relationship between the coach and his players. You want to see your town do well. All of those.
Editor's Note: Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the "Hoosiers" game -- little Milan High School's dramatic upset of mighty Muncie Central High in the Indiana state championship. To celebrate, Page 2 looks back at August running diary written by The Sports Guy on the occasion of the th viewing of his all-time favorite sports movie. I always thought it was fitting that "Hoosiers" was released during my most memorable year as a sports fan -- -- which featured the Basketball Jesus at the absolute zenith of his powers playing for the '86 Celts, maybe the greatest NBA team of all-time , the Patriots improbably making the Super Bowl, a glorious roller-coaster ride of a Red Sox season including Dave Henderson's homer in Anaheim, one of my Top 5 fan moments , Jack Nicklaus winning the Masters another Top 5 moment , and the Red Sox blowing the '86 World Series four months after Lenny Bias dropped dead my worst two moments ever.
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I always thought it was fitting that "Hoosiers" was released during my most memorable year as a sports fan, , which featured the Basketball Jesus at the absolute zenith of his powers playing for the '86 Celts, maybe the greatest NBA team of all-time , the Patriots improbably making the Super Bowl, a glorious roller-coaster ride of a Red Sox season including Dave Henderson's homer in Anaheim, one of my Top 5 fan moments , Jack Nicklaus winning the Masters another Top 5 moment , and the Red Sox blowing the '86 World Series four months after Lenny Bias dropped dead my worst two moments ever. Quite a year. During the spring of '86, my buddy Bish and I went to see it on a Sunday afternoon, knowing nothing about it other than "It's a basketball movie.
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