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The Greatest Sports Movie Ever...

Posted on: March 24, 2008 1:48 pm

I used to work as a project manager for a company that installed software in ice rinks and multi-sports facilities.  It was a small company so we all wore many hats.  On occasion I would travel to client sites to help with installations and training. 

I traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to do a training class at an ice rink that was owned by Mario Lemieux and the training facility to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  I am a huge hockey (Flyers) fan, (part of the reason I took the job) and loved being in that environment, even if it was to train people how to use the cash registers in the concession stand.  On this particular trip, I held a training class for the facility managers and office folks who were responsible for scheduling ice time, leagues, private lessons, parties, etc… so it was a pretty large group. 

During the first day of training, we broke for lunch and it suddenly dawned on me that one of the guys in the classroom was a celebrity.  I can’t believe I didn’t realize it earlier because this man was in a movie that was, in my opinion, the greatest sports movie ever...Slapshot.  I’m not a violent girl, but for me there is nothing better than seeing two goons throw down the gloves so when I figured out that Dave Hanson was the GM of the facility and in my classroom, I couldn’t quite contain my excitement.  I immediately went up to him to have a chat.  It just so happened that Slapshot II was being filmed at the time so I wanted the scoop!  When exactly was the movie coming out?  How many times were the Hanson Brothers going to take off the gloves?  How many bloody, broken noses should I expect?  I was a chick, a fan, and I asked all the right questions….I was in like Flynn! 

Upon returning to the office, Dave (we were on a first name basis) would call me directly with any questions rather than call customer service.  I didn’t mind.  Months later, I was working at another facility and my cell phone rang – it was Dave and his call was not work-related.  No no, nothing like that!  The movie had come out and he wanted to know what I thought of it.  I couldn’t believe that he actually cared about my opinion!  Of course I lied and told him it was fabulous.  I mean, let’s face it, that’s not going to be on anybody’s "Movie Sequels that are Better than the Originals" list.  Still, if it’s a movie about hockey, I’ll watch it…and I’ll probably enjoy it....and I did enjoy seeing my new friend doing what he does best.   

If you have a similar story that you'd like to share or if you want to throw out your idea of the greatest sports movie ever, I’d love to hear it…


Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2008 11:20 am

The Greatest Sports Movie Ever...


Dave's a killer.

Dave's a mess.

Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 7:48 am

The Greatest Sports Movie Ever...

Great story.. and you can never go wrong with Slapshot!

Without going over an entire list of sports movies, just one that pops to mind and seems to get shown quite frequently enough, and is one of the funniest that I've seen.. is the movie about that misfit group of scab football players, known as The Replacements. Yeah, it has Keanu Reeves, but even that doesn't spoil it. Orlando Jones is hilarious as Clifford Franklin. The whole "I Will Survive" dancing and singing scene is classic! The stripper cheerleader routines.. and the opposing players' and coach's reactions to them.. priceless!

Pain heals.
Chicks dig scars.
Glory lasts forever.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2008 10:05 am

The Greatest Sports Movie Ever...

I agree, Hoosiers was a great movie.  I chose Slapshot for my love of hockey and comedy.  Necessary Roughness is definitely another goodie!! 

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2008 4:57 pm

The Greatest Sports Movie Ever...

No story. I just think Hoosiers is the greatest sports movie ever. I saw it at a very young age and seen it many times since.

Neccessary Roughness would be the second greatest. For obvious reasons.


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