…I really can’t resist a good sports movie. Who can? I was flipping channels tonight while feeding the baby and caught some of “Miracle” on TV, and it almost derailed my entire evening. (Only a much-longer-than-usual to-do list prevented me from settling down to watch the whole thing.) Olympic movies, of course, are even worse that way–they add patriotism to the already potent everyone-loves-an-underdog theme–but I also loved “Remember the Titans” enough to buy it. My friend and I–FEMALE friend, mind you–even saw “Glory Road” in the theater (did anyone else get a kick out of the fact that the racist Kentucky coach’s name was Adolph?).
It’s not just the movies, though. I still get choked up remembering Dan Jansen’s gold medal race, not to mention Kerri Strug’s world-famous vault, and I can’t be the only one. As much as sports themselves aren’t a passion of mine, I love watching people’s dedication, hard work, and passion achieve them their goals. I do confess, however, that there are a few classics I haven’t seen (or saw so young I don’t remember them), and one of these days I’m going to remedy that. “Chariots of Fire” and “Hoosiers” are at the top of my list. What else should be on it?