Extraordinary Events in Sports

Feb 25, 2021 | Newsletter

“I’ve never lost a game; I just ran out of time”
—Michael Jordan

In recommending films that depict extraordinary events in sports, I followed three criteria: (1) The film had to be enjoyable even by viewers who were not into sports, (2) The film had to cover a true-life event, and (3) The sport event had to take place during a time that was politically, economically, or culturally significant.

Here goes, by sport category:

Baseball

A League of Their Own

When America faced a shortage of professional baseball players during World War II…

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Basketball

Hoosiers

Hoosiers is based on the Milan High School team that won the 1954 Indiana state…

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Football

North Dallas Forty

North Dallas Forty depicts the brutal, unmerciful world…

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Horse Racing

Seabiscuit

The Great Economic Depression in the 1930s financially ruined the Pollard family…

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Hockey

Miracle

In 1980, the U.S. and the Soviet Union were in the midst of a bitter, dangerous Cold War…

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Boxing

Cinderella Man

During the Great Depression, in the 1930s, a New Jersey Irish-American…

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Rugby

Invictus

Invictus (Latin for undefeated) takes place in the late 1990s in South Africa…

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Rowing

A Most Beautiful Thing

Ken Alpart, a man who excelled at rowing while a student at Penn, decided to recruit…

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Coming Soon, Can’t Wait

Opening TBD, 2021: Netflix. Diana: A Musical
March 2021: Amazon Prime. Coming 2 America. Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones– back again.

Presidents’ Day

Last Monday was Presidents’ Day. The tradition began in 1800 following the death of George Washington the previous year. The 1832 Centennial of his birth and the start of construction of the Washington Monument in 1848 were celebrated nationally. Although this day currently includes the birthdays of other celebrated presidents, traditionalists prefer honoring the most venerated and loved of them all—George Washington. He was truly the Father of our Country.

George Washington spoke with great wisdom on many topics. Here is an insightful remark he made shortly after taking office. It’s so very apt today:

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”

My best,

Elliott Kanbar
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