That victory was amazing. Watching Brazil get fellated by the refs, try and cheat the game by faking injuries, then lose in dramatic fashion to the good ol’ U-S-of-A is really as good as it gets.
I should mention I’m talking about the Women’s World Cup of Soccer (not Quidditch, or anything like that), in case you missed the action. I don’t even like soccer, but that was one of the greatest games I’ve ever witnessed in any sport. A story you could not script.
Or could you?
I actually think we’ve seen this once before, circa 1994, in a little production entitled D2: The Mighty Ducks.
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Remember Gordon Bombay? He was the reckless coach of the peewee hockey team in Disney’s Mighty Ducks trilogy, a one-time lawyer sentenced to community service that found himself through hanging out with teenagers. A wild-and-crazy hotshot who settles into the role of mentor in the first Ducks installment, Bombay regresses to his me-first ways as a sellout public figure in D2, the second edition of Ducks. By D3, Bombay has left the coaching box for a return to the courtroom, though still cameos as the once-again compassionate, loving patriarch of the Flying V.
Such is the life of Memphis men’s basketball coach John Calipari. From 1988 to 1996, Calipari was the on-the-rise head man at the University of Massachusetts. Thanks to one Marcus Camby (aka Ducks’ captain Charlie Conway, aka future Dawson’s Creek co-star Joshua Jackson), Calipari led the ’96 Minutemen to their first-ever Final Four appearance, whereupon his team was defeated by eventual champion Kentucky. Nevertheless, Calipari carved his own Ducks-like sequel, bolting UMass for the glitz and glamour of the NBA, where the stay at the top was short-lived. In two-plus seasons with the New Jersey Nets, Coach Cal comprised a mediocre 72-112 win-loss record, all but punching his return ticket to the college basketball ranks.
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