It’s 4:41 AM and I can’t sleep. After already putting in my 70 minutes this morning on the treadmill, I am left watching Hoosiers on HBO. I had forgotten how motivating Gene Hackman’s portrail of high school basketball coach is in this movie. Over coming what appear to be huge odds to lead a small school team to a state championship seems cliche. Yet, the movie is factually based on Milan’s run to the Indiana Boys High School Championship in 1954, culminated by Bobby Trump’s game winning shot.
The movie inspires me everytime I watch it. I loved basketball as I was growing up. From my childhood, I remember watching the Franklin teams of the early 70’s make there run to the IHSAA Final Four. The highlight of every Thursday and Saturday during the winter was watching the great IU teams of the mid-70’s. My daughter is amazed that a BSU grad knows the IU fight song (thanks to the lady cleaning Assembly Hall).
Gene Hackman reminds me of my high school football coach, Dave Conrad (Coach). Coach demanded the best from everyone on his team. He pushed me in a number of ways, demonstrating confidence in me when I had none. I lettered two years as a 170 pound offensive tackle, often facing defensive players that out weighed me by 40-50 pounds. Through those four years, I learned to persevere through adversity while striving to do so with integrity.
When you are facing challenges that you think are insurmountable, pull this movie out of the archive or go rent it. Listen to your trusted advisor. Read a motivational book. You can overcome and persevere.
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