Sunday, September 28, 2008

He Really Captured the Spirit of the Thing

Reggie Dunlop motivating his team: I am personally placing a hundred-dollar bounty on the head of Tim McCracken. He's the head coach and chief punk on that Syracuse team.

Unless you've been under a rock this weekend you've no doubt heard that Paul Newman has lost his battle with cancer.

While there have been plenty of tributes throughout the weekend, all of which recount his incredible acting career, his love for racing and probably most importantly on a human level his tireless philanthropy, there has been one glaring omission in almost all of these tributes:

Reggie Dunlop on the Hanson Brothers: They're too dumb to play with themselves. Boy, every piece of garbage that comes into the market and you gotta buy it!

His portrayal of Coach Reggie Dunlop in one of my favorite movies of all time, Slap Shot.

I understand the omission especially when you weigh Slap Shot against some of his other movies and characters. Hud, Butch Cassidy, Fast Eddie Felson, The Verdict, The Sting, Cool Hand Luke and about 100 more that resonate more with the public than his portrayal of a down and out minor league hockey coach.

It's my favorite Paul Newman role and I have read in a few different places that Slap Shot was one of his favorite movie shoots. Maybe it should be given more consideration than it gets. At least he didn't take out a full-page ad to apologize for playing Coach Dunlop.

So if heaven has a low, low minor league hockey team, I hope Paul Newman is the player coach and I hope he motivates his players as well as he did in the movie.

Thanks Mr. Newman.

Reggie Dunlop on the Chiefs' fans: They spent their own dough to get here, and they came here to see us! All right, let's show 'em what we got, guys! Get out there on the ice and let 'em know you're there. Get that fuckin' stick in their side. Let 'em know you're there! Get that lumber in his teeth. Let 'em know you're there!

[All pictures courtesy of the awesome Slap Shot Tribute site]

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