Monday, January 23, 2006

Glory Road

My wife and I went to see the movie this weekend and loved it. I was really shocked and amazed at some of the things in the movie, but assumed they were true because of the way the movie has been portrayed. Unfortunately, it turns out that quite a few things were changed in the movie. For reality, see this . (HT Betsy). I don't think the changes made the movie better.

In addition to the many, many inaccuracies in the movie which are discussed in the piece, I wondered how the recruits were able to play their first year. Freshmen were ineligible for varsity play in 1965. The movie has Coach Haskins coaching girls HS hoops in the spring of 1965, taking the Texas Western job, recruiting 7 black players over the summer and winning the national championship in 1966. Total BS.

I was also amazed during the movie that a reserve up power forward was able to shut down Kansas' quick, All-American guard, Jo Jo White in the regional final. Turns out he didn't. In real life, it was Utah's star forward in the national semi-final.

And finally, my jaw dropped when the movie has Haskins tell his players he has decided to only play the black players in the final game. No possible way that any coach (especially one in Haskins' shoes) makes that kind of decision. Turns out, he didn't.

The story is so good, it doesn't need the fake racial turmoil on the team, the faked racist incidents in the restaurant and motel, and the fake coaching chronology. It was a great feel good story of the little guy upsetting the powerhouse for a championship. Why screw it up to make false points in favor of politically correct attitudes?


Anonymous Tara said...

You know why the Hollywood machine made the changes you posted...

So they can ram their version of social justice down our throats.

How many people are going to check out the real facts about this story ?

Hollywood counts on the ignorance of moviegoers.It makes fabricating their version of what the truth ought to be easier.

8:43 PM, January 24, 2006  

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