Random News of the Day: Lights, camera, score!

Random News of the Day: Lights, camera, score!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
12:28 PM

By Joe Collins

Baseball had "Field Of Dreams." Basketball had "Hoosiers". "Rudy" and "Remember The Titans" captured the spirit of football. "Miracle" did wonders for hockey. Heck, in certain ways, "Rocky" is bigger than boxing itself.

But a great movie doesn't necessarily have to revolve around the sport itself. Sometimes, a clutch sports scene can make a movie.

I remember watching "National Lampoon's Vacation" a while back. When the Griswolds finally got to Wally World, Clark and Rusty started running through the parking lot towards the theme park. The movie's producers even camped it up a bit (or a lot) with the "Chariots Of Fire" theme. I mean, how can you not want to go running after watching that?

I came up with a list of the best sports moments in NON-sports movies. Because sometimes, you just need a score, a goal, or a touchdown to make the movie, well, a home run:

"Wedding Crashers" (2005): It's the scene that made "Crabcakes and football: that's what Maryland does!" and "Sack lunch...num-num-num-num!" household expressions. I would post the clip, but given the profanity in it, I'd fear getting fired. Anyway, when you have Christopher Walken and Vince Vaughn playing quarterbacks, the scene instantly qualifies as a classic. But what makes the scene timeless is Rachel McAdams giving Owen Wilson the best flirtatious look in movie history. She lines up on 'D, against Wilson, saying she's going to cover him "like white on rice", then she gives this little head nod and smile. Man, it's just not fair.

"Lucas" (1986): This movie had everyone and everything that should make up a classic 80s flick: Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder and Kerri Green, that one girl from "The Goonies". Heck, it even had a very young Jeremy Piven. Nerdy high school kid Lucas (Haim) falls for the dream girl (Green). The nerdy kid gets trumped by the big man on campus (Sheen). The pint-sized Lucas then tries to win everyone over by joining the football team. As soon as I saw the climactic "Throw It To Lucas" scene for the first time, I felt bummed because I figured the filmmakers were aiming for the cliched ending. Fortunately, that didn't happen. "Lucas" turned Haim into a star. He would go on to headline such Oscar-worthy classics as "License To Drive" and "Dream A Little Dream".

"The Shining" (1980): I'm kind of pushing it when I say, "sports scenes in non-sports movies", especially when the sports scene is clubbling your husband in the head with a baseball bat and watching him fall down a staircase. Random trivia: the bat is signed by Red Sox hall of famer Carl Yastrzemski. I'm sure Jack Nicholson got a good look at it in point-blank range. I think it's the best five minutes of acting in Nicholson's career. And hey, when the Pirates saw what Shelley Duvall could do with the bat, they immediately signed her and put her in the leadoff spot.
"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (1975): I bet a lot of people still don't know where Boston Celtics legend Robert Parish got his "chief" nickname. It's a takeoff from Chief Bromden, a character from the 1975 Oscar-winning classic starring, once again, Jack Nicholson. The scene where Nicholson (Randle McMurphy) tries to teach Chief to play basketball goes down as one of the all-time greats. It's almost as good as the movie's inspirational World Series scene, where Nicholson ad-libs all things Koufax and Mantle.
"The Naked Gun" (1988): By far and away, the funniest use of sports in a non-sports movie. I have had conversations with people who know Reggie Jackson more for his "I must kill...the queen" line over anything the real Mr. October did in a real game. The clip makes fun of baseball in every possible way: the off-key rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by Enrico Palazzo, the highlight montage including a shortstop getting run down by a car, Queen Elizabeth II throwing the best curveball in history, umpire Frank Drebbin's crazy strike call and a bench-clearing brawl...complete with a thrown dining room chair. And Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." gives you a reason to love the city of angels.

Here are some others worthy of a mention:

"The Godfather II": Michael Corleone and Hyman Roth watching football"The Untouchables": Al Capone (Robert De Niro) shows how baseball is a "team" game"Airplane!": Ted Striker teaches the natives to play basketball; also, any scene with Kareem Abdul Jabbar"Diner": The Baltimore Colts quiz"Father Of The Bride" ('91): The father-daughter basketball game (hey...some girls read this column, too)"The Big Lebowski": Like "Kingpin," gave bowling a little shot in the arm"Swingers": Making Gretzky bleed in the video game"Forrest Gump": Forrest dominates the gridiron as a member of the Crimson Tide"Rain Man": The 'Who's On First' scene (or scenes)"Wayne's World": The "He shoots he scores!" hockey scene. Game on!"Short Circuit": 5 plays baseball and imitates either Cosell or Scully (yes, I just referenced "Short Circuit")"Cool Hand Luke": The boxing scene (stay down, Luke!)"Back To School": The Triple Lindy diving scene
And fade to black!

Or something like that.

What 1,000 NHL points means to Patrick Kane and what's next for Blackhawks superstar


What 1,000 NHL points means to Patrick Kane and what's next for Blackhawks superstar

It was never a matter of if and only a matter of when Patrick Kane would reach 1,000 career NHL points. He tried his best not to let it creep into his mind as he got closer to the number, but it was difficult not to.

Kane entered Sunday's game sitting at 999 points after picking up one the night before on Hockey Night in Canada to extend his point streak to nine games. He needed only one more to make history and did so, fittingly, in front of a sold-out United Center crowd of 21,487.

Kane recorded the secondary assist on Brandon Saad's goal in the third period to make it 4-1 and the entire team left the bench to mob Kane thanks to captain Jonathan Toews, who orchestrated the ordeal and cleared it with league officials. 

"What a moment, obviously, with everyone coming onto the ice and sharing that moment with me," Kane said following a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. "You see some faces in that pile that have been a big part of a lot of those points, whether it’s been [Toews] or [Duncan Keith] or [Alex] DeBrincat recently, [Saad] to finish it off I think was pretty cool. ... As far as everyone coming onto the ice and sharing that with me is something I’ll never forget."

Kane became the youngest American-born player to hit the 1,000-point mark and fourth player in Blackhawks history to accomplish that feat, joining Denis Savard (1,096), Bobby Hull (1,153) and Stan Mikita (1,497). Only 89 other players in NHL history are part of the 1,000-point club; Kane makes it 90.

[RELATED: Kane first star interview]

"He's one of those elite players," Brandon Saad said. "He's one of those few who can achieve goals like that. All you can say is good things about him. He's a special player. He keeps getting better with age. He's fun to play with."

It was a memorable night in Chicago, but there was something missing. Kane’s parents couldn't attend due to inclement weather in their hometown of Buffalo. His dad, Pat Kane Sr., made it to all 41 home games last season.

“It’s tough not having them here,” Kane said. “They’ve been a big part of my career. I’m sure I’ll talk to them after this and hopefully there will be some better moments in the future that they’ll be here for.”

Kane’s list of accolades in his NHL career is only getting longer and will continue to get longer. Three Stanley Cups. Conn Smythe Trophy recipient. Art Ross Trophy winner. League MVP. Now a member of the 1,000-point club.

"It’s special," Kane said. "I’ve been very fortunate in my career, whether it’s been getting drafted by Chicago or making some decisions when I was younger to move away at 14 years old, a freshman in high school, forgo college and play in London for a year.

"Obviously, Chicago winning the lottery, getting drafted by Chicago, then having a lot of good pieces in place here with some great players where we could turn the corner pretty fast and become a good team. There were a lot of things that were lined up. When you reach a milestone like this you think of all those players you played with that had a big part of it. It’s been a fun ride."

Even though he’s accomplished just about everything in his hockey life, Kane is still hungry for more.

[RELATED: Kane's road to 1,000 career points]

So what’s next?

"1,001," Kane laughed. "Start there and then move forward."

But really, there's only one goal.

"Maybe a few more Cups," Kane said to Chicago crowd after being named No. 1 star of the game. "That would be nice, right?"

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Patrick Kane receives the championship belt from Jonathan Toews after getting to 1K


Patrick Kane receives the championship belt from Jonathan Toews after getting to 1K

Patrick Kane added a special milestone onto the Blackhawks' fifth-straight win, scoring the 1,000th point of his NHL career.

Kane was emotional after the overall awesome night capped off by his amazing feat. Jonathan Toews made sure that Kane received the "championship belt" that the Blackhawks give to the team's top player after every win. Toews called it a  "no brainer" of a decision. 

Kane was overjoyed and emotional speaking tp his teammates, stating, "that was absolutely unreal, obviously getting 1,000 points but having you guys come on the ice there and share it with me was a great moment."

Obviously the big focus on the night was Kaner's amazing career achievement but even he wanted to make sure the overall team success doesn't go unnoticed. Kane knows how confident the team is right now and wants to keep the wins going. 

[RELATED: Patrick Kane makes NHL history]

"It's been fun here for a long time," stated Kane, and with 1,000 career points and No. 88 hopefully a Chicago Blackhawk for the rest of his career, it will be fun for much, much longer.

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