Saturday, February 15, 2014

Quack aint whack

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that the Olympics in Sochi are well underway.  The net is buzzed with chatter today regarding our victory over Russia in men's hockey.  There is said to be a rivalry between USA and the Russkies, and I'm pretty sure it originates from the following:

Sorry, Apollo...not even those flashy shorts could've saved you - the guy's a machine.  I think it's safe to say that everyone is having a Springsteen moment today, 'cause we were boooorn in the USA!  I could be completely wrong, but I feel America's love for hockey has increased exponentially over the last 20 years or so - thanks to Gordon Bombay and his amateur drunk driving.

I mean, look at this guy with his 'I'm cool, bitch!' expression.  One hand on the wheel of his asshole sports car with a bottle to the face; this is Gordon Bombay, Attorney at Law.  Caught under the influence, Gordon rises above the haters by leading a group of dumpster diving kids to a pee-wee hockey championship title.

Don't deny it, you wanted to be one of the Ducks (except Goldberg)...myself included.  I think a lot of kids could identify with the characters; the idea of you and your rag tag friends coming together to be CHAMPIONS suddenly became a semi-realistic goal.  Also, let's not forget the fact that 'The Mighty Ducks' is the only movie with Joshua Jackson that's worth seeing (we'll give him D2 too).

One of the ongoing conflicts throughout this movie focuses on Gordon's internal struggle with his past; he is haunted by the memory of missing a penalty shot in a pee-wee hockey game - 20 years prior!  In the real world, this is normally something that takes maybe a week to forget, but it's Disney so you have to roll with it.  What I couldn't get over was how after all those years, his former hockey coach seems to have been cryogenically frozen.

Did anyone else notice that? How is this guy still alive??  What's fun about watching these movies as an adult is that you finally get those jokes that went 'whoosh!' over your head.  Think back to the scene when the gang is in chemistry class and the teacher, while holding up a 3D model of an atom asks 'and what about the blue balls?'

The entire class giggles...


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