Tuesday, January 17, 2006
I'm usually not one to go out and see a movie within the first week it's in the theatre but ever since I saw the first trailers for "Glory Road" I knew I wanted to see it right away. Since I was out of town all weekend I didn't have a chance to go see it until Monday. I had high expectations of this movie and other than a few minor details I was not dissapointed.
I'm not going to go into a ton of details about the movie because I think everyone needs to go see it but here's a brief summary. The movie is the true story of the 1965-66 Texas Western (now University of Texas El Paso) basketball team and their young coach Don Haskins. There was unwritten rule in the south during that time that teams would play no more than one black player at a time at home or two on the road. Haskins broke that rule when he recruited seven black players for his team. This was met with a lot of resitance from fans, boosters and other programs. Throughout the movie you see the players and the coach go through many trials on their way to the NCAA championship game where they would face the top team in the country the Kenntucky Wildcats and their Legendary coach Adolph Rupp. In that game they became the first team in NCAA to start five black players.
It's not fair to label this a "sports movie" because it goes much deeper than just sports. Whether you're a Basketball fan or not, go see this movie, I don't think you'll be dissapointed.