A few weeks ago, we surveyed our MySTACK members for recommendations of movies they consider perfect for team bonding. Those who completed the survey were automatically entered in a drawing to win a free copy of The Blind Side. Out of hundreds of entries, we selected 20 films that we judged best to view with your crew. The first selection is presented below. Check out the other winners in the weeks to come, and if you think we’re missing a flick, email me, and maybe, just maybe, your pick will make the cut.
Athlete’s Choice: Aaron from Washington High School in Washington, Ind.
Movie: We are Marshall (Warner Bros.)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox and David Strathairn
This movie is based on an actual event, the tragic plane crash that killed practically the entire Marshall University football team and coaching staff in November 1970. The university and town (Huntington, W.Va.) are totally demoralized, but the surviving players rally together to convince the university’s Board of Governors that they should continue the program and play the 1971 season to honor those who died.
After much deliberation, the board finally consents, and the athletic department rebuilds the football team. Jack Lengyel (McConaughey), a football coach from a small-time program with no ties to Marshall, brings his unusual coaching philosophy and methods; and after successfully petitioning the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, he shapes his small group of men into a team. Can they win a game? It almost doesn’t matter, as the town, the university and the student body summon the strength to move on and overcome the tragedy. Win or lose, the young Thundering Herd play their hearts out in honor of their former teammates.
STACK’s Take: Truly a film worth watching. Thank you for picking it, Aaron. This film is all about honoring those who lost their lives on that tragic night in 1970. The team didn’t honor them by going out and winning a national championship the next season; they honored them by playing the game with more passion and pride than ever before. It was never about winning or losing with Coach Lengyel; it was just about the game. This movie is a great pick, and it will inspire any team to give their all and leave no regrets on the field.