‘When the Game Stands Tall’ ~
CFDb Movie Review & Recommendation
When The Game Stands Tall – which tells the true story of legendary De La Salle High School football Coach Bob Ladouceur, (Caviezel), and his assistant coach Terry Eidson, (Chiklis), who took the Concord California Spartans prep team from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003 that shattered all records for consecutive victories in any American sport. Known as “Coach Lad”, Ladouceur had little experience coaching football when he was hired at De La Salle, but through his unyielding focus on character-building, faith, responsibility and commitment, created one of the country’s greatest football dynasties.
Inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame and widely considered the greatest prep football coach of all time, Ladouceur’s spectacular achievements during his 34 years with the De La Salle Spartans include a historic 12-year, 151-game run of consecutive wins, 20 undefeated seasons, seven national titles, five CIF Bowl championships, 17 state championships and 28 CIF North Coast titles. When Ladouceur retired in January 2013, he was the all-time winningest coach in California having amassed one of the highest-winning percentage of any coach (.934 percent) with his 399-25-3 record.
“On the surface, it appears that these players just won a lot of football games, but what makes this story so special is that this is a coach who placed little value on winning, instead focusing his players on giving a ‘perfect effort’ in life,” said producer David Zelon. “Underneath it is a resounding testimonial about how much more kids can achieve when they are challenged with responsibility and commitment.”
I cannot put into words how much I LOVED this film and want everyone to see it, Christian and non-Christian, adults and youth, even children. It is such an inspirational film. Here were some of the highlights:
- We know what we are made of when the trials come. Trials also help us to find out more about ourselves so we can grow closer to God.
- Be the very best we can be.
- Brotherhood concept – You can count on each other through the good and bad. (Sounds exactly like the way church is SUPPOSED to be…family…unity)
- Having goals/making commitments/holding each other accountable. Remind me a lot of Daniel and Shadrach/Meschach/Abednego
- The mention of the purity pledge made by an unexpected character.
- We reap what we sow.
- Life doesn’t make sense when we feel all alone. There is one really powerful intense scene between best friends. I want a friend like that.
- It’s not about YOU/ME – It’s about the man next to you – what a concept. We ARE our brother’s keeper!
- Don’t let something define you as a failure – it’s NOT who we are.
- Volunteering is crucial – take the time to see how other people live their lives.
- Some funny moments in between the terribly sad moments, but mostly just inspirational moments!
- Such intense training for sports – shouldn’t Christians be training for spiritual battles even more than that???
- Face your fears.
- Loved the ending – so powerful.
I really can’t say enough great things about this film.
UPDATE on 8/29/3014 – I had an amazing dream last night and what’s amazing is where the concept really comes from. It was all about “The man next to you!” Jesus never did anything for Himself and He was our example. He told us to deny self, pick up the cross daily, and follow Him. (Cross = SELF & Following Him = loving our neighbor, our friend, our enemy, our family, the people in our church or work). Just like in “When the Game Stands Tall’.
The entire Bible is about JESUS and not about the individual. It’s never been about the individual, but the corporate body. Think about it – first example is Joseph. He went through things as an individual but for what reason? To save the people of God.
Everything we are allowed to go through isn’t about us, it’s about someone else (unless it’s to bring us to salvation), or it’s to strengthen our character so we will become more like Jesus. When bad things happen to us so many people lose their faith but that is because they are thinking everything that happens is all about them…looking at everything selfishly. If we don’t think this way, we won’t lose our faith or even question God. We would trust Him and move forward in faith, even if it’s painful. I made the statement in my dream, “Anything can happen to anyone at any time, even to the Christian.” Some of you may disagree with this but if we are realistic and honest, we’ll admit this is true.
We’ve all questioned WHY did God allow this to happen to that person or to ourselves. Only He sees the end from the beginning. We can truly trust Him.
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