Friday, February 25, 2011
Flick Friday: The Bad News Bears
Today I've got another baseball classic, the original (I didn't see the remake and I don't want to!) The Bad News Bears from 1976. I loved this movie when I saw it as a kid at the Coral Theater on 95th Street in 1976, and I still love it today. It's a wonderful underdog story; yet even though the underdogs don't win the game, they do become winners.
The movie is full of great quotes including....
Tanner: All we got on this team are a buncha Jews, spics, niggers, pansies, and a booger-eatin' moron!
Buttermaker: Listen, Lupus, you didn't come into this life just to sit around on a dugout bench, did ya? Now get your ass out there and do the best you can.
Buttermaker: No! Don't jump in Engleberg, you'll flood the valley.
And my favorite:
Tanner: Hey Yankees... you can take your apology and your trophy and shove it straight up your ass!
There wasn't much here, although the title team shares their name with the Cubs' former fall tenants.
Ogilvie's baseball patch jacket includes a Cubs patch. I remember seeing patches like this as a kid and wondering why they made the Cubs C look like the Reds' C. It wasn't until years later that I saw the Cubs used to wear a wishbone C. They last wore it in 1956, but the patch people didn't seem to care. (And how about that cool Barrel Man Brewers logo)
One of the teams in the seven team North Valley League was the Cubs. But they and the Indians never got any screen time; the Yankees, Athletics, Mets, White Sox, and Bears did. And no wisecracks about how the Cubs were near the bottom of that league, too!
And finally, a few cards of the Bears.
It was great fun to watch this again; you should too!