Famous Movie Lines Applied to Sports

Once Upon a Time They Were ..... Baseball's Children of the Night!

Once Upon a Time
They Were …..
Baseball’s Children of the Night!

A friend of mine named Pat Flynn recently sent me a clip from the American Film Institute that features its version of the 100 best quotes over the first hundred years of talking movies. It’s an enjoyment unto itself and you may view it from here through the following link:

The Pecan Park Eagle thinks it also has a lot to offer as a reservoir of quotes that would easily fit right into certain active situations in sports these days, if we first, simply thought about it this morning and allowed the “right words” to find “the right sports character” to say them again in a situation that is appropriate to some current sports issue or topic. (Got it? …. Fair enough.)

We didn’t actually use the YouTube collection, per se, but we knew all of those they offered, and probably will end up here not bringing anything into the mix that isn’t there, but it could happen. We also reserve the right to modify the famous, at times, for a better fit into the situation.

OK, here we go. First comes the quote and source in bold type. Then to the sports situation it is now applied:

  1. “Make him an offer he can’t refuse.” (“The Godfather”) ~ UH Cougar Football fans to the University of Houston regarding the future contract of Head Coach Tom Herman out there on Cullen Boulevard.
  2. “We’re gonna need a bigger boat! (“Jaws”) ~ After hearing the above demands of UH football fans, the UH Chief Financial Officer begins his Funds-for-Herman report to the Board of Regents with the aforementioned statement.
  3. “I want you to go to their windows and yell, ‘I’m mad as hell – and I’m not going to take it anymore!’ ” (“Network) ~ Houston Chronicle writer Jerome Solomon to Houston’s NFL Texans fans after the team drafts yet another easily injured defensive player and passes on prospects that could grow into the franchise quarterback they have never had.
  4. “We rob banks! (“Bonnie and Clyde”) ~ The MLB Players Union succinctly reveals the philosophy that guides the demands of star players with celestial season stats for quarter million dollar, five-year contracts.
  5. “I’m not a bad man. I’m just a bad wizard.” (“Wizard of Oz”) ~ NFL Texans GM Rick Smith tries to explain himself to the “mad as hell” fans who protest the club’s lack of success over his ten-year tenure at the helm.
  6. “The stuff that dreams are made of.” ~ (“The Maltese Falcon”) ~ Even though they fell short this time in their pursuit of a World Series championship, Astros manager A.J. Hinch explains to his club what the 2015 season meant to him while the team is still on the road to hopefully, actually getting there.
  7. “I’ll have what she’s having.” ~ (“When Harry Met Sally”) ~ In mixed envy and admiration for her sister’s accomplishments, tennis star Venus Williams places her breakfast order after listening to her star tennis sister Serena Williams place her own.
  8. “Every time I play golf, I always wear a suit with two pair of pants. – That’s in case I get a hole in one.” (old W.C. Fields movie) ~ Self-effacing humor on the golf circuit becomes more common for Tiger Woods these days as he borrows the old line from Fields to show the world that – since he cannot seem to get back to what he was on the performance level – that he will try to become a little more easy-going and likable.
  9. “I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!” – (“The Wizard of Oz”) ~“And I have feeling we’re not going back to Kansas anymore!” ~ New York Mets manager Terry Collins, after Game 5 of the 2015 World Series in New York.
  10. “Of all the gin joints in all the world, she has to walk into mine!” ~ (“Casablanca”) ~ In reference to ex-QB Rob Mallett, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien says, “Of all the clubhouses in all of the NFL, he has to walk into mine!”)
  11. “You talkin’ to me? – You talkin’ to me? – You talkin’ to ME? … Well, … I’m the only one here!” (“Taxi Driver”) ~ Luke Gregerson of the Houston Astros says it as his response to our question about what its like to be a part of the club’s late inning relief pitching hope.
  12. “Here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into!” – (a trademark comment by Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel in almost all of their 1930 comic movies and shorts.) ~ It is also a thought (if not a comment) in the mind of Astros closer Luke Gregerson when he takes over a 2015 late inning bad pitching situation from Chad Qualls, Will Harris, or Pat Neshek.
  13. “There’s no place like home! – There’s no place like home! – There’s no place like home!” (“Wizard of Oz”) ~ A choral group recitation by the entire 2015 Houston Astros club.
  14. “Listen to them! – Children of the night! – What music they make! (“Dracula”, in response to howls from the woods at midnight) ~ New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel in response to the sounds of Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford returning to the club’s hotel about 2:30 AM on any given night in the early 1950s they played together as teammates.

Enough for now. With more time, we could go on forever. But it’s probably just as well we do not test attentions spans any further.

Have a nice day, Everybody!




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