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However, I am still a fan of my original alma mater, North Dakota State University. They've won three national championships in a row, and this past weekend they were going for four in a row, against Illinois.
A friend let us come over, as we don't have ESPN, so we could watch the game. I wore my Bison sweater, we had lots of good food, it was a great day. I watched the game, hoping to catch a glimpse of my parents in the stands, but being rather complacent about the game itself.
Because the Bison have done so well. I just knew they'd win. After all, for the seniors on the team, they've never lost a national championship. In fact, they've only lost three college games. I didn't expect a nail-biter.
Not exactly the makings of a sports movie. Sports movies always feature a team that is down and out. They aren't expected to do well. But they have pluck and determination, and a coach who spurs them on to greatness. They overcome horridly rude opponents, discrimination, awful schedules, and a myriad of other setbacks, and surprise everyone by winning in the end.
Or at least that is the formula I'm used to.
When the Game Stands Tall follows a different formula. It starts off with a Christian high school team who has a hundreds-of-games (151 of them) winning streak going. As in, they haven't lost a game in DECADES. They don't expect to lose anytime soon either, as they have a strong team and great coaches. Everyone expects the streak will continue.
Lots of horrible things happen, and the team stops acting like a team. They get away from their fundamentals, which have everything to do with everyone setting goals involving a perfect effort, and a focus on love and family.
It was refreshing, really, to have the exact opposite of the majority of the sports flicks out there. This isn't Cinderella finally getting a chance to be noticed. This is the folks on the top, the ones who have everything going right. And what happens when they lose that golden touch.
A bit like Job.
What happens when things aren't going my way? Do I praise God in the storms?
Will this team and this coach?
We loved the movie here. Family Christian brought another winner to my home for this review.