When the Game Stands Tall

By: Joe Batto, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 06:21 am PST
Filed under: Corkboard

There is a very inspiring movie called “When the Game Stands Tall” that is currently showing in local theaters which may be of interest to La Salle students and alumni. It is based on the true story of the De La Salle High School football team in Concord and the coach that led them on an unbelievable 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2004. By the way, their school colors are also green and white.

The film features Jim Caviezel as Bob Ladouceur, the long-time head coach of the school’s football team. During that undefeated 12-year period the DLS Spartans scored a total of 7,092 points versus 1,323 points for their opponents, outscoring them with an average score of 47-9. They were ranked the No. 1 high school team in the nation five times during those 12 perfect seasons!

The movie is about team spirit, respect, humility – “how life should be lived and people should be treated” – and other values that Ladouceur instilled in his players. “Never give anything less than your best, and always be accountable to your teammates. No half-efforts are tolerated; no excuses accepted.”

Jim Caviezel, who is Catholic, also came out as Jesus Christ in the film “The Passion of Christ”. Four years ago I attended a church presentation in San Jose where he was the guest of honor. When asked why he took on the role of Jesus Christ he said he just couldn’t turn it down because, coincidentally, his initials are J.C. and he was 33 years old at that time.

I rarely recommend a movie but on seeing this one I thought it was well worth recommending, especially to fellow Lasallians. What’s in this film is part of what a Christian Brothers’ education is all about.

Animo La Salle!

Joe Batto <jose@battoteam.com>
– Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:21:47 AM PST