President’s Blog April 12, 2022
I don’t consider myself a movie “buff” but I certainly watch more movies now than I did when I was younger. I must have more “down time’ than I did before or maybe I took a peak at the cable bill and realized that if I am going to pay that much monthly, I should get some enjoyment out of it. It seems like everyone likes different types of movies. We have two TVs in our house so that solves most of the problems.
I would consider myself a guy that likes, action, suspense, romance, thrillers and sports movies. If the movie makes you think, has a good plot and a sense of humor, that’s for me. Some of my favorites are Field of Dreams, The American President, any James Bond films, Die Hard, Days of Thunder, The Thomas Crowne Affair and of course The Legend of Bagger Vance.
Bagger Vance is a caddy played by Will Smith. He is very philosophical as he communicates with a once great golfer played by Matt Damon. This movie is directed by Robert Redford and it addresses everything from the tragedies of war, losing one’s golf swing, the power of romance and the integrity of the game of golf. The movie is set in post depression Atlanta GA. Many lessons are learned throughout the movie about the real struggle families endured during that time in history.
Jack Lemon (Hardy Greaves) narrates at the start of the movie and also at end of the movie. Initially his character is a 12 year old boy that is in love with “the greatest game in the world” (golf). He ends the movie getting up from the rough after his 6th heart attack while playing golf. He walks into the sunset as Bagger waves to him from the horizon. Worth a watch.
Most great movies have “one liners” that you can’t get out of your head, especially after you have watched the movie over and over. In the American President, Michael Douglas (POTUS) tells Michael J Fox that people don’t drink the sand because they are yearning for leadership, “They drink the sand because they don’t know the difference.” In Days of Thunder Tom Cruise tells his crew chief (Robert Duval) that the accelerator is stuck and he cannot stop. Duval says “Push in the clutch and let the Son of a B blow. It’s over Cole!” Don’t forget one of the greatest lines of all time, “Build it and they will come.”
In The Legend of Bagger Vance it is very hard for me to decide which of the many one liners is my favorite. It could be when Charlzie Theron says to Matt Damon “I liked the way we danced” or maybe when Matt Damon is lecturing young Hardy Greaves about how his father looked adversity in the eye and beat it back with a broom. Matt tells Hardy “Grow up Hardy” and Hardy replies “I’m not supposed to be grown up, I am only 12.” I think that I will give the nod to Hardy Greaves. When Matt Damon asked him “You really love the game of golf Hardy?” He responds by saying, “It is the greatest game in the world. I don’t know of any other game that you can call a penalty on yourself. The game of golf can only be played, it can’t be won.”
As we transition to spring from a long, cold, wet, snowy winter, remember that you may not have as much free time to watch a movie but you need to make time to play the “Greatest Game in The World!” See you at LKCC.
Yours in Golf,