Not only did we recently celebrate the thirty-seventh anniversary of the famous "Miracle on Ice," when Team USA hockey defeated the Russians at the height of the Cold War in arguably the greatest upset in sports of all-time, but the NHL playoffs will be here before you know it this spring.
As a result, the great comedy Slap Shot (1977) is more than worthy of a viewing this weekend. Directed by the brilliant George Roy Hill and starring the legendary Paul Newman, the film chronicles the coach of a minor-league American hockey team.
Former hockey star Reggie Dunlop goes from living the high life to coaching a minor-league hockey team on the skids. When Dunlop realizes that playing dirty excites the crowds, he turns his team into a goon squad of thugs whose popularity only grows the longer they stew in the penalty box.