Quarantine Posts #29: The Mighty Ducks

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Thank goodness for Disney Plus. One of the great streaming services in my house because it gives something for my niece and nephew to watch. Sometimes at the same time. Thank goodness it can be up on several screens. (All things Spiderman for him… and all the princesses for her. Yes they choose what they want to watch and I don’t have to worry.) The great thing for me is the nostalgia I get when I get to watch things with them for the first time. Watching things through an adult lens gives me some different perspective which is fun most of the time. Sometimes I think though… ‘How could I have liked this as a kid?’ but it is eye opening nontheless. I watched Blank Check the other day and the kid in me loved this movie but the adult in me raged against the machine. (Who lets their kid work for a man that they have never met? Red Flags all over that movie.) But my love for the Mighty Ducks stayed the same if not better than before.

This movie gets a lot of flack from hockey fans. But I mean who actually takes cues about a sport based solely on the series of kids movies. These movies came out at the height of the underdog movies (Sandlot, The Little Giants, The Rookie etc etc.) The flack usually comes in the form of people saying “You can tell a fake hockey fan because their favorite hockey movie is the mighty ducks..” People are dumb. People like a lot of things from their childhood for various reasons. I enjoyed these movies because there was representation for me. (Black people and girls.) I had also wanted to be part of a team… but hadn’t really gotten a chance to do so. These movies peaked my interests in hockey… but you know… elitist in and that.

I think I always had a thing for Jesse Hall.
By far my favorite Ducks movie.
This one… I had to be older to appreciate… Adult lens comes to the rescue.

Anyways, one of my favorite trilogies as a kid was the Mighty Ducks. I remember being interested in hockey at a young age and it was disheartening to be told by older family members that “Black people do not play hockey.” You’re a kid so you figure that they know. (See my Black Girl Hockey Post.) The great thing about the mighty ducks was I saw Jesse Hall and his brother who were black kids playing hockey. It was opposed to everything that I had been told up to that point. Not only that but it showed their black father at every game which dispels another myth about black families and black fathers. There were also girls on the team which spoke to me… (The whole anything you can do I can do.)It was part of the reason that I became a hockey fan… although now… after seeing several real games. There are some qualms I have with the movie. But I will talk about that later.

Lets first get into that cast of the first movie:

  • Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay
  • Joshua Jackson as Charlie Conway, #96
  • Elden Henson as Fulton Reed, #44
  • Shaun Weiss as Greg Goldberg, #33
  • Brandon Adams as Jesse Hall, #9 (Seen the Sandlot anyone?)
  • J. D. Daniels as Peter Mark, #24
  • Matt Doherty as Lester Averman, #4
  • Aaron Schwartz as Dave Karp, #11
  • Garette Ratliff Henson as Guy Germaine, #00
  • Marguerite Moreau as Connie Moreau, #18
  • Vincent Larusso as Adam Banks, #9 (Hawks), #99

  • Jussie Smollett as Terry Hall, #1 (We won’t talk about them calling themselves the “Oreo Line” Insert Eyeroll.
  • Danny Tamberelli as Tommy Duncan, #2 (The Adventures of Pete and Pete)
  • Jane Plank as Tammy Duncan, #5

So the plot of the first movie is pretty simple. Gordon Bombay is forced into taking time off to coach the District 5 pee wee hockey team for drunk driving. Bombay has an unpleasant history with the sport: in 1973, he was the Hawks’ star player but, struggling with the loss of his father, he missed a penalty shot in the championship game, disappointing his hyper-competitive coach, Jack Reilly. This guy is a douche but I will get into that later. The Hawks went on to lose in overtime, becoming one of their only championship defeats. Bombay meets the District 5 team, and realizes the children have no practice facility, equipment, or ability which is usually the case when your family is a lower income family.

Look at my rag tag band of misfits
One of them is wearing a football helmet. One of them is wearing a bike helmet to play hockey. SMH

When I started with the black girl hockey club, I didn’t know what the costs were for enrolling your child(ren) in an extra curricular activity. Looking back at this movie after going on those trips gave me different perspective. As a kid, District 5 made me laugh. Although, I should know how it feels to not have the money to do what the other kids or doing. If you have read my post on the black girl hockey club, you will know I had an awakening. As a kid, I thought it was funny that Goldberg was taping pads on to play goalie or that Terry Hall had on a bike helmet. Really though, it is sad.

Of course these numbers are an average based on one child. If you have more children then…

The District 5 first game with Bombay at the helm is against the Hawks. Reilly is still the Hawks’ head coach and, despite a nearly unbroken championship streak, remains bitter about Gordon’s missed penalty shot. (Who cares that much about Pee Wee anything? I have to remember I live where pee wee football is king… so maybe it isn’t that far off the mark.) It just seems odd that Bombay still harbors feelings about something that happened when he was a kid. (But I mean his dad died and I am sure that had more to do with it but it was still weird to sDistrict 5 is soundly defeated as Reilly demands the Hawks run up the score. (It is something about the way he instructed the young boys that winning by any cost is the right way to play games that never set right with me even as a kid.) As an adult though, you could tell that the Coach Reilly’s whole identity is wrapped up in living vicariously through the kids. But it’s also the way he and the kids seem to believe because they have money they are better than anyone else. (Luckily, that doesn’t last long.)

Gordon is not winning any points with either the players or parents with his lack of coaching style. He berates them after they lose to the Hawks and teaches them to take dives and draw penalties, which results in another loss to the Jets. Things take a turn and Bombay starts actually taking an interests in the kids and wanting to coach them. He starts off by approaching his boss (Ducksworth) and looking for him to sponsor the kids so they can purchase professional-grade equipment as opposed to the makeshift equipment they had, and give Bombay time to teach the players fundamentals. He acquires three new players: Figure skating siblings Tommy and Tammy Duncan, and slap shot specialist Fulton Reed. (I love me some Fulton Reed.) All the kids know Reed and it doesn’t seem like they are afraid of him in fact, he seems to be their defender throughout the film even prior to joining the team.

Look at my big defender. My love of Enforcers dates way back.
No seriously… watch out for his slapshot. 1 out of 5.

Because the kids know Reed, Bombay asks them why he won’t join the team… each of them has a different reason but when Bombay actually meets Reed… (Reed’s nasty snapshot takes out the window on the van.) he gets the real scoop. Reed can’t skate. Ice or otherwise. Another thing that I learned from the Black Girl Hockey Club (especially that last trip) showed me that this was one of the biggest obstacles. When we were trying interests the elementary school kids, one of the things we were told was if the kids don’t learn to skate at a young age… they never learn and then hockey is out of the realm of possibility. But as is the case with movies (Disney especially) Reed learns to skate of a montage. (Inline skating though a mall. We all know this would never be allowed.)

The coaching was a bit questionable. The eggs thing is weird. But as a kid I thought it was hilarious. Especially when Bombay gets egged. I guess it got the point across and the kids learned how to pass the puck to each other. (But again… who watched this and thought…this is really how hockey practice goes.) It is the tying the goalie to the goalposts that kills me. (Whoever heard of a goalie that was afraid of the puck anyway.) But like this was cruel and unusual punishment. WHERE WERE GOLDBERGS PARENTS???????? He allows the other kids to shoot at a tied up Goldberg. ODD… Check out the scene here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgFZJ8v9Rdo)

Poor Goldberg

Renamed the Ducks – after Ducksworth – the team fights its next game against the Cardinals to a tie. Bombay learns that, due to redistricting, the Hawks’ star player Adam Banks lives in District Five and should be playing for the Ducks, and threatens Reilly into transferring Banks to the Ducks. Ducksworth makes a deal with Reilly for the Hawks to keep Banks, which Bombay, although initially tempted, refuses on the principles of fair play, which Ducksworth berated him about when he started his community service. Left with the choice of letting his team down or being fired from his job, he takes the latter. (Now I am watching grown men argue and actually fire a man over pee wee hockey. The same man that was forced to take this job in the first place. Now this wasn’t something I would have paid much attention to as a kid but I mean watching old men argue over kids playing hockey just to say they are on a winning team… was a little far fetched but again I live where football is king. Bunch of grown men living vicariously through their kids.) I think Banks’ dad even says something like “My kid would rather not play than play for the Ducks.” Um… seriously…. Anyways…

Banks decides to play with the Ducks rather than not play hockey at all and proves to be an asset though Jesse doesn’t trust him. The Ducks march through the playoffs with wins against the Hornets and the Cardinals, reaching the championship game against the Hawks. We are introduced to the line V. (This is really NOT a hockey thing but I love it nonetheless.)

I think I saw this at a skills competition or an all star game.

Here is Reilly really ends up on my shit list. He actually orders his kids to purposely injure Banks. (A. THIS IS COMPLETELY UNETHICAL. B. Isn’t this a kid that was on your team? Don’t you care about him at all? C. Teaching the other kids that hurting people is the way to win is just despicable.) Not to mention how Banks’ dad continued wearing Hawks gear and didn’t want to be seen cheering for his son. All those dudes were trash.

I mean his response says it all. They took Banks off in a stretcher and this is his response.

Shoutout to Fulton who drops a Hawks player for taking a cheap shot at Connie… As an adult, I still felt they deserved that but don’t do this kids. Don’t let stupid people bring you down to their level.

The Ducks manage to tie late in the final period, and Charlie is tripped by a Hawks player as time expires. In precisely the same situation Bombay faced at the film’s beginning, Charlie prepares for a game-deciding penalty shot. In stark contrast to Reilly, who told Bombay that if he missed, he was letting everyone down, Bombay tells Charlie to take his best shot and that he will believe in him no matter what. Inspired, Charlie fakes out the goalie with a “triple-deke” Bombay taught him and scores, winning the state championship. The thing I have an issue with is the fact he is allowed to take this shot without his helmet. (I am guessing this is more for the movie… but I mean… you can’t do this. But I mean they were letting kids play with football helmets.) But you know for the movie… it works.

He just skates off without his helmet… I mean what is going on here?
Look at him with his hair blowing in the wind and all that movie jazz.

The Ducks players and their families race onto the ice in jubilation, where Bombay thanks Hans for his belief in him and Hans tells Bombay he is proud of him. Later, Bombay boards a bus to a minor-league tryout, secured for him by the NHL’s Basil McRae of the Minnesota North Stars. Although daunted at the prospect of going up against younger players, he receives the same words of encouragement and advice from the Ducks he had given them, promising to return next season to defend their title.

D2: The Mighty Ducks

Alright… so moving on to D2… which is my favorite in the series because we get new players added to the original roster… Including giving Fulton some muscle in the form of Dean Portman and my favorite goalie ever Julie, the cat. (Girls can do anything.) The new cast of players are:

  • Colombe Jacobsen as Julie “The Cat” Gaffney, #6
  • Aaron Lohr as Dean Portman, #21
  • Ty O’Neal as Dwayne Robertson, #7
  • Kenan Thompson as Russ Tyler, #56
  • Mike Vitar as Luis Mendoza, #22 (Bennie the Jet anyone? If you don’t know who that is… I am sad for you.) Poor Mendoza has speed on his side but can’t stop.
  • Justin Wong as Ken Wu, #16

Mighty Duck players that were in the first film but not this one:

  • Tammy Duncan (her figure skating skills were replaced with those of Ken Wu)
  • Tommy Duncan
  • Terry Hall (despite the continuation of the character’s brother, Jesse)
  • Dave Karp
  • Peter Mark (his street punk goon image was replaced with those of Dean Portman)

But let’s jump into the plot of D2:

The Former Pee-Wee hockey coach, Gordon Bombay, is a star in the minor leagues, expected to reach the National Hockey League. However, a career-ending knee injury brings him back to Minneapolis. Bombay is offered a chance to coach a team representing the United States in the Junior Goodwill Games in Los Angeles. He manages to reunite most of his former Ducks players including:

  • Charlie Conway
  • Fulton Reed
  • Greg Goldberg
  • Jesse Hall (His brother is missing this movie… I am not sure. Maybe he was too young to travel to Los Angeles.)
  • Les Averman
  • Adam Banks
  • Connie Moreau 
  • Guy Germaine
Look at my rag tag team.

As Team USA, the Ducks also add five new players with special talents and the practice with the new teammates is interesting. It is shown that the OG ducks had not been training or conditioning in the off season and were being out skated. (Having played basketball in middle school, I knew this is the case with kids anyway. I remember Thanksgiving break and my coach saying she will be able to see the ones that didn’t work out when we went back to it.) And because there was a division between the new additions and the older players… enter Bombay’s eccentric style of coaching. I am not sure this endears me to him like it is supposed to. But he ties them all together until they and learn to work together like a team.

Our 5 new members wipe the floor with our old school ducks.
Should this be considered practice?

In Los Angeles, the lure of celebrity distracts Bombay, who begins to neglect the team for a luxurious lifestyle. (I really wonder what type of celebrity a juniors coach can get though.) There are a lot of A listers that Bombay is introduced to including:

  • Kristi Yamaguchi – Champion Olympic figure skater
  • Greg Louganis – Champion Olympic diver
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Basketball player
  • Wayne GretzkyChris CheliosLuc RobitailleCam Neely – National Hockey League (NHL) players
  • Bob Miller – play-by-play announcer for the championship game vs. Iceland

The team wins easy victories over Trinidad and Tobago and Italy in the double-elimination tournament. (There were a LOT of people complaining online about the inclusion of a place like Trinidad and Tobago as if in places such as this…. people would not have interest in a winter sport like hockey. although… The Black Girl Hockey Club dispelled this rumor. Check out this video about Kenya Ice Hockey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OGdZAQk1cg&feature=youtu.be) Now as far as why we didn’t get to see Canada play USA… I have no answer for that. Made no sense to me. But movie showing people from all walks of life enjoying and playing hockey is not a downside. I read a blog post saying that Russ Tyler’s crew enjoying hockey in South Central LA is a bit too far fetched… It screamed to me that only black people are allowed to like basketball or football. But I am off my soapbox for now.

Fulton Reed and Dean Portman gain recognition for their enforcer skills, and are dubbed the “Bash Brothers”. (Which is funny because when Dean is first introduced Fulton is less than thrilled. Fulton thinks Dean is a jerk. However, later on, he quickly bonds with Portman over talking to pretty girls and a love of heavy metal music.) I have been posed the question: Were the bash brothers really necessary? Probably not. But they always made it fun for me to watch.

Ready to do damage.
Putting on battle armor.
Clothes Line anyone?
Don’t you just love the bash brothers?

Backup goaltender Julie Gaffney asks Bombay for a chance to play, but is told to wait since Goldberg is on a hot streak. (Even though she is a MUCH better goalie… but we will get back to that in D3. The team suffers an embarrassing 12–1 defeat against Iceland, coached by ex-NHL player Wolf “The Dentist” Stansson. (Why would a guy who had one year in the NHL and helped knock out more teeth than he had goals would be great to coach a Juniors team?) USA plays badly, and star center Adam Banks is slashed in the wrist. Here is another group of poor athletes just out to hurt the other team. Jerks. Also the sexist jokes that Julie handles like I would have…

I am she and she is me.
Same sis…. SAME

Because the team loses… the pressure increases on Bombay. Adult me has questions about why so much money was being thrown at coaches of Juniors? And how losing one game causes him to lose his job. (I wondered what Bombay was going to do once the Juniors was over anyway.) And because shit rolls downhill, Bombay drives his players even harder. He even forces them to practice well into the night, but they begin to suffer from complete exhaustion.  Realizing the children are too tired to complete their school work or even stay awake in class, the team’s tutor Michelle McKay intervenes, cancelling practice and confronting Bombay over his thoughtlessness and for putting his ego ahead of the well being of his team.

Enter Russ Tyler, who has been tormenting the USA players. Complaining that he and his crew could play better than those representing the USA to the world. Russ charges into the USA Training Camp and challenges team USA to a pick up game. Once better rested, the players encounter a street hockey team who teaches them to play like “the real Team USA”. We are introduced to the Knucklepuck… which boggles Reed’s mind.

Look at all the inner city kids playing hockey… which I was constantly told they don’t do.
Cheesy? Yes. Unlikely or Unbelievable that black kids play hockey? No.

In their match against Germany, Bombay fails to arrive on time, forcing Charlie to lie to the referee. He says that Michelle is the team’s assistant coach. The team struggles, entering the third period tied, until Bombay arrives and apologizes to the team for his selfish behavior. (I wonder what kind of record these officials were keeping that a simple lie like that would keep them in the tournament.) Once Bombay returns, the players win the game with their signature “Flying V”, and advance to the next round.

Now that Bombay is actually paying attention, he benches Banks because of his injury. Banks gripes and I am sure that his old coach would have allowed him to play injured to prove that he is a winner… but… he is sidelined anyway. To fill the spot, Charlie brings in Russ Tyler and he helps them win over Russia with his Knucklepuck. (We aren’t supposed to question how this kid is allowed to just join the team without a real tryout and compete on an international level… as a kid you go with it… as an adult… I am yelling… PLOTHOLE!) This win secures USA’s victory over Russia, advancing them to the championship game for a rematch against Iceland.

I wonder all the time what the motivation for Charlie giving up his spot was when Banks returns from his injury. I guess it was to show kids how to work on a team but thought Charlie’s love for wanting to coach was weird even as a kid. Charlie gives up his spot on the team so that Russ can keep playing and helps Bombay coach instead. Prior to the final game, Bombay wants his team to relax but the Iceland team cuts their relaxation short. A one on one game between the coaches ensues.

Does these people have any fun? Or Fun that doesn’t involve beating the hell out of other people

The Dentist shows why he got his name and why his kids play the way they do. He is losing to Bombay and can’t take the trash talk. He resorts to bring down Bombay with a cheap shot that ends the One on One match. No wonder his career was super short. Check out the scene here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RSJNxCCGAY) Super dramatic right? LOL.

I won’t even try to understand why they would stack drink cans in order to help Luis stop. It really doesn’t seem to work and makes a big mess. But I guess it is better than the eggs from the first movie.

Seems like such a mess.

The final game is just craziness that would never take place in an actual hockey game. I mean Dwayne lassoing a guy in the middle of a game. Just ridiculous. But it is Disney so you know… the Iceland team initially dominates as the Ducks incur penalties: Ken picks a fight with an opposing player, the Bash Brothers fight the entire Iceland bench and Dwayne lassos an opposing player before he can check Connie. An annoyed Bombay observes, “this isn’t a hockey game, it’s a circus.” I also wondered like were these actual kids playing these parts. Honestly, they looked like grown men. But honestly, the circus thing is understatement.

I did enjoy that the guys on the team were protective of their female teammates.
But if you’re a girl into sports… you probably feel like Connie

After an invigorating speech, the ducks come out with new jerseys…(Is there not a rule on that?) and a new attitude as is the case with sports movies. The Ducks tie the game with goals from Connie, Banks, Luis, and finally Russ. We won’t even talk about how they had Russ switch jerseys with Goldberg… and took his shot because he couldn’t deal with the double team. Just know that I think it is complete and utter nonsense.

The game is forced to go to a five-shot shootout. With a 4–3 score in favor of the Ducks, Gunnar Stahl, the tournament’s leading scorer, is Team Iceland’s final shooter. This is when Bombay pulls Goldberg and puts in Julie… (I didn’t think you can do a goalie change in the middle of a shootout. I also wonder what happened to all of the talk about Goldberg being “hot”.)  Julie has the faster glove. Gunnar fires a hard slapshot which Julie catches in her glove. The Ducks’ triumph over Iceland to win the tournament.

D3: The Mighty Ducks

This is my least favorite ducks movie… as it is for most people but I will say that I have a better understanding for what unfolds than I did as a kid. Are we given the same story again…? Sure. Rich kids who think they are better than the ducks… yeah we have seen this before. I think after watching it this time, I understand the theme of learning new things and being open to change. Charlie was a great character to me… but he had a hard time in this movie because he was so resistant to making changes. Brandon Adams, who played Jesse Hall, is the only actor from the previous films to not reprise his role as a Duck, after appearing in the first two films of the trilogy. It’s assumed his character moved away.

So let’s hop into this plot… After their victory at the Junior Goodwill Games, the Ducks are awarded the junior varsity hockey scholarships to Eden Hall Academy, a prestigious prep school that Coach Bombay attended. They have reached the end of their line with Bombay and are thrust into EVERYTHING new. Been there done that. It’s hard and it sucks to leave things you know behind but you wonder what did Charlie think was going to happen. That he was going to be coached by Bombay for the rest of his life?  Charlie struggles with his transition from childhood to adolescence; he thinks he was abandoned by Bombay when he is informed that Bombay intends to take a job with the Junior Goodwill Games, which would leave him unable to coach the Ducks. (This is not a slight of Charlie or the Ducks. But there are even some adults that I know that take things personally when someone takes another job position. People can’t make life decisions based on other people.)

The Ducks experience many early struggles: playing in the new “two-way hockey” defensive style of Coach Orion (I mean imagine that you actually have to play defense… imagine that a game is not all about scoring… shocking…), Orion abandoning several Duck traditions (which can also be expected since he is the new coach and wants to create a new feel for the team), and off-ice conflicts with the Varsity team. The rift gets bigger because Coach Orion shifts around playing positions. (I believe he sends Adam Banks up to Varsity. So as we have seen before there was a separation of Banks from the Ducks.)

You have the wrong colors on bro.
At least he isn’t like his dad in the first movie.

The biggest change being moving Goldberg from goalie to defensemen and letting Julie take over in the crease. (There is a feeling I get watching Goldberg assume that he would just get that position. Because that is how it has always been.) There is nothing like watching him trying to sabotage his teammate to take her spot instead of trying to get better. (I had always like Goldberg up until this point.) Orion removes Charlie as captain. (Rightfully so… if you aren’t with the program you can’t lead.) I remember feeling bad for the team and thinking their coach was just a douche… however… now I side with the Coach… Things change and you have to learn to adapt. Also as things that used to come naturally to you become harder… you don’t just stop trying.. you put in more effort. The Ducks’ first game ends in a tie in their first game after having a huge lead.

The Varsity team is not impressed with the new talent coming to the school. It is their position that Charlie and the ducks did not earn their spots at Eden Hall. (But I mean… WHO CARES???????????????? The obviously have credentials.)  Eventually, when Coach Orion restricts the old Ducks uniform after an unsanctioned early morning match with the Varsity team (Orion had told them to stay away from the Varsity team but they don’t listen) to settle their differences (which they lose… while trying to hang on to their old days), Charlie decides to leave the team. Fulton follows and considers quitting hockey and reverting to his old ways before joining the Ducks in the first film. (And what would the result have been?) Fulton has a hard time without Dean… who for some reason or another is not there with the Ducks. He even asks “What good is only one Bash Brother?” But he was the Ducks original enforcer so… it’s not like he couldn’t have handled the Varsity on his own.

Because you can totally skip school everyday and go to the fair. Insert eyeroll.

Charlie, due to his behavior, has really alienated himself from those around him including his mother and Hans (who has been the voice of reason in the first movie)  Hans suddenly dies, and Bombay comes to Charlie’s house the day following the funeral and takes him back to Eden Hall. He tells Charlie that Orion’s career with the Minnesota North Stars ended when the team moved to Dallas and he stayed to care for his paraplegic daughter. Bombay tells Charlie the background story on how he first came to coach the Ducks (maybe to help with the rose colored glasses issue.) Bombay goes on to say it was his hope that both Orion and Charlie would learn something from each other. See it here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl04GaUtRpc ) Arriving at the team bus for the next game, Charlie tells Orion he wants to play “two-way hockey”. Surprised but pleased, Coach Orion welcomes him back. Fulton has also rejoined, deciding to play it by ear when it comes to hockey.

But things would never go that smoothly in a Disney movie right? Of course not. In a move that we saw in the first movie… Dean Buckley, the school’s headmaster, informs the team that its board of trustees wants to revoke the Ducks’ scholarships and offers Orion a chance to start anew with a team of his choice. Satisfied with the team, Coach Orion threatens resignation. Enter Bombay and his fancy law degree to set the board straight. Check out the scene here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s0gi4aYtrM)

It helps to know a lawyer doesn’t it?

Prior to the annual JV–Varsity game, Orion brings back the Duck jerseys, giving the team a renewed vigor. (Was I still a bit too hype about this? Sure. But you know…) Throughout the game, the Varsity dominates on offense. However, the Ducks play good defense and manage to keep the game scoreless after two periods. (See what defense does for you?)  During the second intermission, Dean Portman returns to the team, adding a needed spark. (He played a whole like 30 seconds.) He ends up taking a penalty for the last 2 minutes and doesn’t even play. Watch his somewhat triumphant return here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HghSd4mRvHo)

The Bash Brother is back
This seems like something the game should be stopped for… even as a kid I was just like… we are going to continue??? Okay… sure.
Fulton with his shocked face. Man…. I feel you. He’s happy to have Dean back.

The Ducks take another penalty and must play 5 vs 3. During the time-out, Orion renames Charlie captain and tells him to go for the win if the opportunity presents itself.  With seconds left in the game, Charlie passes the puck back to Goldberg, now a defenseman, who scores into an wide-open net as time expires, securing a 1–0 victory for the Ducks. (I have to say… I love Defenseman Goldberg.) It is a very dramatic end so a dramatic game. I will just mention the strip dance that Dean did because it made 12 year old me happy. But it was so odd to watch happen as an adult.

I have seen a lot of people criticize this movie and mostly Charlie’s character saying that he would never be this selfish or whatever… Well… people deal with circumstances differently. Bombay leaving had a real effect on him. Did he need to learn that change is a thing and how to deal with it sure. But it doesn’t mean it was necessarily out of character for him. Also there is a camp that feels that his antics were just that of a teenager acting out… let me let you in on a secret… TEENAGERS ACT OUT. It is in their make up. So that also wasn’t far fetched. Looking back at this movie… which is very little about hockey when you get down to it… I see the value in the third installment like I never did. New Coach, new school and growing pains. Totally get it. Was I annoyed that Bombay left when I was younger? Sure. But things happen. And you have to learn to grow and change too… or you will be left behind… like Charlie almost was.

Alright that is it for me. The Mighty Ducks is still one of my favorite kids sports movies up there with Rookie of the Year, The Little Giants and The Sandlot. Obviously, it has been criticized for some its hockey depictions and I always laugh. Who looks to a kids underdog movie about the right way to play hockey? But it sparked my interest enough to want to learn more about the sport and watch games on my own. I even eventually joined the Black Girl Hockey Club… Also if you don’t have Disney Plus definitely look into it whether you have kids or not… I enjoy it even when my niece and nephew aren’t around.. There is plenty of good content. So… Until next time. Like and Comment.

2 thoughts on “Quarantine Posts #29: The Mighty Ducks

  1. Leah Fields

    “Teaching the other kids that hurting people is the way to win is just despicable” SOMEONE CALL THE FLYERS AND THE CAPS

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