Immaculata College Mighty Macs DVD Release

Against all odds, the basketball team at a small women’s Catholic college in Pennsylvania makes history as the first national champion team. They become known as The Mighty Macs.

Based on the true story of Hall of Fame coach Cathy Rush, Immaculata College (now university) grabbed the national spotlight during the 1971-72 season with their fairytale journey by winning the first-ever championship tournament of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).

The movie, which was released in October 2011, will be available on DVD February 21, 2012.

This is definitely the story of the underdog who wins, despite financial, personal and personnel issues. The movie is inspiring and uplifting. 

An interesting tidbit regarding the actors…David Boreanaz, a co-star on the hit TV series Bones, portrays the NBA referee husband of lead character Cathy Rush (played by Carla Gugino), while five years earlier in the movie Glory Road his Bones co-star, Emily Deschanel, portrayed the wife of a high school girl’s basketball coach, Don Haskins (played by Josh Lucas), who became notable for not only being the underdog and winning, but also for breaking the race barrier in NCAA Division I basketball as his Texas Western College (now University of Texas at El Paso) “Mighty Miners” beat the University of Kentucky in 1966 for the coveted NCAA Championship trophy.

The Mighty Macs DVD can be purchased at Amazon: Mighty Macs DVD.

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Dallas Mavericks 2011 NBA Champions

When the season started, in October 2010, there were not many people outside of die-hard Dallas Mavericks fans who would have bet any money that Dirk & Company would be able to win the crown.

Especially against the big three of the Miami Heat (Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh), the free agents who came together last summer with plans to win multiple titles.

For Nowitzki it must have been sweet revenge for their embarrassing defeat to the Heat in 2006, after jumping to a 2-0 start in that series.

This was a hard-fought set of games where every night the announcers continuously spoke about how Miami was the dominant team, even when the series was tied at 2-2. That talk subsided a bit when Dallas went up 3-2 on Thursday. It left at the final match-up in Game 6 with the Mavs dominating the second half and ending with a 105-95 close-out victory.

Even though eventual Finals MVP Dirk shot just 1 for 12 in the first half of game six the rest of the team took up the slack until he got his groove back. Key was Jason Terry who, coming off the bench, burned Miami seemingly whenever he touched the ball and topped all scorers with 27 points. Another was speedster JJ Barea who added 15.

Dirk, who pretty much sealed the game with 2:27 left, ended with 21. One great effort was a rainbow 3 he launched 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter.

For Dallas’ aging three (thirty-somes Dirk, Terry and Jason Kidd) the glory of capturing for the franchise their first-ever trophy certainly was sweet, as can be seen in the below video.

Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks on a hard-fought, well-played and well-deserved championship series.

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Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA Champions

Sports is a tremendously huge part of the culture of Main Street USA.

Between athletic and theatrical events the citizens of America spend billions upon billions of their hard-earned dollars.

In sporting competitions it is enjoyable to follow and watch someone become the champion, the best at what they do.

This year, as they did in 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers were crowned as the Kings of Basketball after defeating their arch-rival, the Boston Celtics.

The Lakers were led all season by Kobe Bryant.

Make no mistake about it, basketball is a team activity and Kobe received a lot of assistance to acquire his 5th NBA Finals Championship Ring and his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP Award.

The series against the Celtics proved that Pau Gasol (the “Spaniard” as Kobe calls him), Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, Sasha Vujacic, Jordan Farmar, Shannon Brown, and Luke Walton wanted that 16th NBA Title for Los Angeles possibly as much as did Kobe.

However, Kobe is Kobe.

He is a dynamic player for the ages. A winner.

He is a winner surrounded by others who desire to win as well.

Congratulations to coach Phil Jackson and all the Lakers! Especially to Kobe Bryant.

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