If you’ve read Mike Heika for even a few months, you know how much he loves movies. And like many Dallas Stars fans, he suddenly has more time to spend watching and rewatching them.
In his latest post, the Stars’ senior staff writer goes back to a few sports classics for lessons about those moments when things are bigger than games. After watching the Carroll Shelby documentary “Shelby American,” Heika reflects on how the racing legend from East Texas remained true to himself in both success and failure:
Shelby goes through highs and lows and becomes an automotive influencer at both Ford and Dodge because of his relationship with Lee Iacocca. Because that industry is so volatile, he is both incredibly successful and near bankruptcy on many occasions. But so many of the interviews during the documentary talk about how he was calm and smart and human, how people loved to work with him and for him.
He certainly had his flaws, and those were also pointed out, but he was remembered by most as just a good dude who loved cars. That’s another great lesson to be learned as we all deal with the different pressures presented by social distancing.
And lessons like that are worth sharing, he opines:
The guys I hang out with repeat movie scenes all day long. “The Other Guys.” “Step Brothers.” “She’s Out of My League.” “Old School.” “Dumb and Dumber.” We relate through shared experiences. We make each other laugh with just one line from a familiar film.
We also learn from the movies and repeat those lessons. I send my daughter a clip from “A League of Their Own” a couple of times a year when she’s feeling down or that maybe her challenges are too difficult. When Dottie Hinson is going back to Oregon and she tells Jimmy Duggan that the whole baseball experience just became “too hard,” he shoots back with one of the great lines in the history of sports movies.
”It’s supposed to be hard,” Duggan says. “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard ... is what makes it great.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Now this is a good solution for an increasingly common problem.
This afternoon we were able to donate three pallets worth of food that would have been wasted due to the recent suspension of events at @ComericaCenter. The food donations were made to @ntfb and @friscofs. @DallasStars | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/xQRwU53f96— Dallas Stars Foundation (@DS_Foundation) March 19, 2020
Want to talk with Sean Shapiro about your new normal? Check it out.
Are you a social-distancing Dallas Stars fan?— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 19, 2020
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The first of many...and it’s worth reliving.
Throwin' it back to @HeiskanenMiro's first @NHL goal back on October 25, 2018! The game-winner in a 5-2 victory over the Ducks. #GoStars pic.twitter.com/6ynVJGNw2p— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 19, 2020
Around The League(s)
At least we have plenty of time for in-depth analysis like this.
After breaking down the best shooters at 5-vs-5 in the suspended 2019-20 NHL season, @AndrewBerkshire looks at who the best playmaking forwards are in the league.https://t.co/UbnXUGxrfO— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 19, 2020
The GMs hate the idea – but here’s what could happen if the NHL took up a notion that Major League Baseball reportedly kicked around in February.
What might the NHL playoffs look like if team's picked their opponent? How do NHL GMs feel about the concept? @CraigCustance finds out: https://t.co/R3RLNq8eFZ— The Athletic Ottawa (@TheAthleticOTT) March 19, 2020
From Patrick Marleau to Jason Spezza to Carey Price, there are several NHL icons who could be robbed of milestone games by COVID-19.
If the regular season doesn't resume, Alex Ovechkin will fall just short of tying two legends for the most 50-goal seasons in NHL history.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 20, 2020
But he's not the only player that stands to miss out on a major mark.@StevenEllisTHN with more:https://t.co/r2mBQZySYq
There are silver linings to the shutdown. Just ask T.J. Oshie, who got to be home for this.
Campbell Oshie's First Day Home from the Hospital— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 19, 2020
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The Carolina Hurricanes are spreading team-specific positivity again. Enjoy their thread.
@DallasStars Howdy partners, that sure was a Texas-sized Winter Classic y’all hosted— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) March 18, 2020