American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"Hoosiers" (1986)


Coach Norman Dale: Pre-Game Motivational Speech at Indiana Regional Finals Game

Audio mp3 delivered by Gene Hackman


Coach Dale: There's a tradition in tournament play to not talk about the next step until you've climbed the one in front of you. I'm sure going to the State finals is beyond your wildest dreams, so let's just keep it right there.

Forget about the crowds, the size of the school, their fancy uniforms, and remember what got you here. Focus on the fundamentals that we've gone over time and time again.

And most important, don't get caught up thinking about winning or loosing this game. If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners!


[Players begin to clap up motivation]


Let's go!!

Let's go!!

Let me hear it!!!

See also: The real Indiana team story

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