|Welcome to Jim Carr's Sports Talk, I'm your
host Jim Carr. Today we have an open forum
for any of you unfamiliar with Slap Shot
that would like to ask any questions about
just what the heck this movie is all about.
We have our first caller on the line, here
Hi Jim, Dick Gozinya from Delweld here, long
time listener, first time caller. I was wondering
what the fascination is with this movie.
I mean, isn't it just a bunch of goons running
around beating the piss out of people. That
isn't hockey, is it?
Well, Dick, we have an old fashioned brand
of hockey movie here, something you might
not be used to. If you thought the Mighty
Ducks trilogy was worth watching, then this
movie isn't for you. What really has drawn
people into this movie is the pure outragousness
of it all and the fact that this movie was
based on a real team, the Johnstown Jets
of the mid 70's.
The sister of Ned Dowd (Ogie Ogilthorpe),
Nancy Dowd, was intrigued by the stories
she heard from her brother about playing
minor league pro hockey. She decided to follow
him around and observe the life and what
evolved from that was the script for Slap
The cult figures that emerged from this movie,
the Hanson Brothers, were actual hockey players.
The brothers, Steve, Jeff, and Jack Hanson,
were played by Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson
and Dave Hanson, respectively. If you want
more info about them, visit their official
site at hansonbrothers.net. Now let's go to our next caller...
Thanks for the time Jim, Harry Ballzak from
Altoona. My question is why do you wear that
rug? It's just sensationally ugly, I mean
you're going bald Jim. Can't you face up
Well, at least I'm not a chicken shit like
you, hiding behind you're phone. Next caller...
Hi Jim, this is Jack Myhogoff calling from
Westmont. Just wondering what your thoughts
were on the amount of graphic language in
the movie. Do you think that was really necessary?
Well Jack, that's a good question. I think
that besides the obviously over the top on-ice
violence, this is probably the most realistic
movie ever made about the life of a minor
league athlete. The language is pretty damn
close to what you would hear in a locker
room/team bus/hotel atmosphere. Of course
there is some embellishment, it is still
a movie, but on the whole the life portrayed
by the characters in the film is about typical
with minor league sports life; the crappy
bus, the flea bag hotels and the two-bit
owner/GM. Not to mention the groupies :).
Let's go to Peter Johnson in Latrobe. Hey
Pete, your're on Sports Talk...
Hey Jim, I was wondering if you could tell
us a little bit about some of the characters
and who played them. I've only ever seen
a few of them before and I was wondering
what some of them have been doing since 1977.
I'll hang up and listen.
Great question Peter. We have a cast page on our web site just for that specific
question. Each character has a mini-biography
written up about them giving some of the
details of the character they played and
a link to their movie career history courtesy
of imdb.com. Check it out, it should give
you everything you need to know and more
about the biggest goons in hockey today!
Well folks, that's all the time we have for
today. Be sure to check out the Chiefs, they're
at home tonight, good seats are still available
at the War Memorial. Come down and watch
them cream those punks from Syracuse. Bring
the whole family, it's a real carnival-like