Sports Pep Talk Mashups: An Idea So Good That Someone Probably Already Did It

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Here I am, spending my lunch break snacking on a sandwich from the food court downstairs, flipping through one of my new favorite sports news sites, and I see a link:

Ever wanted to see every classic sports-movie pep talk in one awesome montage, all backed by that “Friday Night Lights”-style guitar riffing? Best 3 minutes of the day. And after? Go get ’em!

Legitimate thought process after reading that headline: “Why would the Caps be pushing ‘Unleash the Fury’ in the day after the all-star break and during Super Bowl week?” After all, it would be an oddly timed announcement to promote this in-game scoreboard vid that has been around for at least four seasons as a third period crowd inspiration piece. Save the online push for the playoffs.

I was wrong. It wasn’t the Caps video, but the folks at ScreenJunkies with their own offering into this catalog:

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I know that there are a handful of classic sports speeches, and the overlap is natural. I’m not throwing the flag here on copying, because I know the Caps’ Fury video is probably more recognizable as a local legend. I’m still bitter, though, so to purify the soul, let’s watch the Caps’ version – complete with the crowd backing. I’ll tell you which one leaves me more inspired:

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I will give the ScreenJunkies guys one thing: Baseketball as a classic sports pep talk is a brilliant idea.

Dave Levy is a PR guy by day, a media researcher on the side and a self-proclaimed geek. He blogs often about how traditional media adapts – or tries to adapt – to the growing digital media world at State of the Fourth Estate. You can follow Dave on Twitter for various updates about everything from sports from his previous home in Boston to eccentric and obscure pop culture references. Read why Dave loves D.C.

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