Vice President Pence is in Australia as part of a 10-day, four-country trip. Such journeys to far-flung locales obviously require a lot of air travel, so Pence tried to keep everyone entertained with a showing of “Hoosiers,” which he regards as the “greatest sports movie ever made.” He even brought along his own DVD of the film, which seems like a weird thing for a vice president to bring on a trip.
Here’s the pool report from the latest leg of the journey:
Lol per pool VP Pence had the whole plane en route to Sydney watch Hoosiers pic.twitter.com/8sPdsdsGAK
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) April 21, 2017
It was more or less a captive audience.
Aboard Pence's AF2 to Australia tonight, watching "Hoosiers," at the request of the VP, was pretty unavoidable with the screens overhead. pic.twitter.com/i4i46uyGXE
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) April 21, 2017
Pence’s hyping of “Hoosiers” is hardly surprising, considering he was born and raised in Indiana and previously was the state’s governor. It doesn’t make his opinion about the film’s superiority less wrong, though.
Here is a list of sports movies that are better than “Hoosiers,” which has the emotional sophistication of an unwanted Hallmark card. This list is unimpeachable.
The O.J. documentary
“Blue Chips” (scenes involving Shaq trying to act only)
“White Men Can’t Jump”
“Friday Night Lights” (the TV show taken as a whole)
“When We Were Kings”
“The Bad News Bears” (OG version)
“The Karate Kid”
“A League of Their Own”
My faded VHS copy of GW’s 1995 win over No. 1 U-Mass.
Any of these films would have been preferable to “Hoosiers” on a long plane trip.