Can you believe it has been 17 years since the movie “Celtic Pride,” was released in theaters. No, you probably weren’t thinking about it.
The movie, starring Damon Wayans, Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern did not get great reviews. Nonetheless, as far as sports comedies go, it was pretty good. It was mostly a dark comedy, though.
Certainly, two colors stand out from the movie, purple and green. Never can I remember two teams being so often portrayed in a movie. I know “Major League” was about the Cleveland Indians and I remember Whoopi Goldberg’s “Eddie” all about the New York Knicks, but no movie stands out to me that highlighted two teams throughout its plot line, other than “Celtic Pride.”
How did the producers end up deciding on the Utah Jazz as the other team, anyway? The Boston angle was understandable. Boston has a reputation for over-the-top sports fans.
Spoiler alert: At the end of the movie, the Jazz win Game 7 of the NBA Finals over the Celtics, upsetting the home Boston Garden fans.
Wednesday night, the Jazz fell in Boston, 97-87. The Jazz were playing the second game of a back-to-back, so, it was going to be tough to win on the road for the young team, even though the Celtics are incredibly young in their own right.
The Celtics got their first win of the season (in front of their first non-sellout crowd in 290 games) and it was the first NBA win for coach Brad Stevens, the former head coach at Butler. Meanwhile, the Jazz are still looking for their first win of the season.
Jeff Green of the Celtics is improving his all-around game and will have a chance to be an All-Star this season. For the Jazz, Gordon Hayward – Stevens’ former pupil at Butler – continues developing nicely. Nevertheless, it will be a long season for both teams.
So, why give the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz any significant mentions, at all? After all, it is pretty clear these two teams are really going to suck this year. Both will likely be in the running for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Well, it’s worth mentioning them because both teams are successful NBA franchises and together they practically lost an All-Star team from last season. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry departed the Celtics, while Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap left the Jazz.
So, without further ado, in a tribute to these two great franchises and since its probably the last time they’ll be mentioned for quite a while, it is time to look at some of the best moments of the Jazz versus the Celtics, circa 1996.
Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com