My 2014 started off with a sinus infection. So while I was lying low at home, I decided to crack open one of my Christmas presents —
The Sixth Man movie on DVD.
I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries of late, courtesy of HBO OnDemand, but this is the first one on a topic that I know so intimately —
Growing up a UK Wildcat fan.
The producers look at the fans from every angle, talking to current and former coaches, players, TV and radio announcers, and the fans themselves. At times we fans appear merely passionate, other times borderline psychotic. But as even the celebrity fans they interviewed attest, being a UK fan is more akin to religion.
The film revisits some of the pivotal games in UK history — and the fan reaction — so, of course, Christian Laettner’s fateful shot in the UK/Duke game is discussed at length (but not shown because we have all seen that damn thing enough for one lifetime).
Laettner himself appears in the documentary and apologizes for his place in UK history.
Still hate him.