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Weekend Watching: MURDERBALL

This is not a film that will awaken you to some banking or Government conspiracy.

It is however, a film that might offer some life lessons.

On the surface it may seem like a film about some obscure sport, but it is a powerful film about how several individuals that have various physical challenges, came together for a common goal and WON.

The story may seem riddled with a bit of "jock mentality", but on a deeper level, it is a lesson in how we as people, regardless of our strengths and weaknesses, can come together, fill in the gaps, and WIN if we are focused and determined. It is a story that should speak to you on many levels, and not just about winning.

Two of my personal friends were/are assistant coaches on this team (USA), so this story hits close to home for me. I hope that you watch this film and learn something about yourself. I also hope you realize that your particular personal problems, may pale in comparison to others. May your life be enriched by this film.

Here is a trailer.

Next time you complain about that aching back or knee, or whatever, I want you to think of these guys who struggle on a daily basis, just to live life.

I hope you enjoy this inspiring story, about overcoming adversity.
It starts out a little slow, but gets much better IMO.
Here's the Film
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9

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wow. i need to revisit my excuses...



I needed to see that. It puts things in perspective.

I have a "challenge" at work tommorow. Pffft.

It will be my first unsupervised shift as a plain clothes store detective. I have only had two days of on-the-job training. I was actually vaugely worried about it. Ha!

Then I saw the guy in the wheelchair dressing and undressing and I felt like such a p***y by comparison.

I can laugh at myself now. I'll be fine.

Thanks B4RP

"It puts things in perspective."

It certainly does..

Although making you feel like a #%$@^* wasn't my intention, I'm glad you got the underlying message.

I get caught up in my own personal "challenges" sometimes, but can then spend time with some of these guys, and it all seems to fade away.

There are a lot of lessons that can be learned from this film. Being thankful is one.

A good friend of mine Terry "Gumby" Gumbert, is a quadriplegic, but has one of the friendliest, most positive personalities I know. You can see him in part 8 @ 7:03 in the video, just briefly on the right. You can also see him in part 9 @ 3:26 saying "You're going to do an awesome job, you're going to do a fabulous job". That is a glimpse of the kind of person he is.
Truly inspirational.

He most certainly fits the definition of a trooper.

BTW, Good luck on your new job tomorrow.

30 seconds of nothing,then a

30 seconds of nothing,then a minute of no sound and then some guy putting a wheel chair together and I'm out...I guess my attention span just ain't what it used to be...sorry.

You missed a really

good video.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

Wasn't it great?

I enjoyed it.

I watch it from time to time, if I get too wrapped up in my own problems.

Things could always be worse, but even when they are, it shows what the right attitude can bring. One of my biggest challenges.

"I guess my attention span just ain't what it used to be"

1 minute 30 seconds? I guess not. No need to be "sorry". It is your loss, not mine.

It doesn't have car chases, or shootouts, or cheerleaders in tight outfits, but it has some life lessons. Too bad..

I'd hoped folks on the DP would be a little deeper than this. Maybe I was wrong.

I saw it a while back....

and it was very well done.
You can mark me down as deep.

Thanks Nui

Since I've met you personally, I can attest to that. You and C are cream of the crop, and it has been a pleasure hanging out with you.

Having spent time around folks in wheelchairs ;), I have noticed the wheelchair acts like a filter.

The dumb ones (ones that just see someone as different) seem to shy away, as evidenced by this video

The ones who have some substance, usually will not be intimidated by something like this, and show themselves to be of character.

Anyway, thanks for chiming in. I guess that the fact it is Sunday, and folks are out doing other things, inflames my frustration with not being able to do so myself.

I meant no harm.

Wish we were hangin' at the lake. You guys will have to come out again before it gets too cold.

Hope all is well.

Right back at you!

Let's get together soon.

Thanks for sharing

I have it bookmarked for this evening!


"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Thanks, I will watch this

after I get my house cleaning done.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

I saw a screening of this in Scottsdale, AZ

When it was about to be released, a few years back.

The audience gave a standing O.

There were a few cast memebers in there for a Q & A.

It is definitely worth viewing.

PS Check out "Touching the Void" another great movie.



"Touching the Void" ?

I will check it out. Thanks..

Is it on youtube?

Yes, I found it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7zadH1ZqAE (part 1 of 12)

All the other parts seem to be there as well.



Thanks Tim