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The I Ching of Jerry Maguire

“In the quest for the big dollars, a lot of the little things were going wrong.”

Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire

Whenever I need answers in life, I go to “the well.” (Thanks to Lori and her outstanding book for introducing me to that term.) What’s my well? The movie Jerry Maguire.

I loved the difference of opinion, the debate around sports provoked by the last post. There is no topic I have written about that has drawn more passion, I don’t think.

Darcy (who never reads my blog) made an exception for this post. He LOVED what you all said. He wishes we could gather all together for a roundtable to discuss this in person, possibly over nachos and beer.

The commentary provoked me to return to the well, which in this case is the opening scene of Jerry Maguire which so, so NAILS both the joy and downside of sports. Remarkably, most of what is said in this much more brief opening than I remembered (ONLY 4 minutes!!) is still true today, and the foreshadowing of the research to come about how disfiguring concussions are later in life is seen in the hockey player story.

Hockey player’s son, concerned:

“Mr. Maguire, this is his fourth concussion this year. Shouldn’t SOMEBODY get him to stop?”

Tom Cruise, blase, answering someone on his phone, not paying attention:

“Hey, hey, hey: it would take a TANK to stop your Dad. It would take all five super trooper VR warrior tanks to stop your Dad. Wouldn’t it? Right? Right?”


“Fuck you.”

Voiceover: “Who had I become? Just another shark in a suit?”


Another blogger (Mo?) once quoted Jerry Maguire throughout a post.

For me, the movie honestly provides advice for almost any situation.

Getting a big head? Here’s my favorite takedown EVER for someone who is bragging.

Cuba Gooding, Jr.:

“Jerry Rice, Andre Reed, Chris Carter — I smoke all these fools!”

Unimpressed uncredited extra:

“Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

We say “Yeah, yeah, yeah” a lot around here.

If someone is wallowing in self-pity:

Tom Cruise:

“I’m finished, I’m fucked. Twenty-four hours ago, man, I was hot! Now… I’m a cautionary tale. You see this jacket I’m wearing, you like it? Because I don’t really need it. Because I’m cloaked in failure! I lost the number one draft picked the night before the draft! Why? Let’s recap: Because a hockey player’s kid made me feel like a superficial jerk. I ate two slices of bad pizza, went to bed and grew a conscience!”

Cuba Gooding Jr.:

“Well, Boo-fucking-hoo.”

There’s a lot of “Well, Boo-fucking-hoo” around here.

When inspiration is needed…

Random guy at copy place:

“That’s how you become great, man. Hang your balls out there!”

When life sucks…

Tom Cruise:

“The fuckin zoo is closed, Ray.”

The best, ultimate advice for life…

Tom Cruise’s early mentor:

“Hey, I don’t have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.”

Are there movies that you go to, time and again, to provide guidance and reassurance?


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