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Worst fictional coaching decision in movie/TV show

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by mpcincal, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    I have to give credit on this to a reader of Athlon Sports, the monthly insert I get in my paper, who asked this question in the magazine's Q&A section. The reply cited Mr. Burns' decision to pinch-hit Homer Simpson for Darryl Strawberry in classic "Homer at the Bat" episode of the "The Simpsons," and Coach Nickerson's decision to run a play instead of taking a safety at the end of the game, which led to the loss at Walnut Heights, in "All the Right Moves."

    My nomination, although it worked out in the end, is Indians' interim manager Jake Taylor intentionally walking whathisname with two outs to pitch to Jack Parkman. What's worse is that he did it because that's what Ricky Vaughn insisted on. You're the manager, Jake; overrule the punk and remind him you're one out from the World Series. Like Harry Doyle said, "I don't know what the hell he's thinking."

    What examples can all of you come up with?
  2. How about Nuke LaLoosh's debut pitching outing in Bull Durham? According to the postgame chat between the manager and pitching coach, he both struck out 18 and walked 18, setting new league records. Even if we assume all the Ks were of the three-pitch variety and all the walks were of the four-pitch variety, that's 126 pitches right there, and surely he threw some balls in the Ks, strikes in the walks, and had other outcomes with other batters. Even back in the 80s, who let's a bonus baby throw that many pitches in his pro debut?
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    That's why Nuke blew his arm out at age 22 after going 16-6 and 19-9 his first two seasons.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Coach Dale wanting to use Jimmy Chitwood as a decoy on the last play.
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  5. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    And Nuke went from Class A straight to the show.
  6. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Wilford Brimley left Roy Hobbs on the bench way too long and was about to send him down to the minors!
  7. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    All the Right Moves was the one I was going to bring up.
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  8. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    True, but at least he was astute enough to see his players' body language telling him that was a stupid-ass decision.
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    The real dumbass move in Hoosiers was the South Bend coach having his team shoot the ball with a 40-36 lead and no shot clock.
  10. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    Technically, the "crane technique" was an illegal move and should have awarded Johnny a point and the championship. But it wasn't a coach's decision (although Miyagi clearly was cheering on the move).
  11. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    Oh, and Rocky should have thrown in the towel in Apollo vs. Drago.
  12. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Homer never should have started Bart over Nelson at QB.
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