Here’s something I never thought I’d say: If you watched Minnesota upset No. 1 Indiana last night, you witnessed a scene straight out of the 1992 film, The Mighty Ducks.
With the No. 1 Hoosiers trailing by five with under 30 seconds left, Will Sheehey fouled Gophers guard Andre Hollins, then reached for his eye and collapsed on the court as if he had been knocked out in a prize fight. According to ESPN’s Dan Dakich, Indiana head coach Tom Crean screamed for the referees to go to the monitor to check for an offensive foul. They did, only for the video to reveal Sheehey had blatantly flopped.
If you’re unfamiliar with The Mighty Ducks (first of all, shame on you), there’s a scene at the beginning where Gordon Bombay (played by Emilio Estevez) becomes the youth hockey team’s head coach and is still in his evil lawyer phase. Losing badly to an opponent, Bombay asks Charlie (Joshua Jackson) to grab his eye and fall down when pinned up against the boards to draw a penalty.
Except, Charlie wouldn’t do it. He had more integrity than his coach, which eventually sparked Bombay’s reformation. (How this clip is not on YouTube is a travesty).
The difference between the movie and last night of course is that Sheehey actually faked the injury. While there’s no proof that Sheehey was instructed to flop by Crean, there is video of Crean on the sideline in the timeout before the play clearly talking to the team about high elbows.