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Greatest Syracuse-Related Moments In Movie History - #6

Before we get to #6, let's recap how we got here:

#10 - Deleted Scene from Anchorman
#9 - Larry Csonka's
Kenneth Branagh-esque performance in SnakeEater
#8 - Syracuse interest in recruiting Tom Cruise in All The Right Moves
#7 - Carmelo Anthony teaches while he entertains in Stop Snitching!

Jim Boeheim has an IMDB page. This is a fact of life and one you need to accept. Like many coaches, his list of appearances include many a late night talk show and sports program. But if you scroll down far enough, you just might see Jimmy's foray into actual roles that were not just him being interviewed. And the #6 Greatest Syracuse-Related Moment in Movie History is Jim's tour de force performance in He Got Game where he plays...Jim Boeheim being interviewed.

Rumor has it that Jim is such a method actor that he spent years studying and perfecting his "Jim Boeheim" character, so much so that between takes, people were unable to distinguish between Jim Boeheim the actor and Jim Boeheim the character. What now, Denzel?

You can see, but oddly not hear, Jim in the scene below. You'll catch him around the 7:07 mark:

Did Spike really have to choose Jim to be the one who gets the extreme close-up? Remind me not to watch this movie in HD.

If you don't mind, I'd actually like to dissect this clip a little further as it's chock-a-block with fun goodies. I'd start at the 5:10 mark when the Robin Roberts' hosted SportsCenter segment begins.

The problem when you make a film to present in its moment and inclusive of so many real people, is that years later the film dates itself so much more than any normal film. Between Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson, LA Laker ShaquilleO'Neal, Georgia Tech Coach Bobby Cremins, Boston Celtics Coach Rick Pitino, Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller, Arkansas Coach Nolan Richardson and Temple Coach John Chaney, Boeheim might actually be the only person in this montage who still has the same job.

Can't forget Dicky V though. I couldn't help but think that he probably still flails his arms and yells like a madman in his office even when there isn't a camera there.

Sadly, Jim Boeheim hasn't returned to the role of Jim Boeheim since. I was sure there was a spin-off movie possibility in there but I guess that just wasn't a joint Spike Lee was interested in.

Enjoy the weekend, see you back here on Monday for GSRMIMH #5.