'Toy Story' or 'Beauty and the Beast?' Ducks, Badgers discuss Disney faves
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Oregon Ducks' trademark motto under football coach Chip Kelly is 'Win the Day.'
No man in history may have won more days in Los Angeles than Jack Bauer, a federal agent who foiled terrorist plots played by Kiefer Sutherland in the show '24.' So, as a fan of the show, how much does it inspire Kelly to be in the area where Jack Bauer won so many days?
'I never thought of that,' Kelly said, laughing. 'That does not come up in our coaches' meetings.'
Fair enough. But, in staying with the Hollywood theme, since members of the Oregon and Wisconsin teams were in Disneyland Tuesday as part of the Rose Bowl festivities, the players and head coaches were asked about their favorite Disney movies.
A psychological approach might say that the answers provide deep insight into the kind of men will be competing Jan. 2 in Pasadena. A more metaphysical approach would say that the answers show that the magic of childhood remains in people long after they grow up.
Either way, it was fun to see what everyone said.
Kelly went way back with his answer, picking the 1973 Disney comedy "The World's Greatest Athlete," in which a coach who is down on his luck goes to Africa and discovers the world's greatest athlete - a white Tarzan-type who the coach brings back to America to compete. Kelly even remembered the name of the actor who starred in the movie.
'I like The World's Greatest Athlete with Jan-Michael Vincent,' he said.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema was more hard-pressed to come up with an answer.
'Favorite Disney movie?' Bielema asked. 'I'm not a big movie buff. The last movie I saw was 'Silence of the Lambs' in a movie theater. That's how often I get to the movie theater. I grew up in a one-TV house. So (I watched) whatever Dad wanted to watch, probably '60 Minutes' most of the time. I wasn't a big movie guy.'
The players - credit to their youth - went mostly with the classic Disney cartoons.
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball took 'Toy Story' very seriously as a child.
'Every night before I went to sleep I watched Toy Story when I was younger,' Ball said. 'I just loved the fact that toys would talk. I would hide my toys in my room and peek under the door to see if they would actually get up and walk.'
"The Lion King" made the No. 1 spot for Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan and linebacker Josh Kaddu.
Said Jordan: 'I can't remember the first time I watched The Lion King. It was awhile ago. I've enjoyed every one since then, including 'Lion King 1 ½.' '
Said Kaddu: 'Ooooh, I can't believe I'm about to say this. When I was a little kid, The Lion King was just a great movie. It had everything in it. It had fun, a lot of emotion, danger. It was just a great movie.'
The first Disney movie that came to the mind of Ducks tight end David Paulson was "Miracle," about the U.S. Olympic hockey team. After racking his brain to think of an animated favorite, Paulson eventually came up with 'Aladdin,' the same movie Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson picked.
Said Paulson: 'I liked all of them. I liked Aladdin growing up. I watched all of the Disney movies and enjoyed them a lot as a kid. I can't really think of my favorite one, though.'
Said Wilson: 'I'd probably have to say Aladdin. It was just one of the first movies I saw. I always think about it. That and 'Beauty and the Beast.'
Ducks offensive lineman Darrion Weems chose 'Beauty and the Beast' as his favorite Disney movie, as well. But Weems protested that asking about someone's favorite Disney movie was an unfair question to begin with.
'Come on, that's like asking your favorite uniform combination,' Weems said. 'There's just too many of them. Disney movies are some of the greatest movies ever made. All of them are great and make you feel good at the end.'