Vice President Mike Pence Forces Reporters to Watch Hoosiers

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

I knew when I saw photos of Vice President Mike Pence in that dumb-ass leather jacket earlier this week that he was a big old movie buff. I figured it was all about Top Gun, but it turns out it was Hoosiers.


Pence, aka Maverick, while on the latest leg of his Eastern Hemisphere tour to meet with folks like Australia’s prime minister, forced the pool reporters to watch the movie starring Gene Hackman as the coach of the all-white Indiana Hoosiers basketball team.

As Air Force Two carried Pence and the media members from Indonesia to Australia on Friday, Pence used his executive powers to demand that the media watch Hoosiers, which Pence believes is the “greatest sports movie ever made,” Sports Illustrated reports. The site notes that the movie is PG, and because Pence is a puritanical dirtbag who won’t even dine with women other than his wife, he probably hasn’t seen any other sports movies that aren’t also PG.


Sports Illustrated argued that Bull Durham, He Got Game, Rocky and The Natural were all better. I don’t know where I stand on this, since Hoosiers was pretty epic, but I am prepared to argue about it in the comments.

Read more at Sports Illustrated.

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Greatest sports movie? Drumline.