Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is much more than a simple, lighthearted sports comedy that pitted rival gym owners against one another. It’s a testament to the value of teamwork, and the importance of having the right leader at the helm. When happy-go-lucky Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn) learns that his gym, Average Joe’s, is being threatened with foreclosure, he rallies his ragtag group of friends to come to his aid and help save the day. While they’re at it, they learn to work together as a well-oiled machine in order to keep their workout spot from becoming part of Globo Gym, a soulless corporation run by mustachioed egomaniac White Goodman (Ben Stiller).
To celebrate one of the most uplifting tales about getting bashed in the face with rubber balls, here are seven lines from Dodgeball that you can use when it’s time to inspire your teammates.
“If you want to have dodgeball victory, you have to grab it by its haunches and you gotta hump it into submission!” – Patches
Let’s get this out of the way: Winning isn’t an easy thing to do. It takes determination, hard work, and perseverance, and you’re not going to get any of that without some kind of motivational speech to kick things off. For moments like this, look no further than former coach Patches O’Houlihan (Rip Torn), a forgotten relic from dodgeball’s golden era with a no-nonsense attitude and a tough-as-nails demeanor. An approach like his won’t just inspire your team to win, it could ignite some kind of primal instinct that’ll have them picking the victory out of their teeth for weeks to come.
Warning: Use with caution.