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(2006)

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Anachronisms 

The final game with Texas Western and the University of Kentucky is televised by NBC. The "Snake" logo from 1959 is shown with the 1979 "Proud as a Peacock" logo. The movie takes place in 1966, so the 1956 "Living Color" Peacock should have been used. Anyway, at the time the Peacock wasn't the logo of NBC and only the "NBC Snake" would've been used. In either case, NBC didn't televise the NCAA Championship until 1969.
There is a banner in Memorial Gym that says "Western Athletic Conference". Texas Western did not join the WAC until 1967.
When Texas Western is playing Kansas for the Midwest Finals, there is a KU banner hanging from the rafters of the ceiling of the auditorium. The banner depicts the KU Jayhawk facing the right. That is the current KU logo, but in 1965, the logo would have been facing left.
In the beginning of the film, Coach Don Haskins is coaching a girl's basketball game. A standard 5 on 5 game is depicted, however up through the 70s (and in some states 80s and even 90s) High School Girls Basketball was played 9 to a team with the players assigned specific zones that they could not leave at any time. This was also the college rule until 1971.
The University of Arizona letter 'A' logo is visible on the back wall of the gym during a game with Seattle. The letter logo is the current logo adopted in 1989.
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In the regional semifinal in Lubbock, TX, the Texas Tech logo is the new Double T on the court. The modern Double T was not adopted until 2000.
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Coach Don Haskins says, when offered the job at TWC, that he's glad to have a job offer in "Division 1". The NCAA didn't have divisions until 1971. In 1965, schools were divided into a "University Division" and a "College Division".
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2 1/2 minutes into the film a shot appears with the logo, "Texas Western College, El Paso, Texas". A large satellite dish appears on a rooftop toward the left edge of the frame. Several of the buildings in the background are clearly modern.
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When Bobby Joe Hill is running the steps and Coach Don Haskins was yelling at him you could see behind Coach Haskins in the end zone was white with UT and MINERS painted on it, implying the acronym UTEP Miners. In 1966, the end zone was actually blue and said "EL PASO, TEXAS".
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Character error 

Early in the film, the radio announcer identifies himself as broadcasting on KTSM. At the Seattle game, the radio announcer says WTSM. KTSM is the correct El Paso radio station.
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During the game against Kansas, the announcer states that the winner of the game will advance to the national championship, when in fact the winner advanced to play Utah in the national semifinal.
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Continuity 

The close-up cutaway shots of the scoreboards in several sections of the movie do not match the scoreboards used in the wide shots or action shots. Most of the time, the action shots use a modified Nevco Model 2400. The cutaways are sometimes a TransLux Fair Play/Fair Tron scoreboard, sometimes another brand scoreboard all together. The Nevco 2400 can be programmed to display a zero in the minute column when there is less than a minute of play left. In the movie, one shot shows the scoreboard display ":55" with no 0 for the minutes and later in the same scene "0:02" with a 0 in the minute column.
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The amount of blood on Shed's shirt after the bathroom scene.
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When the girl and the guy are in the car on the hill top over looking the city, she touches his chin when the camera is facing her, but when the camera flips to the guy, her hand is on his chest.
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After Lattin picks up his fourth foul in the Championship game, Coach Don Haskins takes him out of the line-up. But after the next basket by Texas Western, you see him running back down the court. it's not until later, with two minutes to go, Coach Haskins puts Lattin back in the game.
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During the final game, there are several flipped shots of Coach Haskins cheering, and his wedding ring and watch are visible on his right hand instead of his left.
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During the championship game against Kentucky, #44 hurts himself and must leave the game. A few minutes later he is announced as out for the game with the leg injury, but he is seen in several shots in the second half as being on the court and playing.
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During the grueling "AM" practice, Coach Don Haskins is seen wearing a white shirt while mocking the players about the previous night. In other frames of the practice, he is seen wearing a black shirt. When he goes back to his room and kisses his wife, the shirt is white again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Bobby Joe Hill is forced to run stadium stairs as punishment by his coach, his microphone can be seen through the back of his T-shirt as he is bending over.
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In the semi-final game you can see the real lights (turned off) behind the ones that were actually used to film the shot. This shot was filmed in the Lakefront arena in New Orleans.
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Errors in geography 

The scene from Don Haskins' home after the high school girls victory in Ft Worth shows mountains on the horizon. There are no mountains around Ft Worth.
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Factual errors 

In several action shots, the actor playing Willie Cager wears a "01" jersey. In college basketball, 01 is not a regulation number.
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The movie makes it seem like Willie Cager misses almost the entire second half of the season with his heart condition. In reality Cager played in 27 out of 29 total games for the Miners that season.
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Coach Don Haskins was in his fifth season as head coach at Texas Western when they won the NCAA Championship, not his first as the movie portrays.
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In the championship game, the crowd is portrayed waving Confederate flags and singing "Dixie." This never happened, as can be seen in the historical footage at the end of the movie.
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The sequence of scenes where a player gets beat up in a restaurant bathroom, the team returns to their hotel room only to find it trashed and racial things written on the walls, and the fans at the team's one loss of the year where they berated them with racial slurs never happened. On the contrary, the opponent, Seattle University, had four black starters of their own.
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When one of the players gets beaten up it appears to be Christmas time and another character tells a young boy "Merry Christmas." At the time the team was supposed to be 17-0. In 1966 the schedule didn't even start until Dec. 1, so the team could not have played seventeen games by Christmas.
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In the opening, the caption reads "Fort Worth, Texas 1965 High School State Championship" which was not possible, since Coach Don Haskins began coaching at Texas Western in 1961.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

"Down in the Boondocks" (1969) by Billy Joe Royal is playing in 1966. The song was released in 1965, not'69 so it would of been accurate for the scene.
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Revealing mistakes 

Flipped shot: Before the national championship game begins, Coach Rupp shakes hands with one of the officials. They shake Left hands and Coach Rupp is approaching from the Texas Western bench direction.
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