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Factual errors 

During the first game Jackie Moon introduces Yakadis as being "from a strange country called Lithuania." From the 1940s Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union and wasn't an independent country until 1990.


During a jump-ball sequence, a "Spalding" logo appears on the ball. Rawlings manufactured the ABA's red, white, and blue basketballs. However, Spalding currently holds the rights to the names and logos of the now-defunct ABA, and supplies basketballs to the current ABA (formerly known as ABA2000, unrelated to the original American Basketball Association).
Although the movie is set in the 1970s, many people in the crowd at various games are wearing current fashions, like hipster jeans and contemporary sports jerseys. This is most noticeable when the bear escapes and everyone in the crowd rushes to exit the stadium.
The Tropics play the Anaheim Amigos and the Spirits of St. Louis in 1972. The Amigos played only during the 1967-68 season, before becoming the Los Angeles Stars. The Spirits didn't play until the 1974-75 season.
When Coffee Black dunks the ball, the rim is a "breakaway" rim. They were never used in the ABA; the NBA adopted them in the 1980s.
Jackie Moon says PBS wanted to do a special about him never "puking" as a child. Jackie Moon was a child in the 1940s or '50s. PBS first aired in 1970.

Character error 

In the beginning, announcer Dick Pepperfield says "That little kid from the Jackson 5, he scares me too. Oh mark my words, Lou, there is something creepy about that young man." He may have been referring to Randy Jackson, the youngest (14 or 15), shortest, and only child member of The Jacksons. The Jackson 5 disbanded in 1975, and reformed as The Jacksons in 1976. Youngest sibling Randy replaced Jermaine Jacksun, who left for a solo career. In 1976, Michael Jackson, the lead singer and second youngest sibling (17 or 18) was the lead singer of The Jacksons.


Coffee Black's shoes change in the final game. At the beginning, he wears orange Adidas shoes with blue stripes. In the final seconds, he wears orange Puma shoes.
During the "jive turkey" incident, Bobby Dee lays Lou Redwood's gun on the poker table. As the camera cuts to show Lou laughing, the gun is clearly seen on the table in front of Lou even though you can hear the off screen thump of Dee laying it on the table. As the camera cuts back, Cornelius Banks has the gun in his hand.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During a few bear-wrestling shots, "Dewey" pulls up the stunt-double's jacket, revealing the side and back crash-pads stuck in the waist of the double's sweat pants.

Errors in geography 

Monix mentions a bar on "route 59". There is no such highway in Flint. Also Michigan residents don't refer to highways as "routes".
When the Tropics team bus is on the road, you see a quick shot of an Interstate 55 sign, a Stuckey's sign, and mountainous terrain. I-55 connects Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, and has almost no mountains.

Factual errors 

The Anaheim Amigos jerseys are incorrect. They are showed playing in red jerseys with a black script "Anaheim." Their jerseys had a block "Amigos" on the front.
Henry Ford had nothing to do with Flint, Michigan. Flint is the birthplace of General Motors, founded as the Buick Motor Company in 1903, by William C. Durant and Joshia D. Dort, co-owners of the Flint-based Durant-Dort Carriage Company. Durant brought engine builder David Buick to Flint from Detroit. Buick was a huge success, and Durant used it as the basis for his "General Motors" corporation in 1910. Henry Ford's auto company was founded in Detroit around 1910; its headquarters are in Dearborn, Michigan. There has never been a Ford facility within 50 miles of Flint, Michigan.
The San Antonio Spurs are portrayed as the best team in the league finishing in first place. During the 1975-76 ABA Season when the movie took place, the Spurs finished third in the standings. When the regular season ended that year, the best record in the league belonged to the Denver Nuggets.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At the start of the movie, during the starting lineup introduction, the shot clock is set at 24 seconds. The ABA used a 30-second shot clock until their last season, when they switched to the 24 second shot clock.

Revealing mistakes 

When fans are clamoring for souvenirs, and the 1976 calendar is being flipped through, February 4th is missing. The calendar goes from Wednesday the 3rd (incorrect for that year) to Thursday the 5th.


The goof item below may give away important plot points.


During the opening credit montage, they show Jackie Moon on a Magazine cover dated 1972. The picture is of Jackie on the free-throw line with scoreboard behind him showing 0:02, and score 116 to 117. This is a still taken from the final game of the 1976 season, at the end of movie.

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