One of my favorite movies is the 1986 film Hoosiers. As a lifelong sports fan and former basketball player, I am drawn to the story of an underdog high school team overcoming the odds to win a championship. Set in the fictional town of Hickory in the early 1950s, it showcases the unique relationship between high school basketball and the culture of rural Indiana.
The title of the film is significant. “Hoosier” has a long history as a colloquial term for natives of Indiana. According to the Indiana Historical Bureau: (more…)