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Inspiring Speeches from Pop Culture Coaches

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Earlier this week, Rutgers University fired Coach Mike Rice after a video of inappropriate behavior surfaced. Here, six pop culture coaches who gave speeches that were a little more inspiring.

Coach Taylor, Friday Night Lights

This mashup of all his finest pep talks is mandatory watching for anyone in need of a pick-me-up.

Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own

Sure, "there's no crying in baseball" isn't delivered with a lot of love, but this women's baseball coach knew how to get what he wanted out of his team.

Tony D’Amato, Any Given Sunday

This speech, known to some as "the inch-by-inch speech," is a pivotal moment in the Al Pacino film.

Kevin and Danny O’Shea, Little Giants

If these guys can't teach lessons about playing with heart, no one can.

Hayden Fox, Coach

In Craig T. Nelson's most famous role, he led his team to victory—and a lot of laughter.

Mickey Goldmill, Rocky

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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