Few words, many deeds, all for love
Willie Scroggs planted the seed for his first retirement twenty years before he left at the top of his profession as Carolina’s lacrosse coach.
His decision to retire from coaching in 1990 seemed sudden to many. His second – and final – retirement from UNC is a slower walk past the people and places he helped build up.
Scroggs, three-time NCAA title coach and longtime athletic administrator responsible for operations and construction of numerous buildings serving teams, fans and the University community, will retire at the end of June.
His first retirement came largely out of love.
That part of his story began almost a decade before, when a years-old idea sprouted back to life as a young field hockey coach named Karen Shelton came to Carolina.
In 1981, Scroggs voluntarily moved from Carmichael Arena to what was known as the Women’s Gym during a construction project. Shelton took the office next to his, and eventually Scroggs “got up the courage to ask her out on a date. ” They married three years later. Their son, Will, was born in 1990.
A pivotal time
It was pivotal time for Scroggs, with a strong lacrosse family and a flourishing personal family. His hard work and success were evident to those around him, just as they are today.
Ellen Culler, assistant athletic director for athletic event management, described Scroggs as “a man of few words who loves people.” Others use similar words to describe him: loyal, calm, delegating, expecting, prepared, thorough, methodical, intuitive, quiet.
And there is one more: love.
It is evident in what former Athletic Director Dick Baddour, a longtime friend of Scroggs, said: “The thing that always impressed me about Willie is that, whether it was in lacrosse or operations or wherever, he sees the big picture. Everything he did, whether it was coaching or operations or later facilities, he did it in the context that this is for the University of North Carolina.”
Baddour met Scroggs in 1978 when the former AD worked as the undergraduate admissions liaison to athletics, and the young coach had just come to Carolina. The two were interested in students from the same schools, so they traveled together.
Looking back at Scroggs’ career, Baddour said, “Think of all that he has accomplished!”
From the excitement of winning lacrosse championships to coordinating the complex logistics of game-day operations to overseeing facilities projects, Scroggs has profoundly influenced Carolina athletics. The facilities bearing a Scroggs stamp include:
- Carmichael Arena renovation
- Chapman Golf Center
- Boshamer Stadium transformation (baseball)
- Kenan Stadium projects – press box, west end zone, North box.
- Eddie Smith Field House, including demolition of the Old Tin Can (track and field)
- Fetzer Gym addition (wrestling)
- McCaskill Soccer Center
- Anderson Softball Stadium
- Woollen Gym renovation (volleyball, women’s rowing, campus recreation, club sports, dance & martial arts groups, & more for the UNC community)
- Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center(varsity, club, intramural participants & clinical education)
- Henry Stadium (field hockey).
Legacy of people
The facilities seem enduring, but Scroggs’ legacy will be the people he’s influenced.
They know that whether it was as coach or as point person for the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Chapel Hill or as chair of a campus-wide committee that reinvented parking on campus, his approach to work and life made Scroggs successful.
His success at Carolina began in 1978. He was an assistant coach for lacrosse and football at John Hopkins University and a candidate for several plum jobs, but he wasn’t sure which sport he wanted to coach.
Carolina’s athletic director Bill Cobey was ready to hire a new lacrosse coach. He went to watch Scroggs on the sideline during a Hopkins game on a cold, rainy day.
A case of mistaken identity almost stopped it all.
After the game, the Hopkins athletic director asked Scroggs to come to his office to meet Cobey.
Scroggs, who thought it was practical joke, remembers, “I walked into his office – didn’t even take off my hat and coat –Cobey was sitting there. ”Cobey had been mistakenly told to watch another assistant, Scroggs’ friend Joe Cowan – “ the complete opposite of me – a yeller, breaks clipboards, jumps up and down.” Cobey said, ‘Oh! If you were who I thought you were, I wasn’t going to be interested in you.’ I said ‘what do you mean?’”
After the meeting, Cobey invited Scroggs to Chapel Hill, where Scroggs saw a program that included “good players, a terrible locker room, great support in admissions and a wonderful sports medicine program.”
The job was soon his.
Scroggs later learned how many people had suggested his name to Cobey. They include former UNC swim coach Frank Comfort, who had coached at Hopkins; Buddy Beardmore, who was head coach at Maryland; and former NFL Colts player Elmer Wingate, whose son played lacrosse at UNC.
‘Get good kids we’ll be proud of’
He began with Cobey’s single goal. “Get good kids that we’ll be proud of.” He soon expanded with his own goals.
Scroggs so was also appointed the athletic department’s assistant business manager and put in charge of the ticket office and equipment room. He began most days answering phone calls and taking orders. Cobey later asked him to take game-day operations., and he worked alongside assistants Richie Meade, Don Zimmerman and Dave Klarmann.
“I made all those situations kind of team situations. If I gave them something to do, I expected it to be done, and I sometimes learned how to do and how not to do things.”
The how-not-to-do was important to him.
Scroggs said he inherited many of his personality traits from his Japanese mother. “I don’t fly off the handle. I’ve always been like that,” he said. “The kids used to call me ‘Chilly Willy’ because I was under control. I’m not a yeller. But I can be intense. I can get your attention when I want to.”
His behavior was so steadfast that people noticed any deviation. In an Atlantic Coach Conference championship game, Scroggs thought that Virginia had too many players on field. “It’s a penalty and gives us a man advantage. The coach, Ace Adams, is trying to get them off the field. Then I went crazy. Wouldn’t let anyone leave the field, and the referee says ‘Willie, it must be the truth because I’ve never seen you like this.’”
In addition to his steadfast behavior, Scroggs also believed in treating players fairly and like family, even when there were true brothers on the team.
“We were big in the brother department.” There were the Sievolds, Welshes, Tumillos, Wingates, the three Cox brothers, and others.
“I didn’t take a kid thinking he would beat out someone who was already in the position. They were all fine, and they were good boys. It worked well for us.”
Growing up in Baltimore, Scroggs’s own family fractured when his father, an Army MP during World War II, got hurt and lost his job as a policeman. He became an alcoholic who left the family when Willie reached fifth grade.
“My mother was tough. She wasn’t formally educated, but she was a hard worker. She left the house at 5 or 6 in the morning to work in a raincoat factory. ” When Scroggs was in middle school, she developed tuberculosis and lived in a sanitarium for two years. Scroggs says that he lived with various relatives, and took refuge in sports.
Through sports he found another family, beginning with “the greatest high school coaches you could ever imagine.” His football coach, George Young, was a history teacher who took Scroggs to college football games and would become general manager of the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins.
Scroggs also learned from negative experiences as a college player and as an assistant at the Gilman School and Hopkins. He started wondering about a time when he wanted to go out on top.
The years-old idea lay dormant until 1990, when it sprouted into many thoughts.
He didn’t want to become out of touch with his players. He had accomplished everything he’d set out to do with the program. He had another job in athletic operations that he could take fulltime. Then, there was the deciding factor – his family at home.
The deciding factor
With their son on the way, he and Shelton made the decision together for Scroggs to leave coaching. “I was able to coach little league, baseball, soccer, lacrosse for Will,” he said. “I’ve been a better husband and able to support Karen better.”
His family on the field was doing great, too. “That 1990 season, the kids were probably the best group I’ve ever been around. All of them – wonderful kids. Every day was so much fun. ”
Still involved on key college lacrosse committees, Scroggs is not retiring from what he loves, though.
The seed planted long ago still bears fruit, a legacy of Carolina people and places.
Read what others say about Scroggs.
Heeling Hand: Lenoir-Rhyne’s Ascendancy Driven by UNC DNA
Heeling Hand: Lenoir-Rhyne’s Ascendancy Driven by UNC DNA
Sat May 29 2021 | Matt Hamilton | College
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Lenoir-Rhyne coach Greg Paradine was an All-American defenseman at North Carolina who won an NCAA championship as a player in 1991and had two separate stints as an assistant coach in Chapel Hill.
Amid the excitement that came with North Carolina’s overtime win over Rutgers and another trip to the final four, Tar Heels coach Joe Breschi still had time to think about his former teammate and fellow coach, Greg Paradine.
Just a day after UNC punched its ticket to East Hartford, Conn., and NCAA men’s lacrosse championship weekend, he watched as Lenoir-Rhyne took down Wingate to advance to the Division II national title game.
Breschi texted his friend congratulations.
Paradine, the Bears’ coach who served as an assistant under Breschi in from 2008-09, returned the favor.
“I congratulated him on getting there and he texted me about charter flights to try to get to championship weekend,” Breschi joked. “I’m so happy for him.”
The friendship between Breschi and Paradine started in Chapel Hill in 1990 and continues today as both coaches lead their respective programs.
“We go back a long way and we’ve texted back and forth. Really excited to see the Tar Heels up there,” Paradine said. “We’ll be supporting them for sure.”
Breschi and North Carolina are veterans of championship weekend, winning the NCAA Division I title as recently as 2016. However, Paradine’s program is entered uncharted territory. Lenoir-Rhyne is making its first NCAA Division II championship game appearance.
Lenoir-Rhyne, located about 150 miles west of Chapel Hill in Hickory, N.C., hired Paradine as its first-ever director of lacrosse in 2009. The Bears took the field for the first time in 2011. Paradine has spent 10 years building the program, just a few hours from where he starred as an All-American defenseman.
Lenoir-Rhyne will play Memorial Day mainstay Le Moyne in the Division II title game Sunday.
“I imagined and dreamed we could do it, but that’s an abstract thought until it hits you in the face and you’re like, ‘Wow. We have a chance to actually make this dream come true,’” Paradine said.
Paradine, like Breschi, was recruited by former Tar Heels coach Willie Scroggs. He told reporters this week that he tried to model his program after Scroggs’ approach. Scroggs will be in East Hartford, beaming with pride for two of his former players, succeeding in building a culture much like he once did.
“When I was coaching back in the 1980s, I said to these guys, ‘You’re going to get married. You’re going to have children. You’re going to reproduce.’ I said, ‘God help us if that happens,” Scroggs joked. “A lot have turned out just wonderful. It’s a joy for me to see the kids that I coached being so accomplished, whether they’re a coach at Carolina or Lenoir-Rhyne.”
Paradine’s coaching philosophy found its origins on the lacrosse fields of Chapel Hill. The South Shore, N.Y., native had to adjust to a new way of life during his college lacrosse career at North Carolina. After a post-graduate year, he joined Scroggs’ program in 1990, and it changed the course of his life.
Paradine stepped foot on campus as a tall, lanky defenseman with plenty of grit and emerged as a colloquial coach in waiting. He played on UNC’s 1991 NCAA championship team under coach Dave Klarmann and finished his career as a two-time All-American.
“He came to us as a Long Island kid,” Scroggs said. “Sometimes the Long Island guys are a little rougher and tougher. Greg was physical, but he also had skill and good stick skills. He had a great attitude.”
Paradine always had a way with people, be they his teammates or coaches. Scroggs figured Paradine might have a future in coaching. That future came quickly. Paradine served as an assistant for two seasons each at Ohio State (1994-95) and North Carolina (1996-97). Then he pivoted to the high school game, leading the Chapel Hill boys’ lacrosse program from 1998-2002. There, he got a taste of what it was like to build a successful program.
Paradine spent the next seven seasons in his second stint as an assistant for the Tar Heels, serving under John Haus and then Breschi. There, he got an up-close look at how Breschi built a culture founded on family.
“Just seeing the way the guys love him. It’s a respect,” Paradine said of Breschi. “Those guys at UNC will do anything for him. You can see that anytime they’re on the field. That’s one of the things that I really took away. You’ve got to care for these guys off the field. Joe is just a tremendous person. His relationships with his players is something that I’ve always admired.”
Once Paradine was approached about taking on the new program at Lenoir-Rhyne, he had taken notes on how he would build the Bears. He knew he’d take elements from both Scroggs and Breschi in developing a foundation for success in Hickory.
In the summer of 2009, Paradine took the biggest chance of his college coaching career.
“Sometimes it gets comfortable being an assistant coach in a Division I program,” Scroggs said. “That took some courage and to go to a place like Hickory, North Carolina — I’m glad that we had some influence on him as a player and as a coach. And I’m sure there are things that we did at Carolina that he wants to copy. ”
A decade after launching the Lenoir-Rhyne program, Paradine has the Bears looking very much like North Carolina.
Both teams rank in the top two in scoring offense in their respective divisions. Both teams feature a dynamic scorer capable of taking over the game in Lenoir-Rhyne’s Eric Dickinson and North Carolina’s Chris Gray.
“He’s taken a couple things that we used to do here,” Breschi said of Paradine. “He takes things from UVA. High tempo. He takes things from Tufts. Just run and gun. He’s done a terrific job of that.”
This weekend, both programs will shoot to end the 2021 season on top of the lacrosse world. Their former coach, now retired, will be there to enjoy a process of growth that has come to fruition.
“I’m looking forward to chatting with [Paradine]. I will chat with him,” Scroggs said. “I know that the NCAA has walls up about contact with everyone, even though we’re loosening it up. I know that it might be difficult, but I’m going to make every effort to make sure I have a great conversation with Greg. ”
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There’s no reason in the world why the University of North Carolina should be any good at lacrosse. Or even that it should want to be. After all, high school lacrosse isn’t played in the state, so all Tar Heel players must be recruited a long way from home—primarily from the Baltimore area and New York’s Long Island, which are the sport’s hotbeds. If pressured, most sports fans in the Carolinas would be hard pressed to say whether lacrosse is something burned on lawns by the Klan or a town in Wisconsin.
Yet last week, like the budding dogwoods on the Chapel Hill campus, the North Carolina lacrosse team looked ready—only three years after a player revolt left the program in ruins—to burst into full flower. “We have some talent,” deadpanned Coach Willie Scroggs.
Indeed, the Tar Heels very likely have the most talent in the nation in a sport played by about 130 colleges but dominated by a few—Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Navy, Virginia and Cornell. The interloping Tar Heels not only are horning in on this clubby little quintet but are also threatening to march right over them. Henry Ciccarone, the coach at Johns Hopkins, which has been national champ 40 times, including the last three years in a row, says gloomily, “Carolina has more ability than we do, so that puts them in position to beat us.”
And maybe everybody else. Already this season, North Carolina has whipped Navy 11-8 and the 1980 NCAA runner-up, Virginia, 11-6. Then last Saturday the Heels showed an explosive and well-disciplined attack in overwhelming Towson State 19-3. A crucial game for North Carolina comes April 4 when it plays Maryland, which has defeated the Tar Heels all 17 times they have met. Should North Carolina finally win—and the Terps are down from their once lofty heights—then notice will have been served that there’s a new boy on the old block. Further proof may well come at the NCAA championship in Princeton at the end of May.
That’s not bad for a college that didn’t take up the game until 1964, and did it then mainly to earn points that would enable it to win the Carmichael Cup, the ACC’s all-sports trophy. The ploy worked—sort of. In the last 17 years, Carolina has won the cup nine times, but hardly because of its lacrosse prowess.
Most of the credit for North Carolina’s sudden prominence in the sport goes to Scroggs, 33, who has the perfect temperament to coach lacrosse at a school where basketball and football have long shared kingship: he will not allow himself to feel insulted, demeaned, put-upon or otherwise trampled in spirit.
He’s the classic example of someone who gets along by going along. Scroggs was hired in July 1978 after a disastrous season that included an ugly set-to in which 14 players were suspended by the then coach, Paul Doty. The players said Doty was a lousy coach, and Doty said he wasn’t real crazy about the players. Against this backdrop, Scroggs was told, among other things, that lacrosse definitely wouldn’t be as important in Chapel Hill as it was at Johns Hopkins, where Scroggs had played and then had served as an assistant coach for six years. Fine, he said. When auto dealers gave all the rest of the Tar Heel head coaches big new cars to use, Scroggs got a two-door Honda. Fine, he said. You’ll have to share the practice field with the track team. Scroggs was told. Fine, he said. You have 13 scholarships now but we’re dropping it steadily down to nine, Scroggs was told. Fine, he said. Your office is being moved over to oblivion in the women’s facility to make room for somebody more important. Fine, he said.
Scroggs was also told money would always be a problem so don’t ask. Fine, he said. He then went about making a deal for his 41-member squad to clean up Kenan Stadium after four of last fall’s home football games for $3,600. “I liked doing it,” says Scroggs, “because it demonstrated that we’re not afraid to work for what we want. It was tough. I liked that. To be in a filthy football stadium at 6 a.m. on Sunday in the rain is special. I think the kids gained by suffering.”
So the players liked it, too?
“No, they hated it,” says Scroggs.
But with the money they bought shoes, turtlenecks, jackets. They probably will clean up again next fall and put the money toward a trip to Colorado to play the Air Force Academy. Goalie Tom Sears, one of the nation’s best at the position, says, “What’s so hard about cleaning up a stadium?” Nothing, really, although Scroggs admits that he thinks watching the procedure scared off one of the nation’s top recruits this year. “I don’t think he wanted to come to college to pick up garbage,” Scroggs says sadly.
And Scroggs was told that because being lacrosse coach wasn’t considered a full-time job, he’d also have to be in charge of game operations for North Carolina’s football and basketball games. Fine, he said. Thus, he looks after all arrangements, including ticket-taking, security, motor vehicles (“In this capacity, I learned not to get emotionally involved with a van”), fire protection, everything. He also takes the lacrosse jerseys home after every game and washes them, partly to get them done the way he wants and partly to prevent workers at the university laundry from swiping them and raising further havoc with his budget. “It’s not hard,” he says, “so why complain?”
Here’s a measure of where Scroggs and lacrosse fit in the hearts and minds of the North Carolina public: it’s estimated that Tar Heel Basketball Coach Dean Smith took in more than $300,000 from his summer basketball camps last year; Scroggs made $67 on his lacrosse camp.
Gee, isn’t all this terribly demeaning? “It could be if I’d let it,” Scroggs says. “But it’s my job, so I do it to the best of my ability and I do it cheerfully.”
Scroggs doesn’t merely recruit in Maryland and on Long Island; he raids the places—cheerfully, of course. In 1979, a Baltimore newspaper named 12 All-Metro lacrosse players; Scroggs got six of them to go to North Carolina. Last spring’s Baltimore area Player of the Year, Andy Smith of Annapolis, was snagged by Scroggs. Scroggs can do this because he was born, raised and educated in Baltimore, and even today you can look in his eyes and see row houses. First, he knows everybody connected with lacrosse in Baltimore—and darn near everyone involved on Long Island, too. Second, he uses the many attractions of Chapel Hill to entice young men from the North. He tells them, for example, that often in the spring they will practice on Wednesday nights because the track team needs the field that day. But more important, he points out that the spectacle of coeds jogging around the field in the afternoon is so distracting that it’s more efficient to practice at night anyway. That’s something boys understand.
Scroggs also succeeds because he’s a born scuffler. His father was a Baltimore city policeman, his grandfather a boxer who fought under the name of Handsome Harry Scroggs. When Willie announced to his mother that he wanted to go to college, she was furious, because she wanted him to get a job. When he persisted in this college nonsense, she insisted that from then on he pay rent to live in her house. He did, raising the money by parking cars at Oriole baseball games, working as a guinea pig for psychology-department experiments (he made $7 taking a nonsense syllable test), stuffing envelopes and playing poker. In exchange for sweeping up in a barber shop, he got free haircuts.
This background colored everything Scroggs did in those days—and does now. At 5’9″, 165 pounds, he was captain and defensive back on the Hopkins football team, but he was never, as is now sometimes written, an All-America in lacrosse. A midfielder, he excelled on defense and at picking up ground balls, two of the game’s least glamorous skills. “Around here we place big emphasis on kids’ trying,” says Scroggs. “Everybody wants to play. We are looking for guys who want to practice.” Not long ago he told one disgruntled athlete, “Your role is to really help us in practice, and if you can accept that, we’ll be a better team.”
Bill Cobey, the former North Carolina athletic director who hired Scroggs, says, “He can turn a negative into a positive overnight.” The Scroggs method: when an assistant coach complained about a player during the 1979 season, saying, “This guy is terrible,” Scroggs retorted, “Well, let’s teach him.”
And Scroggs does teach. He’s a team man. The players understand. “I never get scored on,” says Sears. “The whole team gets scored on. I’m just the last person the ball goes by.” Against Towson, Sears was his usual brilliant self, getting 18 saves, several of them spectacular. Two Tar Heel attackmen, Chris Mueller, a little-used sub, and Kevin Griswold, North Carolina’s only certified star, scored three goals each in the romp that saw Towson dead and gone midway through the first quarter. “We’re up and coming,” says Griswold, an All-America last season, “but we haven’t proven ourselves yet.”
Last year North Carolina made it to the NCAA semifinals before losing 11-10 in double overtime to Virginia, but as the Heels’ 8-4 record indicated, they weren’t consistently good. “Consistency gives you confidence, and by God, with confidence you can do anything,” says Scroggs. “So what I set out to do is establish a program so consistently good that it would be hard for the university to get rid of us.”
That would be fine with the current athletic director, John Swofford, who marvels, “Willie has raised our realization of how good we can be in lacrosse.” Fine, Scroggs would say.
Goalie Sears tidies up around the net in the spring and cleans up the football stadium in the fall.
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Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 23, 1995
Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 23, 1995
Calder Knows Scott Is "Tough Act to Follow" New athletic director replaces legend who won 7 lacross titles By Dennis O'Shea The first words out of Tom Calder's mouth after Bob Scott introduced him as the new Johns Hopkins director of athletics were right to the point: That's a hard act to follow." Calder knows he's drawn a tough assignment. Starting July 1, he succeeds the legendary "Scotty," a man who has sat in the Hopkins AD's chair for 21 years and who--in more than 46 years at the university--won seven national championships in lacrosse, coached 42 first-team all-Americans, and built a highly competitive athletic program with 27 men's, women's and co-ed varsity teams. "If Scotty wanted to run for governor, it'd be a close election," Calder said. "He's left everything in place. ... We're just going to take off from where he's taken us." As far as Scott is concerned, there's no one he'd rather have pick up where he leaves off. He said he knew that from the beginning and is grateful that, after a national search, Homewood student affairs dean Larry Benedict and a search committee led by dean of students Susan Boswell agreed with him. "Tom has achieved wonderful things wherever he has been," Scott said of Calder, whom he brought to Hopkins seven years ago as associate director. "I just couldn't be happier or feel better about where we are right now with Tom as the new athletic director." Calder, a 1975 Hofstra graduate, was team captain and a two-time lacrosse all-American there and played on coaching legend Howdy Myers' final lacrosse and football squads. Coincidentally, Scott, a 1952 Hopkins graduate, was a member of the final football squad of Myers' pre-Hofstra tenure at Homewood. After coaching at Roanoke College and earning a master's in sports adminstration at Ohio University, Calder became assistant ticket manager and then assistant director of games operations at the University of North Carolina, where he was also a lacrosse assistant under Hopkins alumnus Willie Scroggs. He later served as a legislative assistant at the NCAA and assistant director of athletics at Bloomsburg University, before joining the Hopkins athletic department in 1988. Calder, 41, said he aims to continue building the Hopkins athletic program into the best in the nation among highly selective, similarly sized schools in NCAA Division III, the non-scholarship level at which the university competes in all sports except men's lacrosse. He said he also wants to build exposure for Hopkins teams, athletes and coaches, in the news media, around the university and in athletic circles. Calder also said he will continue to press to raise funds for a new recreation center, a facility that would benefit all faculty, staff and students, not just intercollegiate teams. Scott, he said, will remain with the university on a part-time basis after his retirement to help in the area of athletic alumni relations. "You're only as good as your staff, and Scotty got us the right coaching staff and the right administrative staff," Calder said. "I just have to keep things going in the right direction."
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World Championship Coaching Staffs
Head Coach: Ben Goertenmiller (Mt. Washington LC)
Head Coach: Buddy Beardmore (Maryland)
Assistant Coaches: Jack Emmer (Washington and Lee, Jack Kaley (
Head Coach: Richie Moran (Cornell)
Assistant Coaches: Gene Fusting (Mount Washington LC, Jerry Schmidt (Hobart)
Head Coach: Tom Flatley
Assistant Coaches: Willie Scroggs (North Carolina), Dave Urick (Hobart)
Head Coach: Dave Urick (Hobart)
Assistant Coaches: Tom Postel (C.W. Post), Don Zimmerman (Johns Hopkins)
Head Coach: Arlyn Marshall (Maryland LC)
Assistant Coaches: Terry Corcoran (Washington College), Mike Waldvogel (Yale)
Head Coach: Tony Seaman (Johns Hopkins)
Assistant Coaches: Fred Acee (SUNY-Farmingdale), Dave Cottle (Loyola), Skip Lichtfuss (Mount Washington LC)
Head Coach: Bill Tierney (Princeton)
Assistant Coaches: Bill Beroza, Jeff Long (Ithaca), Paul Wehrum (Herkimer CC)
Head Coach: Jack Emmer (Army)
Assistant Coaches: Ron Fraser (Brine LC), Mike Pressler (Duke), Ray Rostan (Hampden-Sydney)
Head Coach: John Desko (Syracuse)
Assistant Coaches: Mike Caravana (Woodberry Forest), Matt Kerwick (Hobart), Scott Marr (Albany)
Head Coach: Mike Pressler (Bryant)
Assistant Coaches: Joe Alberici (Army), Tony Resch (Long Island Lizaards), Rick Sowell (Stony Brook)
Head Coach: Richie Meade (Furman)
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Cassese (Lehigh), Dave Pietramala (Johns Hopkins), Jeff Tambroni (Penn State)
Head Coach: John Danowski (Duke)
Assistant Coaches: Joe Amplo (Marquette), Tony Resch (Charlotte Hounds), Seth Tierney (Hofstra)
Head Coach: John Danowski (Duke)
Assistant Coaches: Joe Amplo (Navy), Seth Tierney (Hofstra), Charley Toomey (Loyola)
All-Time World Championship Coaching Records
A Little Dab’ll Do Ya – The Joe Breschi Way
I just finished watching the dab video that features the head coach of the 2016 National Championship lacrosse team dancing (dabbing) with his players in the locker room. His hat was on backwards, his team was erupting with intense joy and it made me smile. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to be on some incredible teams over the years and there is one common denominator that each of them shared — family and fun.
Joe Breschi was raised on the fertile lacrosse fields of Baltimore Maryland where he learned to play the sport alongside some of the greatest players and teams in history. After graduating from Loyola Bakersfield High School in Towson he decided to leave his hometown and head south down I-95 to Chapel Hill to wear the light blue for legendary coach Willie Scroggs. After 4 great seasons and multiple individual awards including All-American and All-ACC honors, Breschi was ready for the next challenge.
During his senior season he was selected by his team to represent them as the sole captain – which is something that has only been done three times in UNC history. So aside from possessing obvious skills on the field as a defensemen, Breschi had a powerful knack for leadership. It was this attribute that pushed him into his profession in 1991 as he joined the UNC lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant coach under Dave Klarman and helped the team win a national championship that season. Not all great players are great coaches, but Breschi was different. After two years at UNC he decided to take a position under legendary Brown University coach Peter Lasagna.
Coaching is not unlike any craft, it needs to be learned and experienced. When he landed in Providence as the head assistant coach, he spent the 1993-1997 seasons as an apprentice where he soaked in all of the positive motivational tactics employed by the Lasagna coaching style. He learned more about players, personalities and of course the game. After five years in the Ivy League, it was time for Breschi to spread his wings and become the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes lacrosse program in Columbus.
Over the course of the next ten seasons he would turn a fledgling lacrosse team into a competitor. In 2008 the OSU beat Cornell and recorded the first NCAA tournament game ever won in the programs history. The months following that game would be filled with changes and an opportunity that would take him and his family back to Chapel Hill. In 2008, Joe Breschi took over as the head coach of his alumnus and he found his groove early.
He quickly became one of the best recruiters in the country because of his likability and fun approach to lacrosse. The best recruits in the country and beyond started to look at UNC as a major player – a place to win a national championship.
Photos by Mason Powell
After watching the Final Four this past weekend it was clear there was one team that was having more fun and playing with more confidence than the others. I decided to take a closer look at where that fun and confidence comes from. I quickly learned the source of the stream was Coach Breschi. With his hat on backwards, dancing with his team in the locker room and almost always donning a large smile on the sidelines it was was obvious that his team loved him. They were playing for him. Like all great leaders he had created a culture and a brotherhood that emphasized the importance of playing together.
A prime example of this can be found in the story of the the most outstanding player of the NCAA tournament, sophomore Chris Cloutier. His 14 goal performance in two games was easily one of the most impressive showings I had ever witnessed in the Final Four. And after learning that he was pulled off the field early on in the season because he wasn’t playing all that great I couldn’t help but think about how the Carolina culture that was created helped foster his growth as a player and allow Cloutier to persevere, play with confidence and ultimately lead his team to a national championship. It is always fun to see unsung heroes arrive on the lacrosse worlds biggest stage. It reminded me of a performance by Nick Licameli in the ¹95 national championship run for Syracuse. It takes a certain kind of coach to lay the foundation for any player on any given day to step up and be the hero.
What We Can Learn From The Dab
I think a lesson all coaches from all sports can learn from these two storylines (Cloutier and Breschi) is that if you and your players never lose sight of why we choose to be involved in sports in the first place you will create an atmosphere that is positive, fun and productive. If you treat a team like a family instead of how you would run a business you will help maximize each players potential. Great coaches now how to motivate, understand that different people require different methods and find the greatest power in focusing on personal relationships as they relate to overall team dynamics. There is no doubt in my mind that North
Carolina won the national championship because of what most people would refer to as the “X” factor. The “X” factor refers to an unexplainable attribute that the team possesses that ultimately leads to their success. They played with heart and made up for what they lacked on paper with energy and confidence.
I would like to congratulate the University of North Carolina on their impressive victory and powerful performance over the weekend. And I send a huge thank you to Joe Breschi for putting his fun approach on display for the lacrosse world to see. The modern lacrosse world has now witnessed the power of positivity, family and fun. Lacrosse is not robotic, its fun and fast. May we all go forth with this in our minds and focus our energy on creating a culture that maximizes people/players potential by motivating them through confidence. Whether you¹re a coach, administrator, teammate or a parent you have a responsibility to lead and improve the people that surround you ‹ one ounce of action beats a ton of words.
Here’s to great lacrosse.
Series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: photos, video, description of the series
The first television series from the Oscar-winning brothers Joel and Ethan Coen in the western genre on Netflix.
The miniseries The Ballad of Buster Scruggs stars Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs; Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly , Willie Watson , Ralph Ineson Ineson, Stephen Root.
The series is conceived as an anthology of six independent stories from the era of the settlement of the Wild West by settlers.
Joel and Ethan not only wrote the scripts for all the episodes, but also became the producers and directors of the project.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells about the singing cowboy Buster ( Tim Blake Nelson ).
“Near Algodones” – the story of a vagabond ( James Franco ), whose carelessness prevents him from really robbing a bank and becoming a shepherd.
“Food Ticket” about an actor and impresario of a traveling show.
“Completely Golden Canyon” tells the story of a prospector who is overjoyed when he finds a gold mine, but then a bandit encroaches on its opening.
Shocked Maiden with Zoe Kazan takes place on the Oregon Trail, where two caretakers meet the maiden in the caravan. She will need the help of one of them, and the other will want to marry her.
“Boneless Remains” shows five passengers heading in a stagecoach in an unknown direction.
Interesting facts about the series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs / The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
At first, the Coens planned to shoot only a film, then they realized that they had enough material for a mini-series and a film.
This is the Coen brothers’ debut as a TV writer and director. Although the popular TV series Fargo is based on their film, they had little to do with the show.
This is also the first project that the Coen brothers shoot digitally.
The Coen brothers are far from the first renowned filmmakers to make their way to the small screen.The Wachowski directed The Eighth Sense for Netflix in 2015. David O. Russell and Woody Allen create series for Amazon.
Netflix Vice President Cindy Holland: “The Coens are filmmakers with their own vision, true storytellers and brilliant linguists. We are thrilled that Netflix will be home to their full spectrum of talent. ”
Liam Neeson had to grow a beard for this role.
The crew of the series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
- Directors, Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.
- Operator: Bruno Delbonnel.
- Composer: Carter Burwell.
- Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Willie Watson, Ralph Ineson, Stephen Ruth.
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Ballad of Buster Scruggs
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is a Western film almanac by the Coen brothers, directed by them according to their own script.The Coen brothers are also producers of the film. The film stars Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly and Tom Waits.
The film premiered on 31 August 2018 at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. The film was released in the United States by Netflix on November 16, 2018.
The film consists of six stories not related to each other, but related to the theme of the Wild West. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells the story of an apt singer. “Under Algodones” the bank robber gets what he wants, and then something else. “Entering for Food” is a dark tale of two weary, itinerant performers. All Gold Canyon is the story of a gold prospector. “The Girl Who Was Frightened” is a lyrical story of unexpected love with an even more unexpected denouement in the spirit of the Coen brothers.And, finally, the sixth chapter – “Remains” – a philosophical parable about a motley company of strangers traveling in a stagecoach.
2. Cast Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Willie Watson – Baby
Clancy Brown – Gloomy Joe
David Crumholtz – French in the Saloon
E.E. Bell – Saloon Pianist
Tim Blake Skraggs Buster
Jesse Lucan – drover
Stephen Root – banker
James Franco – cowboy
Ralph Ineson – man in black
Liam Neeson – impresario
Harry Melling – artist Harrison
All Gold shot Jack London’s story “The Golden Canyon”
Tom Waits – Elderly Prospector
Sam Dillon – Young Boy
The Girl Who Scared
Granger Hines – Mr. Arthur
Bill Heck – Billy Knapp
Zoe Kazan 905 Johnabo
O’Neill – Englishman
Brendan Gleeson – Irishman Clarence
Tyne Daly – Lady
Saul Rubinec – Frenchman Rene
Chelsea Ross – Trapper
Joel and Ethan Coens announced the project in January 2017 as a collaboration with Annapurna Pictures. It was intended to be a six-part television miniseries to be directed entirely by the Coens. Throughout 2017 and early 2018, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Willie Watson, Ralph Ineson, Tim Blake Nelson, Stephen Root, Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson joined the cast of the film.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was partially filmed in the Nebraska ledge area, and the role calls were for “regular” Nebraskans who were supposed to look like extra paid roles.Also, some of the filming took place in New Mexico, where the Coen brothers filmed “No Country for Old Men” and “Iron Grip.”
Despite being a classic American Western, the soundtrack was recorded in London at the famous Abbey Road Studios.
In July 2018, it was reported that the miniseries had been remade into a single feature film while retaining their anthological cohesion.
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Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The film consists of six novels that are not connected with each other by the plot, but connected with the theme of the Wild West.The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells the story of an apt singer. “Under Algodones” the bank robber gets what he wanted, and then something else. Entering for Food is a dark tale of two weary, itinerant performers. All Gold Canyon is the story of a gold prospector. The Girl Who Was Frightened is a lyrical story of unexpected love with an even more unexpected ending in the spirit of the Coen brothers. And, finally, the sixth chapter – “Remains” – a philosophical parable about a motley company of strangers traveling in a stagecoach.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Buster Scruggs, a hilarious singing cowboy, arrives at a remote diner full of criminals, where he exchanges insults with another visitor before effortlessly killing everyone while they reach for their guns. He then heads to the Frenchman’s Gorge and enters the saloon, leaving his gun at the door so as not to violate the no-fire policy.
He joins a poker game when one player suddenly gets up from the table.Buster discovers that the player has vacated space after receiving the infamous dead man’s hand. Other players insist that Buster play since he saw the cards. When Buster refuses, a big, formidable gambler named Joe stands up and pulls out a hidden pistol. Unable to convince Joe to end the conflict, Buster hits the board several times at the poker table, as a result Joe’s hand goes up, his pistol is pointed backwards and shoots Joe in the face. Shooting himself three times, Joe falls dead.
Buster relieves the atmosphere in the hall with a noisy song about “Gloomy Joe” to the delight of visitors. Brother Joe comes in fright and challenges Buster to a duel outside. Buster happily agrees, firing off every finger of his right hand before finishing him off with a sixth shot over his shoulder using a mirror.
A young singing cowboy, dressed in black, drives into town and politely challenges Buster. Buster again happily agrees, but to his surprise, the young man draws his weapon even faster and kills him with a shot in the forehead.Buster examines the wound in disbelief before collapsing, confessing off-screen that he should have foreseen that “you can’t be the best forever.” The young man and Buster sing a bitterly joyful duet when Buster’s spirit rises from his body and flies to the sky, he has angel wings behind him and a lyre in his hands, and expresses hope for a place where people are better than they are on Earth.
A young cowboy robs a remote bank on the prairie. As he escapes, a chatty cashier shoots at him, forcing the cowboy to take cover behind the well.The cowboy fires back, but the cashier attacks him, wearing a washboard and several pots and pans as armor, from which all the bullets fly off, and the cashier constantly giggles: “Shot in the pan!” The cashier knocks out the cowboy with the butt of his gun.
When the cowboy regains consciousness, he is sitting on a horse under a tree with his hands tied and a noose around his neck. The lawyer and his men ask about the last words of the cowboy, since they “condemned” him and sentenced him to death while he was semi-conscious.The execution is interrupted by an ambush by Comanche warriors who quickly kill the lawyer and his men, but leave the cowboy on horseback.
After a while, a cattle driver appears and frees the cowboy, who then joins him. However, the cattle driver turns out to be a cattle-thief, the two of them are quickly pursued by a detachment of another lawyer. The squad grabs the cowboy and takes him to town, where the judge eventually orders him to be hanged. As the cowboy stands on the gallows with three other men awaiting execution, he looks at the man to his left, who is crying and mourning his fate, and jokes, “First time?” When the cowboy’s eyes are directed to the young woman in the crowd, the executioner abruptly hangs the bag over his head and opens the hatch under his feet.The crowd cheers and applauds.
The aging impresario and his artist Harrison, a young man without arms and legs, travel from city to city in a cart that turns into a small stage where Harrison theatrically recites classics such as Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem Ozymandia; the biblical story of Cain and Abel; works by William Shakespeare, in particular Sonnet 29; and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The impresario collects money from the audience at the end of each performance, but the profits diminish as they visit increasingly remote mountain towns with smaller and more indifferent audiences.
After a show that does not bring any profit, the impresario observes a man who lures the crowd with an attraction with a chicken that supposedly can do simple mathematical calculations. Visitors give simple addition and subtraction tasks, and a chicken pecks at the drawn numbers as an answer. After buying the chicken, the impresario drives a van over a mountain pass and stops at a bridge over a rushing river. He walks to the center of the bridge and throws a large rock to measure the depth of the water before returning to the wagon.In the final scene, the impresario is back in the van, and the caged chicken is his only passenger.
Entire Gold Canyon
A gray-haired prospector arrives in an unspoiled mountain valley and decides to search for gold in a grassy meadow by the river. For several days, he flushes the sand to count the gold grains, and then begins to dig a deeper hole once he has identified the likely source of the gold. After his first sleepover by the fire, the prospector notices an owl guarding its nest atop a tree at the edge of the valley.As he climbs a tree and approaches the nest, an owl from a nearby tree gazes at him, causing the old man to return three of the four eggs he took for food.
On the third day, he digs up gold nuggets of increasing size before finally reaching Mr. Nugget, a large vein of gold running through the quartz he discovered. But as soon as he made his discovery, a shadow falls on him; the young man who was chasing the prospector and letting him do all the work crept to the edge of the pit.He shoots the prospector in the back, and he falls facedown. When a young man jumps into a pit to steal gold, the prospector stops pretending to be dead, takes the pistol and kills the attacker from it. Then the prospector washes his wound in the river stream and examines it, realizing that it is not fatal. He finishes mining for gold, pushes the young man’s body back into the pit that will become his grave, and leaves the valley.
The plot repeats Jack London’s story “The Golden Canyon”.
The Girl Who Was Scared
Alice Longabo and her older brother Gilbert, an inept businessman, ride a train across the prairie to Oregon, where, according to Gilbert, his new business partner will marry his sister. Gilbert dies shortly after they hit the road, and the chiefs of the train, Mr. Billy Knapp and Mr. Arthur, help Alice bury her brother.
Although she has no definite prospects in Oregon, Alice decides to continue her journey rather than head back east.Matt, the young man Gilbert hired to escort their van, claims that Gilbert promised him $ 400, half of which he should get when they reach halfway to Fort Laramie or else he will return home. Fearing that Gilbert’s money was buried with him, Alice talks about her predicament to Billy, who offers his support in the way forward. He also does Alice a favor by first trying to shoot Gilbert’s little dog, President Pierce (named after Franklin Pierce), and then chasing him away, as everyone complained about the dog’s constant barking.
During their conversations, Billy fell in love with Alice and offers to solve her dilemma by marrying her at Fort Laramie, taking on Gilbert’s debt to Matt. Billy will stop working as a transporter to build a house and start a family on 640 acres of land in Oregon. They will be able to receive land in accordance with the Land Law. Alice is surprised by Billy’s proposal, but she fell in love with him, so she accepts the offer. Billy then informs Mr. Arthur that this will be their last trip together.
The next morning, Mr. Arthur notices that Alice is missing and is driving up the hills when he finds her with President Pierce.Alice laughs when the dog barks at the gophers. Then Mr. Arthur notices the Indian scout and the advancing squad and gives Alice a pistol so that if he is killed, she can shoot herself and avoid captivity. Mr. Arthur uses a rifle to repel the attack of the Indians twice, but for a moment it seems that the hiding warrior is killing him. Mr. Arthur kills the Indian and then realizes that when he appeared to be dead, Alice shot herself, as Mr. Arthur said to do. Mr. Arthur sadly returns to the train with President Pierce, not knowing what to say to Billy Knapp.
Five people at sunset: an Englishman (Thigpen), an Irishman (Clarence), a Frenchman (René), a lady (Mrs. Betjeman), and a fur hunter travel to Fort Morgan, Colorado, by stagecoach … Thigpen says that he and Clarence often travel the route “carrying cargo,” meaning a corpse on the roof, but he does not elaborate on the nature of their business.
The hunter talks a lot and inconsistently about his past relationship with a woman from the Hunkpapa tribe, while neither of them knew the language of the other, but communication through understanding each other’s emotions led the hunter to the conclusion that all people are the same in their basic needs exactly like this the same as the animals he hunts.Mrs Betjeman, a devout Christian woman, indignantly objects that there are only two types of people, righteous and sinful. She explains that she knows this because her husband, whom she is visiting after three years of separation, lectured for the Chautauqua movement on “moral and spiritual hygiene” prior to retirement. René challenges her dichotomy and hunter’s oversimplification by reflecting on the unique and subjective nature of human experience. For example, Rene asks if Mr. Betjeman thinks about love in the same way as Mrs. Betgeman, suggesting that if he is not, then he may not have remained faithful to her during their separation.
Mrs. Betjeman becomes ill and Rene yells out the window to stop the driver, but the stagecoach continues to move. Thigpen explains that the cabby’s policy does not stop under any condition. Clarence sings the bittersweet folk song “Poor Guy,” which calms Mrs. Betjeman. It is revealed that he and Thigpen are “reapers” or bounty hunters. Thigpen says their usual method is to distract the target with stories while Clarence “processes” it.Thigpen notes that he enjoys watching their victim die, especially the look in their eyes as they “negotiate the crossing” and “try to make sense.”
The other three are clearly alarmed by this when they arrive at the dark and gloomy hotel in Fort Morgan, where they will all stay overnight. They remain on the stagecoach while Thigpen and Clarence carry the corpse to the hotel. They then slowly dismount and the stagecoach departs without unloading their luggage. Rene, Mrs. Betjeman and the hunter cautiously walk through the front door of the hotel.
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The film is six separate stories. Begins with the story of Buster Scruggs, a singing fast-rise cowboy, with a bounty assigned to his head. The second story revolves around a bank robber. He tries to rob a bank in a remote town, but stumbles upon a cashier who is clearly out of this world.In the third episode, the agent travels with a guy without arms and legs. They give concerts, reciting classical poetry. But the audience is in no hurry to attend the performance, and the losses will clearly influence the impresario’s decision to leave the concert activity behind. The fourth story focuses on the miner Odyssey. There will be a dialogue that warms the heart, but also with a small touch of human expansionism, even when nature demands to pay tribute to it. The fifth and longest story concerns a sick woman who, after the death of her brother, travels with a group of fur miners.A romance gradually develops between her and one of the fur hunters. But tragedy is inevitable. The film closes with an episode in which two bounty hunters in a covered wagon travel with three different random characters. At least it seems so. Nice shot, very atmospheric, and lots of dialogue.
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A wonderful black tragicomedy (which is unusual, because most often they make just comedies) from the masters of the ironic-sarcastic genre of the Coen brothers. Plus, under the Netflix promotion. A collection of rather scattered stories, as if from the folklore of the Wild West. An unusual format and presentation, even for the Coens, which naturally echoed even the denial of many authors’ lovers.For me, the stories came out very atmospheric and even sentimental. I see the general idea as an understanding of the inevitability of death and fate, which haunt absolutely everyone, without making any distinctions at all. And in the Coens’ view, it looks like something so absurd, which can only be treated with humor. True, the humor comes out sad.
The first episode, which is called the same as the entire film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” about the shooter and singer himself Buster Scrugs. It is played by Tim Blake Nelson, a very interesting and somehow unnoticed by me.The story is straightforward and harsh. The emotional component is about the destruction of the indestructible, so to speak.
The second episode “Under Algodones” is about a series of failures of a robber, played by handsome James Franco. Subtle genre mockery of the viewer within the general concept of the film.
The third story “Entrance for Food” is the saddest and most heartbreaking story. The impresario, played by Liam Neeson, takes the armless and impassable artist Harrison to the citiesbecause he played there a certain Dudley Dursley). The artist recites excerpts from classical works to a not particularly pretentious audience. Over time, you realize that this is the story of Harrison himself and you penetrate even more to the unfortunate poor fellow. The ending of the story is absolutely terrible. I just don’t want to remember. But the general theme of the film remains the same, although in the story for me it is more with an emphasis on tragedy than in humor.
The fourth story “All Gold Canyon” is about an old gold digger who seems to be lucky.But when everything is too good, as they say, wait for trouble. Also not funny, gloomy and at the same time quite life-affirming. Although it is probably too straightforward and superficial. The story is also remarkable in that it is based on the story of Jack London’s “Golden Canyon”, and the main role is played by the legendary singer Tom Waits.
The fifth melodramatic and tragic story “The Girl Who Was Frightened” about the emerging relationship of a good girl, played by cute Zoe Kazan (not particularly familiar with her work) and a good guy, in the role of which Bill Heck (not particularly well-known, but quite demanded secondary actor).It was not a very good incident that brought them together. But here, as they say, there would be no happiness, but misfortune helped. Again, a completely non-comical episode. A very sad and heartwarming story based on the story of the same name by Stuart Edward White.
And the sixth final series “Remains”, as it were, sums up a certain conceptual result, giving a lengthy answer to what this is all about. The series is distinguished by its mysticism in the spirit of Po and refers to the time of Westerns indirectly. Several passengers rush in a carriage to some place and conduct lengthy philosophical disputes about the nature and motives of man.The characters are very characteristic and interesting to listen to. One of my fellow travelers is played by my very favorite actor Brendan Gleeson.
As a result, this is a very good job. Wonderful in every aspect. The film is underestimated in my opinion, although it received several minor film awards.
90,000 Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Wild West Stories
Joel and Ethan Coens are filming a real American epic: whether it be a film about the “dude” The Big Lebowski or about a loser songwriter Lewin Davis.Here in “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” ( The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs , 2018) they tell stories of the Wild West, which are not inferior to the works of Ambrose Bierce in the intensity of passions and suspense. In each of the short stories, one way or another, death is present. An excellent star cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson and others starred in the film. The Coen brothers wrote the script 15 years ago.
Buster Scruggs, the hero of the first novella, plays both a musician and a jester and a gunfighter, and do not be captivated by his smile, light outfit, and the way a hat funny presses down his ears, he is still that son of a gun.Easy come, easy gone. The black-clad bounty hunter is played by Willie Watson, folk musician and founder of the Old Crow Medicine Show . When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings
Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson – When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings
I recommend watching a movie with an original audio track and Russian subtitles, it will be more correct. Somewhere in the middle of the film, there is the story of the All Gold Canyon prospector, played by Tom Waits.And looking at him without hearing his voice is an omission for the viewer. He even sings a song there. About Mom Macri (Mother Machree, original from 1910). There are quite a few songs in the first and last novella, you will need to translate them. True, the translation will be very helpful.
The stagecoach ride and the fort to which the heroes of the latest novel The Mortal Remains go are suggestive of “ The Hateful Eight “, but the topics are completely different. And the fort in reality turns out to be quite a respectable hotel.
Attention to detail, a kind of humor, as a rule black, innuendo, special respect for the viewer in the form of giving the opportunity to think out for himself – the Coens’ corporate style. The music for the film was written by their regular author Carter Berruel, and the country songs in the film are memorable. I’ve always loved westerns and I’m in awe of the Buster Scruggs Ballad .
And finally, a trailer, which is also a pleasure to watch:
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