Yoast is used to playing the sidekick: the aide-de-camp to Boone's general. Boone, a decorated head coach in his home state of North Carolina, had . at least ask the questions and talk about the issues, that's an important step. being presented to the world only as a team--Disney public relations folks. Coach Yoast and Coach Boone have more in common than their shared love of whistles and sweatpants. They're both high school football coaches who care. Coach Yoast and Coach Boone started with an interesting relationship. Because they are two phenomenal coaches, united by a desire to win.
While Boone coaches through fear, Yoast motivates through love and support. I also like that Yoast is a man of honor who will always do the moral thing.
At first, he is unwilling to accept an assistant coach position from Boone. When the white players threaten to boycott the season if Boone is the head coach, Yoast sets aside his pride and accepts the coaching position.
He does it so his players will play the season and the seniors will not lose their chances at athletic scholarships. Before one of the games during the season, the school board tells Yoast that it will fix the next game so it can fire Boone. During the game, the referees purposely make awful calls against the Titans. He goes to one of the referees and threatens to go to the newspapers about the plot if they do not call a fair game.
As such, he knows the school board will no longer induct him into the Hall of Fame. I like how these examples show that Boone is selfless and will make the just decision even if it hurts his own self interests. While he is not as fiery as Boone, Yoast is able to motivate his players too. You blitz… all… night! You make sure they remember, forever, the night they played the Titans!
While Boone is fire, Yoast is ice. While they respect each other, their different personalities clash. During training camp, Boone pushes his players in practice and denies them water. Nevertheless, their biggest clash is in regards to running back Petey Jones. As Boone continues to ride Petey, he loses his confidence and is unable to play for Boone on offense. As such, Yoast nurtures Petey and grooms him to be a star on defense.
However, Boone has a problem with Yoast pulling some of the players aside after Boone yells at them as it undermines his authority. While Boone may walk the line in going too far at times, Yoast does not go far enough at other times. As such, the two men are a great combination as both styles are needed to build a great team. Moreover, their respect for each other grows throughout the movie and they become great friends.
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The other great relationship in the movie is between Julius Campbell and Gerry Bertier. As Julius is the best black player and Gerry is the best white player, their relationship symbolizes the transformation that the team and city goes through during the movie as they mature to accept other races. At the beginning, Julius and Gerry are at odds with each other. They are roomed together and get into a fist fight when Gerry objects to a poster Julius puts up.
However, Julius responds that he does not care as it is not a team. He also cites that none of the white players block for Rev as their quarterback. As such, he does not care about the team and only cares about getting his tackles. As Gerry is the team captain, he is responsible for leading his team. As Gerry finally accepts the black players, the rest of the team follows his leadership, including Julius. In addition, he develops a friendship with Julius.
While the team leaves training camp united, it is difficult to maintain the unity back at school where race is still a very big issue. Julius and Gerry also find it difficult to stay friends. While Gerry initially succumbs to the peer pressure, he eventually ignores them as Julius becomes his best friend.Remember The Titans - Boone Introduced to Yoast
Ray is never able to accept integration. When Rev gets hurt, Gerry knows it is because Ray purposely failed to block the defender from getting to Rev. As such, Gerry is forced to make the tough decision to tell Ray that he is off the team. In my opinion, it is one of the most important scenes in the movie as it shows Gerry has completely bought in to accepting people based on their character instead of their skin color.
On the other hand, Gerry is eventually able to convince his girlfriend and mother into accepting Julius and ending their prejudices. Of course, one of the biggest moments in the movie is when Gerry is paralyzed by a car accident. It is one of the events that actually occurred. In real life, the accident occurs after the Titans already won the championship game.
In the movie, it occurs before the championship game to add to the drama. When Gerry is in the hospital, he asks for only one person, Julius. The relationship between the two is very well done and a perfect reflection of the theme of the movie. I only saw what I was afraid of. And now I know I was only hating my brother. When Yoast visits Gerry in the hospital, Gerry wants to talk about strategy for the championship game. I think this is a good time for reflection and for prayer.
It is a statement that I have heard repeated by sports commentators to explain how big of a loss a key player is to a team. In the Championship Game, the Titans are down at half time. With all due respect, uh, you demanded more of us. None of us are. But we have won every single game we have played till now. So this team is perfect.
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We stepped out on that field that way tonight. The movie ends with the funeral of Gerry Bertier. Similar to real life, he dies years later in a second car accident when he is hit by a drunk driver. Well, here we make it work every day. We have our disagreements, of course. But before we reach for hate, always, always we remember the Titans. He is an avid sports fan. Before joining Rookerville, he was part of a defunct New York Yankees message board, NYYankeefans, where he was its top poster and was inducted in its Hall of Fame for his contributions.
All of the referees for the games played by the Titans were white. Coach Yoast has been quoted as saying that if he had been Coach Boone, he would have been very suspicious of the reasons behind any incorrect call. As shown in the film, Coach Boone vomited before the first game. In fact, he vomited before every game. Yoast's daughter never went to the Boones' home.
Their daughters had met and were friendly but not as friendly as shown in the film. Yoast's daughter was extremely angry that her father was passed over for head coach. She was very interested in football, although not as interested as the character portrayed in the film. It wasn't a rock that was thrown through Coach Boone's window; it was a toilet filled with human excrement.
Coach Boone was enraged by this incident, but he didn't go out on his porch with a gun. He didn't own one. When Coach Boone came to Alexandria, he moved into a previously all-white neighborhood. His neighbors offered to buy him out, telling him, "We don't want you here. After a victory in one big game, Coach Boone chartered a plane for the team's trip home.
Williams in was big business. The character of the other white coach is fictional, an amalgam representing all of the white racists who initially pinned their hopes on Yoast.
Yoast lost his relationships with many of them when he acted honorably toward the team and Coach Boone. An organization by that name does exist today. Coach Boone did tutor students to help them get into college.
Coach Yoast didn't use profanity the film character doesbut it was another story with Coach Boone. Coach Boone and Coach Yoast have hit the lecture circuit. Fortunately for the team, not only did it have two extraordinary men as coaches, it had several extraordinary boys as players. Gary Bertier and Julius Campbell were two of them. Bertier was in his senior year and appeared destined to play professional football. Bertier was a conservative who initially didn't appreciate either integration or the black players.
Julius Campbell was a year younger than Bertier and was interested in black power. He, too, was a gifted athlete, becoming an All-American the next year. Since Bertier was older and already revered in the city and perhaps because he was on the white side of the racial divide, we don't know it was Bertier who made the initial overtures to Campbell. Forced by Boone to room together at training camp, these boys, initially hostile, became best friends.
Their friendship was one of the key factors in bringing the team together and lasted throughout their lives. The story of the players, like the story of the coaches, rings true and closely follows the facts. Other specifics about Bertier and Campbell: Bertier was even more fierce, strong willed, and aggressive than is shown in the film.
He was 6'2", weighed pounds, and was extremely fast. At first he tried to intimidate Coach Boone and demanded that a certain number of positions on the team be set aside for Hammond players read that white players from affluent families. Bertier was not injured before the last game of the season.
The accident occurred after the last game while he was driving home from the awards presentation. He lost control of his car on a snowy road.
In the hospital, Bertier asked to see Campbell before he asked for his family. As shown in the film, Bertier's mother told Campbell before he went into the hospital room, "Tears won't make my baby walk. Campbell and Bertier's mother remained friends after Bertier died. Bertier is reported to have been upbeat after he was paralyzed and tried to cheer everyone up.
The only person to whom he expressed sadness, to our knowledge, was Coach Yoast, who told Bertier about the wheelchair Olympics.
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Bertier had excelled in the shot put while in high school. Coached by Yoast, he went on to become a prominent wheelchair athlete, winning two gold medals in the wheelchair Olympics.
Bertier was killed by a drunk driver in a second car accident in The character of Bertier's white segregationist friend who intentionally allowed Rev, the black quarterback, to be tackled is fictional. This character in the film, as well as the character of Bertier's girlfriend, are meant to represent whites with racial prejudice with whom Bertier parted company as his relationship with the black members of the team grew.
As to kicking the white segregationist player who purposefully missed the block off the team, Coach Boone would listen to his team captains on personnel matters. But in reality, there were several captains and Bertier, as captain of the defense, would not have authority over a member of the offense.
The movie ignores the two other major divisive factors facing the team: However, from everything that we have read or heard, none of these divisive factors were as serious as race. Certainly, no divisive factor other than race could find any support in the general community. In addition to Bertier and Campbell, the team was blessed with other players who helped bridge the racial divide. The film focuses on Louie Lastik and Ronnie Bass, but there were probably others.
Lastik had lived in an integrated section of the city and got on well with black kids. Ronnie Bass, nicknamed "Sunshine" by his teammates, had come from California.
He, too, had no trouble relating to black students.
In his free time Bass was often at the Berg then a black area of town playing basketball. Sunshine won the starting quarterback position from Jerry "Rev" Harris by impressing Coach Boone, not because Harris got injured. Coach Boone applied his racially neutral attitude across the board and if a white boy was a better player than a black student, he got the position. Coach Boone's "veer" offense was basically a running attack. It was Bass' passing ability that made that offense especially effective because it drew defenders off the running game.
What is discussed, but not shown, is how much the team and its winning season meant to the city of Alexandria in a racially tense year. In there were race riots in several U. A shooting had raised tensions to the boiling point in Alexandria. However, racial hatred is difficult in a town busy celebrating the winning ways of its integrated football team with its integrated coaching staff.
People in Alexandria gave a large measure of credit for the town's progress in race relations to the Titans. Other specific incidents involving the team are: InAlexandria was not wracked by protests over integration.
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The scenes of the demonstrations are fictional, the filmmakers' way of showing racial tension. Alexandria is adjacent to Washington, D.
Still, it was primarily Southern and high school football was the dominant sport. TheTitans sang more than most teams, and many of the songs they sang had been popularized by The Temptations. They also sang and chanted as part of their pregame warm up although they didn't do a choreographed dance as shown in the film. The fights at the beginning of camp are underplayed in the movie.
They were not only racial, but between students of the same race who were from different schools.
When the team came back from camp, there was an obvious difference in their racial attitudes. As shown in the film, some of the parents thought their kids had been brainwashed. In fact, their children had grown and matured in a short time under the tutelage of a master teacher, Coach Boone. Team members backed each other up.
Shortly after training camp Bertier was jumped by a group of black students in the school parking lot. Campbell saw the fight and came to Bertier's rescue. It was at this point that Julius made the comment, "Well, Bertier, I don't guess you're Superman after all.
The "Yo Mama" scene, at least according to one member of a racially-united Titans team in the s, was exactly his experience. Some of the Titans players have commented that race was not uppermost in their minds, but that they were concentrated on football. That's just the way the boys should have felt, but given the racial tension in the town, it was due to the hard work of the coaches that race was made irrelevant.
The Titans 20 to 30 Years Later This film was released in The irony is that the T. Williams Titans of the s were much different from the Titans of Williams' record for the - period was 30 wins, 70 losses. The last winning season was and the last trip to the state playoffs was in While the Titans had 38 white players and 31 blacks, the Titans had 36 black players and only 6 white. At that time, if white families in Alexandria could afford it, they usually sent their kids to private schools.
In the football team was starved for resources while the T. Williams crew team, which is predominantly white, had lavish facilities funded by private contributions.
The story of what happened to the Titans in the s shows that if a community doesn't have a plan in place and isn't willing to work hard to keep integration functioning, the community will become resegregated. How did this happen? The racial composition of the city changed as middle class white families left and community support for football declined. In addition, in the mids, long after Coach Boone had retired, drug use was rampant on the team. One player claims that seven members of the team were dealing drugs.
Another potential cause is a rule implemented in Alexandria requiring that students in the sports program keep a minimum C average. In addition, the facilities had deteriorated due to lack of funding. While racially-united teams persisted at T.
Williams into the mids, by the late s, white players reported that the team "belonged" to the black players. White kids at T. Williams report that the school is internally split, and the races don't mix socially or academically despite the fact that they go to the same school.
This section drawn from "Does Anyone Remember the Titans? Continued from the Learning Guide What events in the film show that "sometimes life is just hard for no reason"? The two automobile accidents that Bertier was involved in. The first accident paralyzed him and the second killed him. These are real events. Is the story of the Titans unusual for what occurred in the South during the time of the Civil Rights Movement from on?
Yes, in that it was so dramatic. Yes, because in a crucial year, this football team was led by two phenomenal coaches and two amazing players. Yes, in that during a year marked by racial violence throughout the nation, an entire town took its cue from the football team and remained calm. It's not unusual in the sense that during this period many courageous black men and women, like Coach Boone, took risks to change society.
Black young people, like Campbell, let go of their rage and forgave. Courageous white people, like Bertier and Coach Yoast, realized what was really important to them in this case the team and took principled but unpopular stands. This happened all over the South, perhaps haltingly at times, with backsliding often, but ultimately the actions of people like Boone, Yoast, Bertier and Campbell improved the lives of many people in that region.
The four questions which follow relate to rites of passage. Define the term "rite of passage.
A rite of passage is a ritual or ceremony which marks the transition from one stage of life to another. The most common rites of passage relate to birth, attainment of adulthood, initiation, marriage, and death. The difference between a "passage" and a "right of passage" is that people all have transitions in their lives. Rights of passage celebrate, formalize and regulate those transitions. Give some examples of rites of passage that are used in our society, and describe their benefits. These include, birth and its associated rites such as a christening or brisbecoming an adult a Bar Mitzvah or a Bat Mitzvah, Quinceaneramarriage a weddingdeath a funeral or memorial service.
These help people to celebrate and adjust to the rights and duties of their new situation in life. Does our society provide a rite of passage to mark the transition from adolescence to maturity?
If so, what is it? There is no one agreed upon right of passage to adulthood in modern Western Society. There are some near misses. Graduation from high school or from college can serve this purpose in some families. But there is no agreed upon ritual or occasion for a rite of passage from adolescence to maturity. Some people believe that sports provides young men in our society with some of the advantages of a rite of passage which are not otherwise available.
Do you agree or disagree? But again, there is no society-wide agreement that this is a rite of passage. Some of the concepts to be discussed in a good discussion of this question are that the rite of passage is not universally recognized and only affects those involved in sports.
There is no one ritual and its value can depend upon whether the team wins or loses, whether the team is well managed or not, whether there is cheating or steroid use, etc. List, in chronological order if you can, the key incidents in this film that show racial barriers being broken down.
There is no one right answer. The purpose of this question is to lead students to think about the plot of the film as it relates to the theme of racial integration. A good discussion would include some of the following incidents: Lastik's actions in the cafeteria at the training camp; the argument between Bertier and Campbell when they trade accusations about Campbell not trying and Bertier being a bad leader this established communication ; the episode at practice when Bertier and Campbell hit each other on the "right side" etc.
What is the proper role of the desire to win in high school and college sports? The desire to win sets a context in which the true beneficial lessons of sports can be taught. How did playing football help the students overcome their racial prejudice? What other activities can help people overcome their differences and begin working together? There is no correct answer to this question.
The purpose of the question is for students to realize that one of the primary ways that racial prejudice is overcome is for people to have a goal that is more important than their prejudice. In this case, the goal was having a winning team for the players and educating the students for the coaches.
As shown in this film, once people start working together for a common goal, they realize that they have much in common and some become friends.
In the situation of the Titans, not only was the goal of winning a uniting factor, but Coach Boone designed the training camp so that it was extremely rigorous and that all the players would have to work together in order to avoid very unpleasant consequences such as three times a day practices.
For a story in which a woman consciously rids herself of racial prejudice in order to keep the affection of a man she loves, see Learning Guide to "Gentleman's Agreement". Which of the characters in this film forged new ground in their relationships with others? All of them including the black players except perhaps Sunshine and Lastik who from the beginning were able to accept people without regard to their race. Why did Coach Yoast stay on as an assistant to Coach Boone?
According to the film, he wanted to make sure that the white students that he had coached, in some cases since junior high school, were treated fairly.
One of the things that impressed Yoast about Coach Boone was that he was fair, dishing out the same harsh treatment to the black players as well as white players. If you had been Coach Yoast would you have given up your chance to be in the hall of fame in order to help Coach Boone and the team? The answer should be yes. It was the honorable and ethical thing to do.