Feb 18

rocky balboa champ

The last Rocky movie took everyone by surprise since it chose to focus heavily on the champion’s heart and outlook over the big training segments and lights out competition that its predecessors had. There was no Apollo Creed to keep the Italian Stallion honest and there was no larger than life super villain like Ivan Drago. To be honest, the movie wasn’t about boxing at all; it was about being a man.

If I ever meet Sylvester Stallone I would have to shake his hand and thank him for keeping the standard of manhood alive throughout his films. His body of work speaks for itself but there is one scene in the last Rocky that summed it up beautifully when the champ checked his whiny son by telling him the difference between winning and losing.

You’re Better Than That – by Rocky Balboa

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.

You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life… but it ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take, and keep moving forward. THAT’S HOW WINNING IS DONE!

Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody! COWARDS DO THAT AND THAT AIN’T YOU! YOU’RE BETTER THAN THAT!”

Thanks to belghali2 for the subtitled video.

If you haven’t seen Rocky Balboa you should check it out, as it wraps up the entire saga in a beautiful way. With the world going the way of people whining, and whining, and whining about other people I truly feel that Stallone spoke to the world with this one.

So tell me Denizens, how hard can you get hit and keep moving forward? Or have you reserved yourself to complaining about all the unfair things and people who have held you back in life? I’m so pumped up right now by Sly’s speech that I am ready to go conquer the world. How about you, are you hype to man the hell up?

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  • Frank

    It was a great film on many levels. Rocky gives Spider Rico, from the original “Rocky”, a job. Spider gave Rock a cheap shot in the first flick. Now as Spider is older and down on his luck, Rocky has compassion for an old rival. Lots to whine about there but Balboa in generous.
    I remember an interview with former Celtics great, Robert “the Chief” Parrish. When asked by the press in post game about any complaints on the way the game was called against the Lakers. The Chief said, “no, nobody wants to hear that…” The Chief was/ is a tough man.

    • Ha! Glass jaw Spider, I completely forgot about that having not watched the original film in ages. The older I get the more I will appreciate movies like this one because the message is timeless.