I don’t know what kind of halftime speeches Tom Coughlin or Bill Belichick made to their teams in the lockerrooms at Lucas Oil Stadium last night, but I doubt it was as inspiring as the one Clint Eastwood delivered to the 100 million Americans watching the Super Bowl on TV.
Out of a dark tunnel, the 81-year-old film icon emerged, calling our time “halftime in America”. Speaking in that distinctively breathy Dirty Harry voice, he notes, “People are out of work and they’re hurting,” as a collage of scenes rolls by. Take a look.
Then comes the pep talk. Sure, the situation is bleak, but “that’s what we do. We find a way through tough times. And if we can’t find a way then we’ll make one.”
The payoff sounds more like Mick from the Rocky films than Knute Rockne. “This country can’t be knocked out with one punch,” Clint declares. “We get right back up again. And when we do the world’s going to hear the roar of our engines.”
And that’s when you remember it’s a car commercial. Great motivational speech, though, Coach Clint.