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04 Jan The Return Of Rocky Balboa

Rocky is back! I was going to begin this sentence by saying, “As a former Philadelphian,” but anyone who was born in Philly and lived there never really gives up their Philadelphian status. I understand that to some of you, this latest and final installment isn’t a big deal; you might even be rolling your eyes about it. But if you are from Philadelphia, Rocky is a legend. A fictional legend but a legend nonetheless. Rocky has inspired young Philadelphians to be great fighters, not only with their hands but more importantly in life.

When Rocky V dropped, people all over the country and even internationally were disappointed in the direction Rocky took. I too was disappointed and felt that V was kind of anti-climactic and left me unsatisfied with the Rocky franchise. I was determined to believe that a Rocky VI would eventually come and redeem the franchise. Well, it’s finally here and already one of the teaser trailers gets to the exact point I made above, that Rocky isn’t just about inspiring fighters, it’s about realizing the potential in all of us. I haven’t met one person who doesn’t get inspired by the original Rocky score. It’s kind of funny how people make fun of how “dumb” Rocky is in the movies because I think they’re missing the point. Rocky is so “dumb,” right, that he forgets to give up fighting to achieve the impossible. He’s too stupid to realize that he can’t accomplish what all the smart experts tell him he can’t. He’s too ignorant to give up on reaching greatness against overwhelming odds. Get my point? Genius shouldn’t be limited to an IQ score.

“What is it you said to the kid? The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very rough, mean place… And no matter how tough you think you are, it’ll always bring you to your knees and keep you there, permanently… if you let it. You or nobody ain’t never 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. If you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit.” –Rocky Balboa from Rocky VI (Rocky Balboa)

Looking forward to seeing the inspiration in December!



Brett Palat

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