07/01/2013 01:20 pm ET

Theo Fleury's Rise And Fall - Grantland


A birthday tradition I had to let lapse when I got too big involved firing up a VHS copy of Youngblood as soon as my watch blinked midnight. If you're unfamiliar, Youngblood is an '80s cult classic about junior hockey. Patrick Swayze plays the mentor character who's short on talent but long on spine. Rob Lowe stars as the titular Youngblood, a wee playmaker, all fine bones and flair until he learns What It Takes.

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