There are not quite -that- many things that I remember about the Mighty Ducks movie (you know, the hockey one), but you know, I think the most memorable line has gotta be when the coach dude is sitting down and reminiscing about his failed moment way back when–you know, the one where everything was on the line and the pressure was on and this was it…and then he makes the shot and it hits the rim of the goal and flies off.
“A quarter of an inch this way and it would have gone in. A quarter of an inch, Charlie.”, says the coach.
And then the kid says, “Yeah, but a quarter inch the other way and you’d have missed completely.“
“…I never thought of it that way.”
I’ve always liked that. People are always so fixated on what could have been, that they don’t realize there’s hardly any difference between “almost” and “not really at all”. Even though we all know that life is built out of freakish chance encounters, it’s easier to live it as a gradual sloping thing without getting caught up on the details.