If inspirational sports movie quotes were rewritten to be about tacos

Photo by Brandon Hillier
Photo by Brandon Hillier
Friday night delights || Photo by Brandon Hillier

Our deepest fear is not that our tacos are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that they are flavourful beyond measure. It is our taste, not our blandness, that most frightens us.

Great tacos. . . are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here, tonight. One taco. If we ate here ten times, we might get bloated nine times. But not this meal. Not tonight. You were born to be taco aficionados — every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Now go out there and take it!

Well, it’s real simple: you’ve got two more tacos and that’s it. Now, most of you have been eatin’ at this TacoTime for ten years. And you’ve got two more tacos and after that, most of you will never eat this food again as long as you live. Now, y’all have known me for a while, and for a long time now, you’ve been hearing me talk about being perfect. Well I want you to understand something. To me, being perfect is not about that menu board out there. It’s not about eating. It’s about you and your relationship to yourself and your tacos and your friends’ tacos. Being perfect is about being able to look your tacos in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down, because you told them the truth. And that truth is that you did everything that you could. There wasn’t one more thing that you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment, as best you can, with clear eyes and tacos in your heart? With joy in your taco? If you can do that, gentlemen, then you’re perfect. I want you to take a moment and I want you to look each other in the eyes. I want you to put tacos in your hearts forever, because forever’s about to happen here in just a few minutes.

Remember, kid, there’s heroes and there’s tacos. Heroes get remembered but tacos never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.

Forget about the crowds, the size of the tortilla shell, their fancy side dips, and remember what got you here. Focus on the fundamentals that we’ve gone over time and time again. And most important, don’t get caught up thinking about soft or hard shell. If you put your effort and concentration into gorging to your potential, to be the fullest that you can be, I don’t care what the receipt total says at the end of the meal. In my book, we’re gonna be winners.

I just want to say to you all tonight I’m very grateful to be here. A lot of people told me that I’d never eat Mexican food again and that’s all I do. You know, if you live hard and play hard and you bite the taco at both ends, you pay the price for it. You know in this life you can lose every food you love, every food that loves you.

I don’t know what to say, really. Three minutes ‘til the biggest Taco Tuesday of our professional lives. All comes down to today, and either we consume as a team or we’re going to crumble, inch by inch, bite by bite, ‘til we’re finished. We’re in hell right now, gentlemen, believe me. And, we can stay here — get the shit kicked out of our stomachs — or we can fight our way back from indigestion. We can eat outta hell one inch at a time.