Quick Fact of the Day

Ace VenturaDoes the name ‘Ray Finkle’ sound familiar to you? Well it should if you’ve watched Jim Carrey’s classic comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

In the movie, Finkle is the former kicker for the Miami Dolphins. He misses the winning field goal in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XVII and blames the holder, and quarterback, Dan Marino for not facing the laces OUT during the kick. He becomes a wreck and is put in an institution. Years later, he takes the name Lois Einhorn, gets a sex change and becomes the head detective of the city. Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey), who was originally hired to find the kidnapped dolphin mascot, pieces together the puzzle and busts him (or her), just in time to save both the dolphin and Marino in time for the Superbowl.

So how much of this movie is true?

They mention the “Kick Heard ‘Round The World” in the movie, and it’s authentic. The clip was actually Uwe von Schamann’s (one of the league’s best kicker at the time) missed field goal in Super Bowl XVII. However, the whole idea for having Finkle screw up on a field goal was based on Buffalo Bills’ kicker Scott Norwood, who missed a field goal in Super Bowl XXV. In reality, the Dolphins did play in Super Bowl XVII and they did lose to the Washington Redskins.

The difference though is this: The game was not decided on the final field goal kick, as the Redskins won by ten points. Also, David Woodley was the Dolphins’ quarterback in that game, not Marino, who was later drafted as Woodley’s replacement.

Of course, this comedy wasn’t based on real events, but it’s still some good random trivia to know. So next time you watch this movie with your friends, you can look sports smart. Alll-righty then.

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3 Responses

  1. lol! Excellent post. I like tidbits like this, which can spark some interesting conversation, or at the very least can encourage some thinking when it comes time to watch Ace fighting for animal rights.

    One thing though: There was no sex change. That was pivotal to the plot, if you do recall. Yes, Finkle has implants. But the moment of truth came when Ace noticed the discrepancy in Finkle’s nether-regions! So, for all intents and purposes, he was still male, albeit with a large chest.

  2. Haha, I guess you’re technically right about the sex change. The one weird part about that ending was the fact that there were tons of cops behind Finkle when he/she had his pants off. Yet they only started puking when Ace turned Finkle around … didn’t anyone else, but Marino, see it? haha, great movie.

  3. does anyone know finkle’s jersey number in the movie. please e-mail me that

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