Did You See This? Thad Matta 'Semi-Pro' reference

Without ever seeing Thad Matta’s DVD collection or Netflix queue, it’s safe to say he’s watched Will Ferrell’s “Semi-Pro” a time or two. He’s had to, because the coach referenced one of the movie’s most popular catchphrases in Sunday’s postgame press conference following No. 14 Ohio State’s victory over No. 2 Michigan. The phrase: “E.L.E,” or “Everybody Love Everybody.” Watch Matta’s Hollywood reference now.

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For those who haven’t seen “Semi-Pro,” it’s a 2008 film that takes a comical look at the now-defunct ABA. Ferrell, whose character Jackie Moon owns one of the teams, uses E.L.E as his team mantra.

Here’s exactly what Matta said:

“We lost our composure there momentarily, for a while. You’re talking to guys, you know, kind of the Will Ferrell E.L.E man, E.L.E. Everybody Love Everybody here.”

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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