The movie is based on the 1954 Milan Indians. A small high school team (with i believe 6 or 7 total players)that ends up beating Muncie Central for the state champs. I thinks it's very overrated and much the original names (including the school names) have been changed. The story also had to be altered to be more interesting. :unimpressed:
I don't think the movie is overrated at all... but that's just my opinion. It is somewhere between great and excellent :).
Anyway.... while the Hickory Huskers are a fictional team most (if not all) of the schools they play in the movie are in fact real. Some no longer exist due to consolidation tho.
What movie writer could invent a town/team called the Oolitic Bearcats? ;)