Monday, April 4, 2011

READER CONTRIBUTION: Our Favorite Sport's Movies

Hey everyone, remember when we said you guys should email us with topics to talk about and we would respond and post it on the blog? Well, our good friend Thor did just that. His question was, “Do you remember back in 1993, when Henry Rowengartner won the World Series with the Cubs?” Here is the talking point he gave us. Your favorite sports movies for each sport.  The movies can be anything from a serious movie like Any Given Sunday or a family movie like Rudy! 

We happen to think this is a very good topic and would like to add our picks to the mix. Thor starts off this post with 4 picks of his own and gives a little description of each pick.

Here are Thor's picks for favorite sports movies:

Football -  

If anyone knows anything about my playing career in football and sports, you might have guessed it would be Rudy!  Daniel E. Rudy Rudiger worked in a steal mill until his best friend dies in an accident.  Rudy decides with the last bit of money he has, he is going to go to South Bend, Indiana, to fulfill a dream.  This dream, to play football for The fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  Rudy gets into community college and eventually makes good enough grades to be accepted into Notre Dame.  Rudy now needs to make the football team.  He tries out and gives everything he got!  He makes the team, wins over his teammates, and they help him to suit up for the game.  Rudy soon gets a little bit of help from his teammates one more time, when they get the crowd into the act and start chanting Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!  The coaches eventually put him in the game to make the final tackle and sack!  A real true feel good story!

Baseball -

"Pitchers got a big butt, pitchers got a big butt." You guessed it!  Rookie of the Year.  Henry Rowengartner has no idea what he is doing on the baseball field when he breaks his arm, the tendons heal too tight.  Henry gets tickets from his mom for a Cubs game and he throws a frozen rope to home plate after a homerun is hit.  The cubs hit the goldmine and find themselves in the middle of a pennant race and Henry's the saving grace.  The clinching game, Henry needs 3 outs, but slips and lands on his shoulder.  The tendons are normal again and Henry has to come up with some trickery. 2 intentional walks, the hidden ball trick, a dare to race to the base and the Floater Pitch.  Henry gets the job done, wins the game, and the Cubs win the Series.

Basketball -

I love my feel good stories!  Hoosiers!  I love this story because it involves the small town Hickory Hoosiers playing for the basketball State Championship in Indiana.  The Hoosiers have 7 players in their whole school.  They get past improbable odds, with a great shooter in Jimmy Chickwood and win the title.  There are speed bumps along the way, and Shooter (Dennis Hopper) brings one in.  He is the father of one of the players, the most knowledge filled person in town on the game, and an alcoholic.  He becomes an assistant coach to help the team, but hits rock bottom.  Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) rallies the troops and wins the big GAME for the Hickory Hoosiers!  Jimmy, gets the ball and as you may guess it, he hits the winning shot!  No school as small as Hickory has every won the Indiana State Title until 1954!

Hockey -  

Mighty Ducks!  Those of you who know me, know I am a sucker for Homer Movies and since it was made in Minneapolis, I am sold.  Former pee-wee hockey player gets in trouble with the law and forced to confront his past and coach a pee-wee team, District 9.  They become The Ducks and Gordon Bombay is forced to face one more Demon and play his former coach in the state pee-wee hockey finals.  As you all would suspect, The Ducks win on a penalty shot!  Go Mighty Ducks!

Thor Daddy

These are some pretty good picks. However, I think I can top them.

Kenny's Picks:

Baseball -  
Major League. The movie brings us to Cleveland, where the Indians are set to have another awful year and are expected to have no chance to make it to the World Series. This year is different. The club's new owner (Margaret Whitton) has put together a team of misfits and has-beens (managed by a man who last worked at Tire World) meant to drive down attendance, allowing her to move the snake bit franchise to Miami. But of course, the team finds a way to pull together and win the pennant. Sure, they go through some ups and downs, heck, even sleep with a teammate’s wife, but nothing stops this team from becoming a well oiled machine that the city of Cleveland could actually use today. Word of advice though, stay away from any of the other “Major League” movies, they stink.

Basketball -  
White Men Can’t Jump. I think I like this movie for multiple reasons. One, I can’t jump and two, I like to talk trash. This movie has two guys that can and can’t do both. "White Men Can't Jump" begins with a basketball hustle. Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson), who is white, wanders near the spot where an all-black group is playing basketball. Looking as inept as he can, he waits for one of the players to single him out as a loser and dare him to play. Who singles him out? No other than the best trash talker in all of L.A., Sidney Deane. He makes his buddy play with Billy, but is soon surprised when he finds out Billy can play. The two eventually become friends, well, maybe not friends as much as co-workers and hustle their way to the top. It isn’t a kid friendly movie, but if you want a change from the “team” movies, check this one out.

Football -

Jerry Maguire. Show me the money! I love the black man! Yeah, this movie has a ton a quotes and I love every one of them. I can’t even count how many times I have seen this movie. Did you know the human head weighs 8 pounds? Well, I do now after watching this movie. Jerry is an agent that is on top of the sports world. Every guy wants to be him and every woman wants to be with him. But something changes. He wakes up in a cold sweat one night and starts to write a memo…no, no, a mission statement. Sounds like a good idea right? Wrong. It backfires on him big time. He ends up losing his job and all of his clients. Well, except for one, Mr. Rod Tidwell. I love how much hell Rod gives Jerry through out the entire movie. They play really well off each other and actually become really good friends. I’m pretty sure everyone has seen this movie, but just in case you haven’t I don’t want to give anything away. So, do yourself a favor and see this movie. It’s on TBS all the time, so you can’t get away from it. Just remember, “It’s not show friends. It’s show business”

Hockey -

Mighty Ducks: Hockey actually sucks and so does every other hockey movie. 

Ben’s Picks:

I have to admit, as much as I love sports, I have zero interest in most sports movies.  They are made for 10 year olds who can buy into the beginning of each movie.  When the underdog is struggling, a 10 year old is still amazed they back and win it all.  After you get past puberty though, you begin to see most sports movies as very predictable and because of that a lot of times are lame.  Putting all that aside, here are my sports movie picks:

Football –
The Waterboy.  Medulla Oblongata. Period.

Baseball –
The Sandlot is by far my favorite baseball movie.  The baseball is less the story here; it’s more about the “new kid” getting brought into a group of pals and growing from it.  The baseball isn’t as important in this movie, which is good for me since baseball is boring.  Best scene of movie is when the boys are trying out spitting tobacco like their hero’s in the majors while riding carnival rides.  It doesn’t go well.

Basketball –
Space Jam is the choice here.  Daffy Duck is one of the greatest cartoon characters of all time.  Combine Daffy with Muggsy Bogues and you’ve got me locked in for two hours my friend.  Pretty cool stat work I read recently reminded me of this movie.  Movie could’ve been better but Jordan is a horrible actor, almost as bad an actor as he is a person, but not quite. 

Hockey –
When you star in a movie, you become biased towards that movie.  Because of that natural reaction, I have to pick D2: The Mighty Ducks here.  That’s right; I did appear in this movie as a young kid.  You can find me in a red jacket walking across the camera from right to left while the camera pans into the arena for the start of the Junior Goodwill Games.  Amazingly this is my only movie appearance, so my IMDB page is lacking content.  Even with my Oscar worthy...walking…the movie itself kind of stinks, but it’s worth a look if you know me and want to try to find me during that scene. (Also my Mom and old buddy Pete make appearances…they are looking at a program while talking to an info booth attendant off to the right in the same scene)

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  1. FB - Brians song

    Baseball - sandlot

    Basketball - space jam

    Hockey - MD2

  2. I've always loved you Sir William.

  3. Thanks for the love. I am also impartial to Field of Dreams. Love the blog, keep up the good work

  4. Football - Any Given Sunday

    If you don't like Al Pacino and unneeded male nudity you don't love America.

    Baseball - Bad News Bears

    Walter Matthau and angry children. Not sure why this didn't win an Oscar.

    Basketball - Basketball Diaries

    I'm a fan of this film because it doesn't focus on the basketball. It's a side note to what happens to the children playing it. It offers the audience a gritty look into the possible outcomes of being a sports star.

    Hockey - Miracle on Ice

    I went patriotic on this one. I'm sorry.

  5. No problem Thor, keep sending us ideas, if we like them, we will use them.

  6. Good picks Mark and Bill. Pretty much every movie that has been picked by everyone on here is a classic. However, I agree with Ben, most sports movies suck.

  7. I'm surprised slap shot didn't make A list

  8. jesus....Jesus...that is a good could say its a slap in the face of slap shot...or a shot at slap shot....or ill shush up now...thanks for your comment son of god