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Five for Friday: Sports Movies

What are your favorite sports related movies?

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Bob Uecker doing what he does best.
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With all the animosity between groups out there, and no I’m not talking Democrats and Republicans, I wanted to try something out where everyone is always correct.

On Fridays, I will throw out a topic asking for your top five in whatever the conversation is that week. I’ll give my opinion and then read your choices in the comment section. We’ll keep this going as long as there is some participation.

As these are your (or my) opinions, we can’t be wrong so just have fun with the topic.

Last week we discussed who would be the first five picks in a Hawkeye college basketball fantasy draft and this week we’re going back to the movie world where we once ventured for favorite Christmas movies.

Five for Friday

My oldest daughter is getting married this weekend so the obvious Five for Friday would be favorite rom-com movies but that isn’t sports related so let’s adjust to the question of “what are your five favorite sports movies?”.

You get to make the decision on what is defined as a sports movie. It’s your list, have fun with it and maybe we can all pick up a movie to watch that we haven’t seen before.

My Five for Friday

These aren’t necessarily in ranked order and the five that made my list are ones that typically cause me to watch them whenever they are on television. For instance, I loved Rocky but I probably wouldn’t watch it again if I came across it on a Saturday afternoon.

  • Tin Cup: Who hasn’t grabbed another ball from their bag and re-tried a shot that they knew they could make only to come up short again? “I nutted that ball” is now a common phrase heard on the golf course. Don Johnson makes a dislikable villain while Rene Russo portrays a compelling love interest and Cheech Marin makes for a decent caddie and great drinking buddy.
  • Slap Shot: The oldest movie on my list, Slapshot is over 40 years old but still rings true. People like violence with their hockey. This movie about a down and out club from Pennsylvania which introduces sports fans to the concept of going against management to try to survive, a script that is replayed numerous times by other movies such as Major League. Paul Newman is the aging player/coach that seems to spill profanities wherever he goes and his wardrobe is an interesting look at the 70s.
  • Rudy: A tearjerker for anyone that likes to root for the underdog. Sean Astin will always be Rudy to me not Mikey from The Goonies or whatever he was in The Lord of the Rings (did you know he was Patty Duke’s kid?). The scene when the team goes into the coaches office to lay down their jerseys in order to free a spot for Rudy to play is my favorite. Can you imagine a least supportive family than his brother and father? Encourage your kids people!
  • The Longest Yard: While I may get some push back, I actually enjoy watching the Adam Sandler version better than the Bert Reynolds original. Michael Irvin, Chris Rock, and Nelly make great cons and Nelly looked like he could really be a running back. The guards had Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Bill Romanowski, and Brian Bosworth to keep things interesting. Throw in some “cheerleaders” portrayed by Tracy Morgan and Rob Schneider and I laugh every time I watch this movie.
  • Major League: I would imagine that what the Cleveland Indians went through in the movie is what the Baltimore Orioles will be doing in real life this spring. Hopefully they can find their own versions of Willie Mays Hayes, Wild Thing, Pedro, and Jake Taylor. Also loved the work of Bob Uecker and former major leaguer Pete Vuckovich as the villain Haywood.

Others considered: Bull Durham, Hoosiers, Caddyshack, White Men Can’t Jump, Happy Gilmore, Talladega Nights, Dodgeball.

Those are my favorite sports movies to watch, what does your list look like?

Go Hawks!