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Another Top Ten List: Sports Movies

March 6, 2012

When a blogger runs out of personal stories to tell, a poor blogger resorts to pointless lists based on the blogger’s own opinion. So… without further adieu, here’s a list of the top ten greatest sports movies of all time.

10. Mystery, Alaska – A rec league hockey team in Alaska plays an exhibition pond hockey game against the New York Rangers. Russell Crowe as a hockey player, really? Otherwise, it’s a fine movie. Watch for Mike Myers doing his best Don Cherry.
9. Caddyshack – This movie makes no sense, it’s just a bunch of funny things happening one summer at a golf and country club that begin when a tacky nouveau-riche developer clashes with a stuffy old-white-money judge.
8. Field of Dreams – If anybody but Kevin Costner played the lead role, this movie would probably be number one. An Iowa farmer turns his corn field into a baseball diamond and the ghosts of professional baseball players emerge from the fields to play another game.
7. Rocky IV – Rocky’s not boxing for the title anymore, now he’s boxing for his country. Rocky takes the cold war into the boxing ring against the USSR and Ivan Drago. This movie is pure 80s cheese, but it’s a fine hunk of 80s cheese.
6. A League of Their Own – A fictional account about the short-lived women’s baseball league that started up during the Second World War. Not just a historical drama, this movie has lots of down-to-earth humour. And for a while, this movie held the record for longest (in duration) on film urination.
5. Soul of the Game – Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Jackie Robinson vie for who gets to be the first Negro League player to break through to the Major Leagues. This movie was one of those made for cable HBO movies before HBO got to into making series. Delroy Lindo as Satchel Paige is great in this movie.
4.Diggstown – A conman strolls into a small southern town and bets against a local boxing promoter that his boxer can beat any ten local boxers in one night. The highlight of this movie is the between-round banter between James Woods and Louis Gossett Jr.
3. Slap Shot – A failing minor league hockey team drops the sticks and mitts and just starts gooning it up instead of actually playing the game with hilarious results.
2. Major League – A bunch of washed-up or never-was baseball players turn around the bottom-feeding Cleveland Indians to spite the team’s owner. There are so many great lines in this movie, too many to list here so I’ll just give my favourite, “Are you trying to tell me Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?”
1. Kingpin – The Farrelly brothers usual take on life as seen through the eyes of a washed-up professional bowler with a hook for a hand as he mentors an Amish man on bowling and life. By the way, in this movie, Bill Murray is seen with the greatest comb-over in recorded history.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2012 9:05 am

    Well I think you missed the big one – Brewster’s Millions!

    Richard Pryor as an actor needs Gene Wilder.

  2. March 6, 2012 9:14 am

    I like Mystery Alaska more than Slapshot. Also I still haven’t seen Caddyshack.

    If you need more material for your blog then we should do something this weekend.

    I’m listening

  3. March 6, 2012 10:54 am

    Interesting. Rocky IV but not the inspiring Rocky? Very unique. And what, you didn’t like The Longest Yard or it’s remake?

    The remake of the Longest Yard… boooooo!

  4. March 6, 2012 7:20 pm

    I did not know the urination fact about #6.

    Saw it one of those pop-up video movie things

  5. March 7, 2012 12:34 am

    Well, I’ve seen #’s 8 and 6, but I can’t even remember if I saw #7. I might have.

    Considering the terrible movie-memory I have, I feel lucky to actually remember that I did see those 2.

    I’m not sure I’ve even seen 10 sports movies in my life!

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