Monday, May 7, 2012

Seasons in the Sun's Favorite Sports Movies

We thought it would be fun to discuss some of our favorite sports movies, since both my teams (Blackhawks and Bulls) playoff runs have not gone as planned this year.  We will go sport by sport, giving you some insight to our favorite.  We will also list some honorable mentions for each sport, so if we forget your favorite movie or did not think it was the best, don't take it personally.  If you do not agree with us on something make a ridiculous comment after you read this amazing piece of American Literature.


Field of Dreams - There is really no stopping this movie, an epic tail about one man's journey to find himself.  Some people might describe it as a mid-life crisis because he did plow into his major crop to build a baseball diamond in the middle of Iowa.  There are so many great quotes from the movie, I could really go on and on about them.  I really think that people get too busy with things in their lives, and some times forget their dreams but Ray, really did something unthinkable, and got unbelievable support from his wife.  It is a great story, that reminds us of what was once good and could be again.

Honorable Mentions: Rookie of the Year, The Sandlot, The Natural, and Eight Men Out.


Rudy - Even though we cannot stand Notre Dame, Rudy has to be one of the best if not best football movies ever made.  It follows the real life story about a man that did not have the grades to make it to Notre Dame, but through hard, bitter work he realizes his dream, and his fathers dream of going to Notre Dame.  He kills himself every day in practice for the Notre Dame football team, trying to make it to dress just one time for his father.  He goes through absolute hell, and finally gets to play in the last game of his senior year.  He was the only player in Notre Dame history to be carried off the field.  Another really good story, about believing in your dream, and going for it against all odds.

Honorable Mentions: The Blindside, We Are Marshall, Necessary Roughness, and The Program.


Finding Forrester - This might be an underdog winner, with people's minds set on Hoosiers or something else but I've always found Finding Forrester to be a great movie.  The story is about a kid in the inter-city, who through playing Basketball earns a scholarship to a New York City prep school.  He befriends an author (Sean Connery) whom has isolated himself from the rest of the world.  Through the help of Sean Connery's character the kid writes a great essay for a teacher that does really like the fact that he is only at the prep school to play basketball.  The kid is on his last chance at the school when Sean Connery's character goes to the prep school and reads the kid's essay to declare it is actually the kid's work.  Its a really great movie about overcoming societies' obstacles, and friendship.

Honorable Mentions: White Men Can't Jump, and The Air Up There.


Slapshot - The story of a failing minor league hockey team that is about to be sold and moved to Florida when they embrace goon-ery to start winning.  This movie is hilarious because they had no chance winning until they got 3 free agents with glasses that just go around the ice fighting their opponents.  Once the team starts winning, the people of the city rally behind them.  The owner of the team is so out of touch with the team that she has never seen them play.  It really reminds us, the real reason we watch hockey, for the fights, duh, hahaha.

Honorable Mentions: The Mighty Ducks, Miracle, and Sudden Death.


Caddyshack - Probably the best movie about golf or about sports in general.  There is nothing like a groundskeeper that is infatuated with killing a gopher.  What makes the movie better is everything that he does to kill the gopher some how backfires into his face, like the coyote and the road-runner.  The story is also follows the caddy named Danny who wins the club tournament for caddys to earn a scholarship.  Danny is then forced to play in a match between Judge Elihu Smails and Al Czervik to save the scholarship.  The match come down to the final hole and Danny is forced to make a putt to win the match.  When the putt looks like it has missed short, a huge explosion caused by the groundskeeper trying to kill the gopher shakes the earth and the ball falls into the hole.  Danny and Al win the match and everyone is happy!

Honorable Mentions: Happy Gilmore and The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Now you might be asking where are movies like Rocky or Hoosiers, to be really honest I never really got into those movies.  I am not a really big boxing fan so the Rocky movies never really interested me.  Hoosiers probably would mean more to me if I was from Indiana.  Again, if you have any movies you think I misses or if you just flat out hate my favorite movies, you can comment on them right below this entry.  If you have never seen any of the movies I have listed here, I would give them a shot.  Have a great night.

1 comment:

  1. Little Big League (for the children) or Major League (for the big kids) are classics that I think deserve mention.