Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Super Eight Favorite Sports Films Ever

     So I'm shuffling through the ole' YouTube, reviving personal childhood memories. That's when I stumbled upon a younger Emilio Estevez (Think Jake Gyllenhaal with twice the hair on his head. You better) and the Mighty Duck movies. I will admit that I did cry when Hans died in the second Mighty Ducks movie and I really hated the Hawks and Team Iceland. I do hope that in an attempt to mark it off my bucket list, I get to emulate the "Flying V" formation in a pick-up hockey game (Trust me, learning how to ice skate will be on my bucket list as well) . Anyways, I decided to create this list of seven eight of my favorite sports movies of all time, starting off with...

  1. The Mighty Ducks/D2 Mighty Ducks/D3 Mighty Ducks: Who doesn't remember this film?! Only in a Disney film will a kid from South Central L.A. play hockey!! Oh and don't forget: http://youtu.be/ZyVF1glhAfk
  2. The Sandlot: A group of kids try to retrieve their baseball from a neighbor's vicious dog. But who's the neighbor? None other than Hank Aaron! http://youtu.be/XyxUUKyPW8E
  3. Remember The Titans: Strong film about two schools, one all-white and the other an all-black school, forming one high school football squad. Not only that, but they formed a racially integrated unit that was cohesive. Denzel Washington's performance as the head coach is flawless. If a Barack Obama biopic comes out, Denzel better play Obama. Fun Fact: Randy from My Name Is Earl plays one of the linemen.http://youtu.be/XyxUUKyPW8E
  4. Rudy: Notre Dame fans, players, coaches and alumni alike love this movie about a steel mill worker from Joliet, Illinois named Rudy Ruettiger. He dreams of playing football for the Fighting Irish. This is in spite of not having enough money to get in and being undersized for a football player (His height: 5'6"; His weight: 165 lbs). http://youtu.be/mZ7ZpLgkVxA
  5. Rocky: Perhaps the greatest movie ever and certainly at the top of my list. You know the story. You know Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. You know about Adrian. You say, "Yo Adrian!" especially if you're from Philadelphia. And if you've seen Rocky IV, you probably tried to imitate Ivan Drago: "I must break you." I've actually tried the raw egg protein shakes that Rocky drinks in the movie. They actually do wonders. Anyways, enjoy this iconic trailer. http://youtu.be/DP3MFBzMH2o
  6. Million Dollar Baby: Kind of like Rocky, only with Hilary Swank instead of Sylvester Stallone. Nevertheless, she still manages to kick just as much ass. Did I mention that Clint Eastwood not only starred in this film as a gruff boxing trainer, but he directed the movie as well? He sort of reminds you of Chuck Norris. http://youtu.be/WHgPJjub790
  7. Major League: Long before Charlie Sheen was "winning" with "Goddesses", the Adonis-blooded actor played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn. "Wild Thing" kind of reminds me of a more pissed-off Bubbles from The Trailer Park Boys. Anyways, a former Vegas showgirl inherits the Cleveland Indians from her deceased husband. She wants to move the Indians to Miami, (She wants to take their talents to South Beach, which makes me wonder: Did this film Major League actually factor into Lebron's decision to take his talents to South Beach?) release all of the veteran players and sign new players to replace them. But in order to do that, she must keep the attendance at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland (Which was actually filmed in Milwaukee, by the way) under 800,000 for an entire season. But Jake Taylor, "Wild Thing", Willie Mays Hayes and the gang would have none of it. HE WANTS THE RIGHTY, THE VILE THING!! http://youtu.be/Sa0v08XY2G8
  8. Space Jam: This is a part of my childhood as well. Probably the most worldwide exposure Shawn Bradley had ever gotten outside of America and Germany. Charles Barkley's hilarious in this movie as well. http://youtu.be/ewOzi5-AZXU

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