Fridays Are For One Question

Let’s talk sports. I have always found this time of the year – the time after the NBA finals and before the start of college football – to be the black hole of the sports year. For that reason, I have turned to sports-related movies to fill my need of competition. That’s the inspiration for today’s question:

“What is the greatest sports movie of all time?”

**The goal of “One Question Friday” is simple: To show that everyone has something funny, engaging, creative, and worthwhile to say. So comment away! Be real. Be creative. Think hard. And check back to see how others answered the question.

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  • Jacob Fentress says:

    Without question, Rad.

  • TheDeeZone says:

    Remember the Titans

  • bloodbought says:

    “Field of Dreams” tops the list for me.

  • Michael K. says:

    Well played, Jacob. I disagree wholeheartedly, but I respect your courage.

  • Michael K. says:

    This comment was left via facebook in response to the blog – nice, comprehensive list via Christopher Loffi:

    Rudy – I cry every time
    Hoosiers – makes me want to start clapping
    Remember the Titans – the split veer formation is awesome
    Glory Road – Kentucky should have seen that coming
    Rocky – I dont like running up steps or punching a cow carcass
    Chariots of Fire – Cue the theme music
    Bull Durham – Children, please exit the room
    League of Their Own – who knew Madonna could act
    Caddyshack – I hate gophers!
    Major League – “You trying to tell me Jesus Christ can’t hit a curve ball?”

  • Zach Nielsen says:

    Hoosiers, without a doubt.

    “Don’t get caught watching the paint dry!”

  • Michael K. says:

    Surprised no one has of yet mentioned “The Natural.” While I don’t think it rivals the two best, which in my opinion are Hoosiers and Rocky, The Natural is pure and good. Story-driven. Well shot. Great movie.

  • Jason Smith says:


    “I’m praying, coach.” – Strap

    “Strap, God wants you on the floor.” – Hackman

  • Andy P. says:

    The Replacements

    Keanu got robbed for an Oscar nom on this one.

  • Philip Nation says:

    Hoosiers – “Welcome to Indiana basketball.”

  • TheDeeZone says:

    Miracle on Ice
    Cool Runnings.

  • Jana Kelley says:

    The Cutting Edge and Bring It On. Ice skating and cheerleading really are sports. (If my dad knew I wrote this, he might disown me.)

    Seriously though…Chariots of Fire, The Natural, and Major League are my tops. (Now my dad can be proud!!)

  • Renee Garcia says:

    Remember the Titans – no question about it!

  • Jedi says:

    “Best of the Best”

    The 1980’s will live again!

  • Michael K. says:

    Jedi – The Best of the Best? Wow. I admire your courage.

    Tommy Lee really showed his stuff at the end. Or my favorite quote, from the always great Eric Roberts: “Pop it! Tommy! Pop it!”

  • Jeremy B says:

    For Love of the Game

  • Renee Teate says:

    The Dee Zone got the one I thought folks wouldn’t mention. I love Radio. Cuba Gooding, Jr. was phenomenal.

  • TheDeeZone says:

    I forgot about Chariots of fire

  • Sarah Mac says:

    Let me throw out a few:

    Karate Kid – When there’s trouble with Johnny, you know something’s wrong.
    The Sandlot – Fore-ehv-ver.
    A League of Their Own – My favorite quote is unquotable here.
    Blue Crush – Also a guilty pleasure.
    The Cutting Edge – Toe PICK

    So these are kind of off-the-wall. I’ll let you guess my favorite of these.

  • Taylor says:

    -The Wrestler – alot of people would never consider this movie for the list seeing as it doesn’t end victoriously…but it’s wonderful! a GREAT movie with a GREAT actor…I’d put it at the top of this list any day.
    -The Sandlot
    -The Natural

    Sometimes I wonder what, if any affect the nostalgia I have for movies like The Natural and Hoosiers has on my opinion. Basically, if I had never seen The Natural – and watched it today – would I be so fond of it? I think so.

    You didn’t ask, but here’s my “thumbs down list.”
    -Remember the Titans
    -The Replacements
    -Any Given Sunday
    It’s a shame when movies like those get bungled in with the true greats.

  • brandy says:

    Clearly, ya’ll weren’t children of the 90’s-what about The Mighty Ducks? That is some awesomeness on ice. League of their Own has always topped my list, too, though.

  • Michael K. says:

    Brandy – My wife would agree with you concerning Mighty Ducks. Granted, it’s probably because it has Pacey Witter in it.

    Taylor – It might not be a popular opinion, but you are right on with Remember the Titans. It seems to be a polarizing movie; for me, I’m not a fan. The whole thing where they sing, ‘Hey, hey, hey… good-bye” at the cemetery at the end put it way over the top.

  • John says “Hoosiers” and “The Program.”

    I say- “Talladega Nights”

  • jen clapp says:

    I know it’s no longer Friday, but I just found this question…and I need you to know that “sports movie” is my favorite movie genre. I feel that they’re a sure bet to run you through all the major emotions in one (generally shorter than dramatic movie) period. Very cleansing.

    That being said, Field of Dreams is my favorite movie of all time. Other sports movies might not make it into the top ten, but FoD has been number one since the first time I saw it. I might round out the genre-specific tops with five more: 61*, Ice Castles, Seabiscuit, Hardball and Gus (because you can’t go wrong with a punting donkey and Don Knotts).

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