The Best Sports Movie of ALL-TIME! (Sam Farnsworth)

By: Sam Farnsworth
By: Sam Farnsworth

In my opinion, a bracket should be used to determine the champion of EVERYTHING! A tournament is long overdue in college football, it should be used to determine the FedEx Cup champion in pro golf and it should be used to choose the greatest sports movie of all-time.

   Bracket-mania has come to a conclusion with the end of the NCAA Tournament this past week. But why not keep it going?

   In my opinion, a bracket should be used to determine the champion of EVERYTHING! A tournament is long overdue in college football, it should be used to determine the FedEx Cup champion in pro golf and it should even be used to determine what goes best with chocolate! (We all know that mint and chocolate would edge past peanut butter and chocolate, especially when it comes to ice cream flavors! But we’ll save that bracket for another day.)
   What may be even a more hotly contested debate than the best flavor of ice cream would be what the best sports movie ever made is! Whenever I ask this question I get a lot of the same responses. But many times the movie suggested to me doesn’t register in my top five.
   Rudy, Remember the Titans, Miracle, Rocky… NOT in my top five! (I will reveal my top five sports movies a bit later.)
   So how do we determine which is the best sports movie of all-time? The answer really is simple. We need to match the movies up head-to-head in a bracket format and let YOU choose the winners until there is only one movie left in your TV stand.
   Where do we begin? Well, I sent out hundreds of e-mails and Facebook messages to my personal friends and social-network followers. I asked everyone to compile a list, big or small, of their favorite sports movies. I even asked co-workers, friends and family in person to do the same. After gathering each list that was sent to me we added up how many votes each movie received. Over 140 movies were nominated, receiving at least one vote.
   Just like in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Best Sports Movies Tournament also has some automatic bids. The auto-bids went to the movie with the most votes from the following categories: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer, Golf, Extreme Sports, Sports Documentary, Track&Field/Olympic Sports and Boxing/Martial Arts/Wrestling.
   That’s a total of 10 automatic bids with 54 at-large bids for the movies with the most votes/nominations that were left over. There are 64 total movies competing in four “regions” of 16 movies. Seeding was determined by the number of votes/nominations each movie received. So a number one seed is given to the four movies that received the most votes. The four 16 seeds were given to the movies with the four fewest votes/nominations.
   Attached is a copy of the bracket with all match-ups for this tournament. We will post online polls for each matchup for you to vote which movie should advance to the next round.
   So without further delay, here are your movies competing for the title of Best Sports Movie EVER!
  
 
AUTOMATIC BIDS:
   BASEBALL – Field of Dreams
   BASKETBALL – Hoosiers
   FOOTBALL – Rudy
   HOCKEY – The Mighty Ducks
   SOCCER – Bend It Like Beckham
   GOLF – Happy Gilmore
   EXTREME SPORTS/RUGBY – Invictus
   SPORTS DOCUMENTARY – The Endless Summer
   TRACK&FIELD/OLYMPIC SPORTS – Cool Runnings
   BOXING/MARTIAL ARTS/WRESTLING – Rocky
LAST FOUR IN: The Big Lebowski, Blades of Glory, Enter the Dragon, Little Giants
FIRST FOUR OUT: The Karate Kid Part II, Lucas, Rocky V, 8 Seconds
SEEDS:
   1 SEEDS – Rudy, Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, Field of Dreams
   2 SEEDS – The Blind Side, Rocky, Cool Runnings, Miracle
   3 SEEDS – The Natural, The Sandlot, The Rookie, Cinderella Man
   4 SEEDS – Happy Gilmore, A League of Their Own, We Are Marshall, The Mighty Ducks
   5 SEEDS – Invincible, Caddyshack, Major League, Chariots of Fire
   6 SEEDS – Angles in the Outfield, Jerry Maguire, The Karate Kid, Million Dollar Baby
   7 SEEDS – For Love of the Game, Glory Road, Invictus, Rocky IV
   8 SEEDS – Brian’s Song, The Express, Raging Bull, Rocky II
   9 SEEDS – White Men Can’t Jump, Bull Durham, Coach Carter, Eight Men Out
   10 SEEDS – The Greatest Game Ever Played, Prefontaine, The Legend Of Bagger Vance, Rocky III
   11 SEEDS – Space Jam, Friday Night Lights, The Longest Yard, Slapshot
   12 SEEDS – Radio, Secretariat, The Waterboy, Rocky Balboa
   13 SEEDS – Forever Strong, Seabiscuit, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Bad News Bears
   14 SEEDS – Cutting Edge, The Endless Summer, The Pride of the Yankees, The Replacements
  15 SEEDS – Ali, Bend It Like Beckham, Rookie of the Year, Tin Cup
   16 SEEDS – Enter Dragon, The Big Lebowski, Blades of Glory, Little Giants

FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS:

1. Rudy vs 16. Blades of Glory

8. The Express vs 9. Eight Men Outh

5. Major League vs 12. Rocky Balboa

4. The Mighty Ducks vs 13. The Bad News Bears

6. Angels in the Outfield vs. 11. The Longest Yard (Original)

3. The Sandlot vs. 14. The Endless Summer

7. Invictus vs 10. Prefontaine

2. Miracle vs 15. Tin Cup

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1. Hoosiers vs 16. Enter the Dragon

8. Rocky II vs. 9. White Men Can't Jump

5. Invincible vs. 12. Radio

4. A League of Their Own vs. 13. Seabiscuit

6. Million Dollar Baby vs 11. Space Jam

3. The Rookie vs 14. The Replacements

7. Glory Road vs 10. Rocky III

2. Rocky vs 15. Ali

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1. Remember the Titans vs 16. Little Giants

8. Brian's Song vs 9. Coach Carter

5. Chariots of Fire vs 12. Secretariat

4. Happy Gilmore vs 13. Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby

6. Jerry Maguire vs 11. Friday Night Lights

3. The Natural vs 14. Cutting Edge

7. Rocky IV vs 10. The Legend of Bagger Vance

2. Cool Runnings vs 15. Rookie of the Year

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1. Field of Dreams vs 16. The Big Lebowski

8. Raging Bull vs 9. Bull Durham

5. Caddyshack vs 12. Waterboy

4. We Are Marshall vs 13. Forever Strong

6. The Karate Kid vs. 11. Slapshot

3. Cinderella Man vs. 14. The Pride of the Yankees

7. For Love of the Game vs 10. The Greatest Game Ever Played

2. The Blind Side vs Bend It Like Beckham

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