An NCAA Woman’s Championship to Oklahoma? It’s guaranteed by Sr. Center Courtney Paris

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About a month ago Senior Center Courtney Paris from Oklahoma University promised the world that if the Sooners did not win the upcoming NCAA Women’s Championship she would repay the OK University her athletic scholarship, roughly worth $100,000 (out of state tuition). She said, “I don’t feel like I’ve earned it.”

Her promise sent the sports world into shock.  How dare she declare that her Sooners will claim the NCAA Women’s championship?

Well I think it was a pretty gutsy move on her behalf, but if anyone can back up such a guarantee, Courtney Paris is a great candidate.  To those of you who are unfamiliar with Paris, let me give you a brief intro.  She is the daughter of former NFL player William “Bubba” Paris.  She and her twin sister Ashley have been playing for Oklahoma since 2005.  In her four years there, she has been the only player male or female in NCAA history to achieve 700 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocks in a season.  She will be finishing her career at OU with over 2,500 points and over 2,000 rebounds (also the only player male of female to ever achieve such career totals).

So Courtney Paris can definitely handle the load of her guarantee.  Through Sr. Center-C. Paristhe first 3 rounds of the tournament she and her teammates have upheld her promise by beating Prairie View A&M 76-47, Georgia Tech 69-50, and Pitt 70-59.  Paris’ averages throughout those games 10 pts, 11.6 rebounds, 4 blocks & 1.6 steals.  The team’s next opponent, a 6th ranked Purdue team fresh off an upset by defeating Rutgers.

Courtney and the Sooners are in the Elite Eight, but face a tough task.  If they continue to win they know they will eventually face the CT Huskies – a team that has gone undefeated this season (including post season play) and who beat OU earlier this season by 28 pts.

In a recent interview Courtney said, ” I feel like we’re not missing pieces, if we play hard, we execute, we are a great team that can win a national championship, if we don’t do that, it won’t be because we’re not good enough. So when you’re good enough and don’t do something, then you have to take accountability for that and that’s your own fault. We can win a national championship. If we don’t, I’ll feel like I didn’t earn my scholarship.”

So here’s hoping that Courtney and the Sooners can deliver on the promise of delivering a NCAA championship to the Oklahoma Sooner.   In an era where athletes rarely have the guts to make guarantees we must admire those who do.

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Hottest Male Athlete of the Week – Presented by The Sports Bra Report

Due to the popularity of The Sports Bra Reports Hottest Male Athletes list (Part I & II), I’ve decided that every week we’ll feature a new athlete that hasn’t been listed.

So tune in every week to see which athlete will be awarded “Hottest Male Athlete of the Week” by the Sports Bra Reports.

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Without further ado, the first winner of this tremendous honor is…

KERRY RHODES – Safety, New York Jets

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Not only is Kerry Rhodes one of the best players on my favorite NFL team, The New York J-E-T-S… Jets! Jets! Jets! but he’s also a contributor to society with The Rhodes Foundation (which helps children in impoverished neighborhoods achieve their educational goals) & “Catching w/ Kids” (another foundation of Rhodes which encourages kids in NY & AL to achieve success through football and academics). Rhodes is also an actor who will appear on Wendy Williams biopic, “The Queen of All Media,” and models occasionally.  All those accomplishments, plus his first-rate looks landed him the the honor of being the 1st athlete chosen for our weekly “Hottest Male Athlete” award from The Sports Bra Reports.

Agree or disagree with the choice? Had another athlete in mind or would like to nominate someone for next weeks award?

Let me know!

Until then, enjoy this weeks honoree and tune in next week to see which athlete garners the award of “Hottest Male Athlete of the Week.”

Sports Movie Tournament – March Madness Style… CHAMPIONS!

During the past week, The Sports Bra Reports held a tournament for the Greatest Sports Move of all time. In this tournament we had 64 different movies competing in four different brackets.  Basketball, Baseball, Football & Misc. Sports.

The Final Four has produced these four movies from each region.  “White Men Can’t Jump” (Basketball), “A League of Their Own” (Baseball), “Remember the Titans” (Football) & “D2: The Mighty Ducks” (Misc. Region).

In the first match-up of the Greatest Sports Movie Tournament we have:

2:  WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP vs. 3: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: Tough match up here, in one corner we have Billy, Sidney & their non-stop trash talking – but they also have the skills to back it up.  In the other corner we have the Peaches & Jimmy Dugan, Dotty and Kitt.
WINNER:  2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP – “I’ll tell you what. Why don’t we take all these bricks and build a shelter for the homeless, so maybe your mother will have a place to stay.” – Sidney

1: REMEMBER THE TITANS vs. 4: D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS: Titans vs. Mighty Ducks. Coach Boone vs. Coach Bombay.
WINNER: 1: REMEMBER THE TITANS – Sorry Ducks, better luck next year but the Titans will go on to the Finals.

FINAL “GREATEST SPORTS MOVIE TOURNAMENT”

2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP vs. 1: REMEMBER THE TITANS: Basketball vs. Football. Billy Hoyle & Sidney Deane vs. Coach Boone & the Titans.
WINNER: 2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP – In an upset, I’m going to give the victory to Billy & Sidney.  Perhaps I’m partial to this movie because I am a bigger basketball fan that I am a football fan.  When I was a kid watching this movie it inspired me to go out to the playgrounds and play some ball.  Plus you have to respect the hustle of both players.

So congrats to 2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP as it is the official winner of “The Greatest Sports Movie Tournament.”

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I don't mean to brag... but I'm the greatest! - Sidney Dean

I don't mean to brag... but I'm the greatest! - Sidney Dean

Agree or disagree with the choice? Let me know… thoughts are welcomed!

Sports Movie Tournament – March Madness Style.. Part III (FOOTBALL & BASKETBALL)

Part III of the Sports Bra Reports official Sports Movie Tournament. Yesterday we broke down the first 32 movies out of the Basketball & Baseball Regions.  Today we’ll showcase the other 32 movies to determine who will be joining “White Men Can’t Jump” & “A league of Their Own” in the Sports Movie Tournament Final Four.

FOOTBALL REGION

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OPENING ROUND –

1: REMEMBER THE TITANS vs. 16: THE GAME PLAN – A great football movie starring Denzel Washington as Coach Boone vs. The Rock’s aka Dwayne Johnson’s “The Game Plan.”
WINNER:  1: REMEMBER THE TITANS

8: THE LONGEST YARD ’74 vs. 9: THE LONGEST YARD ’05: I have to admit, I wasn’t a big fan of the ’05 version of The Longest Yard, but I thought it would be cool to see pit the original vs. the remake as No. 8 & 9 seeds in the Football Region.
WINNER: 8: THE LONGEST YARD ’74 – We all know the original is almost 99.9% always better than the attempted remake.

5: RUDY vs. 12: INVINCIBLE: In 5: RUDY you have the story of an undersized player trying to make the Notre Dame Football Squad vs. 12: INVINCIBLE, which is also the story of an undersized football player but he’s trying to make the Philadelphia Eagles team.
WINNER: 5: RUDY – One of the most inspirational sports movie I have ever seen… “RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!”

4: LITTLE GIANTS vs. 13: VARSITY BLUES: In 4: LITTLE GIANTS you have the classic underdog sports story, a group of clueless players and a clueless coach vs.13. VARSITY BLUES, the story of a small Texas town obsessed with everything football.
WINNER: 4: LITTLE GIANTS – You gotta love it every time the Cowboys and Giants face each other, even if it’s pee wee football.

6: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS vs. 11: THE WATERBOY: In 6: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS we get a glimpse into the pressures that high school football players face when a whole town is obsessed and dependent opened them vs. 11: THE WATERBOY – a hilarious movie with Bobby Bouche, Coach Kline and his momma.
WINNER: 11: THE WATERBOY – “Gatorade is better… Water sucks… It really, really sucks.”

3: ANY GIVEN SUNDAY vs. 14: WE ARE MARSHALL: Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz & LL COOL J as members of the Miami Sharks vs. the inspirational story behind the Marshal team that formed together after the terrible plane accident that killed most of the football team.
WINNER: 3: ANY GIVEN SUNDAY – Love the football celebrations in this movie.. Instant classic.

7: JERRY MAGUIRE vs. 10: THE REPLACEMENTS
: the story of a football players trying to get his Kwann vs. the story of a group of guys who get a second chance at playing football again.
WINNER: JERRY MAGUIRE – “Show me the money!!!”

2: THE PROGRAM vs. 15: RADIO: Lattimer, Haley, Kaminski, Jefferson – just some of the characters that made this a great insight on to the happenings of a football “program” at a major university vs. 15: RADIO – a coach who helped a special guy become an inspiration to his community and team.
WINNER – 2: THE PROGRAM

SECOND ROUND:

1: REMEMBER THE TITANS vs. 8: THE LONGEST YARD ’74
– Bertier, Rev, Sunshine, Julius vs. Crewe, Hazen, Caretaker.
WINNER: 1: REMEMBER THE TITANS – “LEFT SIDE! STRONG SIDE!”

5: RUDY vs. 4: THE LITTLE GIANTS: Inspiration 5 foot nothing guy who makes it to Notre Dame vs. inspiration under five feet young kids who beat the Cowboys and earn the respect of everyone.
WINNER: 4: THE LITTLE GIANTS – “I call it, the annaxation of Puerto Rico.”

11: THE WATERBOY vs. 3: ANY GIVEN SUNDAY – Bobby Bouche and his magical glacier water vs. the crazy Miami Sharks and Willie Beamen.
WINNER: 3: ANY GIVEN SUNDAY – “Willllllllliiiiieeeeeeeee Beamen”

7: JERRY MAGUIRE vs. 2: THE PROGRAM – Jerry’s classic scene, “Who’s coming with me??” vs. “Darnell Jefferson: Darnell Jefferson, tailback.
Ray Griffen: Ray Griffen, *starting* tailback.
Darnell Jefferson: I know, that’s why they recruited me.”
WINNER – Sorry Jerry & Co. but the 2: THE PROGRAM is the victor, hands down.

FINAL FOUR (FOOTBALL):

1: REMEMBER THE TITANS vs. 4: THE LITTLE GIANTS: Both teams overcome great odds to become winners.  1: REMEMBER THE TITANS – Defy all odds by uniting black and white in a time when that was a no-no.  4: THE LITTLE GIANTS – with the help of Madden and some other famous players get inspiration to beat the much hated rival Cowboys.
WINNER: 1: REMEMBER THE TITANS – Sorry Little Giants, but Titans are stronger… thanks to Coach Boone “We will be perfect in every aspect of the game. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football, and i will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let’s go to work.”

2: THE PROGRAMS vs. 3: ANY GIVEN SUNDAY:  College vs. The Pro’s.  Both movies gives us a look into what goes into running a team at those levels.
WINNER: “We’re in hell right now gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell… one inch at a time.” In an upset, I’m going to give the victory to 3: ANY GIVEN SUNDAY – Coach D’amato’s speech is one of the best ever. You know you still get goosebumps during that scene.

FINAL (FOOTBALL):

1: REMEMBER THE TITANS vs. 3: ANY GIVEN SUNDAY: Both are classic football stories with great football action, great storyline and great actors.
WINNER: 1: REMEMBER THE TITANS – It’s based on a true story and it’s a great inspirational film.

"People say that it can't work, black and white. Here, we make it work every day. We still have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans." Sheryll Yoast

"People say that it can't work, black and white. Here, we make it work every day. We still have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans." Sheryll Yoast

FOOTBALL REGION FINALISTREMEMBER THE TITANS.  Coach Boone, Coach Yoast, Sunshine, Pete, Bertier, Preacher and the rest of the Titans will be marching into the final four to see if they are Greatest Sports Movie of All Time!

MISC. SPORTS

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OPENING ROUND:

1: MILLION DOLLAR BABY vs. 16: TIN CUP: A determined female boxer vs. a has been golfer who gets a second chance.
WINNER: I like Tin Cup – I really do, but against 1: MILLION DOLLAR BABY it doesn’t stand a chance.

8: KARATE KID vs. 9: THE KARATE KID II: In one corner you have Mr. Miyagi & Daniel-San going up against the Cobra Kai and in the other corner you have Mr. Miyagi & Daniel-San going against Sato and his minions.
WINNER: It was tough deciding which Karate Kid to go with… but in an upset I’m going to have to go with 9: KARATE KID II. The scene when they’re fighting in the old Japanese temple in front of everyone is a classic.

5: GIRLFIGHT vs. 12: MIRACLE: The story of Diana, a young NY woman who discovers she has a secrent talent (that’s she’s a great boxer) vs. the story of arguably the greatest upset in team sports USA defeats the the Russians at the ’84 Winter Olympic Games.
WINNER: I’m going to have to go with 5: GIRLFIGHT – to me it’s a bigger upset to see a young woman find something that she never knew she had and have the courage to cultivate that talent.

4: D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS vs. 13: DODGEBALL
– The Mighty Ducks vs. The Average Joes.
WINNER: D2:THE MIGHTY DUCKS – They defeated Iceland in a penalty shootout! “We are the champions my friends!!…”

6: HAPPY GILMORE vs. 11: BLUE CRUSH: Happy & Shooter vs. Anne Marie, Eden, Lena & Penny.
WINNER: 11: BLUE CRUSH – The first upset in the misc. bracket, controversial choice I know, but after seeing the surfing scenes – everyone I knew wanted to learn how to surf.

3: ROCKY vs. 14: DAYS OF THUNDER
: the Italian Stallion vs. the young race car driver Colt Trickle.
WINNER: In an easy victory – 3: ROCKY – Adrian: Why do you wanna fight? – Rocky: Because I can’t sing or dance.

7: ROCKY IV vs. TALLADEGA NIGHTS – The two villains in these movies are very memorable characters, the Russian Ivan Drago vs. the Frenchie Jean Girard.
WINNER: 7: ROCKY IV – Sorry Jean Girard & Ricky Bobby, but Ivan & Rocky are the victors

2: CINDERELLA MAN vs. 15: BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM:  James Braddock and the story of his rise to become a champion in boxing vs. Jess & Jules story of showing their parents that soccer is not just for the boys.
WINNER: 2:CINDERELLA MAN – A story that not too many people know, beautifuly told by the actors and directors.

SECOND ROUND (MISC. SPORTS)

1: MILLION DOLLAR BABY vs. THE KARATE KID II: Maggie Fitzgerald vs. Daniel-San.
WINNER: Maggie & 1: MILLION DOLLAR BABY – You know she could totally kick Daniel-san’s butt, then Mr. Miyagi will have to come and rescue him again!

5: GIRLFIGHT vs. 4: D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS
: Diana vs. Team USA aka the Mighty Ducks.
WINNER: Huge fan of Girlfight, but spoils goes to victor Gordan Bombay &  4: D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS.

11: BLUE CRUSH vs. 3: ROCKY: The wave riding ladies vs. the blue collar Rocky Balboa from Philly.
WINNER: 3: ROCKY – “Addddrrrrrian!!”

2: CINDERELLA MAN vs. 7: ROCKY IV: James Braddock, a once washed up boxer who went on to become an inspiration in the 30’s vs. Rocky, a once washed up champion who defeated the odds and became a champion again in the 80’s.
WINNER: 7: ROCKY IV.

FINAL FOUR (MISC. SPORTS):

1: MILLION DOLLAR BABY vs. D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS – Maggie was so determined she used every single dime she had to be able to train, the Mighty Ducks went back to their roots and the flying V in order to defeat the Iceland team.
WINNER: 4: D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS – In an upset the flying V was able to take down Maggie Fitzgerald.

3: ROCKY vs. 7: ROCKY IV: Sort of young Rocky vs. older Rocky.
WINNER: 3: ROCKY

FINAL (MISC. SPORTS):

3: ROCKY vs. 4: D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS: Two classic underdogs duking it out for the top spot.
WINNER: 4: D2: THE MIGHT DUCKS – QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK!

And when the wind blows hard and the sky is black - Ducks fly together!

And when the wind blows hard and the sky is black - Ducks fly together!

FOOTBALL REGION FINALISTD2: The Mighty Ducks. Gordan Bombay and the Mighty Ducks prove once again that they’ve overcome all the doubter and are vying to take as stab as the Greatest Sports Movie of All Time!

Agree or disagree with the choices??

Let me know… Check back in tomorrow as the final four teams – White Men Can’t Jump (Basketball Region), A League of their Own (Baseball Region), Remember the Titans (Football Region) & D2: The Mighty Ducks – battle it out to be named the official The Sports Bra Reports Greatest Sports Movie!

Sports Movie Tournament – March Madness Style… Part II (Basketball & Baseball Regions)

Yesterday The Sports Bra Reports posted the greatest 64 sports movie.  In the spirit of March Madness we arranged the 64 movies into 4 different brackets to determine the greatest sport movie of all time.  Today we’ll be breaking down the Basketball & Baseball Regions. Let’s see which of these 34 teams advance to the Final Four of the the Official Sports Bra Reports “Sports Movie Tournament”.

BASKETBALL REGION


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BASKETBALL REGION –

OPENING ROUND –

1: HOOSIERS vs. 16: EDDIE – Hmmmm, tough one… Sike!  Good ol’ underdog story vs. Whoopi Gholdberg as Eddie a NY Knickerbockers fan who has the chance to lead her team for the playoff – Clear choice here.
WINNER: 1:HOOSIERS

8: COACH CARTER vs. 9: SPACE JAM – Coach Carter vs. Michael Jordan, the Toon Squad and the Monstars.
WINNER:  9: SPACE JAM

5: BLUE CHIPS vs. 12: BASKETBALL DIARIES – Penny, Shaq, & Nolte vs. a young Leo DiCaprio.
WINNER:  5: BLUE CHIPS

4:  LOVE & BASKETBALL vs. REBOUND – THE LEGEND OF EARL “THE GOAT” MANIGAULT
– Quincy & Monica competing on and off the court vs. the story of a NYC playground legend.
WINNER: 4: LOVE & BASKETBALL

6: HE GOT GAME vs. 11: GLORY ROAD – Denzel and Ray Allen as Jake and Jesus Shuttleworth vs. Texas Western and the first all black starting line up in NCAA History.
WINNER: In the first upset of the tournament, I’m taking 11: GLORY ROAD.

3: ABOVE THE RIM vs. 14: SEMI-PRO – Above the Rim introduced the toughness of NYC playground basketball, plus gave us a valuable lesson “always remember to spread your fingers,” when shooting vs. Jackie Moon & the Flint Tropics of the ABA.
WINNER: 3: ABOVE THE RIM – Jackie Moon’s “Love me sexy” is still a classic.

7: TEEN WOLF vs. 10: HEAVEN IS A PLAYGROUND – Michael J. Fox as Scotty aka Teen Wolf vs.  a lawyer and coach who team up to keep the inner city kids of Chicago out of trouble through basketball.
WINNER: 7: TEEN WOLF – He’s a werewolf who plays basketball… No competition!

2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP VS. AIR UP THERE: Billy Hoyle and Sidney Dean – the greatest street ball duo to ever grace the big screen vs. Bacon (who didn’t really look like he can play ball) & Saleh (a Manute Bol) look a-like.
WINNER: 2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP – “I can hear Jimi!”

SECOND ROUND (BASKETBALL)

1: HOOSIERS vs. SPACE JAM
: A coach and it’s players overcoming all odds to reach the state championship game vs. Michael Jordan (greatest player ever!), the Toon Squad & the Monstars.
WINNER: In a stunning upset – 9: SPACE JAM… MJ, Bugs, Daffy & Tweety… These guys refuse to go down.

5: BLUE CHIPS vs. 4: LOVE & BASKETBALL – A once clean-cut Coach turning to dirty tricks to land star players vs. USC phenoms Quincy & Monica.
WINNER: 4: LOVE & BASKETBALL – One of the greatest scenes in any basketball movie, the one-on-one at the end of the game.

11: GLORY ROAD vs. 3:ABOVE THE RIM – True & inspirational story in Glory Road vs. Above the Rim – with Tupac, Leon, Bernie Mac, & Marlon Wayans.
WINNER: 3: ABOVE THE RIM – Too much star power for Glory Road.

7: TEEN WOLF vs. 2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP – Scotty & Coach Finstock vs. Billy Hoyle & Sidney Deane.
WINNER: 2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP – Sorry Scotty, even with your werewolf abilities you can’t hang with the trash talking of Billy & Sidney.

FINAL FOUR (BASKETBALL) –

9: SPACE JAM vs. 4: LOVE & BASKETBALL – MJ, Toon Squad & the Monstars vs. Monica’s desire to be the best she can be on the basketball court while winning Q’s heart.
WINNER: 4: LOVE & BASKETBALL – Sorry MJ, you’re still the man – but I have to give it Monica, she made it further than Q in her Pro Career… Super inspirational to a young girl playing ball.

3: ABOVE THE RIM vs. 2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP – In a classic battle, two classic playground basketball movies going head to head.
WINNER: 2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP – It’s the original street ball movie.

REGIONAL FINAL (BASKETBALL)

4: LOVE & BASKETBALL vs. 2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP
– Classic love story that revolves around basketball against the movie that taught us “Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs. “

WINNER: 2: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP – It’s a classic – plus tell me you still can’t believe he hit that hook shot from half court aiming towards the Iran basket.

I don't mean to brag... but I'm the greatest! - Sidney Dean

I don't mean to brag... but I'm the greatest! - Sidney Dean

BASKETBALL REGION FINALISTWHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP.  Billy Hoyle, Gloria Clemente & Sidney Dean advance to the final four to duke it out for the title of Greatest Sports Movie of All Time!

BASEBALL REGION

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BASEBALL REGION –

OPENING ROUND –

1: THE NATURAL vs. 16: THE SCOUT – In The Natural, you have the story of Roy Hobbs and his magical bat vs. Steve Nebraska a super talented baseball player and his strange agent Al Percolo.
WINNER: No contest… 1: THE NATURAL.

8:  MAJOR LEAGUE vs. 9: MAJOR LEAGUE II
– Very tough match up here, as the original MAJOR LEAGUE battles its successor MAJOR LEAGUE II.
WINNER: Tough decision, but I’m going to have to go with MAJOR LEAGUE. Classic story line & it’s the original cast.

5: FIELD OF DREAMS vs. 12: LITTLE BIG LEAGUE:
In one movie you have a guy hearing voices to build a baseball diamon in his cornfield vs. a kid manager for the Minnesota Twins.
WINNER: In a landslide victory, FIELD OF DREAMS.

4: THE SANDLOT vs.13: 61* – A classic in my book, the Sandlot tells the story of Benny “the Jet” Rodriguez, Smalls & the Beast vs. 61* the story of Roger Marris & Mickey Mantle’s summer long battle to break baseball’s most historic record – the Babe’s home run record.
WINNER: 4: THE SANDLOT – a controversial choice I know, but I love the story of the kids spending their whole summer in the sandlot losing baseball after baseball to the Beast.

6:  THE ROOKIE vs. 11: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – a 33 year old rookie for the Tampa Bay Rays vs. a 12 year old rookie for the Chicago Cubs.
WINNER: 11: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – I’m more impressed with a 12 year old rookie even if his pitching power was the result of a freak accident.

3: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN vs. 14: BAD NEWS BEARS – The story of the Pittsford Peach & alcoholic coach Jimmy Doogan vs. alcoholic coach & the group of misfits kids who play for the Bears.
WINNER: 3: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN – “There’s no crying in BASEBALL!”

7: THE BABE vs. 10: FOR LOVE OF THE GAME – the story of the greatest baseball player to have ever lived vs. Billy Chapel and his love for the game of baseball.
WINNER: 10: FOR LOVE OF THE GAME – In the first upset of the baseball region.

2:  BULL DURHAM vs. 15: EVERYONE’S HERO – The story of Crash, Ann & Nuke vs. Yankee Irving, a magical bat & ball.
WINNER: Not even close, BULL DURHAM.

SECOND ROUND (BASEBALL)

1: THE NATURAL vs. 8: MAJOR LEAGUE – A middle age NY Knight slugger with a bat cut from a tree struck by lightning vs. Cerrano, Wild Thing, Jake Taylor & Willie Mays Hays.
WINNER: 1: THE NATURAL – Tough matchup, but had to go with the Hobbs & his bat.

5: FIELD OF DREAMS vs. 4: THE SANDLOT – Crazy corn field guy who encounters the Chicago Black Sox vs. Benny, Smalls, the Beast, Ham, Squints, Repeat & Mr. Mertle.
WINNER: 4:  THE SANDLOT – “Ham: Hey, Smalls, you wanna s’more?
Smalls: Some more of what?”

11: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR vs. 3: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN – Henry Rowengartner vs. Dottie Henson, Mae, Kit & the rest of the Pittsford Peaches.
WINNER:  3: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN – Sorry Rosenhauser, Rowenburger? Ahh.. Rowengartner! Maybe next time kid.

10: FOR LOVE OF THE GAME vs. 2: BULL DURHAM – Kevin Costner vs. Kevin Costner?
WINNER: Kevin Costner… in… 2: BULL DURHAM – classic baseball movie that has it all –  comedy, love and great baseball movie scenes and dialogue.

FINAL FOUR (BASEBALL) –

1: THE NATURAL vs. 4: THE SANDLOT – Roy Hobbs could have been the best baseball player who ever lived but was shot early in his career, Benny “The Jet” became an LA Dodger & Smalls a Dodger Announcer.
WINNER: 1: THE NATURAL- who can forget the home run shot that blasts the stadium lights.

3: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN vs. 2: BULL DURHAM
– the story of a short lived All American Girls Pro League vs. the story of a minor league team in NC.
WINNER: Controversial choice… but I’m going to have to go with the 3: A LEAGUE OF THE OWN – It’s another rare sports story that highlights women in athletics.

FINAL (BASEBALL) REGION –

3: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN vs. 1: THE NATURAL – The Peaches vs. Hobbs and the NY Knights.
WINNER: 3: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN – I know many will disagree with this choice, but this is a great baseball movie. It has great baseball dialogue, great actors who look like players and a great story.

I'm a goddamn Peach! - Jimmy Dugan

I'm a goddamn Peach! - Jimmy Dugan

BASEBALL REGION CHAMPIONA LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. The Peach advances to the final four to try and win the title of Greatest Sports Movie of All Time!

There we have it – two finalists down… Two more to go. Check back tomorrow as we go through the Football & Misc. Sports Region.

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The Sports Bra Reports  – Greatest Sports Movie Tournament!

Sports Movie Tournament – March Madness Style

I love movies… specially if they’re sports movies.  So with the NCAA Men’s & Women’s Tournament (I have a little bit of March Madness on my brain), I decided to put together a field of the greatest 64 sports movies I have ever seen.  They will be broken down into four brackets – BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, FOOTBALL & MISC. SPORTS –

Why those four brackets? Well if you watch many movies, you will tend to see that Hollywood focuses mainly on the 3 major American sports (basketball, baseball & football) and every now and then they’ll throw in a movie about bowling, karate, surfing, soccer, etc.

So what makes these 64 sports movies so great.  Well to start off, they’re about sports! Second, they must have a solid story line (good guy overcoming the bad guy, bad team becoming good, redemption, etc.).  Third it has to have pretty decent actors.  Actors who can make you believe the part of whatever athlete/coach/fan they’re playing. Last but not least – It has to have recurring watchability? What’s watchability? Glad you asked, watchability (a word that doesn’t really exist – but sounds good doesn’t it?) is that when you come across this movie when flipping through channels – you stop and watch it (no matter how many times you’ve seen it) or you or someone you know has it in their DVD collection and you want to watch something good – you can always turn your favorite sports movie.  So that’s what makes these 64 sports movies great.

So ladies and gents, I present to you the official Sports Bra Reports….

“Sports Movie Tournament” – March Madness Style!

Below is the list of the 64 Greatest Sports Movies of all time.  Today I’m just listing the movies, check back in tomorrow as I break down which movies advance in each bracket and why.  If you have forgotten any of these movies – just scroll down and you’ll see their respective posters along with a few memorable quotes.

Greatest Sports Movie Tournament - Field of 64

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BASKETBALL

Let’s meet the competitors for the basketball region.

(The number right next to there name is the ranking of the movie within the region)

Basketball Region 1-4

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BASKETBALL REGION 9-12

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BASEBALL

The competition is tough in the baseball region… Let’s meet the competitors.

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FOOTBALL

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MISC. SPORTS

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So there it is ladies and gents… The field of 64.  Think I missed one? Let me know!

Check back in tomorrow as we break down the bracket region by region.

Shaq – Bowling Intro

Before writing about the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tournament I wanted to take a brief moment to show how great Shaq’s sense of humor is… In a recent game vs. the Washington Wizards Shaq took his pre-game introduction to a whole different level.  Kudos to his teammates for being good sports and participating in the intro… Without further ado, one of the coolest intro’s ever (best ever? MJ’s intro with the Bulls..”6’6″ from Noooorrthhh Carrolinna…”) – Shaq bowling over his teammates.