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.

Agree or Disagree with the choices???

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Greatest Sports Movie Tournament - Field of 64

Click on the Image, fill out your own bracket, then send it to the sportsbrareports@yahoo.com – We will then post it along with the other entries we receive.

Remember to check back again tomorrow for the other two finalists for

The Sports Bra Reports  – Greatest Sports Movie Tournament!

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One Response

  1. Love & Basketball – definitely the best hoops movie!!

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