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!

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