What#039;s your favorite sports movie?

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Feeling a bit nostalgic and a week removed from one of the worst Academy Award shows in television history, I wonder out loud what were the best and worst sports movies ever made.

There were some great flicks and there were some incredible flops.

ESPN.com recently compiled a list of the top 20 best sports movies. The No. 1 movie it lists is Bull Durham followed closely with Rocky.

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Both are great choices.

No one can argue with a star-studded lineup in Bull Durham, yet alone not enjoy just busting a gut over Tim Robbins in garters.

I think Rocky was the first memorable sports movie I saw in the movie theatre that I wanted to stay in the theatre to see it over and over again.

I was just 4 years old when Rocky was released, but I remember the buzz that the movie made to show that there is nothing more dangerous than a southpaw and an underdog.

Cruising through the list there are some no-brainers like Caddyshack. I think I've seen the movie at least 1,000 times and it gets funnier each time.

I don't think you can find a single person who didn't like Caddyshack.

There were other classics that I agreed with like Hoosiers, Slap Shot, North Dallas Forty and The Natural.

But there were a few that I just had to scratch my head about.

How about The Field of Dreams. I just didn't get the movie, and I guess I've just never been a big Kevin Costner fan after Waterworld, which had to be one of the biggest movie flops next to Ishtar.

And since we're on the subject of flops, let's take a peek at ESPN.com's list of absolute worst sports movies:

No. 1 without a doubt had to be The Fan starting Robert DeNiro and Wesley Snipes. You know these two guys are just beaming over this fine flick.

I think I watched about five minutes of this movie on a day when I had nothing else to do but clean my toilet and try to get rid of that ring around my bathtub, when I it hit me. I needed to waist 5 minutes of my life and rent this sorry excuse of a movie.

Moving down the list are other movies that I must admit that I watched and some I rather enjoyed like the No. 2 worst movie Any Given Sunday.

Being an Al Pacino fan, I had to watch this one just because of who was in the film. There is no doubt that this movie catapulted Jamie Fox to the Oscar-award winning fame that he has so richly earned.

The list continues with Rocky V, which to this day I can't understand why film and time was wasted on this production.

Next is Caddyshack II.

I'm shaking my head as I type this column just thinking about this horrific film. It just goes to show that sequels never work, which leads us to the Bad News Bears Go To Japan.

What in the wasabi was Buttermaker thinking of taking the guys to Japan?

There were a few other movies that had stinker written all over them, but I noticed there were a few that I was a bit disappointed didn't make the Top 20 best sports movies.

Let's start with a fine movie. In fact I'm not sure why Varsity Blues didn't win an Oscar. Anytime you've got a pig named Bacon in a movie, that just smells like an award-winning movie.

On a more serious note there were three other football movies that should have made the Top 20 best sports movie list: Radio, Friday Night Lights and Remember the Titans.

All three were quite good, but I guess not good enough for this list.

So what was your favorite sports movie of all time, and what would you say was the biggest sports flop?

I'd love to hear what you have to say.

Kevin Taylor is sports editor of The Greenville Advocate. Call him at (334) 382-3111 ext. 122 or e-mail kevin.taylor@greenvilleadvocate.com.