Sunday, June 1, 2008

Who's in your Fave Five?

Invincible's Vince Papale

This last month I spent a lot of time at home.  SkyWest had me on call which meant I stayed at the house with my cell phone on me at all times waiting for them to call to tell me they needed me.  As it turned out they only needed me 3 days out of the whole month.

Needless to say, I had quite a bit of free time to kill.  I tried to do various things to keep myself occupied.  I was able to get a lot of yard-work done, I threw a lot of pitches to Kade out back, took a few naps, and even got in a couple of DVD's, one of which was Invincible with Marky Mark minus the funky bunch.  Mark Wahlburg plays Vince Papale, a bartender who tries out for the Philadelphia Eagles in an open tryout and makes the team.  You've probably seen it.  I thought it was a pretty good show.

I'm a sucker for sport shows.  They are my favorite movies to watch.  How many times have you heard someone say "Hollywood couldn't write that script" when describing something amazing that happened sports related?  You hear it all the time.  I think it is true, that some sports stories are so amazing that they are nearly unbelievable.  That's why for me they make the best movies. 

So, with that in mind, after I watched Invincible I though about the sports movies that I enjoyed the most.  Borrowing the idea from Sir Chuck Barkley I have come up with my own fave five.  These are the five sport movies that I enjoy the most.

SDR's Fave Five-Sports Movies   

1.  The Rookie- The only show I have ever been to where when it was over the whole audience in the theater started to clap.  Great movie.

2.  Field of Dreams- Ray: Hey, Dad... you wanna have a catch? John: I'd like that.  My favorite lines in the whole show.  If it wasn't so girly I would admit that this part of the show always chokes me up.  But since I am a man, I won't mention that.  I'm not a big Kevin Costner fan but thought he did a great job in this show.

3.  Seabiscuit- You bet it is a sports movie.  I loved the book and thought they did a pretty good job with the movie.  What a great story of an underdog beating the odds.  You don't have to like horse racing to enjoy the story of the biscuit.

4.  The Sandlot- It's fiction, and it's a kids movie.  I realize that.  But come on, who doesn't like the Sandlot?  I crack up every time I watch it.  In some respects it takes me back to my own childhood playing baseball on an improvised diamond in the neighbors front yard, or the after school football games out in my parents orchard, or getting everyone together for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.  Being a kid was fun. 

5.  Hoosiers-  A classic.  I think when most people think of all time great sport movies this is one of the first shows that comes to mind. 

Honorable Mentions- Rudy, Major League, Miracle, For the Love of the Game, Invincible.
My do not watch list- Bull Durham, anything with Freddy Prince Jr..

So there it is.  I'm not saying they are the best, just that they are my favorites. 

What are yours?


Kade & Kendal's Mom said...

No particular order...

Remember the Titans

Bad News Bears

A League of Their Own



Bring It On (all in the series) :-)

(oops that is 6)

Tikes said...

In particular order

1. Dodgeball
2. Happy Gilmore

SittinDeadRed said...

I forgot about remember the Titans. That's a great show as well. Is it too late to change my top five?

Happy Gilmore is another classic also. Very funny. That and Billy Maddison are my favorite Adam Sandler movies.

Vanessa said...

A League of Their Own ("There's no crying in baseball!)


The Game Plan (love The Rock!)

Bad News Bears (Billy Bob version)

Bull Durham (sorry Shane!)

34/31 said...

My fav-five.
5-Happy Gilmore
3-Bad News Bears(Billy Bob version)
2-The Natural
How can Sandlot not be everyones top pick?