Sports Movie Madness – Sweet 16

(1998 Universal Pictures)

(1998 Universal Pictures)

Last week we started our Movie Madness Bracket with a goal of finding the best sports movie ever. We’ve now arrived at the Sweet 16!

The Comedy Region

Sweet 16

#9 Space Jam V.S. #5 BASEketball

– The battle of two upsets to go to the Elite 8! This match-up is more about what cult classic did you like more? The kid-friendly and never-gets-old Space Jam? Or the most obnoxious (yet hilarious) sports parody ever made?

#3 Happy Gilmore V.S. #2 Jerry Maguire

– I’m a little surprised Jerry Maguire ousted The Mighty Ducks, then again Maguire isn’t just a great comedy, it’s a great movie. But Happy Gilmore is also one of those movies where you’ve never met someone who didn’t like it.

Round of 32

#9 Space Jam UPSET!! #1 Caddyshack

#5 BASEketball def. #4 Major League

#3 Happy Gilmore def. #11 Talladega Nights

#2 Jerry Maguire def. #10 The Mighty Ducks

Round 1

Play-in: Little Giants def. Fever Pitch

#1 Caddyshack def. #16 Little Giants

#9 Space Jam def. #8 The Waterboy

#5 BASEketball def. #12 Rookie of the Year

#4 Major League def. #13 – Dodgeball

#11 Talladega Nights UPSET!! #6 White Men Can’t Jump

#3 Happy Gilmore def. #14 The Longest Yard

#10 The Mighty Ducks UPSET!! #7 Slap Shot

#2 Jerry Maguire def. #15 Goon

 

The At-Large Region

Sweet 16

#1 Hoosiers V.S. #4 Miracle

– OK. If it were up to me Miracle would get into the Elite 8 as it’s possibly my favorite movie ever – not just sports movie. But Hoosiers is a classic. It’s the go-to sports movie for the past 30-some-odd years. By the way not a single upset has occurred in the At-Large Region. It’s time for one!!

#3 Raging Bull V.S. #2 Rocky

– The Battle of the Best Boxing Movies Ever! If only actual boxing was as entertaining these days as Raging Bull and Rocky.

Round of 32

#1 Hoosiers def. #8 The Wrestler

#4 Miracle def. #5 The Fighter

#3 Raging Bull def. #6 ALI

#2 Rocky def. #7 Warrior

Round 1

Play-In: Coach Carter def. Glory Road

#1 Hoosiers def. #16 Coach Carter

#8 The Wrestler def. #9 Cinderella Man

#5 The Fighter def. #12 Mystery, Alaska

#4 Miracle def. #13 Rush

#6 ALI def. #11 Chariots of Fire

#3 Raging Bull def. #14 Seabiscuit

#7 Warrior def. #10 Million Dollar Baby

Play-In: More Than A Game def. Hoop Dreams

#2 Rocky def. #16 More Than A Game

 

The Football Region

Sweet 16

#1 Remember The Titans V.S. #4 Any Given Sunday

– I’m really rooting for Any Given Sunday to reach the Elite 8 here. It’s not that I didn’t like Remember The Titans but for me my two go-to football movies are the two that SHOULD be in the Football Region Finals: Any Given Sunday and Friday Night Lights.

#6 Rudy V.S. #2 Friday Night Lights

– Let me get something straight. I hate Rudy. I think it’s a terribly cheesy movie with even worse acting about a guy who was real-life made fun of by his Notre Dame teammates and that “miracle play” was a JOKE in real life – for real, Rudy’s “big moment” at the end of the film was actually the real-life Golden Domers putting Rudy in as a joke – that only Notre Dame can turn into a Hallmark Channel Classic. I mean seriously. The movie sucks. How it got this far is a joke. If 100 people vote in the Sweet 16 I hope 100 of them vote for the overall better-at-anything-movie Friday Night Lights.

Round of 32

#1 Remember The Titans def. #8 Invincible

#4 Any Given Sunday def. #12 Draft Day

#6 Rudy UPSET!! #3 We Are Marshall

#2 Friday Night Lights def. #10 The Program

Round 1

Play-In: Leatherheads def. Blue Chips

#1 Remember The Titans def. #16 Leatherheads

#8 Invincible def. #9 The Express

#12 Draft Day UPSET!! #5 The Blind Side

#4 Any Given Sunday def. #13 Gridiron Gang

#6 Rudy def. #11 North Dallas Forty

#3 We Are Marshall def. #14 Varsity Blues

#10 The Program UPSET!! #7 Brian’s Song

#2 Friday Night Lights def. #15 The Replacements

 

The Baseball Region

The Classics

Sweet 16

#4 Eight Men Out V.S. #6 For Love Of The Game

– These two really should be here. Both movies are both moving and edge-of-your-seat fun. I don’t care who goes to the Elite 8.

Round of 32

#4 Eight Men Out UPSET!! #1 Bull Durham

#6 For Love Of The Game UPSET!! #2 The Natural

Round 1

#1 Bull Durham def. #8 Bad News Bears

#4 Eight Men Out def. #5 Field of Dreams

#6 For Love Of The Game UPSET!! #3 A League Of Their Own

#2 The Natural def. #7 The Pride Of The Yankees

 

The New Classics

Sweet 16

#1 Moneyball V.S. #2 61*

– Ok. Baseball movies are tough. This was by far the most unpredictable region and it’s no surprise we got the #1 and #2 seed into the Sweet 16. Moneyball was an instant classic while 61* is one of the most underrated baseball films ever made that may finally be getting its due. But somehow I don’t feel right. Maybe it’s because The Sandlot – my personal all-time favorite baseball movie – got a tough draw against Moneyball. You can’t go wrong with either of these films being in the Elite 8 but can either of them defeat Eight Men Out or For Love Of The Game? I think so!

Round of 32

#1 Moneyball def. #4 The Sandlot

#2 61* def. #3 42

Round 1

#1 Moneyball def. #8 Mr. 3000

#4 The Sandlot def. #5 The Rookie

#3 42 def. #6 The Babe

#2 61* def. #7 Trouble With The Curve

 

Stay tuned as the NCAA tournament rolls on to see if your favorite movie advances! You can vote for your favorites on Twitter using #MSMMovies.

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1 Response

  1. Zeller says:

    BASketball
    McGuire

    Hoosiers
    Rocky

    Remember the Titans
    friday night lights

    I-don’t-care
    Money all

    -stat boy

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