Sports Movie Madness – Final Four

Happy Gilmore

A few weeks ago we started our Movie Madness Bracket with a goal of finding the best sports movie ever. We’ve now arrived at the Final 4!

The Final Four

#3 Happy Gilmore (Comedy Champion) V.S. #4 Miracle (At-Large Champion)

To be honest I didn’t expect these two movies to be here. Happy Gilmore defeated a plethora of great comedy movies (BASEketball, Jerry Maguire, Talladega Nights, and The Longest Yard) while Miracle defeated some of the greatest movies (not just sports movies) of all-time (Rocky, Hoosiers, The Fighter, and Rush). Miracle is living up to the title of its own name as I expected it to lose three times – Rocky, Hoosiers, and the Fighter truly are better movies but you can’t resist the greatest comeback in sports history in movie form. Meanwhile Happy Gilmore has only upset one movie (Jerry Maguire) along the way. This is going to come down to which genre do you enjoy more – the lighthearted whacky comedy or the serious and uplifting “miracle” movie?

#2 Friday Night Lights (Football Champion) V.S. #2 61* (Baseball Champion)

For me this is an impossible match-up to pick. Friday Night Lights is the story of redemption by way of failure (wrap your head around that one!) and 61* is a story about overcoming hatred from those who would otherwise support you told magnificently in a creative non-fiction form. I personally don’t care which movie wins and goes to the finals as I believe both are amazing films in their own way.

The Comedy Region

Elite 8

#3 Happy Gilmore def. #5 BASEketball

Sweet 16

#5 BASEketball def. #9 Space Jam

#3 Happy Gilmore UPSET!!! #2 Jerry Maguire

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

Elite 8

#4 Miracle UPSET!!! #2 Rocky

Sweet 16

#4 Miracle UPSET!!! #1 Hoosiers

#2 Rocky def. Raging Bull

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

Elite 8

#2 Friday Night Lights def. #4 Any Given Sunday

Sweet 16

#4 Any Given Sunday UPSET!! #1 Remember The Titans

#2 Friday Night Lights def. #6 Rudy

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

Elite 8

#2 61* def. #6 For Love Of The Game

The Classics

Sweet 16

#6 For Love Of The Game UPSET!! #4 Eight Men Out

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

#2 61* UPSET! #1 Moneyball

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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