Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sports Movies

1992 – 1995 was a golden age for Family Sports Movies.  We at Shoot That S! spent our summers off from grade school playing outside, watching WWF Superstars on Saturday Morning, and re-watching our favorite movies on VHS.  Here are our top 5 movies from that time.

5. Angels in the Outfield
Who doesn’t love a movie about a dead beat dad who tells his kid that the family won’t get back together unless the Angels win the Pennant.  Forget Performance Enhancing Drugs, the Angels and Tony Danza were aided by actual angels.  After this movie was released, MLB put a asterisk on all of the Angels stats and forced them to have the ridiculous name of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Memorable Quote (s):
Roger Bomman: Dad, when do you think we're gonna be a family again?
 Mr. Bomman: From where I'm sitting, I'd say when the Angels win the pennant.

Roger Bomman: God... if there is a God... if you're a man or a woman... if you're listening, I'd really, really like a family. My dad says that will only happen if the Angels win the pennant. The baseball team, I mean. So, maybe you can help them win a little. Amen. Oh, A-woman, too.

4. Little Big League
This movie came out before Internet Fantasy Leagues took off.  Now I manage 2 Baseball teams, so this movie isn’t so impressive anymore.
Memorable Quote (s):
Jim Bowers: It's a scientific fact that a pig becomes a hog at 180 pounds. 
Spencer Hamilton: What's that make your wife?
Tucker Kain: Fat.

Mike McGrevey: I think you should trade me. 
Mac: As soon as we find someone stupid enough to take you, that's EXACTLY what we're gonna do.

Joey: You should start Webman. He always beats the Rangers. 
Billy Heywood: He always beats everybody. That's why he's 3-7.

3. Rookie of the Year (1993)
Gary Busey was in this movie.  Enough said.
Memorable Quote (s):
[once taken out of the cast, Henry's arm snaps around and hits Dr. Kersten in the nose]
Dr. Kersten: [muffled, with hands over his face] Funky, buttloving...! 
George: Did he say "funky buttloving?"

2. Mighty Ducks (1992)
Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez)  leads a pee-wee hockey team to the championship and is dubbed the “Minnesota Miracle Man”.  (Such a lofty nickname for winning a Pee-wee championship.  Tom Kelly won two World Series and his nickname is T.K.)
Memorable Quote (s):
Goldberg: My mother is not gonna approve of this, Coach! She wants me to live to be Bar Mitzvah'd! 
Gordon Bombay: This is your Bar Mitzvah, Goldberg. Today, you become a man. Goldberg: No. I think you've got the ceremonies mixed up. This is more like a CIRCUMCISION.

Gordon Bombay: Yes sir, Mr. Ducksworth. Thank you very much, Mr. Ducksworth. Quack, quack, quack, Mr. Ducksworth!
Mr. Gerald Ducksworth: Gordon, stop quacking!
Gordon Bombay: Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack!

1. Sandlot (1993)
This movie encouraged all little boys to fake a drowning so they can steal a kiss from the super hot lifeguard.  Who wouldn’t want mouth-to-mouth from Wendy Peffercorn? 
Nostalgic movie. Done perfectly with the characters, settings, plot, and neighborhoods.  Reminds us of the summers playing with other kids on the block.
Memorable Quote(s):
Smalls: Oh yeah, the Great Bambino. Of course! I thought you said the Great Bambi. 
                                                      Ham Porter: That wimpy deer?
                                                      Smalls: Yeah, I guess. Sorry

Squints: I've been coming here every summer of my adult life, and every summer there she is oiling and lotioning, lotioning and oiling... smiling. I can't take this no more!

Honorable Mention:  Mighty Ducks 2 (1994), Ladybugs (1992), The Air Up There (1994)

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