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#1 BSLMikeRandall

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 07:35 PM

ESPN the mag recently did a best sport movie fictional character in a bracket format, using different categories in each region of the bracket.

 

This inspired me to compile a list looking for the best fictional sport movie villain of all time. I'm not going to do a bracket. I've got 30 characters listed in order of box office dollars the movie made, no biases, and some that could be on the list but were not box office hits.

 

There are shades of gray where Randy Johnson/Griffey Jr. are real people in a fictional movie (Little Big League). Or Chong Li is a fictional character in a real persons alleged "story" (Bloodsport). But obvious true stories were left off the list. Also, wanted to make sure the villain is a true villain that has a hand in the climax or apex of a movie. The male chauvinists throughout "A League of Their Own" for example, are not "villains" for this exercise. Also wanted it to be a true sports movie. Don't say Jaws because fishing is a sport. Please. Spare me.

 

If you have a write in, list it, and I'll determine if warrants adding to the list. Must be fictional characters or fictional movies.

 

I'd hope as many people as we can get will list their top 15, in no particular order, based off my list of 30 (plus worthy write ins). Then I'll make a BSL top 15 of the most popular choices that we can hopefully narrow down to 10. Then from a BSL top 10 narrow it down to a BSL top 5, from which we can vote on the #1 FICTIONAL SPORT MOVIE VILLAIN OF ALL TIME!!!!!

 

Make your cases, discuss as much as you want. Sway people to see it your way. 

 

30 sport movie villains. List your top 15, in no particular order. 

 

Johnny – The Karate Kid

Bob Sugar – Jerry Maguire

Jean Girard – Talladega Nights…Ricky Bobby

Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg – Blades of Glory

Ivan Drago – Rocky IV

Clubber Lang – Rocky III

Apollo Creed – Rocky/Rocky II

White Goodman – Dodgeball

The MonStars – Space Jam

Rowdy Burns/Russ Wheeler – Days of Thunder

David Simms – Tin Cup

“Potato” – Rookie of the Year

Bud Kilmer – Varsity Blues

Coach Reily – The Mighty Ducks

Rachel Phelps – Major League

Wolf Stanson – D2: The Mighty Ducks

George Duke/Tommy Gunn – Rocky V

Judge Smails – Caddyshack

Shooter McGavin – Happy Gilmore

“The Beast”/Hercules – The Sandlot

Jack Parkman – Major League II

Ernie McCracken – Kingpin

Kevin O’Shea – Little Giants

Gil Renard – The Fan

Randy Johnson/Ken Griffey Jr. – Little Big League

Chong Li – Bloodsport

Lewis Scott – Celtic Pride

Baxter Cain – BASEketball

Ross “The Boss” Rhea – Goon

Capt. Knauer – The Longest Yard (1974)

 


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 07:44 PM

I refuse to participate in any poll that lists The Beast as a villain. The only antagonist in The Sandlot is the kids’ imagination. And maybe chew.
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There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 07:57 PM

I refuse to participate in any poll that lists The Beast as a villain. The only antagonist in The Sandlot is the kids’ imagination. And maybe chew.

vil-lain (noun): a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot.

 

Does the beast not scare the living hell out of the kids for 99% of the movie, and chases Benny across town like he wants to eat him alive? 


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:04 PM

I know what I'm working on at work tomorrow!
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:12 PM

Good list.

Tough to beat Big Ern though
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:24 PM

Johnny - Karate Kid

Drago - Rocky IV

Clubber - Rocky III

Apollo - Rocky/II

White Goodman - Dodgeball

David Simms - Tin Cup

Bud Kilmer - Varsity Blues

Rachel Phelps - Major League

Judge Smails - Caddyshack

Shooter McGavin - Happy Gilmore

The Beast - The Sandlot

Jack Parkman - Major League II

Ernie McCracken - Kingpin

Randy Johnson/Griffey Jr. - Little Big League

Capt. Knauer - The Longest Yard ('74)


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:27 PM

Good list.

Tough to beat Big Ern though

My two favorite movie quote of all time are Bill Murray. The paternity suit exchange with the reporter in Kingpin, and "Dickless" from Ghostbusters. 


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:32 PM


My two favorite movie quote of all time are Bill Murray. The paternity suit exchange with the reporter in Kingpin, and "Dickless" from Ghostbusters.


He’s great. One of my favorite all time actors.
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:33 PM

vil-lain (noun): a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot.

Does the beast not scare the living hell out of the kids for 99% of the movie, and chases Benny across town like he wants to eat him alive?


The beast just wanted to play. The plot motivation was the kids minds. Stop maligning the beast

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:45 PM

The beast just wanted to play. The plot motivation was the kids minds. Stop maligning the beast

Cool. 

 

There are 29 others to chose from.


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:51 PM

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 09:03 PM

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Ahh Wikipedia. Where my buddy was a drummer for Three Dog Night

There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

"I'm too hungover to watch a loss." - McNulty

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 09:06 PM

Can't we just call Hercules and The Beast two distinct characters?


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 09:07 PM

Can't we just call Hercules and The Beast two distinct characters?


No! They’re both the best. I will die on this hill
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"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

"I'm too hungover to watch a loss." - McNulty

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 09:09 PM

Besides, Grown-Up Smalls, a.k.a. the worst broadcaster in history, is the true villain of The Sandlot.


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 09:09 PM

No! They’re both the best. I will die on this hill


You'll probably die in a bloomin onion.
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 09:28 PM


You'll probably die in a bloomin onion.

....and Coors Light
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 07:38 AM

My top 15 from the original list.  It's interesting to me how some of the best villains come from some of the worst movies.  Probably because good movies tend not to have characters that are as one note as many of the most antagonizing villains need to be.  

 

Judge Smails (by a freaking mile)

Clubber Lang

Shooter McGavin

Ivan Drago

Bud Kilmer

Johnny

Rachel Phelps

Apollo Creed

White Goodman

Coach Reilly

MonStars

David Simms

Jean Girard

Stranz and Fairchild

Wolf Stanson


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Posted 11 July 2019 - 08:22 AM

My top 15 from the original list. It's interesting to me how some of the best villains come from some of the worst movies. Probably because good movies tend not to have characters that are as one note as many of the most antagonizing villains need to be.

Judge Smails (by a freaking mile)
Clubber Lang
Shooter McGavin
Ivan Drago
Bud Kilmer
Johnny
Rachel Phelps
Apollo Creed
White Goodman
Coach Reilly
MonStars
David Simms
Jean Girard
Stranz and Fairchild
Wolf Stanson


I was wondering if Coach Reily/Stanson was going to get any votes. Looking back it’s one of the things that has aged the worst about these movies about little leaguers is asking kids to cheap shot/injure their peers, blaming kids for letting the adult down when they don’t perform. On that note I could have included the opposing coach from Bad News Bears who beats his own son on the pitchers mound in front of everyone. It’s dark.
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 08:31 AM

The best villains all seem to be from comedies or kid's movies.  I think there is something to the thing about how really good dramas, action, and non-silly comedies likely don't have a clear bad guy or, if they do, they are more well-rounded and not just flatly evil.

 

The Rocky movies sort of have the villain angle, because the movies are about a 1-on-1 fight, probably the same in any other combat type sports.  But Apollo isn't even really a villain to me.  He's a great character, but he's not evil or anything, he's just an obstacle that Rocky has to work to overcome.  Rocky 1 & 2 where he is the opponent are the best Rocky movies, the latter ones may have a better pure villain opponent, but the overall depth and quality of the movie isn't nearly as high (not saying they are bad or not entertaining, just that they aren't best picture and best original screenplay material).

 

If we made a list of best fictional sports movies, many of those don't have villains at all.  Hoosiers, White Men Can't Jump, Million Dollar Baby, Bull Durham, The Wrestler, A League of Their Own, Any Given Sunday, Cool Runnings, He Got Game, Sandlot (I'm with Pedro on this one)...






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