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)