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Best Sports Movie ‘Players’ of All-Time?

The Immortal Alvin Mack, One of Our Personal Favorites

Our creative juices are too tapped to adequately address this topic and present a definitive list. Plus, in the blogosphere, the idea of anything definitive is completely foreign. Instead, we’ll try to make this more of a group participatory exercise.

Long story short, on a train back from U.S. Open the other night with a few work colleagues. The topic of “best” sports movie player comes up. Fast-forward two days later, and we haven’t stopped talking about it. The debate has led to several more important questions in terms of how we break it all down. “Best” based on what? Talent? On-field production? Star-power? Best character? Top single-game performance?

Then, the arguments began to extend to the definition of sports movies. How liberal are we with such a moniker? Little Giants? Bad News Bears? The Sandlot? Which sports? The four majors? Do we include classics like Side Out and White Men Can’t Jump? Billy Hoyle was a sports movie player in my book.

So, what’s the point? As is frequently the case, we have no idea. Others have touched on this genre is ways far more clever than we are attempting. We have neither the time, nor the energy. So, we’re looking to you sports blogosphere for your heroes of the hardwood…your greats from the silverscreen gridiron…your diamond dandies. Share some of your favorite sports movie players of all-time. In no particular order, here are a few of ours.

Billy Ho. Lethal from outside, a slick passer and, once-in-a-dog’s-ass, the versatility to take it hard to the hole.

The sickest heat, not to mention the phattest glasses ever donned by a reliever this side of Kent Tekulve.

Jesus Shuttlesworth. If there has ever been a prettier jumper, I have yet to see it.

Sure, Balboa is everyone’s favorite. But Drago was a freak of nature. I’ve never seen anyone run at 10.0 MPH on a treadmill on a full incline. Ever. He’s a machine.

Maybe he is just another gangbanger with speed. But did you see the moves on that punt return? Nasty.

Daniel Bateman. Borderline psycho? Yes. Tackling machine? Absolutely. Carrying on the legacy of other dominating #56s.

Jimmy Chitwood. The heart and soul of Hickory High. Unlimited range and the ability to spark his team at any moment.

The Natural. ‘Nuff said.

The most intimidating trio in hockey film history.

So, who are your ‘best’ sports movie players? Hit us up in the comments. We are well aware of the many, many we have omitted. Hence, group excercise.

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  1. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    How about Crash Davis and his minor league home run record?

  2. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I’m not sure how Alvin Mack made it on your list but Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler in Water Boy) didn’t. Boucher crushed the NCAA sack record and was a one-man wrecking crew.

  3. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    What about Cole Trickle? You ever see a rookie dominate NASCAR the way Trickle did?

  4. Cecilio's Scribe

    September 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    trickle was dominant, as was bu-bu-bobby boo-shay.

  5. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Happy Gilmore aced a par 4, that’s got to be up there. And what about Henry Rowengartner [sic] from Rookie of the Year? Oh, and there’s always Julius Campbell from ‘Remember the Titans’. Damn, I see how this could be a multi-day or even month conversation!!

  6. Harvey Bars

    September 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    As far as hoops go,the individual award goes to Teen Wolf. As for teams I’m going to go with the squad from Pleasantville, before Reese Witherspoon knobs off Paul Walker of course.

  7. Cecilio's Scribe

    September 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    all solid. we considered julius from RTT a “real” person, hence out of contention. same deal for ivory christian and boobie miles

  8. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    I’m just spit ballin’ here, but what about “dawson” in Varsity Blues, or why not an actual athlete, Shaq in Blue Chips! this is a great subject,,,one more how about Dottie Henson (geena davis) League of their own,(sorry but she is in the hall of fame according to the movie) hell of a catcher..

  9. Cecilio's Scribe

    September 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    well done. i believe shaq was neon bodeaux in blue chips. personally, i was more of a butch mcrae fan (penny hardaway).

  10. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Gotta agree with Harvey Bars on this one. Scott Howard as Teen Wolf…a one man freak show that would even steal the ball from his own players.

  11. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    steamin willie beamen. HE WON THE FREAKING PANTHEON CUP!!!

  12. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    bobby rayburn in the fan. he was suppose to be barry bonds in every way. the good and the bad.

  13. Cecilio's Scribe

    September 8, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    steamin willie beamon was an inexcusable omission. was in our head, but we did not capture in this post.

  14. Tex

    September 8, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    From Hoosiers, Buddy, kicked out of the first practice for asking “When we gonna start”. Then got himself on the right track and stiffled opponents with defense so tight he was able to identify the gum “DENTINE”. Watch the movie and watch how many plays he makes in Hickory’s run for a championship. A great american Success story

  15. Tex

    September 8, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    How about “WILD THING”. From the California Penal to the Majors what a heart warming story.

  16. Tex

    September 8, 2008 at 9:04 pm


  17. Dobber

    September 9, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I'll throw a few out there, just for shits & giggles…
    Roy McAvoy
    Tweeder, Mox, Wendell, & Billy Bob
    Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez
    Clarence "Coffee Black" Withers
    Steve Nebraska
    Shane Falco
    Joe "Coop" Cooper, Doug "Sir Swish" Remer, Kenny "Squeak" Scolari
    Danny Noonan

    And how can we forget Daniel LaRusso?

  18. Anonymous

    September 9, 2008 at 9:46 am

    What about the Elsinor Brewery hockey team from Strange Brew? With the right song playing they would be unstoppable.

  19. Anonymous

    September 9, 2008 at 9:51 am

    What about boxing Curley from the Three Stooges when they played “Pop goes the Weasel” he would have knocked Drago into the rafters.

  20. Anonymous

    September 10, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Kelly Leak…nuff said.

  21. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Moses Guthrie from “The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh” played by Dr. J near his prime.

  22. Liz-SB Reports

    March 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Love the list… but you’re missing a few key players… What about the “Bash Brothers” from D2: The Mighty Ducks?? Those guys went after everyone!

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