So, Iâ€™m a sports fan at heart.
Shocking, right? As a member of the Collegian staff, I should be attending colloquiums on the economics of something completely boring or something blah, blah, right?
I get a hell of a lot of flak from some of my co-workers and buddies for even bringing up the notion that I like to talk about sports more than, say, politics.
But look, as humans weâ€™re meant to compete. We come from a long string of evolution, starting with the original athletes: cavemen and women.
They had to compete, albeit for survival, but they were athletes nonetheless. Their trophies looked more like human skulls than medals or plastic, but whoâ€™s counting?
Me, Iâ€™m a baseball fan first and foremost. I get a lot of crap for that, too. But every spring, I get that little tingling feeling and before I know it, itâ€™s Opening Day.
So this weekâ€™s Top 5 is related to Americanâ€™s Pastime: the best baseball movies of all time.
P.S. If you donâ€™t like baseball, youâ€™re un-American. And the terrorists win. And you hate babies.
Iâ€™m gonna grab a hot dog.
1. â€˜The Sandlotâ€™
Iâ€™m going out on a limb here, but Iâ€™m going to say that â€œThe Sandlotâ€ is perhaps one of greatest movies of our generation, if not one of the most quotable.
From â€œYouâ€™re killing me Smalls!â€ to â€œThe Sultan of Swat!/ The King of Crash!/ The Colossus of Clout!/ The Colossus of Clout!â€ to â€œYou play ball like a girl!â€ â€“â€“ apparently they shouted a lot in this movie.
This movie slices out a big piece of Americana, bringing people of all ages back to their childhood.
Iâ€™ll love this movie for-ev-ver, for-ev-ver, for-ev-ver, for-ev-ver.
2. â€˜Bull Durhamâ€™
Kevin Costner is a sports movie god. Iâ€™d feel remiss if Costner wasnâ€™t on this list more than once.
â€œBull Durhamâ€ may be beyond many of your years, but itâ€™s always on a baseball fanâ€™s radar.
This movie cemented Costner as a star, which heâ€™d prove the next year with â€œField of Dreams,â€ and it launched Tim Robbinsâ€™ and Susan Sarandonâ€™s careers.
Itâ€™s hilarious, too.
3. â€˜Field of Dreamsâ€™
â€œIf you build it, they will come.â€ If you make a good movie, people will watch it.
Kind of a dur. Whatever. This movieâ€™s sick.
Never have I felt such a love for baseball and such a hatred for corn and hot dogs than after â€œField of Dreams.â€
Trivia wildcard: James Earl Jones is in both â€œField of Dreamsâ€ and â€œThe Sandlot.â€
4. â€˜The Naturalâ€™
Robert Redford is just plain cool. And in â€œThe Natural,â€ Glenn Close isnâ€™t so hideous.
â€œThe Naturalâ€ has this weird, smoky nostalgia feel to it that harkens back to the baseball days of yore.
I mean, itâ€™s the same old story about boy gets seduced by girl, girl shoots him, boy makes a comeback in the majors as an old man and man hits in winning homerun to win the pennant.
Oh, oh, and the lights explode. Sweet.
5. â€˜The Bad News Bearsâ€™
If thereâ€™s any movie, other than â€œIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doomâ€ that deserved something a little stronger than a PG-13 rating, itâ€™s â€œThe Bad News Bears.â€
Never have I heard so many ethnic slurs come from a child in a movie. Ever.
Oh and yeah, that was a Motion Picture Association of America reference. Deal with it.
â€œThe Bad News Bearsâ€ really captured that era of the â€˜70s and â€˜80s when kids played baseball and coaches would drink and drive.
How did we ever survive those decades?
Runner-up: â€˜A League of Their Ownâ€™
This week you get an extra bonus â€“â€“ a runner-up.
I used to watch â€œA League of Their Ownâ€ over and over again as a child. It was a bit unhealthy even.
But though this movie is a classic, just doesnâ€™t quite reach the Top 5. Close though.
Entertainment Editor Johnny Hart should really be watching the Rockies game. E-mail him at email@example.com.
Top sports movies by category:
Arm Wrestling: â€œOver the Topâ€
Auto racing: â€œDays of Thunderâ€
Bob Sled: â€œCool Runningsâ€
Chess: â€œSearching for Bobby Fischerâ€
Curling: â€œMen With Broomsâ€
Documentaries: â€œDogtown and Z-Boys,â€ â€œHoop Dreams,â€ and â€œMurderballâ€
Dodgeball: â€œDodgeball: A True Underdog Storyâ€
Figure skating: â€œBlades of Gloryâ€
Fishing: â€œA River Runs Through Itâ€
Golf: â€œCaddyshackâ€ and â€œTin Cupâ€
Horse racing: â€œSeabiscuitâ€
Martial arts: â€œThe Karate Kidâ€
Ping pong: â€œBalls of Furyâ€
Pool: â€œThe Hustlerâ€
Pro wrestling: â€œThe Wrestlerâ€
Roller derby: â€œWhip Itâ€
Rugby: â€œForever Strongâ€ and â€œInvictusâ€
Skateboarding: â€œLords of Dogtownâ€
Skiing: Anything by Warren Miller
Soccer: â€œBend It Like Beckhamâ€
Snowboarding: â€œOut Coldâ€
Track and Field: â€œChariots of Fire: