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June 02, 2020 by Brett LaBore

Sports’ movies have been a big hit in Hollywood. Whether fact, fiction or based on a real life event, they are fun to watch. Often inspirational, here are some of my favorites and what I take away from them.

One such movie that I’ll watch very soon is “42” starring Chadwick Boseman in 2013 as Jackie Robinson. It’s the real life story of Jackie and how he broke barriers and became a star for the Brooklyn Dodgers. This is based off real events and Boseman is great at being Robinson.

As a baseball fan, this is a must-see. It shows the history of the game and there are some great performances here. Plus there are humorous parts as well as serious moments.

Another baseball movie that’s a classic is “The Sandlot” from 1993. It stars Tom Guiry and Mike Vitar. I remember watching this as a kid multiple times and how it showed true friendship in the summer. 

This core group of friends play baseball, go swimming, watch fireworks and go to the fair. It brings me back to the days when I played baseball and just enjoyed playing with my friends. I also love how they work together to take down the beast, Hercules, to get their ball back for their friend.

Basketball movies are always really fun. A favorite from the ’90s is “Space Jam,” featuring the one and only Michael Jordan … and Bugs Bunny.

Jordan and the Looney Tunes — it’s an elite combination that made for a fun basketball movie featuring live action characters and animated Looney Tunes. 

The movie has a great score, zany characters and sums up the ‘90s. Jordan was very popular at this time and his performance is very refreshing. Then you add some of the Looney Tunes and it’s a total blast. Who doesn’t like to see Bugs Bunny and Jordan take down the Monstars?

One movie that isn’t technically a sports’ movie, but has sports in them, is the “High School Musical” franchise from 2006-2008.

The first and third movie have a lot of basketball in them, including the Wildcats winning big games. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. Basketball is a big deal in the “High School Musical” franchise. 

I want to highlight the third movie “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” There is a powerful moment where Coach Bolton says the team only has a certain amount of time left to be a Wildcat. Troy and Chad rally the team to a second half comeback to win the game.

It just shows you have to enjoy every moment that you get. I recently wrote about “The Last Dance” and how it brought me back to my last moments as a track and soccer athlete.

That’s what “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” is all about. The Wildcats are doing everything one last time, and it’s really powerful. Toward the end of the movie when Troy is struggling to accept his future, he goes to East High and puts on his jersey and walks around the school to relax himself. I can really relate to that.

A football movie that I really like is “Draft Day” from 2014 starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. It’s all about the NFL Draft and I really like the NFL Draft.

This is a fictional story with fictional charactera, but what I like about it is it shows a behind-the-scenes look at the what the Draft looks like for organizations. Sure it’s over-dramatized and stuff is stretched out, but you get the point. 

The NFL Draft is all about college players being selected by NFL teams and seeing their dreams come true. But with any draft, there is some drama in picks, trades and the overall movement within the Draft. “Draft Day” has all of that within the movie and makes for a fun viewing.

One final movie that is good is “Miracle” from 2004 featuring Kurt Russell. This is based on the Miracle on Ice in the 1980 Winter Olympics. 

The Miracle on Ice was before my time, but this movie is a great representation into what went on to pull it off. It’s inspirational, emotional and gets me cheering for the USA. 

Sports and movies have always gone hand-in-hand. Fiction or non-fiction, the movies inspire and tell great stories that make us laugh, cry and cheer. 

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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