Sports Movies: The Man's Version of a Romantic Comedy

Roger HayhurstCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2008

This is the first article I have written in a while. I have been so wrapped up in the Rodriguez vs WVU saga that I haven't had much thought on anything else. 


So I decided to write about something a little more lighthearted. 

A couple months ago, I wrote about Romantic comedies on my blog which you can read at


I criticized the plots and the characters and everything to do with these “Chick Flicks.” Today it dawned on me that as tough as men are we have the equivalent of the romantic comedy.


It is the sports drama.

Who didn't drop a tear when Rudy was carried off of the field at the end of Notre Dame Vs Georgia Tech?  This is the classic world-against one-person movie and we can all relate to it.  All of us at one time or another have felt like we are on our own and have the mentality of "Rudy"...


"I can do it coach!"

"We Are Marshall" is a great movie and is a great example of the story of a game being more than a game.  The entire town relied on the Marshall squas team to help them get over the plane crash that killed almost the entire football team and staff. 

"Hoosiers" is still the best movie for the "little engine that could" mentality.  The team that no one believes can do it...does it.   A well know coach has to start over and leads a team to the championship game.  Come on, tell me you didn't shed a little bit of a tear when Ollie made the granny style foul shots to get them into the state championship.

"Gridiron Gang" with The Rock is a perfect example of the bad kids going good style.  The prison guard whips them into shape and they learn that they can find pride, confidence, and brotherhood on the field and not in the streets.

"Blue Chips" with Nick Nolte is often overlooked when it comes to sports drama, as is "Any Given Sunday" and "The Program".  These movies are great because they show us the seedy side of sports, the side that most of us don't want to know about, especially if it is about the team or sport we love.  They are always fun though because usually the character that we focus on the most redeems himself in some way and teaches us all a lesson.

The best thing about most of these movies is that the majority of them are based on true stories.  We can look to these movies and find something about them that will help us through a trying situation. 


For every situation you are in, there is a good chance there is a sports drama to help you through it.   So grab a beer, some hot wings and a box of Kleenex because it's sports drama, and dammit I still get a little misty eyed every time they carry Rudy off the field or when I hear about how great Brian Piccalo was.

The Pyromediac