10 Amazing Sports Stories That Should Be Made into Movies

Chris ConnContributor IIIAugust 18, 2011

10 Amazing Sports Stories That Should Be Made into Movies

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    Everyone has a favorite sports movie.

    Whether its Miracle, Brian's Song or Rudy, Hollywood has taken some of the most inspirational stories in sports and adapted them into feature films.

    But keeping up with the world of sports is no easy task.

    And though we can't blame Hollywood for this, there are many amazing sports stories out there that deserve a shot on the big screen. 

    Let's take a look at the ten best.

10. Japan's 2011 Women's World Cup Team

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    It may be a bit soon for fans in the U.S., but Japan's victory in the 2011 women's World Cup was much more than just a soccer game.

    Just four months prior, northern Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that killed over 15,000 people.

    As the death toll continued to rise, Japan's women fought with heavy hearts through the opening rounds of the World Cup Final and ultimately stunned a heavily favored United States team in the championship game.

    A story of tragedy and resilience, Japan's 2011 Women's World Cup Championship would make for a fantastic movie.  

9. Jason McElwain

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    Perhaps the No. 1 feel-good story of recent memory is that of Jason "J-Mac" McElwain.

    Born with autism, McElwain had a passion for basketball and became the manager of the Greece Athena High School basketball team.

    On the last game of his senior year, head coach Jim Johnson surprised McElwain with a jersey, allowing him to join the team on the bench and perhaps even play a few minutes. 

    With about four minutes left and Greece Athena sitting on a comfortable lead, coach Johnson called for J-Mac.

    Though he missed his first two shots, McElwain didn't miss again, nailing six three pointers and another deep jumper to total 20 quick points.

    When the final buzzer sounded, fans rushed the court in a heartwarming moment that seems destined for bright lights.  

8. Roberto Clemente

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    Roberto Clemente was a phenomenal baseball player, but he was an even better person.

    A 15-time All-Star, World Series Champion, MVP and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Clemente was a pioneer for Latin American athletes.

    He spent much of the offseason doing humanitarian work in Latin America, and was renowned for his off-the-field generosity.

    On December 31, 1972, Clemente died in a plane crash while doing charity work following an earthquake in Nicaragua.

    His death transcended baseball, and his legacy is still part of the game today.

    Clemente was a hero in every sense of the word, and more than deserves a film that highlights his remarkable life.

7. Uganda's 2011 Little League Team

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    Those who leave their television set on ESPN may have recently heard about this story. 

    This year's Ugandan little league team made history by beating a heavily favored Saudi Arabia squad and became the first African nation to qualify for the Little League World Series.

    Playing with second-hand equipment, the Ugandan youngsters made international news when their United States visas were denied and dreams of competing in the Little League World Series were shattered.

    It appears that the players' necessary paperwork contained discrepancies, yet many have cited this as the simple result of a lack of organized records in the impoverished Ugandan towns.

    Regardless, this is a tremendous story of triumph and heartbreak, and just imagine if they could qualify again next year and make it to Williamsport.  

    Cinematic gold.

6. Anthony Robles

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    Anthony Robles' story is absolutely remarkable.

    Though he was born with only one leg, Robles excelled at wrestling and even earned a scholarship to Arizona State University. 

    In his final year of eligibility, Robles was simply dominant, going 36-0 and defeating the defending champion in the NCAA final. 

    One of the greatest personal success stories in sports history, Anthony Robles' journey to greatness would make a fantastic motion picture.  

5. The Ivory Coast's 2006 World Cup Team

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    In 2006, during the midst of a civil war, the African country of Côte d'Ivore (Ivory Coast) qualified for its first World Cup in team history.

    And for the first time in years, something took precedence over the war.

    It may have only been for a brief few weeks, but the entire country abandoned their ongoing struggle to come together and cheer on their beloved Elephants.

    A truly heartwarming story, Côte d'Ivore's 2006 World Cup team captured a nation and brought a country at odds together.  

4. The 2007-2008 Summerville High School Basketball Team

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    The Summerville's 2007-2008 basketball team has perhaps the most emotional story on this list. 

    In June 2007, an enormous fire broke out in a sofa store in Charlestown, South Carolina and killed nine firefighters.

    One of these men, Louis Mulkey, was the head coach of the Summerville High School basketball team.

    Though the team was heartbroken, they used Mulkey's death as inspiration, going 24-3 and making it to the 4A State Championship game.

    Led by future University of Georgia football star A.J. Green, Summerville won in the final seconds of the title game and dedicated the win to their late coach.

    A tear jerking tale about the strength of the human spirit, Summerville's story would be a box office hit.

3. The 1951 San Francisco Dons Football Team

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    Despite having one of the best seasons in college football history, the 1951 University of San Francisco Dons did not go to a bowl game that year.

    Though they were invited, their invitation required them to leave their two African-American players behind.

    Without question, the Dons refused, establishing a level of tolerance that ultimately led to black athletes inclusion in bowl games.

    The University of San Francisco's historic season coupled with its dramatic decision to forego a bowl game would make for a truly inspirational movie.

2. John Montague

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    John Montague's story is unlike any other on this list.

    A remarkable talent, Montague took Hollywood's golf scene by storm in the early 1930s.

    He could do it all on the course, yet for some reason Montague refused to enter any major tournaments.

    The Mysterious Montague, as he was called, became a sort of cult legend in Hollywood, as he continually impressed spectators yet always refused public recognition.

    Months later, the mystery ended when Montague was revealed to actually be a fugitive from New York named LaVerne Moore.

    An amazing true story, the Montague/Moore tale of deception is one for the ages.

1. Billy Miske

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    And the No. 1 sports story yet to be told is none other than that of boxer Billy Miske.

    Known as the Saint Paul Thunderbolt, Miske was a successful light-heavyweight and heavyweight fighter in the 1920s whose career was cut short due to Bright's Disease, a deadly kidney disorder.

    Miske's family struggled financially following his retirement, and though doctors only gave him a few months to live, he decided to fight once more in order to earn enough money to buy Christmas presents for his children.

    Despite being too sick to train, Miske stepped into the ring for the final time on November 7th, 1923 and amazingly knocked out his opponent Bill Brennan in the fourth round.

    Billy Miske died less that two months later from kidney failure.

    A relatively unknown story, Billy Miske's final fight lives on as one of the most inspiring victories in sports history.

    It deserves to be told to a wider audience, and there is no better way than to get it in Hollywood's hands.