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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Best Sports Movie Villain - Week 2 Results

Back to your corners! Week 2 of the Best Sports Movie Villain bracket is over. Here are the old match-ups with the winners in gold.


Bert Gordon (The Hustler) vs 16 Shooter Mcgavin (Happy Gilmore)
Apollo Creed (Rocky) vs 18 The Beast (The Sandlot)
Johnny Lawrence (Karate Kid) vs 14 White Goodman (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story)
Bob Sugar (Jerry Maguire) vs 13 Jean Girard (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby)
Jesus Quintana (The Big Lebowskivs 23 Team Germany (Beerfest)
 Judge Elihu Smails (Caddyshack) vs 25 Arnold Royalton (Speed Racer)
21 Ivan Drago (Rocky IV) vs 28 Warden Hazen (The Longest Yard (2005))
 22 Buck Weston (Kicking and Screaming) vs 27 The Monstars (Space Jam)

The Week 3 match-ups are as follows.

16 Shooter Mcgavin (Happy Gilmore) vs 25 Arnold Royalton (Speed Racer)
Bob Sugar (Jerry Maguire) vs 21 Ivan Drago (Rocky IV)
21 Ivan Drago (Rocky IV) vs 23 Team Germany (Beerfest)
14 White Goodman (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) vs 27 The Monstars (Space Jam)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MBS 048 - Eye of the Bracket


This week's show sounds like a damn monster movie! We have both DiCola brothers Frank and Paul. Frank is the game designer and Paul is the Frozen fanatic. (He has other interests.) We eliminate eight competitors in our Best Sports Movie Villain to reveal our Elite Eight. There are some big surprises and then there are the Monstars who continue to steamroll the competition. We also have musical Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed to talk about their experiences and sing us a few songs from their legitimately cool and awesome musical. Finally we complain about girl Thor. What a show!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Best Sports Movie Villain - Week 1 Results

That's the bell. Week 1 of the Best Sports Movie Villain bracket is over. Here are the old match-ups with the winners in gold.


Bert Gordon (The Hustler) vs 32 Freddie Wiseman (The Comebacks)
Apollo Creed (Rocky) vs 31 Team Iceland (D2: The Mighty Ducks)
Johnny Lawrence (Karate Kid) vs 30 Feng (Balls of Fury)
Bob Sugar (Jerry Maguire) vs 29 Manganelli (Beer League)
Rachel Phelps (Major League) vs 28 Warden Hazen (The Longest Yard (2005))
Team Russia (Miracle) vs 27 The Monstars (Space Jam)
Jesus Quintana (The Big Lebowski) vs 26 Helen 'Mama' Boucher (The Waterboy)
Ben Chapman (42) vs 25 Arnold Royalton (Speed Racer)
Judge Elihu Smails (Caddyshack) vs 24 Ramses (Nacho Libre)
10 Commodus (Gladiator) vs 23 Team Germany (Beerfest)
11 Chick Hicks (Cars) vs 22 Buck Weston (Kicking and Screaming)
12 The Board of Education (Remember the Titans) vs 21 Ivan Drago (Rocky IV)
13 Jean Girard (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) vs 20 The Clown (Air Bud)
14 White Goodman (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) vs 19 Big Ern Mccracken (Kingpin)
15 The Van Waldenberg Twins (Blades of Glory) vs 18 The Beast (The Sandlot)
16 Shooter Mcgavin (Happy Gilmore) vs 17 Count Adhemar (A Knight's Tale)

The Week 2 match-ups are as follows.

Bert Gordon (The Hustler) vs 16 Shooter Mcgavin (Happy Gilmore)
Apollo Creed (Rocky) vs 18 The Beast (The Sandlot)
Johnny Lawrence (Karate Kid) vs 14 White Goodman (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story)
Bob Sugar (Jerry Maguire) vs 13 Jean Girard (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby)
Jesus Quintana (The Big Lebowskivs 23 Team Germany (Beerfest)
 Judge Elihu Smails (Caddyshack) vs 25 Arnold Royalton (Speed Racer)
21 Ivan Drago (Rocky IV) vs 28 Warden Hazen (The Longest Yard (2005))
 22 Buck Weston (Kicking and Screaming) vs 27 The Monstars (Space Jam)


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MBS 047 - Air Bud: Bracket Hound



Y'all ready for this? We can answer that for you. No you are not. This week we invite Jay and engineer Cori onto the show to talk sports movies. Jay has seen at least three. We go over the results of the first round of voting on our Best Sports Movie Villain. Tears are shed. Friends become enemies. Enemies become friends. We also invite a wild and crazy guest who may have some insight into the most contentious match-up of the round.

PS After the episode ends listen to our commentary on the trailer for - and we're not joking about this - the Air Bud space movie.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Best Sports Movie Villain Bracket

It's summer. The sun is out and the air is clear and it is the perfect time for some sports. The World Cup has been going strong for the last month. Baseball continues to exist. Everyone in America is desperately waiting for football to start. You can't ignore the sports. But if you're as lazy as us here at Mad Bracket Status, it is an even better time for sports movies and because of that, we decided that our twelfth bracket should revolve around the best part of a sports movie, the villain.



Sure Danny Larusso is fine, but where would he be without the blunt rolling skeletons of the Cobra Kai? Michael Jordan is great, but would he ever have remembered how much he loved the game of basketball without his comeback game against the Monstars? Jerry Maguire was cool, but would he have been able to rise above the management business if not for the extreme skeeziness of rival Bob Sugar? Each sports movie villain brings something different to the table that makes their movies truly special and we want to know which one is the best.

And before you say it, we know that these lists have been made before. Bleacher Report did not one, but TWO of these lists. Here is one. Here's the other. ESPN had a similar article from the Grantland blog on front page yesterday! Yesterday. They make some good points and they have zeroed in on a couple of really good contenders but they are missing something. That something is you. 

That's where the new bracket comes in. We have assembled 32 of the best villains from all kinds of sports movies. We have basketballers, bowlers, pitchers, racers, jousters, owners, managers, golfers, boxers, figure skaters, wrestlers, and drunks. We ever have a clown. What more could you want?  The bracket has been seeded based on the Rotten Tomatoes scores for the competitors movie's. It's pretty arbitrary but trust us, the cream will rise to the top. 

The only thing we need now are votes. Go to our voting page and vote on each round of the competition. We go through a round a week and, since there are 32 competitors, there will be five voting rounds. You can vote as many times as you want. You just have to wait a minute or two after you vote for everyone to vote again. Here are the first week's match ups.


1 Bert Gordon (The Hustler) vs 32 Freddie Wiseman (The Comebacks)
2 Apollo Creed (Rocky) vs 31 Team Iceland (D2: The Mighty Ducks)
3 Johnny Lawrence (Karate Kid) vs 30 Feng (Balls of Fury)
4 Bob Sugar (Jerry Maguire) vs 29 Manganelli (Beer League)
5 Rachel Phelps (Major League) vs 28 Warden Hazen (The Longest Yard (2005))
6 Team Russia (Miracle) vs 27 The Monstars (Space Jam)
7 Jesus Quintana (The Big Lebowski) vs 26 Helen 'Mama' Boucher (The Waterboy)
8 Ben Chapman (42) vs 25 Arnold Royalton (Speed Racer)
9 Judge Elihu Smails (Caddyshack) vs 24 Ramses (Nacho Libre)
10 Commodus (Gladiator) vs 23 Team Germany (Beerfest)
11 Chick Hicks (Cars) vs 22 Buck Weston (Kicking and Screaming)
12 The Board of Education (Remember the Titans) vs 21 Ivan Drago (Rocky IV)
13 Jean Girard (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) vs 20 The Clown (Air Bud)
14 White Goodman (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) vs 19 Big Ern Mccracken (Kingpin)
15 The Van Waldenberg Twins (Blades of Glory) vs 18 The Beast (The Sandlot)
16 Shooter Mcgavin (Happy Gilmore) vs 17 Count Adhemar (A Knight's Tale)



You can vote here. Keep up with the results by following us on facebook and twitter. Listen to our most recent podcast here and you can subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud. Play ball!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Octet Rule is the Best 8-Based Thing

We did it. It has been months but we finally ran the bracket submitted to us by friend of the show Dan Ward and we have a winner. The Octet Rule is officially the Best 8-Based Thing.




So a while ago we had a contest to come up with a fun bracket. There was only one rule; the bracket had to have eight competitors. Friend of the show Dan Ward submitted our favorite, which was solely based around the competitors all featuring the number eight. 

Originally the competitors were an 8 Pack of Crayons, 8 Bit Games, The G8, The 8 Planets of the Solar System, The Octet Rule, The Stern Primes, 8 Days a Week, and The Ivy League. Once Russia decided to be a dick and get kicked out of the G8, turning it into the G7, we were forced to replace G8 with Mario Kart 8.

The Octet Rule is a chemical rule of thumb that states that atoms of main-group elements tend to combine in such a way that each atom has eight electrons in its valence shell, giving it the same electronic configuration as a noble gas. The rule is especially applicable to carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and the halogens, but also to metals such as sodium or magnesium. (That bit is from Wikipedia)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

MBS 045 - I Believe That We Will Bracket



We are gearing up for our Best Sports Movie Bracket. We bring on the official Mad Bracket Status announcer, Jackson Kelly, and we go through some of the prospective candidates. We also talk about all of the mistakes Nando made last week and that include him seeing Transformers: Age of Extinction. Finally a certain futball coach stops by to talk about Team USA's chances and his brief history as leader of H.Y.D.R.A.