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)
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