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‘Major League’ named Best Sports Movie Ever

The Reel Hooligans have spoken. “Major League” is the Best Sports Movie Ever according to the podcast, hosted by film critic Timothy English.

Taylor, Hayes, Dorn, Vaughn, and Cerrano gather around Jobo. (Paramount Pictures)
Taylor, Hayes, Dorn, Vaughn, and Cerrano gather around Jobo. (Paramount Pictures)

The show features a rotating panel of guests who love movies. This week’s Hooligans included David Cain, Jason Haugland, Jessica O’Shea, and Bryan O’Connor, in addition to English.

The Reel Hooligan Movie Madness tournament began with 32 movies, which were divided into four regions, Skippers, Rivals, Underdogs, and Legends. Each Hooligan voted, winners advancing. If a tie occurred, then and only then would Tim vote.

“Major League” claimed the title as the BEST. SPORTS. MOVIE. EVER. with a 3-1 vote over the 1984 classic, “The Karate Kid” after defeating “The Sandlot” in the tournament semi-finals. “Karate Kid” earned a spot in the final by upsetting #1 overall seed “Rocky” 3-1 in the semis.

Listen to the podcast: Tim and the Reel Hooligans ep. 102

Bob Uecker as the legendary Harry Doyle. (Paramount Pictures)

Originally released in 1989, “Major League” was written and directed by Academy Award winner David S. Ward (“The Sting” 1973). The film proved to be a major break through for stars such as Charlie Sheen and Wesley Snipes and became a cult-favorite providing memorable scenes and lines of incredibly witty dialogue that has been quoted for years and years.

James Gammon as Coach Lou Brown. (Paramount)

Major League — Paramount Pictures (1989)

Running time: 1 hour 47 minutes

MPAA rating: R

Reel Hooligans Movie Madness: What is the best sports movie ever?

REEL Hooligans Sports Movie tournament 64-movie field announced!

How does White Men Can’t Jump stack up with the rest of the movies in the tournament? (20th Century Fox)

Welcome to the first ever HOOLIGAN MOVIE MADNESS tournament. The theme of the inaugural tournament is going to be SPORTS movies. We will be hashing out a champion during the next episode of Tim and the REEL Hooligans.

As you can see, we have 4 regions, named for the 4 big themes from sports movies: Skippers, Legends, Underdogs, and Rivals. To kick things off, we have four 16 movie regions, with a number one seed for each. The number one seeds here are HOOSIERS (Skippers), THE NATURAL (Legends), CADDYSHACK (Rivals), and ROCKY (Underdogs).

Here’s how this will work. We are starting with a 64 movie field. Half of each region will “eliminated” before the show. Tim will choose 28 movies for the tournament, leaving one spot in each region to be filled by our Reel Hooligans panel to round out the 32 movie bracket.

Could ROCKY (1976) be looking at a #1 seed in the Reel Hooligan Movie Madness tournament? (MGM)
ROCKY (1976) picked up a #1 seed in the Reel Hooligan Movie Madness tournament. (MGM)

On the day of the podcast, it becomes a single elimination scenario. Tim and the Reel Hooligans will vote through each match up and each round until there is a winner.

Below is the 64 team field for the Hooligan Movie Madness tournament. If a movie has been left off, let’s just say they had a bad season and missed the tournament, okay? (For example, LET IT RIDE isn’t there because I’m a moron; or THE PROGRAM isn’t there because…who cares?)

The next episode of Tim and the Reel Hooligans will be available on April 11th!

UPDATED! Hooligan Movie Madness I field:

Indicates #1 seeds*


  1. Hoosiers
  2. The Sandlot
  3. Raging Bull
  4. Field of Dreams
  5. TBD
  6. Wildcats
  7. Bend it Like Beckham
  8. Moneyball


A League of their Own, He Got Game, The Slugger’s Wife, Over the Top, Dodgeball, Friday Night Lights, *61, The Fighter, Color of Money


  1. The Natural
  2. Rush
  3. Rudy
  4. Slap Shot
  5. The Karate Kid
  6. TBD
  7. Bad News Bears
  8. The Longest Yard


Heaven Can Wait, Million Dollar Baby, Days of Thunder, Blades of Glory, Tin Cup, Any Given Sunday, Eddie the Eagle, Glory Road, The Replacements


  1. Caddyshack
  2. Major League
  3. Brian’s Song
  4. White Men Can’t Jump
  5. The Cutting Edge
  6. Coach Carter
  7. TBD
  8. Love and Basketball


North Dallas Forty, Vision Quest, King Pin, Pride of the Yankees, Varsity Blues, Hoop Dreams, Six Pack, Victory, 8 Seconds


  1. Rocky
  2. Space Jam
  3. Bull Durham
  4. Remember the Titans
  5. Happy Gilmore
  6. The Mighty Ducks
  7. 42
  8. TBD


Warrior, Bring it On!, Seabiscuit, Cool Runnings, Eight Men Out, Miracle, Necessary Roughness, Final Shot: the Hank Gathers Story, Long Gone