Let’s face it, January is one of the the best sports months of the year. Definitely the best football month, featuring bowl games, the national college championships, and the NFL playoffs. They even squeezed the Pro Bowl between the Conference Championships and the Superbowl. I have a confession. I almost never watch the Pro Bowl. It’s hard to get excited about a meaningless game. So when I’m not watching meaningful games, I turn to my DVR and fire up one of those big bad football movies..
There are a lot of fantastic pigskin flicks. I’ve created a list of 85 of them! I’d be lying if I said that I’ve watched every movie on this list. I’ve seen most of them and have the rest on my short list.
I’m not going to even try and rank them. I’ll leave that debate to you. I’ll just present them in chronological order and leave it at that. We’ll start with the oldies first. Please leave some comments about your favorites, and let me know if I missed one that belongs on this Big Bad Football Movie List.
The Freshman 1925: A silent comedy film that tells the story of a college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team. Game action was filmed at the Rose Bowl.
Navy Blue & Gold 1937: Three friends join the Navy and its phenomenal football team in this tribute to one of America’s most hallowed institutions. Starring James Stewart, Robert Young, Sam Wood.
Horse Feathers 1938: Horse Feathers is a college football sports slapstick comedy starring “The 4 Marx Brothers” (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo).
Knute Rockne: All American 1940: The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne. With future US President, Ronald Reagan.
Father was a Fullback 1949: Fred MacMurray stars as Football Coach George Cooper managing his football team and dealing with his daughters, Ellen and Connie.
Easy Living 1949: American drama starring with Victor Mature and Lucille Ball. Pete Wilson is the highest paid professional football player in the league. He soon discovers that he has a condition that may end his career, and all he knows is football.
Jim Thorpe: All American 1951: The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.
Crazy Legs 1953: The life and times of football star Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch who stars as himself.
Trouble Along the Way 1953: John Wayne and Donna Reed star. Football coach Steve Williams deals with a recruiting scandal at a small Catholic college, while also immersed in a custody battle for his daughter.
Paper Lion 1968: In this true story, sportswriter George Plimpton poses as a rookie quarterback for the Detroit Lions for a Sports Illustrated article. Starring Alan Alda and a host of real life personalities: Alex Karras, Frank Gifford, Super Ray Robinson, Vince Lombardi and others.
Number One 1969: Charlton Heston leads the cast as Ron “Cat” Catlan, a 40-year old quarterback for the Saints. Musician Al Hirt plays himself, as do several real-life members of the 1968 Saints. Cat battles aging, booze and an affair as he tries leading the team to a championship. Set at Tulane Stadium, former Saints home.
Brian’s Song 1971: Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying. Written by Sayers and stars James Caan and Billy Dee Willimas.
Footsteps 1972: A football coach is hired by a small college where he finds himself challenged with local gamblers who don’t want the team to improve.
The Longest Yard 1974: Burt Reynolds stars in this comedy about a former pro quarterback, now serving time in prison. He’s asked to to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards.
Return to Campus 1975: The story of the college football player known as the “Buckeye Bomber.” A 55-year old former high school football player finally gets to fulfill his life-long dream and play in the big game.
Semi-Tough 1977: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson and Jill Clayburgh star in this classic football comedy.
Heaven Can Wait 1978: An angel accidentally takes an LA Rams quarterback from his body prematurely. He comes back to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire. Warren Beatty stars.
North Dallas Forty 1979: Nick Nolte and Mac Davis. A semi-fictional account of life as a professional football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.
Fighting Back 1980: Inspirational true story of Steeler player Rocky Bleier, who gets drafted and then wounded in Vietnam. Told he’d never walk again, Blair battles back in a long road to recovery to play in the Superbowl.
Grambling’s White Tiger 1981: Starring Olympian Bruce Jenner, this is a true story about Jim Gregory, the first white quarterback at Grambling college in 1962. Jim learns firsthand how challenging it is to be a minority.
Quarterback Princess 1983: True story about the courage and determination of a teenage girl who struggles against against sexism and fights to play on her high school football team. Can a homecoming queen also take the team to a championship? Starring Helen Hunt.
All the Right Moves 1983: A young Tom Cruise who clashes with his bull-headed coach, desperately struggles to win a football scholarship in a failing Pennsylvania steel town.
The Bear 1984: Gary Busey plays University of Alabama’s legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Lucas 1986: A socially challenged fourteen year old nerd gets his heart broken in this teen tragicomedy. He joins the football team in a desperate move to prove himself. Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen, Kerri Green and the screen debut of Winona Ryder.
Wild Cats 1986: Goldie Hawn stars as a strong-minded women’s libber Molly McGrath. She quits her teaching job l to take a new position as varsity football coach at a tough inner-city school. Drama-Comedy.
The Best of Times 1986: Robin Williams and Kurt Russel. A small-town loser is determined to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.
Everybody’s All American 1988: Dennis Quaid stars as a college football star. The film documents 25 years of his life as he struggles through life’s challenges after his football career ends.
Johnny Be Good 1988: Johnny Walker is America’s hottest young football prospect. He’s torn between pursuing a football career or attending a state school to be with his girlfriend. Anthony Michael Hall and a young Robert Downey Jr. and Uma Thurman.
The Last Boy Scout 1991: Bruce Willis is a down-and-out detective who teams up with Damon Wayne, a down-and-out ex-quarterback to solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.
Necessary Roughness 1991: Comedy- The Texas State University Fightin’ Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, due to NCAA violations.
School Ties 1992: Brendon Fraiser, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Chris O’Donnell star. A 1950′s Jewish boy gets an athletic scholarship to an elite prep school, hiding his religion from his teammates until a jealous bigot forces it out in the open.
The Program 1993: The ESU Timberwolves deal with the pressure to make a bowl game, alcohol and drug abuse, along with the overall stresses of overall college life. With James Caan and Halle Berry.
Rudy 1993: account of the life of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who dreamed of playing football at for the Fighting Irish, despite numerous challenges. It was the first movie that the Notre Dame administration allowed to be shot on campus since the 1940 filming of Knute Rockney: All American.
Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story 1994: The trial and triumph of NY Jet, Dennis Byrd who suffered a neck injury during an NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 29, 1992.
Windrunner 1995: A young man in high school is discriminated against by his peers because he is the son of a convict. Even the coach benches him. He receives special training from the ghost of Jim Thorpe, a Native American football star.
Little Giants 1995: A family comedy film, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O’Neill as brothers in a small Ohio town, coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams.
Jerry Maguire 1996: Inspired by sports agent Leigh Steinberg, who acted as Technical Consultant on the crew. Romantic comedy-drama sports film starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Renée Zellweger. “Show me the Money!”
Reggie’s Prayer 1996: Packer great, Reggie White stars as Reggie Knox, a pro football player who retires; Knox begins coaching high school football program, where he befriends a troubled student.
Halfback of Notre Dame 1996: A high school halfback must choose between the gridiron dreams of his football coach father, and his own dream of becoming a musician.
Angels in the Endzone 1997: Christopher Lloyd stars as an angel that comes to town with his celestial cohorts and slowly work their magic on the home team and the lives of the boys who have given up hope.
Weapons of Mass Distraction 1997: Two rich men with dirty family secrets fight over ownership of a professional football team. They play dirty as well with every weapon at their disposal.
The Waterboy 1998: Adman Sandler comedy. Bobby Boucher, is a water boy for a struggling college football team. The coach (Henry Winkler) discovers Boucher’s hidden rage makes him a tackling machine with bone-crushing ability. Kathy Bates plays Bobby’s Cajun momma.
Air Bud Golden Receiver 1998: A family film and sequel to Air-Bud; Josh tosses his basketball-talented dog, Buddy, a football one day, and he discovers that Buddy also has an uncanny ability to play football.
The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon 1998: Garbageman, Tony Danza kicks a can and is discovered by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Possums 1998: Mac Davis is a radio announcer for the local high school football team. He continues announcing even after the town decides to cancel the football program. When his imaginary teams starts to contend for the state championship, he must deal with the real state champs, and the hopes and dreams of the people of his town as well.
Any Given Sunday 1999: Adrama directed by Oliver Stone with an All-Star cast, depicting a fictional professional NFL team.
Varsity Blues 1999: Players must deal with the pressures of adolescence and their football-obsessed community while having an overbearing coach on their back constantly. In this small Texas town, losing is not an option.
FumbleHeads 1999: An overzealous football fan devises a crazy scheme to bring the local pro football team back to town. Edward Asner stars in this comedy.
Remember the Titans 2000: The true story starring Denzel Washington as a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season. The racial tension is profound on his racially integrated team and community.
The Replacements 2000: Top pro football team, the Washington Sentinels, go on strike. The owner recruits a a motley group of scab players, to be whipped into shape by a retired veteran coach played by Gene Hackman. With Keanu Reeves.
Go Tigers 2001: A rare behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling of a remarkable season for the Massillon Tigers high school football team, played out in a small town that draws its identity from football.
They Call Me Sirr 2001: True story depicting the the teenage years of NFL player Sirr Parker. He secretly raised his younger brother on his own, while excelling academically and becoming a star running back at Texas A&M and eventually made it to the NFL.
Full Ride 2001: Matt Sabo is a talented high school senior who is picked to play in the state all-star high school football game. Sabo sports a bad attitude and has run-ins with the law. Boy meets girl. Can she turn him around?
The Last Game 2002: This high-school football documentary chronicles coach Mike Pettine Sr., attempt to continue a winning streak that has been maintained through the previous two seasons. The biggest threat they face on their run to yet another state championship is a team coached by his son.
Brian’s Song 2002: Remake of the 1971 true story about Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo and friend and teammate who suffers from a terminal illness. Based on Sayers book, “I am third.”
The Junction Boys 2002: The Junction boys are the “survivors” of Bear Bryant’s 10-day summer football camp in Junction Texas during intense heat and almost inhumane conditions. Not many were able to endure. Tom Berenger stars.
Hometown Legend 2002: A teenager drifter joins a high-school football program with a hard-nosed coach and has an opportunity to turn his life around.
Second String 2002: When Bill’s QB, Doug Flutie is sidelined for a month with food poisoning, head coach Chuck Dichter brings in Dan Heller, an insurance salesman as the team’s back up quarterback. Starring Jon Voight.
Monday Night Mayhem 2002: Film about the origin of ABC’s television series Monday Night Football. Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Danny Don Meredith are depicted.
Year of the Bull 2003: This documentary paints a portrait of high school football player, Taurean Charles. Located in Miami’s impoverished Liberty neighborhood, the story reveals the immense pressures facing poor black athletes, and exposes the violent and cruel methods used by coaches to push them.
Playmakers 2003: This is actually an ESPN television series that aired 11 episodes before being canceled due to pressures from the NFL (due to the negative image it was creating). The series, that depicted the lives of the Cougars– a fictional professional team, received high ratings.
Radio 2003: based on the true story of T.L. Hanna High School football coach Harold Jones and a mentally challenged young man James Robert “Radio” Kennedy. Starring Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Friday Night Lights 2004: A sports drams which documents the high school coach and players of a team in Odessa, Texas, a town that supports and is obsessed with them. The movie inspired a television series.
The Longest Yard 2005: Adam Sandler stars in the remake of the 1974 comedy. Also stars Chris Rock and, yes, Burt Reynolds.
Two for the Money 2005: After suffering a career-ending injury, a former college football star gets involved in a big time sports-gambling business. Stars Pacino, McConaughey and Russo.
Code Breakers 2005: The movie chronicles the 1951 cheating scandal at West Point and its impact on Army’s Football program that resulted in the dismantling of the entire squad.
Gridiron Gang 2006: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Invincible 2006: Mark Wahlberg stars as a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. True story.
We Are Marshall 2006: When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team, Marshall’s new coach, played by Matthew MaConaughey works with the surviving players to try to keep the football program alive.
Facing the Giants 2006: American Christian drama starring Alex Kendrick with the supporting cast composed of volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church. An underdog story about American Football from a Christian perspective.
Comebacks 2007: A comedy that spoofs the inspirational sports movies. An out-of-luck coach, Lambeau Fields, takes a rag-tag bunch of college misfits and drives them towards the football championships. Based on the reviews, you may want to save this one for last.
Perfect Effort 2007: De La Salle High School in Northern California holds the longest winning streak in the history of American football. For 12 years and 151 games, the Spartans never lost.
The Game Plan 2007: The Rock stars as an NFL quarterback living the bachelor lifestyle. He discovers that he has a 8-year-old daughter.
Leatherheads 2008: George Clooney and Renee Zellweger star in this comedy about the early years of professional football.
Leaf 2008: A film about the short NFL career of quarterback Ryan Leaf, who was one of the most highly-rated quarterbacks entered in the NFL’s 1998 player draft. After a dismal career and inability to lead, he was cut after 200. His career considered the worst in the history of the NFL
The Express 2008: Film about college football hero Ernie Davis was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Big Fan 2009: A naive hardcore NY Giants fan , Paul Aufiero, struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player after he witnesses the player involved in a drug deal.
The Blind Side 2009: Of the 85 films, this one may be the best. Sandra Bullock went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress as well as the Golden Glode Award for best actress. The movie also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The film is about the life of Michael Oher, a homeless and boy who became an NFL player for the Ravens with the help of a caring woman and her family.
Fired Up 2009: Comedy about two popular high school football players who lied to get out of football camp and attend cheerleading camp for the summer to get close to its female cheerleaders.
The 5th Quarter 2010: Jon Abbate helps lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history, driven by the memory of his brother, Luke, who died in a tragic car crash.
The Hopeful 2011: Story of a young football player who, with the support of his family, is struggling to prove his worth and to quiet the critics as he tries to make it as a college player.
Tackling the Past 2011: Pro football star Jake Walker is a lock for the Hall of Fame but his life changes when he returns home to care for his father who has suffered a serious heart attack.
Division III Football’s Finest 2011: This comedy follows the Pullham University Bluecocks, a small liberal arts college with a Division III football program (the lowest division in the NCAA)
Touchback 2011: A man looks back 15 years to the injury that ended his career as a promising high-school football player.
Field of Vision 2011: Sometimes being a leader is tougher than winning. This movie is about more than football. It’s about doing the right thing, finding hope, and has a touch of mystery thrown in to keep you guessing.
Undefeated 2011: An inspirational academy award-winning documentary on an underdog football team who look to reverse their fortunes with coach Bill Courtney.
That’s it. Wow, I’m more exhausted than a linebacker in double overtime.
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The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without spending a few evenings in December, kicking back with family or friends, and watching some Christmas movies. Add popcorn and a little Christmas Cheer to the mix to make it a perfect evening. And what is better than a good Christmas movie to quiet down the kids for a couple of hours?
What to watch? There are a lot of programs to choose from. Some Christmas movies are so good that I make a point to watch them every year. Some are so bad that one in a lifetime is one time too many.
Here’s my gift to you. I’ve boiled down the massive library of holiday tales to include some of the best Christmas movies ever created. Some are classics, some made just for TV, some are perfect for children and some are just incredibly funny. Whether it’s a 30 minute animated classic or a 2 hour feature film, they all have one thing in common. When you watch them, they give you that special feeling–the one we’ve come to know as the Christmas Spirit.
If I left out your favorite movie, don’t be a Grinch and leave a cold message. Just leave a comment and tell us what I missed. We don’t want our readers to miss out on a holiday gem. I’m sure there are some great ones.
The first category is the those animated classics that you see on TV. If you have young kids like me, you probably still watch them every year:
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: 1964
A Charlie Brown’s Christmas: 1965
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: 1966
The Little Drummer Boy: 1968
An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.
Frosty the Snowman: 1969
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town: 1970
The Year Without a Santa Claus: 1974
Mrs. Claus tells us about the time Santa had a bad cold and decided to take a vacation from Christmas. Two of his elves, Jingle Bells and Jangle Bells decided to go out (with Vixen) to find children to convince Santa that the Christmas spirit is still important to everybody else.
Jack Frost: 1979
The story is narrated by Pardon-Me-Pete the Groundhog (voiced by Buddy Hackett) who has a deal with Jack Frost to extend winter by six weeks, letting him sleep that much longer.
The Snowman: 1982
The is an outstanding work of animation and should not be missed! Wordless (save for the song “Walking in the Air”) animated adventure about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve.
Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too 1991
Yes, Virginia: 2009
Set in 1897, this animated holiday tale follows the efforts of plucky, 8-year-old Virginia as she crisscrosses New York City to discover whether there really is a Santa Claus.
A Christmas Carol
Perhaps the greatest Christmas story ever told is Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Dickens gets a category all on his own since there have been so many adaptations. The ghosts may just scare the Dickens out of you.
Here are some of the best:
A Christmas Carol: 1938 with Reginald Owen
A Christmas Carol: 1951 with Alastair Sim
Scrooged 1988: with Bill Murry
A Christmas Carol 1999: with Patrick Stewart
Disney’s A Christmas Carol 2009: with Jim Carrey
The Christmas Classics
There are a handful of Christmas Classics that have stood the test of time. If you haven’t seen these, it’s time to get A Wonderful Life.
Babes in Toyland “March of the Wooden Soldiers”: 1934
A Wonderful Life: 1946
Miracle on 34th Street: 1947
The Bishop’s Wife: 1947
A White Christmas: 1954
Full Length Animated Films
A Nightmare Before Christmas: 1993
Tim Burton created a holiday masterpiece. Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. The movie is filled with music that could grace a Broadway stage and ghoulish animation that keeps the viewer engaged.
The Polar Express: 2004
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: 2000
Arthur Christmas: 2011
The Best of the Rest
A Christmas Story: 1983
For me, this is the best Christmas movie of all time. Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s. The narration makes it a hit. Viewers beware… “You’ll shoot your eye out”
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: 1989
The favorite of my wife and mine after the kids go to sleep. Chevy Chase (Clark Griswald) leads the cast in this outrageous funny tale of a family man trying to create the perfect Christmas for his family and out-of-town guests, some of whom are unexpected.
Bad Santa: 2003
The Santa Claus: 1994
For the Christmas Couch Potatoes
Haven’t had enough Christmas Spirit yet? I can’t place these with greatest Christmas movies of all time. But some of them have some entertainment value on a cold snowy winter’s night.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: 1964
One Magic Christmas: 1985
An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.
Ernest Saves Christmas 1988
A little girl who still believes in Santa Claus comes across a reindeer with an injured leg. She assumes that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town.
All I Want for Christmas: 1991
All I Want For Christmas is a comedy about two New York City children who launch a hilarious scheme to get what they most want this holiday season.
Miracle on 34th Street: 1994
A not-so-bad remake of the 1946 classic.
Jingle All the Way: 1996
Jack Frost: 1998
One year later, a father who died returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son before he is gone forever. I actually never have seen this one… it sounds too creepy and the reviews were weak.
Prancer Returns: 2001
In the unlikely event that you are ready for more, Prancer is back.
The Santa Claus 2: 2002
Christmas with the Kranks: 2004
Deck the Halls: 2006
Matthew Broderick loses his mind when Danny DeVito decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006
Fred Claus: 2007
Santa Baby: 2006
Santa Baby 2: 2009
These movies are for the Dogs… Seriously!
Santa Buddies: 2009
The Search for Santa Paws: 2010
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Taking mischief to a whole new level, they begin granting joyful wishes to Pineville’s boys and girls, but something goes terribly wrong!
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure: 2011
A Christmas elf accidentally takes off in Santa’s sleigh, crash lands in a small town, and loses the magic toy bag. Beethoven must rescue the elf, recover the bag from greedy crooks, and return the sleigh to Santa in time to save Christmas. Really?
Not Quite Christmas
These films in my book are truly Christmas Movies but certainly worthy of mentioning since they take place around the holidays. And they are so good.
Meet me in St. Louis: 1944
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” originated here, and has become a classic yuletide song. It has been sung a thousand times by a thousand artists, but no one could ever capture the heartfelt emotion expressed by Judy Garland.
Trading Places: 1983
Die Hard: 1988
Some list have this movie as the #1 Christmas movie. Now just because it’s based during a Christmas party, doesn’t really make it a Christmas movie, does it? But I tell ya what. It’s one hell of a great movie. “Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”
Home Alone: 1990
This is much more of a Christmas movie than Die Hard. Most people would place it on another list. An 8-year-old boy, who is accidentally left home alone while his family flies to France for Christmas, booby-traps his house to fend off idiotic burglars. Incredibly funny. My kids laugh and laugh.
Love Actually: 2003
There has to be one romantic comedy in my post. Love Actually really more about love than Christmas; I guess that’s why they gave it this name. Eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London.
New Releases Worth a Look!
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas: 2011
So, it’s not so new, but I haven’t seen it yet, so it’s new to me and it’s on my Christmas watch list. Stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold’s father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree.
The Mistletones: 2012
Made for TV, released 12-9-12: Holly, blessed with an amazing singing voice, is all set to audition for the newly vacated spot in a legendary local Christmas group which was founded by her late mother years ago.
Jack Frost- Rise of the Guardians: 2012
Released November 21st, 2012: Set about 200 years after the book series, the film tells a story about the Guardians (North or Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman), who enlist Jack Frost to stop Pitch from engulfing the world in darkness.
I hope you all have a chance to enjoy some of these great films. Have a very happy holiday and Merry Christmas! Enjoy!
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Baseball is in my blood. As a 10-year-old growing up on Long Island, I watched the miracle Mets win the World Series on TV. I even saw Willie Mays play at Shea Stadium. I’ve been behind home plate at Yankee Stadium, witnessed home runs being rejected by fans at Wrigley and suffered through the cold winds at Candle Stick Park, but my fondest baseball memories were in Denver.
I was among the 80,000+ fans to witness the first Colorado Rockie to swing a bat in the Mile High air. I still get chills remembering the excitement about having a new expansion team in the city and that opening day in the Spring of 1991. When Young connected with that ball and it sailed into the stands for a home run, I thought that Mile High Stadium would come unglued; it probably did slightly. Fortunately in two years, Coors Field was constructed, a venue that was a second home to me for many years. It was the place that I took my wife on our first date, a place where I watched an All-Star game in 1998 and attended the World Series in 2007.
And now I live in Michigan, where the Detroit Tiger’s Miguel Cabrera has claimed to the first Triple Crown (2012) since 1967 and led his team to an American League Championship. However there was no joy in Mudville this year as Casey, I mean Cabrera did strike out to make the last out in the World Series.
If you are not familiar with the famous poem, here is a version read by James Earl Jones: Casey at the Bat
Yes, I love the game. I love the history, the nostalgia, the triumphs of both individuals and teams. If you are a baseball fan, you’ve experienced thrills unlike any other and heartbreaks of epic proportions. But if you love the game, the winters heal you and you are back each spring falling hopelessly in love with your new team.
There are so many incredible baseball stories. If you have 18.5 hours to kill, I highly recommend Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary. Do not die until you’ve seen it. You may not have time to see it today, but if you have 7.5 minutes, here is a gem that will make you laugh: Abbott and Costello: Who’s on First?
There are also many terrific baseball films, some depicting true stories about our heroes of summer and some that are just whimsical fantasies or comedies. I’ve compiled a list of 50 such flicks. Some are outstanding and some are just okay, but they all have one thing in common…. America’s Pastime.
The Pride of the Yankees: 1942
The Babe Ruth Story: 1948
It Happens Every Spring: 1949
The Jackie Robinson Story: 1950
Kill the Umpire: 1950
Fear Strikes Out: 1957
Safe at Home: 1962
When Hutch Lawton is teased about his Dad never coming to his Little League games, Hutch foolishly brags that his Dad is personal friends with NY Yankees Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris who star in the film.
Bang the Drum Slowly: 1973
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings: 1976
Bad News Bears: 1976
Starring Walter Matthau the beer-drinking coach of a bunch of little league misfits and Tatum O’Neil, The Bad News Bears is a classic adult-child comedy.
The Natural: 1984
Bull Durham: 1988
Eight Men Out: 1988
Major League: 1989
A League of Their Own: 1992
Mr. Baseball: 1992
The Babe: 1992
The Comrades of Summer: 1992
The Sandlot: 1993
Rookie of the Year: 1993
Angels in the Outfield: 1994
Little Big League: 1994
Ken Burns Baseball: 1994
Soul for the Game: 1996
The Fan: 1996
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg: 1999
For the Love of the Game: 1999
Bleacher Bums: 2001
Hard Ball: 2001
Keanu Reeves is young man immersed in scalping tickets, gambling and drinking. Agreeing to coach an inner city Little League in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend changes his life.
The Rookie: 2002
Up for Grabs: 2003
Mr. 3000: 2004
Milwaukee Brewer Stan Ross (Bernie Mac) retired after hitting his 3,000th career hit. Nine years later, he finds that three hits were double counted. Now at age 47 he’s back to try for three more hits.
The Winning Season: 2004
In this fantasy, a Honus Wagner baseball card transports a treasure seeker back to the 1909 World Series where he is befriended by the real Honus Wagner. Honus attempts to teach him the importance of honor, family and love.
Freedom Park: 2004
David and Stephen are in debt over half a million dollars to Vegas crime boss Tommy the Goat. They start a gambling ring at the local youth baseball park. Parents place their bets at the ice cream truck and players cork their bats in this baseball comedy.
Fever Pitch: 2005
The Bad News Bears: 2005
Billy Bob Thornton stars in the remake of the 1976 classic.
The Emerald Diamond: 2006
The Benchwarmers: 2006
Everyones Hero: 2006
American Pastime: 2007
The Final Season: 2007
The Perfect Game: 2009
Chasing 3000: 2010
Money Ball: 2011
Trouble with the Curve: 2012
Clint Eastwood stars as an ailing baseball scout who takes his daughter for his final recruiting trip.
So there ya have it, there were actually 52 movies on the list, but only those who have read this far know the truth. I have my favorites; I’m sure you have yours. I’m looking forward to the next ten years of baseball and baseball flicks. I’m passing on the popcorn. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack.
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Recorded music has been around ever since Thomas Edison created his first big invention in 1877. Yes, a light bulb must have flickered in his head when he came up with the idea for the first phonograph. The ability to record and play back sound gave Edison international fame.
Edison’s phonograph was cool, but crude. It could only play back the recording once; the quality was less than spectacular, but it paved the way for next hundred-plus years of recorded sound.
Within ten years the Gramophone took center stage. Emile Berliner was the first inventor to record on flat discs. You may have heard of them…. records.
The first records were made of glass, soon evolving into zinc and ultimately, plastic. The arm of the gramophone had a needle that moved through the grooves of the record while being hand-cranked. Eventually a small motor was installed to keep the record turning at a constant speed.
At the turn of the 20th Century, RCA Victor introduced the Victrola and in 1908 Columbia introduced the first double-sided records. By 1928, a standard speed was set; all phonograph records ran at 78 rpm. Twenty years later, the Long Playing Record was invented, commonly know as the LP. Columbia released the new standard 33.3 LP and singles were produced and played at a speed of 45 rpm.
The Recording Industry of America was founded in 1952, primarily to provide standardization to the industry. By 1955, the 12″ record (album) became the widely accepted standard.
In the early 60′s, the multi-track analog tape recorder became common place in recording studios. The Beatles were one of the bands to use this technology extensively. Soon after, virtually all mainstream music was produced this way.
Philips changed the music world forever after introducing the stereo cassette tape and player in 1963. Cassettes revolutionized the music industry by allowing people to take their music on-the-go. By the 70′s, the masses were buying blank cassette tapes and recording music off of records and the radio. This opened the door to music piracy, an issue that continues to plague the music industry today.
This post wouldn’t be completed without mentioning Stereo-8, commonly referred to as the 8-track tape. By comparison, it was a failure, although it did survive from the late 60′s to the late 70′s mostly due to the booming automobile industry. Quality issues, coupled with competing formats, ultimately caused its decline.
Cassette tapes also began to take a back seat in the 1980s. In 1982, Billy Joel’s 52nd Street became the first Compact Disc (CD) released. Within three short years, the CD format replaced the LP as the leading music media and just before the turn of the 21st Century, recordable CDs hit the market to the delight of music pirates.
Just about at the same time, in 2000, music piracy was taken to a new level with the launch of Napster’s file sharing platform on the Internet. At Napster’s peak in February 2001 the number of files traded is reported to have exceed 2.79 billion for the month. For the first time, the music industry felt the sting of lost sales. Lawsuits centered on piracy, and copyright infringement took center stage, becoming the ultimate demise of Napster in 2001. This didn’t stop file sharing. Many programs and websites continue to exist today.
On the heels of Napster’s demise, Apple introduced the iPod, once again changing the way people stored and played music. Over the next few years, models improved, storage increased and competitors launched their own MP3 players. The digital music age was born, and no one looked back.
In 2003, Apple capitalized on their success by launching iTunes, allowing iPod users the ability to purchase music and video, organize them in countless ways, and play them over multiple devices.
Ten years after Steve Jobs reinvented the music industry with the iPod, digital downloads (2011) overtook the sales of singles and albums for the first time in the US. Digital sales hit 50.3%. In May of 2012, the UK reported similar news.
Digital media sales are thriving, legal and illegal file sharing are at all-time highs, and the controversy surrounding music piracy is alive and loud.
As for me, I know the musicians, lawyers and pirates will sort it out. And while they do, I’ll just put on my Skull Candy ear buds to drown out the chatter, kick back, click on the Spotify App and listen to the music play.
Thanks Thomas and Steve, and all you guys in between.
Recorded music has been around ever since Thomas Edison created his first big invention in 1877. Yes, a light bulb must have flickered in his head when he came up with the idea for the first phonograph. The ability to record and play back sound gave Edison international fame. Edison’s phonograph was cool, but crude. [...]
Feng shui, pronounced “fung-SHWAY”, is based on the understanding of the flow of energy (Ch’i) throughout one’s inner and outer life. This ancient Chinese art of placement is believed to affect the fortune of people and is used to create harmony within one’s surroundings.
Feng Shui practitioners advocate using de-cluttering techniques to free ourselves of material items that no longer are useful or have significant meaning. Clutter can have a significant negative impact by impeding the flow of ch’i within your home. Clearing clutter enables new possibilities and opportunities to enter into your life.
In the western world, too many of us collect stuff. Lots of stuff. So much stuff that we run out of room for our stuff. We may even begin to sense the clutter choking us and preventing us from allowing new things and fresh ideas into our lives.
As you walk through your home, the de-cluttering task may be overwhelming. But if you do a little each day and each week, you will begin to feel the positive impact that comes from removing stagnant, broken, useless and meaningless items from your world.
Yes, it’s time to say goodbye to some of your preloved stuff.
* Sell- If something may have value to others and you have a buyer, sell it. For example, used CDs, DVDs and Video games can be sold immediately on Zumu.co Other valuables can be hawked on sites like Ebay or Craigslist. And then there is always the garage sale. Just keep in mind that when you have a garage sale, most items end up right back inside your house.
If you don’t have an immediate buyer for your junk (I mean valuables), there are better solutions.
* Donate- Earn some good karma and get a tax deduction. Donate your clothing and household items to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. You help yourself and help others in need.
* Recycle- Tons of items can be recycled. Electronics, batteries, anything made of paper, cardboard, Styrofoam, most plastics, glass, metals and more. Try to recycle as much as you can. Your recycled items should outweigh your trash at least 5 to 1. Here’s an A-Z guide for recycling everything.
* Trash- If you don’t need it, can’t sell it, can’t donate it, can’t recycle it, then trash it.
Get Started Now:
Getting started in Feng Shui de-cluttering is hard, especially if you have a pack-rat mentality like I do. But once you get on a roll, the renewed energy that you feel, will outweigh any remorse from saying goodbye to a preloved item.
The LOVE Strategy:
When you are shopping and are considering a purchase, ask yourself one question each time, “Do you LOVE IT?” Don’t let price enter the equation. If you love it and it will bring you happiness, then it is a good purchase. The same method goes for saying goodbye to old stuff that you have once loved or got as a gift. Do you absolutely, unequivocally, LOVE IT? If not, let it go. And for you people that LOVE too much, give some of those items a final kiss, and say farewell.
Feng Shui Check List:
1: Start with stuff you know you can sell. Used media, jewelry, precious metals, furniture in good condition, etc.
2: Clothing and old shoes: Have you worn it within 12 months? Is it in style? Is it in good condition? Do you love it? Does it fit? If you said no to any one of these questions, donate the item.
3: Computers, electronics, cables, old software: Recycle, donate or trash!
4: Desk draws and Junk Drawers: If you can get them open, lose the junk. You may even find a lost key or hidden treasure.
5: Kitchen items: Glassware, coffee cups, utensils, pots and pans, knives, flatware, gadgets. When was the last time you used that dehydrator or sno-cone machine?
6: Toys and games: Donate these items. Other kids will re-love them!
7: Art and wall hangings that no longer reflect who you are: You know, the ones that your spouse hates
8: Knick-knacks, decorations and gifts that you don’t use: It was the thought that counts.
9: Fake plants and flowers. Two words: Fresh Flowers!
10: Old tools, paints, parts, scraps: Detoxify your home and breathe easier
11: Furniture that you don’t use: Sell it or give it away
12: Old bikes and bike parts, helmets: They had their day in the sun… now say goodbye.
13: Broken or outdated sporting equipment: Either go work out right now or donate that Nautilus machine to some museum.
14: Car parts and accessories (do you still even own the car for these parts?)
15: Files: Thin them out. Most stuff is outdated.
16: Books: Keep the ones you love, donate the rest.
17: Medicine and Supplies: Discard expired medications and useless or broken supplies, gadgets, etc.
18: Bathroom items: Lotions and soaps from those hotels that you’ll never use, old towels, shower curtains, bath mats, broken fixtures, etc.
19: Expired food or food items you’ll never eat: Free up shelf space for stuff healthy foods you love.
20: Miscellaneous stuff: Office supplies, party supplies, holiday decorations, old hobbies, collectables, camping and hunting gear, and all that stuff you bought on sale because it was too good of a deal (but you didn’t LOVE IT).
And…… anything chipped, broken, outdated, replaced by something newer, useless, damaged, or unused in a year… you know the routine.
Once it’s gone, you will never miss it. Trust me!
One final thought to mediate on regarding Cds, Dvds and Video Games: Do you still like this movie, music or game? Does it reflect who you currently are or want to be? Will you watch, listen or play it again? Getting rid of old media opens the door to allow you to watch movies you’ve never seen, and provides an opportunity to let new music enter your world.
Zumu will buy your old media, help you recycle it or donate proceeds to a good cause on your behalf. Good Karma!
The Zumu philosophy is all about Feng Shui, “Out with the Old. In with the Moo!“
Feng shui, pronounced “fung-SHWAY”, is based on the understanding of the flow of energy (Ch’i) throughout one’s inner and outer life. This ancient Chinese art of placement is believed to affect the fortune of people and is used to create harmony within one’s surroundings. Feng Shui practitioners advocate using de-cluttering techniques to free ourselves of [...]
Who’s the best Cow on the Internet? It’s Zumu! Zumu the Cow is quickly becoming the Celebrity Cow that others dream about. Zumu’s popularity has been attributed to a passion for the environment and helping people make some extra cash! Come LIKE Zumu here!
Zumu is not the first cow to capture the hearts of humans.
Cows have been educating people about great products for decades. Elsie has been a household name in the US for over 150 years, promoting Borden dairy products. But Elsie isn’t the only cow recognized in cow circles throughout the world.
Cows have become famous for making butter for the Original Anchor Butter Company since 1886.
The Happy Cows from California are TV stars promoting Real California Milk. Here are some Cow-lebrities that are making it big in Hollywood.
Happy Cows: Real California Milk TV Ads
Perhaps one of the world’s most famous cows is the Milka Cow, internationally recognized as the purple cow that sells chocolate. Milka even has her own line of merchandise. She sells, everything from backpacks, to pencil cases internationally: www.milka.de/eshop/
In the UK, the Cravendale cows have become famous for making milk that tastes so good, that the cows want the milk back. Let me show you:The Cravendale cows want their milk back!
Popular for decades, most people recognize the Laughing Cow of Bel Brands® by the bright red face and earrings made of cheese.
Most Cow-lebrities have become well-known for promoting dairy products, but then there is Frank the Bull. And to other cows, Frank’s work is no laughing matter. Frank has stirred up quite a bit of controversy by promoting soy products. Yes, the dreaded “S” word. Frank may not be popular among his peers, but he’s getting quite a following from people who prefer non-dairy alternatives to milk.
Other cows, like Zumu, have also crossed the path from the world of dairy advertising, without denouncing milk products. Of recent fame are the Chick-Fila Cows, who promote eating chicken (motivated solely by self-preservation). Who could blame them?
Then there are lesser-known cows that have made names for themselves. Some are local stars that may someday emerge from their markets.
Here are a few cool cows:
Purple Cow Espresso
Brown Cow Pantry
Even though Zumu is gathering Facebook LIKES from people of all ages across the nation, Zumu Cow is humble about all of the success and fanfare. When asked about Zumu’s plans for the future, Zumu was quoted as saying, “Moo, moo, mooooo, moo, moo, moo, mmmmmmmmmooooo, moo, mooooooooooo, moo, moo, moo, moo, moooooo. Out with the Old. In with the Moo.”
Who’s the best Cow on the Internet? It’s Zumu! Zumu the Cow is quickly becoming the Celebrity Cow that others dream about. Zumu’s popularity has been attributed to a passion for the environment and helping people make some extra cash! Come LIKE Zumu here! Zumu is not the first cow to capture the [...]
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Out with the old, in with the moo! That’s what people are saying when it comes to selling and recycling used media.
The pastures are GREENER on the other side. GREEN means more money in your piggy bank and GREEN means good things for planet Earth. That’s what Zumu.co is all about.
Your shelves are probably full of pre-loved CDs, DVDs and Video games that you no longer use or care for any longer. With Zumu’s help, you can de-clutter your house, make some money, and be GREEN.
Yes, now is the time to send your obsolete media out to pasture. And by pasture, I’m not talking about contributing to landfills. I’m talking about GREENER pastures.
Zumu’s pasture is Super-GREEN. Zumu not only recycles your pre-loved media, Zumu pays you cash. Cash that you can use at iTunes for new music (or whatever you like).
Smart people, farm animals and rain forest dwellers agree, when selling or donating used CDs, Dvds and video games, Zumu is the GREENEST choice for your wallet and the planet.
Don’t take my word for it, come see what everyone is mooing about at www.Zumu.co
Out with the old, in with the moo! That’s what people are saying when it comes to selling and recycling used media. The pastures are GREENER on the other side. GREEN means more money in your piggy bank and GREEN means good things for planet Earth. That’s what Zumu.co is all about. Your shelves are [...]
Tune up your bagpipes and break out your dancin’ shoes, cause Pixar’s Brave is coming to town. Brave opens nationally on June 22, 2012! Pixar’s 3-D animation will transport us to the Scottish kingdom of DunBroch where Princess Merida must discover the true meaning of bravery to save her family and the kingdom.
The soundtrack scheduled for release on June 19th promises to authenticate this adventure. Scottish-born, Patrick Doyle will become only the fourth composer to score a Pixar full length feature film. Patrick Doyle’s music brings us to Ancient Scotland by using a variety of instruments from his native land including bagpipes, Celtic Harps, flutes, and solo fiddle..
“I employed many classic Scottish dance rhythms such as reels, jigs and strathspeys, which not only serve the action but keep it authentic,” said Doyle.
This isn’t Doyle’s first gig composing music for the silver screen. In 2011, he composed the music for Marvel’s Thor.
Highlights of the Brave CD will also include an original song performed by UK’s singing sensation Birdy with folk rock band Mumford & Sons. Scottish Gaelic singer, Julie Fowls will also contribute two original songs to the soundtrack.
Photo: PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Records
1. ”Touch the Sky” (Performed by Julie Fowlis)
2. ”Into the Open Air” (Performed by Julie Fowlis)
3. ”Learn Me Right” (Performed by Birdy – with Mumford & Sons)
4. ”Fate and Destiny” Score
5. ”The Games” Score
6. ”I Am Merida” Score
7. ”Remember to Smile” Score
8. ”Merida Rides Away” Score
9. ”The Witch’s Cottage” Score
10. ”Song of Mor’du” (Performed by Billy Connolly and Cast)
11. ”Through the Castle” Score
12. ”Legends Are Lessons” Score
13. ”Show Us the Way” Score
14. ”Mum Goes Wild” Score
15. ”In Her Heart” Score
16. ”Noble Maiden Fair (A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal)” (Performed by Emma Thompson and Peigi Barker)
17. ”Not Now!” Score
18. ”Get the Key” Score
19. ”We’ve Both Changed” Score
20. ”Merida’s Home” Score
Personally, I’m a huge fan of Pixar and everything that John Lasseter has a hand in. I was at the movie theater in 1995 for the opening of Toy Story (nine years before I started having kids). Four children later… I now have the perfect excuse to see Brave and become mesmerized by state-of-the-art animation, creative story lines and great music. Yes, great music. I do have the Cars Soundtrack on my iPod…. featuring James Taylor, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Chuck Berry, Brad Paisley, John Mayer, and Hank Williams. Good stuff.
See you at the movies…. because now… I’m Real Gone. Cars Movie Soundtrack (Sheryl Crow – Real Gone)
Need cash for movie tickets and popcorn? Zumu pays cash for your pre-loved Pixar Dvds, Cds and games.
Tune up your bagpipes and break out your dancin’ shoes, cause Pixar’s Brave is coming to town. Brave opens nationally on June 22, 2012! Pixar’s 3-D animation will transport us to the Scottish kingdom of DunBroch where Princess Merida must discover the true meaning of bravery to save her family and the kingdom. The soundtrack [...]
Five decades of James Bond action and music
Bond. James Bond. Those three words conjure up 50 years of imagery and music. Action, fast cars, cool gadgets, eccentric villains, exotic destinations, iconic songs, beautiful women, and vodka martinis (shaken not stirred).
The best Bond was Sean Connery of course, but others have their favorites: Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig or even David Niven. Yes, Niven played Bond in 1967. He was chosen to play in the spoof of “Casino Royale”.
Which ever Bond actors or movies you liked best, one thing is certain. James Bond has been part of pop culture in the States and across the pond for over 60 years. And the Bond legacy continues. On November 9th, 2012, Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film in the franchise will be released in the US. Skyfall will be the third film to star Daniel Craig as 007 and the first Bond film released in IMAX.
Since November is a several months away (as I write), this summer would be a great time to watch some of those classic Bond flicks that you might not have seen for a long time. You will also want to add Bond theme songs to your music collection on iTunes.
To get you in the mood, play the James Bond theme song as you read on. It debuted in 1962 movie, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery.
Listed below are some of best James Bond Theme Songs.
Paul McCartney & Wings – “Live and Let Die” (1973)
Shirley Bassey – “Goldfinger” (1965)
Carly Simon – “Nobody Does It Better” (1977)
Nancy Sinatra – “You Only Live Twice” (1967)
Duran Duran – “A View to a Kill” (1985)
Shirley Bassey – “Diamonds are Forever” (1972)
Chris Cornell – “You Know My Name” (2006)
Tom Jones – “Thunderball” (1966)
Jack White and Alicia Keys – “Another Way to Die” (2008)
Sheena Easton – “For Your Eyes Only” (1981)
a-ha -”The Living Daylights” (1987)
The John Barry Orchestra “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969)
Matt Monro – “From Russia With Love” (1963)
Rita Coolidge – “All Time High” (1983)
Tina Turner – “Goldeneye” (1995)
Chris Cornell – “You Know My Name” (2006)
Shirley Bassey – “Moonraker” (1979)
Sheryl Crow – “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997)
Garbage – “The World Is Not Enough” (1999)
Lulu – “The Man With the Golden Gun” (1974)
Gladys Knight – “License To Kill” (1989)
Madonna- “Die Another Day” (2002)
For you guys, enough “Male-Bonding” for one day. I’ll leave you with a link to the top 40 Bond girls. Leave a comment and tell us who is your favorite.
Ladies, please tell us who was your favorite Bond, James Bond.
Five decades of James Bond action and music Bond. James Bond. Those three words conjure up 50 years of imagery and music. Action, fast cars, cool gadgets, eccentric villains, exotic destinations, iconic songs, beautiful women, and vodka martinis (shaken not stirred). The best Bond was Sean Connery of course, but others have their favorites: Roger [...]