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The Zamboni has come and gone and the
ice is flawless, so you know what that means: time for the second period to
begin in Sports Movie Madness. The results are in and four newly matched
challengers have laced up. Grab that foam finger and have your say in Round 2!
First off, let’s quickly recap for
those of you new to the tournament. In the Sports Movie Madness tournament,
there are seven sports and one mega-category of miscellaneous sports, so eight
regions total. This is the Hockey Region. Below are the four hockey films
remaining after the first round of voting. There are two matchups based on
our original seeds, and your job is to pick which movie you deem worthy of
winning each matchup. Simply enter
a comment by Sunday at 5:00 pm with the two movies you think should win each
matchup (once again, not any two movies, but one of the two movies going
up against each other, so no voting for The Mighty
Ducks and Slap Shot, only one or the other) and your votes count! After a winner
is determined in each region, those films will face off against one
another until we have a winner!
Like a matchup between the Edmonton
Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks, there were to be no surprises in the winners
of our first round. Pee-wee favorite The
Mighty Ducks swept the equally deserving but little scene French film Les Boys. So was the same fate for
non-hockey, hockey flick, Sudden Death.
This next matchup will be the real test for what are classics of this genre and
these films’ inherently unique styles and themes should make for a great game.
To vote, look at the matchups below and leave a comment at the end. There’s the
buzzer, what are you waiting for?
1 The Mighty Ducks def. 8
Shot def. 5 D2: The Mighty Ducks
2 Miracle def. 7 Sudden
1 The Mighty Ducks vs. 4 Slap Shot
An interesting matchup
develops here with the (mostly) innocent versus the foul-mouthed, beginning
Mighty Ducks. There are clearly fond memories abound regarding this
underdog tale of a failing pee-wee team excelling over the atypical guidance of
their coach. This film remains the kind of wholesome but funny sports flick
that gets passed down through generations and seems to strike a chord every
Certainly not for kids, Slap Shot is a 70`s gem
that has lost little of its power over the decades and capably pokes fun at the
violence of the sport while fully embracing hockey’s spirit and energy. Paul
Newman is a lasting star and a great talent in any genre and he makes the most
of his role as Reggie Dunlop and clearly pushes this genre entry into the oh-so
important memorable realm (or dare I say classic).
2 Miracle vs. 3 Mystery,
Never underestimate the
power of a straight-shooting, inspirational sports tale based on real events; Miracle
is one of those entries that substantiate such a statement and is able to
energize and inspire in unison. Strong central performances serve as the
backbone of this West versus East clash and even though I may be North of the
border, I can appreciate the appeal of a patriotic offering.
Certainly not the fiery,
fist-pump inspiring film that Miracle is,
does however use its more dramatic and somber tone to palatable effect and
twists sports movie conventions enough to become something more. A younger
Russell Crowe carries with him a lot of mainstream appeal as well and if past
tabloid headlines have told us anything, we can certainly believe he could hold
his own in a hockey scrap or two.