Crabcakes and Tearjerkers

June 30, 2009 |

I snagged this list of top 10 sports movies that make men cry from But to be honest… sports movies (even Rudy) don’t even come close to making me tear up. The article says I have a heart of coal but I think these guys are just ninnies. But anyways, here’s the list
* Breaking Away – About cycling? Yes. Corny? Yes. But this movie has a special soul. It’ll both pump you up and touch you, which is amazing given the subject. One of the most underrated movies ever.
* Chariots of Fire – Did I say Hoop Dreams was my favorite sports movie? I meant this instead. You’ll either connect with Eric Liddell or Harold Abrahams. One of them is going to have you wiping ‘em away.
* Hoosiers – What more even needs to be said about this movie. The ultimate underdog team sports movie. They keep trying to recreate it, but there’s only one Hoosiers. Gets me every time.
* Any Given Sunday – An amazing movie at times, tremendously flawed one at others. Al Pacino’s legendary pre-game locker room speech might have been his last great performance. That speech gets any guy who played football right in the gut.
* Rocky – The most famous sports movie ever, and there’s a reason. When Rocky’s face has been battered black and blue by the end and he starts yelling “Adrian,” your eyes can’t help but get watery.
* Hoop Dreams – My favorite sports movie ever. You will not find a documentary with this kind of magical narrative anywhere else. I choke up every time I see it, and I watch it at least once every year despite its three-hour running time.
* Million Dollar Baby – A brilliant movie about a girl boxer who shocked the boxing world, and then had the world crash down on her. One of the saddest movies I have ever seen — in any genre.
* Rudy – Before Samwise Gamgee was turning on our eye faucets in LOTR, he was tearing us up as Rudy Ruettiger. Even though I despise Notre Dame, I couldn’t help but root for that dude with all my heart.
* Brian’s Song – This one has the reputation of being the tearjerker of all sports tearjerkers. An amazing story. The true crime here is that so many people haven’t seen it.
* Field of Dreams – A baseball film that’s more about having great passion for something than it is baseball itself. This is one of two Kevin Costner movies I love (along with The Untouchables). I think just about every guy got misty eyed the first time they saw this one.

I’ll tell you what though, that scene in The Waterboy where where Bobby Boucher is in the hospital with his momma and all his fans yell to him from outside… that’ll get me goin every time.

Now for your viewing pleasure: the new Akon video for “Over the Edge” Feat. Shaq

And I leave you with a plea to help William and Mary find a new mascot.

My pick is whatever the hell this thing is.


Tell me that’s not both breathtakingly beautiful yet overwhelmingly terrifying at the same time. I’d root for that mascot even if I was the opposing team.

Comment your picks with links to a picture and maybe we’ll have a tournament to choose the best to submit as WNST’s pick directly to W&M.

Please. For my sake let me know you read my blog.  Plus you know you’ll have fun wasting 15 minutes of your paid work time cruising the internet for something you think can beat out the Wonderful Wolf up there.  Amuse me.