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Monday, August 26, 2002
Updated: September 2, 9:45 AM ET
Best sports movie moments

Page 2 staff

Today's look at sports cinema focuses on the the best moments from sports films.

Candlesticks were a popular wedding present after "Bull Durham" came out.
Below are Page 2's choices for the best sports moments in film.

We'd like to see which sports movie moment was your favorite, so vote for your choice in the poll at right.

1. The mound conference in "Bull Durham"
Larry (Robert Wuhl) presides over a heap of problems  Nuke's (Tim Robbins) pitching under the pressure of his old man's gaze, Jose's (Rick Marzan) glove is cursed, and what should they get for Jimmy (William O'Leary) and Millie's (Jenny Robertson) wedding. His ad-libbed, "Candlesticks make a nice gift" is seared in our collective consciousness.

2. "Adrian!" "Rocky!" "Adrian!" "Rocky!" "Adrian!" "Rocky!"

3. Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) freshens up in "The Hustler"
Wash your hands, brush your hair, then shoot pool. The first 20 hours or so were just a warmup.

Gene Hackman's Norman Dale brought a soothing calm to the Hickory High team in "Hoosiers."
4. Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) calms his team before the state finals in "Hoosiers"
Got a tape measure? The basket's 10 feet here, too. We got nothing to worry about.

5. Roy Hobbs' (Robert Redford) homer off the light tower at the end of "The Natural"
From the slow-motion delivery of the pitch, to the meeting of bat and ball, to the bursting of the lights, to the music and lighting, everything about how the final scene was just perfect.

6. Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) describes caddying for the Dalai Lama in "Caddyshack"
"So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald ... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one -- big hitter, the Lama -- long, into a 10,000-foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga ... gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the 18th and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice."

7. Dave (Dennis Christopher) races against the truck on his bike in "Breaking Away"

8. George Foreman falls in "When We Were Kings"
Ali, bomaye!

9. Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) plays catch with his dad (Dwier Brown) at the end of "Field of Dreams"

10. Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) teaches a blindfolded Danny (Michael O'Keefe) how to "be the ball" in "Caddyshack"
"Just be the ball, be the ball, be the ball. You're not being the ball Danny."
Danny: "It's hard when you're talking like that."

Also receiving votes:
  • Lou Gehrig's (Gary Cooper) "Today I am the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" speech in "Pride of the Yankees"
  • "There's no cryin' in baseball" scene from "A League of Their Own"
  • Wild Thing (Charlie Sheen) enters from the bullpen in "Major League"
  • Shoeless Joe (D. B. Sweeney) tips his cap in "Eight Men Out"
  • Rocky's (Sylvester Stallone) run through the streets of Philly in "Rocky"
  • Rocky rails at Mickey (Burgess Meredith) as Mickey goes down the stairs in "Rocky"
  • Crash (Kevin Costner) teaches Nuke the clichés in "Bull Durham"