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2/20/2009 - Miami Hurricanes
"I consider myself the luckiest man ..." Getty Images

WHEN IT COMES TO THE BEST SPORTING SPEECHES (MOVIES AND REAL LIFE!), WE'LL TAKE LOU GEHRIG'S FAREWELL

Oscars on Sunday should be fun. Consider this: the two front-runners for Best Actor are Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke (here's that Bill Simmons column on The Wrestler), and one of 'em probably wins. (That's what "front-runner" means.) They are both kinda intense as public speakers, so there's a good chance the speech will be memorable. Even though the thanking of personal assistants adds about four hours to Hugh Jackman's life, it's definitely a main reason you watch, right? (For us, it's mostly about Giuliana Rancic, which is why we're still trying to get on The Apprentice). We decided to rank some sporting-context speeches as something for ya to browse over the weekend. Phun! Uh, don't worry, Cuba Gooding Jr is definitely in there. For an exhaustive list of these (with clips!), go here.