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Time to fill in your brackets for March Sports Movie Madness

365体育投注Usually, at this time of year, with great hope people are following their brackets for the NCAA March Madness hoops tournament.

With the event’s cancellation — thank you novel coronavirus — fans are left scouring the Internet for quizzes to determine their Disney spirit animal and proper house at Hogwarts.

There have been a few “Fast Food Brackets” circulating in various social media sites as well.

So, in the heart and humor of the season, let me introduce this newspaper’s March Sports Movie Madness Tournament.

The 64 films were picked based on numerous “best-of” lists and seeded according to their average placing on lists.

365体育投注However, there is one exception. In the Gridiron Division, “Rudy” was listed as the top football movie on several sites but the late-night sports editorial board could not abide by this atrocity and knocked it down a couple pegs.

365体育投注The bracket is divided into four divisions: Cager, Gridiron, Diamond and Open.

And while each has the expected top five, a few Cinderella movies — including the aptly titled “Cinderella Man” — have made the roll call, which should make things even more interesting. The occasional documentary also was tossed in to represent a conference tournament upset.

The Diamond Division caused the most discussion as baseball dominates sports movies. Narrowing it down to 16 wasn’t so easy

365体育投注Taking the No. 1 seed is “Bull Durham,” which faces “Sugar,” while “The Bad News Bears” — seeded second — takes on “Fear Strikes out.”

The often-quoted “Field of Dreams” was selected No. 3 and takes on “The Rookie.” This could be a close battle as fans have trouble distinguishing between Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid.

Additional match-ups include, “The Sandlot” versus “42,” “The Natural” and “61*,” “Moneyball” meets “Bang the Drum Slowly,” “Major League” goes against “The Pride of the Yankees” and “A League of Their Own” goes head-to-head with “Eight Men Out.”

In the Cager Division, “White Men Can’t Jump” was the top movie, while “Hoosiers” came in at No. 2. The Ron Shelton comedy/drama takes on Lil Bow Wow in “Like Mike,” while the storied Gene Hackman drama faces off against Michael J. Fox in “Teen Wolf.”

365体育投注Additional match-ups include, “Love & Basketball” versus “Fastbreak,” “Space Jam” against “Hoop Dreams,” “Blue Chips” is challenged by “Finding Forrester,” “He Got Game” versus “The Basketball Diaries,” “Coach Carter” versus “The Air Up There” and “Glory Road” meets “Above the Rim.”

For a sport known for tough guys, the Girdiron Division is full of tear-jerkers. A number of these movies pull on the heart strings, making them some of the tourney’s emotional favorites — maybe not the best feature films but ones you just have to pick because, well, because …

365体育投注Coming in at No. 1 is the 1974 version of “The Longest Yard.” This memorable Burt Reynolds vehicle takes on Tom Cruise in “All the Right Moves” in an epic first-round showdown. The No. 2-seeded “Remember the Titans” takes on “Varsity Blues,” two very different looks at high-school players.

The unlikely football player, “Rudy” — a disappointing third seed to some — takes on the unlikely reincarnation of a football player in “Heaven Can Wait.” The remake of 1941’s “Here Comes Mr. Jordan” stars Warren Beatty.

The Nos. 8 and 9 seeds feature the rough and tumble as “Invincible” takes on “The Last Boy Scout.”

Additional throw-downs include “Undefeated” versus “The Replacements,” “Brian’s Song” against “We Are Marshall,” “The Blind Side” versus “Knute Rockne: All-American” and “Friday Night Lights” favored over “Any Given Sunday.”

365体育投注The Open Division was created to bring in those sports movies that capture viewers’ imaginations, but the actual sport doesn’t have enough movies to warrant its own division.

Similar sports or genres have been grouped together.

365体育投注Coming in at No. 1 was “Slap Shot,” which takes on the Flying V of “The Mighty Ducks.” The winner will take on the victor of the “Seabiscuit” vs. “McFarland, USA.”

365体育投注“Raging Bull,” the No. 2 seed, battles “Cinderella Man,” with the winner taking on the one left standing between “Rocky” and “Million-Dollar Baby.”

In the Olympic subdivision, “Cool Runnings” takes on “Miracle,” while “Eddie the Eagle” looks to avoid trouble from “I, Tonya.”

365体育投注The cult-classic “Caddyshack” goes up against “Tin Cup,” and “Bend it like Beckham” takes the pitch against “Invictus.”

In mock tournament results, the Final Four has featured “Hoosiers,” “Remember the Titans,” “42” and “Cool Runnings,” with the Jamaican’s bobsled team pulling off the win (spoiler: unlike its Olympic venture.)

In the case that all No. 1 seeds reach the Final Four, “Remember the Titans” edged “White Men Can’t Jump” in the final play to reach the title game, and while “Bull Durham” was waxing poetic, “Slap Shot” sent him home early.

In the title tilt, Paul Newman’s eyes and the Hanson Brothers (not the “MMMBop” ones) are too much for the competition and skate away with the title.

Note: Follow @530athletics on Twitter to vote for your favorites. 

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