I ranked my top 25 sports movies of all time in a column today. The reason I did this, aside from a wanton desire to rank things, is that Win Win, a movie I saw Sunday, broke into the list at No. 11.
The feedback has been unusual. You've been courteous. It's as if you have the capacity to disagree without turning bitter.
If you do what I do for a living, you encounter a lot of bitter people. I'm talking about people that wake up looking for a reason to be unhappy. They're adept at finding one.
But the readers that challenged my list have been respectful and informed. Each of them suggested at least one movie I omitted.
The three they mentioned the most have to do with baseball: Major League, Bang the Drum Slowly and Eight Men Out.
Eight Men Out almost made the list. Major League briefly was on it. Bang the Drum Slowly, I'll need to see again.
Right behind them was The Longest Yard, both the original, with Burt Reynolds, and the remake, with Adam Sandler (and Burt Reynolds), as well as Brian's Song.
Others: The Replacements, Rudy, The Sandlot, For the Love of the Game, Miracle, All the Right Moves, Remember the Titans, We are Marshall and National Velvet.
Thanks for reading, and for taking time to write.