ESPN.com has a funny piece on the greatest sports quotes in movies of all time. Now, not all of these were sports movies....instead they were sports-related quotes during the movie. Check out the whole list: ESPN.com: Page 3 - Top 100 sports movie quotes
I've taken a few of my favorites off the list just to chat a little about them.
"I must break you." -Rocky IV
I was, I think, in my pre-teens when this movie came out. Still the best line in the movie. Of course, Adrian screaming out "You can't win!!!!" is all the more meaningful to me now because that would suck if your wife didn't believe in you like that. Nothing beats Dolph Lungren spitting this line out then hammering the gloves.
"I love Brian Piccolo. And tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him." -Brian's Song
First time I ever saw this movie was actually in health class. See, "Health Class" is usually taught by the gym teachers. And those gym teachers were usually coaches of our sporting team. This particular year, my health class was taught to me by my football coach [who only knew me by my last name]. Imagine a fit Denny Green in those Bike coaches shorts. So, he threw this movie in because it was football and a disease all in one movie. Awesome movie....and one of the saddest speaches.
"It's in the hole!" -Caddyshack
I am a Caddyshack nerd. And thank God I married a Caddyshack nerd. This is the one line ESPN used [along with "Noonan!] that I loved from the movie...but any real male from the ages of 25-50 can quote that movie line for line.
I'm more of a Color Of Money man myself....but I basically lived my teenage years in a pool hall. And this movie was pretty much to pool what "Days Of Thunder" is to the Nascar fans.
"I'll tell you what. Why don't we take all these bricks and build a shelter for the homeless, so maybe your mother will have a place to stay?" -White Men Can't Jump
I've slept on this movie in my later years. This is one of those movies that I need to watch every year or so just to get it back in my mind. I mean, it will play in the background and I can still spit the lines. "We goin' to Sizzler!" "Man, now you robbing me!"
"All I want to do is race, Daddy." -3
God.....ESPN must have put that commerical for that movie on every single station break. And in every single commerical...that line was screeching in my ears. "That's all I want" is the only other line I know in that movie...and that is because it comes right after it.
"Lamar is a master of aerodynamics. He has engineered the javelin to complement his limp-wristed throwing style." -Revenge of the Nerds
My wife and I can watch this movie non-stop. The Japanese student on the tricycle was funnier...and the Lambda-Omega Mu party was classic. But the best is this exchange: Gilbert "I met a nice girl"...Booger "Did you get in her pants?"...Gilbert "She's not that kind of girl, Booger."....Booger "Why? Does she have a penis?"
"I'll make it." -Hoosiers
The classic moment in every kid's dream. With everything on the line....the shot is coming to you.
"Uh, Lord, hallowed be thy name. May our feet be swift; may our bats be mighty; may our balls be plentiful. Lord, I'd just like to thank you for that waitress in South Bend. You know who she is ? she kept calling your name. And God, these are good girls, and they work hard. Just help them see it all the way through. OK, that's it." -A League of Their Own
The best part of this movie is when he went out to tip his cap on opening day. But this is classic!
"People always say to me, 'When you get to the NBA, don't forget about me.' Well, I should've said back, 'If I don't make it to the NBA, don't you forget about me.' " -Hoop Dreams
Every now and then....watch this movie. Heck, this should be shown to EVERY high school and college student around this time of year.
"U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi! You ugly! You ugly! Yo momma said you ugly!" -Wildcats
I need to find this on DVD. "Football....it's the sport of kings...better than diamond rings...football." There is a guy at my work that looks like the coach [not Goldie!!]
"Hey, Yankees, you can take your apology and your trophy and shove 'em straight up your ass!" -The Bad News Bears
Gotta love the beer showers the Bears had.
"Put it in the face!" -Coming to America
Oh my God. One of my favorite movies of all time. But, nothing beats the conversation in barbershop over boxing. Well, the one over Martin Luther King.
"If he had held the ball laces out like he's supposed to, Ray would never have missed that kick. Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell!" -Ace Ventura
"They look like little footballs!". While Ace Ventura isn't a sports movie...it was centered around the Miami Dolphins.
"... Whose bright strips and broad stars, in the perilous night. O'er the ramparts we watched, as the da da da da da da. And the rocket's red glare, lots of bombs in the air ..." -The Naked Gun
Is there anything better than that Mariners-Angels game??? And that was when they were the California Angels!
"Pick me out a winner, Bobby." -The Natural
Love this flick. I think everyone is in it too.
"I'm out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes." -Airplane!
Best athlete cameo better. Worst acting...but best cameo.