With the sports world at a stand-still here are three movies to pass the time
The concerns of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, have had a major impact on this nation, particularly in the sports world as professional, college, high school and youth league sports have been put to a halt.
This virus concerns have forced people to stay in their homes and greatly limit any type of going out due to spread of the virus.
With the sports world on hold, this is a chance to enjoy time with our family now more than ever.
One of my biggest loves along with sports is cinema. I love to watch a good movie. Of course, sports are always a solid go-to for me.
Here are three movies that I recommend for anyone wanting to scratch that sports itch.
Hoosiers (1986): If you want to watch a movie that will help you with basketball on hiatus, this show is perfect. I’ve seen it many times, and my wife and I watched again this week. Gene Hackman plays a basketball coach that’s given a second chance in a small Indiana town. Like many sports movies, it deals with teamwork and overcoming the odds. It doesn’t take long to get sucked into this film about a team and a town trying to get adjusted to life with a new coach. The actor that really stole the show was Dennis Hopper, who played a man with a wealth of basketball knowledge but has a problem with drinking. I know it’s a well-known movie, but I’m not going to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it. If you haven’t seen this movie, check it out. If you have watched, watch it again. It gets better with each viewing.
Eight Men Out (1988): This movie is not only my favorite baseball movie; it’s my favorite sports movie. It depicts a time in America where even the pro athlete struggled to make ends meet. Like all movies, a fan shouldn’t take this as the full fledged gospel of what happen with “The Black Sox Scandal,” but it does give some insight into what might have been going on with members of the Chicago White Sox team at the time they agreed to take payoffs to dump the 1919 World Series against Cincinnati. The movie has great performances through out and is something you can have a discussion with your kids about afterwards. It’s one that will have anybody going through the history books or web browsing to see the full details of the case.
The Replacements (2000): If you love football and you love movies that will put a smile on your face and get you excited about the game, this is a good one. The movie stars Keanu Reaves as a has-been quarterback, and Hackman as a coach brought in to lead a team during a league strike. The movie focuses on teamwork and passion for the game. It has great action on the field and many elements that every fan of football or movies for that matter can enjoy. The cast as a whole does a good job in this pleasant time killer. By the way, Hackman always delivers when he plays a coach.
Andy Collier is the sports editor at the Bolivar Commercial. He can be reached at (662)-843-1830 or by e-mail at email@example.com.