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  • 10 Best SportsCenter Commercials of All Time
    By: Michael Griffin Sep 05, 2013
    ESPN Ever since they debuted, ESPN's SportsCenter commercials have always been neat slices of humor that allows the athletes to poke fun at their own image and pop culture. It's been nearly 20 years since they first debuted, so here are 10 of the best ones. It's not a true 1-10 ranking: I love them all so much I can't pick one as being better than another. 1.  Roger Clemens: Still Got It They had him prove that the 1994 hadn't affected his fastball in a most unusual way . 2. Stephen King: Human Generator Anything with the King of Horror is going to be awesome.  3. David Ortiz: Betrayal Oh, poor Wally the Green Monster...poor, poor Wally.  4. Albert Pujols: The Machine Pujols does a hilarious take on The Terminator.  5. Steve Irwin: Gator Wrestling May he rest in peace, but this is so hilarious.  6. Floyd Mayweather: Punching Bag It's the last two punches that really make it.  7. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: Directions Forget about stopping somewhere and asking for different directions.  8. Peyton and Eli Manning: Family Tour You KNOW this is how life was when they were growing up.  9. Maria Sharapova: Cafeteria Oh, like you'd save the seat for Stuart Scott, right. 10. The Kid: Not Ready Yet Highlighting the dangers of leaving school too early to go pro.  Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Lamar Odom Finally Checks Into RehabTop 10 Sports Movie Quotes10 Best Sports Movies of All Time From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Top 10 Sports Movie Quotes of All Time
    By: Michael Griffin Sep 05, 2013
    Orion Pictures   Every movie has its quotable moments, but sports movies are the best. They can inspire even more than regular movies. Here are 10 that may get you to jump out of your chair and do 10 pushups right away. Or something like that.   1. Field of Dreams "The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time." - When reading this, people are legally obligated to use James Earl Jones' bass voice.   2. A League of Their Own  "Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!" --  Tom Hanks' Jimmy Duggan was in need of sensitivity training when talking to his female players.    3. Rocky "You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!" - Mickey's promise to Rocky while training him could have been dangerous if true. At the very least, you'd hate to be in the next stall.   4. Slap Shot "I'm listening to the f-----g song!" - Steve Hanson's reply to the referee giving him a warning during the national anthem about possibly dirty play never fails to make me laugh. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one.) 5. Raging Bull "You didn't get me down, Ray." -- Jake LaMotta's retort to Sugar Ray Robinson after their fight shows Robert De Niro at his best.  6. Bull Durham "Wow. Anything that goes that far needs a stewardess on it." -- Truth be told, I could just have nine Bull Durham quotes here and they'd all be great. Crash Davis' explanation to Nuke LaLoosh about just playing and not thinking things too deeply is sage advice indeed. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one.) 7. CaddyShack "IT'S IN THE HOLE!!" -- Too bad some idiot co-opted Carl Spackler's quote and made it "GET IN THE HOLE!" whenever Tiger Woods was about to shoot.  8. The Sandlot "You're killing me, Smalls!" -- This might be the most-used catchphrase in the history of ever.  9. Chariots of Fire "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." - Many people could say the same thing about what their best talent makes them feel like.  10. Major League "Juuuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside." -- Bob Uecker's character, announcer Harry Doyle, makes me crack up every time I hear his play-by-play of Ricky Vaughn's first pitch. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one) Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Top 5 Comedy Central Roast Moments10 Best Sports Movies of All Time10 Old-School Athlete TV Cameos From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 10 Best Sports Movies of All Time
    By: Michael Griffin Sep 04, 2013
      MGM   Over the decades, sports movies have been either hit or miss, with a good portion of them missing. What makes it so tough is that the rhythms and nuances of sports is hard to capture on film without seeming contrived. These movies did that.    1. Rocky     Sylvester Stallone's tale of an underdog boxer still rings triumphant even years later.  2. Bull Durham The best movie about baseball, with some of the best lines about the sport in any movie ever. "I'm the player to be named later," indeed. 3. Raging Bull Robert De Niro is a tour de force as Jake La Motta - and it's also amazing how committed he was to the role with his weight gain at the end.  4. Field of Dreams This is a great film despute Ray Liotta's unwillness to even fake hitting lefthanded like Shoeless Joe Jackson did in real life.  5. Chariots of Fire Admit it: the theme song makes you want to run barefoot on the beach.  6. A League of Their Own Yes, even Madonna did a more than passable job of acting in this movie about women playing in their own professional baseball league.  7. Miracle Most movies with this kind of ending would be ridiculed for being too hokey. Funny thing is that's it's from real life. I'm also biased since some members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team went to my alma mater, Boston University. 8.  Hoosiers Gene Hackman gives the performance of a career in this movie. A must-see if you're a basketball fan.  9. Any Given Sunday C'mon... Football? Al Pacino? Sold! 10. Slap Shot Another great hockey movie - and one of the most wickedly funny ones too.  Follow @Hollywood_com // More:10 Athlete TV Cameos from the 1980s and '90s5 Great Celebrity/Athlete InteractionsLeBron James Develops New Sitcom? From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 10 Athlete TV Cameos from the 1980s and '90s
    By: Michael Griffin Sep 04, 2013
     NBC   Let's have a look back at the days when -- why not? -- a sports star could awkwardly play himself on a sitcom. 1. Keith Hernandez on Seinfeld This is possibly the best story arc of the show - which is impressive, since the show was famously 'about nothing.'   2. Kevin McHale on Cheers McHale did a better job as an actor than he has as a NBA general manager and coach. Maybe he should see if his agent can get him any work.   3. Derek Jeter/Bernie Williams on Seinfeld Jeter did a much better job on here than his wooden stint on Saturday Night Live. Bernie Williams showed he was a better guitar player than actor.   4. Paul O'Neil on Seinfeld When it came to athlete cameos in the '80s and '90s, Seinfeld had the market down on lock - Entourage took over in the next decade.    5. Reggie Jackson on The Jeffersons This was a precursor to Jackson's stellar performace in The Naked Gun.   6. Michael Jordan on SNL Jordan deserves a mention just for keeping a straight face during his segment with Al Franken's Stuart Smalley character.   7. Joe Namath on The Simpsons Namath had already appeared on The Brady Bunch almost two decades before, but he redeemed himself in this voiceover work.   8. Bo Jackson on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Bo Knows Comedy.   9. Don Mattingly on The Simpsons Mattingly's fu manchu mustache overwhelmed everyone on one of the show's all-time finest episodes.   10. Barry Bonds on Beverly Hills, 90210 Bonds before the whole bulked up body and steroid accusations.  Follow @Hollywood_com // More:5 Great Celebrity/Athlete InteractionsLeBron James Develops New Sitcom?5 Coolest Band Cameos In Movies From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • 5 Great Celebrity/Athlete Interactions
    By: Michael Griffin Sep 04, 2013
    Splash News     Celebrities are fans like us, except they can do things that we can't: like have a better chance at interacting with our favorite players.    1. Danny DeVito/Nick Punto The diminutive DeVito went to a Dodgers game in 2013 while wearing a Punto jersey. He then saw Punto hit a home run and was able to talk with Punto during the game. 2.  Spike Lee/Reggie Miller During those heated New York Knicks/Indiana Pacers playoff games in the '90s, Spike Lee and Miller, the superstar gunner for the Pacers, had some hilarious back-and forths during the games. Such moments included Miller's infamous choke sign at the Knicks' bench and Lee. 3. Jack Nicholson/Almost Everyone in the NBA From Jack, the Lakers' #1 fan, laughing hysterically at a player's mohawk to giving a rival play the evil eye, few celebs rule courtside like him. 4. Kobe Bryant/Chris Rock This moment was great for not what happened, but what didn't happen: Chris Rock was trying to shoot the breeze with Kobe during a timeout and Bryant was so locked in on the game, he ignored the comedian. Maybe he gave Rock fodder for his next act.   5. Cameron Diaz/Alex Rodriguez This wasn't exactly like the others, but the moment caught on film with Cameron Diaz feeding her then boyfriend popcorn during the Packers/Steelers Super Bowl was so...corny. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Bill Murray Goes To AfghanistanJared Harris Joins 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'The Bare and the Bold: 2012's Best Movie Sex Scenes   From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)