TicketCity’s Top 10 Favorite Sports Movies

I’ll never forget the ride to the 2002 volleyball state semifinals, sounded by nearly 40 of my teammates, all high school girls that I had played with for years. Together we had sweat our way through two-a-day workouts, sprints, victories, and just a few losses.

As a ninth-grader lacking hand-eye coordination, I only stepped onto the court during JV games. But on that bus, all of us full with nervous energy, it felt as if there was no junior varsity team, no varisty team, but instead only one united team, all readying to fight the same battle.

Adding to the emotion, Coach Horwatt had chosen to show Remember the Titans as our bus ride entertainment, a movie then only two years old. There’s something about Remember the Titans, and sports movies in general, that appeal even to those that don’t consider themselves athletes or sports fans. Is it the banding together of typically conflicting personalities for the greater good of the team that gets to the viewer? The warm fuzzies you feel when the underdog pulls off victory?

I’m not sure what it is that makes these movies so universally appealing. Even now, as adults far from our time on the field or the court, the TicketCity team still has its favorite sports movies. Below are the top ten recommendations directly to you from the TicketCity staff.

1) Hoosiers

“Hoosiers is the ultimate David vs. Goliath movie. If you work hard, you can achieve anything.” -Chris A., Client Relations

2) Field of Dreams

“This one is a classic. Besides the great storyline and amazing cast, this one is my favorite because it shows the bond that baseball can create.” -Gene G., Client Relations; Also recommended by Randy Cohen, CEO.

3) Caddyshack

“One of the funniest movies ever made, certainly the funniest sports movie. Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield & Ted Knight are at their best in Caddyshack.  You can see it a hundred times and the dialogue is still just as funny as the first time you watched it.” -Zach A., COO; Also recommended by Brian W., Sales.

4) Rocky IV

“Great movie for the time period.  You  have USA vs. Russia, sports science vs. old fashioned true grit training, man vs. a machine, and revenge.  A lot of themes going on.” -Rafael R., CSO

5) Dodgeball

“Because if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” -Eric L., Marketing

6) Bad News Bears

This is an all-time favorite of Lou C., VP of Purchasing.

7) Happy Gilmore

“Bob Barker kicks Adam Sandler’s butt. Do I even need a second reason to love this movie?!” -Kendall L., Sales

8) White Men Can’t Jump

“I love “White Men Can’t Jump” because it avoids the platitudes that most sports flicks run into, namely that conflict between men, races, genders and friends needs just “one big game” or “one big moment” to be overcome. It also brought the “We goin’ to Sizzler”/Cabbage Patch-mix onto the pop culture scene.” -Alex F., Marketing

9) The Natural

“In the movie Roy shows us his heart and passion for baseball and helps us realize we need to love and cherish our passions in life and if we do that, we will have the ultimate success.” -Randy Cohen, CEO

10) Rudy

“Rudy never, ever gives up. This is a true classic.” -Kelley R., Marketing

TicketCitians Make Their College Bowl Picks!

With the bowl season underway tomorrow, we’ve decided to pool our brainpower of all things college football and picks all the bowl games this year! BYU and Boise State were the only clear-cut favorites across the board, while SMU and Auburn were a pick away from unanimity. Have a great weekend, and enjoy the games!

 
 
Randy Cohen, CEO

Chris Anderson, Sales

Kelley Rochna,
Marketing Manager

Zach Anderson,
COO

Ashley Cates,
Office Manager

Clark Kothlow, CFO
Nick Gallardo,
Dir. of Technology

New Mexico Bowl
BYU Cougars vs.UTEP Miners

BYU Cougars
BYU Cougars
BYU Cougars
BYU Cougars
BYU Cougars
BYU Cougars
BYU Cougars
uDrove Humanitarian Bowl
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno State Bulldogs
Northern Illinois Huskies
Northern Illinois Huskies
Fresno State Bulldogs
Northern Illinois Huskies
Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno State
Bulldogs

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Ohio Bobcats vs. Troy Trojans

Ohio Bobcats
Troy Trojans
Ohio Bobcats
Troy Trojans
Ohio Bobcats
Troy Trojans

Troy Trojans
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg Bowl
Louisville Cardinals vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
Louisville Cardinals
Louisville
Cardinals
Southern Mississippi
Golden Eagles
Southern Mississippi
Golden Eagles
Southern
Mississippi
Golden Eagles
Louisville
Cardinals
Louisville
Cardinals
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Utah Utes vs. Boise State Broncos
Boise State Broncos
Boise State Broncos
Boise State Broncos
Boise State Broncos
Boise State
Broncos
Boise State
Broncos
Boise State
Broncos
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia
San Diego State Aztecs vs. Navy Midshipmen
Navy
Midshipmen
Navy
Midshipmen
Navy
Midshipmen
Navy
Midshipmen
Navy
Midshipmen
San Diego State Aztecs
Navy
Midshipmen

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii Warriors vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

Hawaii Warriors
Hawaii Warriors
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
Hawaii Warriors
Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
Little Caesars Bowl
Florida International Golden Panthers vs. Toledo Rockets
FIU Golden Panthers
Toledo Rockets
FIU Golden Panthers
Toledo Rockets
FIU Golden Panthers
FIU Golden Panthers
FIU Golden Panthers
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Air Force Falcons vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech
Yellow Jackets
Air Force
Falcons
Georgia Tech
Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech
Yellow Jackets
Air Force
Falcons
Georgia Tech
Yellow Jackets
Air Force
Falcons
Champs Sports Bowl
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. NC State Wolfpack
NC State Wolfpack
West Virginia Mountaineers
NC State Wolfpack
West Virginia
Mountaineers
NC State
Wolfpack
West Virginia
Mountaineers
West Virginia Mountaineers
Insight Bowl
Missouri Tigers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Missouri Tigers
Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa Hawkeyes
Missouri Tigers
Missouri Tigers
Missouri Tigers
Iowa Hawkeyes
Military Bowl Pres. By Northrop Grumman
Maryland Terrapins vs. East Carolina Pirates
Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Terrapins
Maryland
Terrapins
East Carolina
Pirates
East Carolina
Pirates
Texas Bowl
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Baylor Bears
Baylor Bears
Baylor Bears
Baylor Bears
Baylor Bears
Baylor Bears
Illinois
Fighting Illini
Baylor Bears
Valero Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Arizona Wildcats
Oklahoma State
Cowboys
Oklahoma State
Cowboys
Oklahoma State
Cowboys
Oklahoma State
Cowboys
Arizona
Wildcats
Oklahoma State
Cowboys
Arizona
Wildcats
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
SMU Mustangs vs. Army Black Knights
SMU Mustangs
SMU Mustangs
Army Black Knights
SMU Mustangs
SMU Mustangs
SMU Mustangs
SMU Mustangs
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Syracuse Orange vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State
Wildcats
Kansas State
Wildcats
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Tennessee Volunteers
North Carolina
Tar Heels
North Carolina
Tar Heels
North Carolina
Tar Heels
Tennessee Volunteers
North Carolina
Tar Heels
North Carolina
Tar Heels
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Washington Huskies
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Washington Huskies
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska
Cornhuskers
Meineke Car Care Bowl
South Florida Bulls vs. Clemson Tigers
Clemson Tigers
Clemson Tigers
Clemson Tigers
Clemson Tigers
Clemson Tigers
South Florida
Bulls
South Florida
Bulls
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Miami Hurricanes vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Miami
Hurricanes
Notre Dame
Fighting Irish
Notre Dame
Fighting Irish
Miami
Hurricanes
Miami
Hurricanes
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame
Fighting Irish
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Georgia Bulldogs vs. UCF Knights
Georgia
Bulldogs
Georgia
Bulldogs
Georgia
Bulldogs
Georgia
Bulldogs
UCF Knights
Georgia
Bulldogs
UCF Knights
Chick-fil-A Bowl
Florida State Seminoles vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
South Carolina
Gamecocks
Florida State Seminoles
Florida State Seminoles
Florida State
Seminoles
Florida State
Seminoles
South Carolina
Gamecocks
Florida State
Seminoles
TicketCity Bowl
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Northwestern Wildcats
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Northwestern
Wildcats
Outback Bowl
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Florida Gators
Florida Gators
Penn State
Nittany Lions
Florida Gators
Florida Gators
Penn State
Nittany Lions
Penn State
Nittany Lions
Penn State
Nittany Lions
Capital One Bowl
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan State Spartans
Alabama
Crimson Tide

Alabama
Crimson Tide

Alabama
Crimson Tide

Alabama
Crimson Tide
Michigan State Spartans
Alabama
Crimson Tide

Michigan State
Spartans
Gator Bowl
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Michigan Wolverines
Michigan Wolverines
Mississippi State
Bulldogs
Mississippi State
Bulldogs
Michigan Wolverines
Michigan Wolverines
Mississippi State
Bulldogs
Mississippi State
Bulldogs
Rose Bowl Game Presented By VIZIO
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Wisconsin Badgers
TCU
Horned Frogs
Wisconsin
Badgers
TCU
Horned Frogs
Wisconsin
Badgers
Wisconsin
Badgers
TCU
Horned Frogs
Wisconsin
Badgers
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Connecticut Huskies
Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma
Sooners
Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma Sooners
Connecticut
Huskies
Oklahoma
Sooners
Oklahoma
Sooners
Discover Orange Bowl
Stanford Cardinal vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Stanford
Cardinal
Virginia Tech Hokies
Stanford
Cardinal
Virginia Tech Hokies
Stanford
Cardinal
Stanford
Cardinal
Stanford
Cardinal
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State Buckeyes
Arkansas Razorbacks
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State
Buckeyes
Ohio State
Buckeyes
GoDaddy.com Bowl
Miami of Ohio Redhawks vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Middle Tennessee
Blue Raiders
Miami of Ohio
Redhawks
Miami of Ohio
Redhawks
Miami of Ohio
Redhawks
Middle Tennessee
Blue Raiders
Miami of Ohio
Redhawks
Miami of Ohio
Redhawks
AT&T Cotton Bowl
Texas A&M Aggies vs. LSU Tigers
LSU Tigers
LSU Tigers
Texas A&M Aggies
LSU Tigers
LSU Tigers
LSU Tigers
LSU Tigers
BBVA Compass Bowl
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky
Wildcats
Kentucky Wildcats
Pittsburgh
Panthers
Pittsburgh
Panthers
Kentucky
Wildcats
Pittsburgh
Panthers
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Boston College Eagles vs. Nevada Wolfpack
Nevada
Wolfpack
Nevada
Wolfpack
Nevada
Wolfpack
Boston College Eagles
Nevada
Wolfpack
Nevada
Wolfpack
Nevada
Wolfpack
Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks
Auburn Tigers
Auburn Tigers
Auburn Tigers
Auburn Tigers
Auburn Tigers
Auburn Tigers
Oregon Ducks