Ray Liotta, who played Shoeless Joe Jackson in field of dreamsdied Thursday at age 67. In honor of Liotta, we watched the best sports movies of all time during Friday Live PFT.
We did it in draft form, with Peter King and yours truly going back and forth through three rounds.
There have been plenty of great sports movies over the years. (There were a few that weren’t so good, too.) And we all have a fond memory associated with seeing one of them, right?
Although I went with Rocky II on the original Rocky as my pick in the category of greatest sports movies of all time (the moment Adrian woke from a coma and told Rocky to “WIN!” is my favorite movie moment), one of the greatest memories of my childhood just saw Rocky with my dad. I didn’t know anything about it; my father came home from his bar one evening (he was a bookmaker) and wanted to go see him. But it was a school night. Things like this have never happened on a school night.
My mother surprisingly didn’t object. So we left. And it was great. All about it. And then, to top it off, we walked across the street from the Coronet Theater in my hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia, to a new pizzeria. I can’t remember the name of this one. I don’t think it stayed open very long. But I still remember how that pizza looked, smelled, tasted. Even now, 46 years later.
Maybe the original Rocky should have been my first choice, after all. Some of my fondest childhood memories include going to the movies with my dad. And the best of those memories happened the night we saw Rocky Balboa fight Apollo Creed in a fight far more compelling than any real fight I’d ever watched.