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Greatest individual performance by a fictional athlete in a movie?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by PeteyPirate, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    I'm not going to check if this one's been done before.

    I'm home sick today and just watched "For Love of The Game," in which the 40-year-old Detroit righthander Billy Chapel, on the back end of a Hall of Fame career and pitching through the pain caused by a recent career-threatening arm injury, throws a perfect game at Yankee Stadium.

    It got me to thinking, was this the best game ever played by an athlete in a movie? Who ya got?
  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member


    Our line starts?
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  3. Jimmie Chitwood.
    Even with Norman Dale's overcoaching.
  4. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Reg Dunlop is the greatest leader in sports movie history.
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  5. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    James Moxin's pinpoint passing helping West Canaan to the district championship, even though the Wing-T-oriented team had never played a spread offense before.

    Dave Stoller riding 180 of the 200 laps of the Little 500, leading the Cutters to victory.
  6. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Steve Nebraska from "The Scout"

    Perfect perfect game -- 81 pitches all strikes.

    Incredibly unrealistic, but it is on celluloid.
  7. Madhavok

    Madhavok Active Member

    Johnathon Moxin?

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  8. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    Jan Michael Vincent as Nanu in "The World's Greatest Athlete" is hard to top.
  9. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Gus, the horse. Kicking 80 - 100 yard field goals with pinpoint precision. Had to overcome having Don Knotts as his coach.

    Even amazed the team announcer, one Mr. Bob Crane. (Well, maybe other parts of Gus amazed Bob, but whatever).
  10. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Gotta be Steve Nebraska. Can't get better than 27 strikeouts on 81 pitches.

    Or, a better one, Rocky Balboa in Balboa-Creed I. Guy knows he's not going to win from the get-go, goes through 15 rounds of hell and comes out smiling on the other side.
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Yup... although I can think of a couple of posters here who would back Gus, the Kicking Mule...
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