The “greatest sports movie ever” debate is about to reach the level where myself and fellow sports writer Chris Whitfield will stop speaking to one another.
Not really, but maybe.
The “After Deadline” sports podcast enters its 15th week and the second round of the “Greatest Sports Movie Ever” tournament. The cupcakes are eliminated. Only 16 films remain.
And there will certainly be some disagreements. Therefore, we need readership help. Send an email to either myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Whitfield (email@example.com) with who you have winning this week. If we disagree on the show, we’ll turn to the readership votes.
Here are the matchups: “Hoosiers” versus “The Sandlot;” “Miracle” versus “Caddyshack;” “Raging Bull” versus “Ali;” “Rocky” versus “Tin Cup;” “Remember the Titans” versus “The Hustler;” “Brian’s Song” versus “For Love of the Game;” “The Natural” versus “Bull Durham;” and “Prefontaine” versus “Field of Dreams.”
There are some tough ones to pick from. Can “The Sandlot” pull off an upset against the No. 1 seed? Should “Caddyshack” even be in the tournament (a debate within the newsroom)? Can Kevin Costner put four movies in the final eight? Is “Field of Dreams” the team no one is talking about but quite possibly could win the entire tournament?
To listen to this week’s show, look online Wednesday afternoon at www.daltonnow.com. The podcast should not be behind the “pay wall,” so anyone not subscribed on the Website won’t use one of the allowed free articles each month. To listen to past episodes — including the first round of the sports movie tournament — visit the website and go to the “sports podcast” section.
Also — and we don’t say this enough — thank you to WTTI 1530 AM for allowing The Daily Citizen to use their recording studio for “After Deadline.” Without the radio station, none of this is possible. Seriously. They are awesome, and deserve an automatic spot in The Daily Citizen’s Hall of Fame, something I created five seconds ago.
Going back to the sports movie tournament, I’m still bitter “Space Jam” was left out of the tournament. How can you leave out Michael Jordan saving the universe — and the lovable Looney Tunes — from the evil, basketball-talent-stealing aliens? Sigh. Some people just don’t understand the greatness and significance of that movie. Let me change topics before I go off like Richard Sherman in a post-game interview with Erin Andrews.
• Registration has started or will take place soon for two local youth teams.
Sign-ups for the Northwest Soccer Academy Belles will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the La Quinta Inn in Dalton. The Belles, a youth club soccer program in Dalton, has under-6, under-8 and under-10 teams. The club has achieved success on the state level, winning the U-17 Georgia President’s Cup.
Registration also has started for the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department’s free youth lacrosse team, Rebel Lacrosse. The team is for ages 8-14 and registration is available at www.MyDRPD.com through Feb. 19. For more information, call Mike Sanderson at (706) 313-2077.
• The National Collegiate Wrestling Association returns this weekend to the trade center in Dalton for the Collegiate Cup Dual Championships.
There will be 16 teams, including two from Georgia (Mercer University and Shorter University), at the event.
The three-day event starts Thursday with a free youth clinic at 6:30 p.m. College matches begin at noon Saturday and continue through Sunday with the finals scheduled for 5 p.m.
• Get ready for a full week on the high school sports scene with only two local-versus-local matchups in the basketball scene.
On Friday, we have the only local-versus-local region contest as Coahulla Creek heads to North Murray with the girls beginning at 7 p.m. The next day, Dalton hosts Murray County with the girls starting at 3 p.m.
For the full list of this week’s schedule, check out the weekly prep schedule.
Devin Golden is a sports writer at The Daily Citizen and also thinks “Major Leaue” should’ve made the “Greatest Sports Movie Ever” tournament’s second round. You can write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org