Cincy Jungle: Favorite Football Movie Tournament Begins

Air Bud

We Recently asked you what your favorite football movies were, and you nominated some great ones. Now it's time for the tournament to begin. We're going to go through the movies, which are now seeded from No. 1 to No. 24, and allow you to vote on your favorite to eventually narrow the field down to one movie which will then be known as the greatest football movie in the history of the world, according to Cincy Jungle readers.

The movies were seeded according to their IMDB rankings. If the rankings were tied, we broke the tie by checkout out the box office returns. You may find yourselves surprised by the rankings. I know I was.

Here's what we found:

No. 1 The Blind Side
No. 24 Air Bud: Golden Receiver


No. 2 Brian's Song
No. 23 Necessary Roughness


No. 3 Remember The Titans
No. 22 Little Giants


No. 4 Rudy
No. 21 Semi-Tough


No. 5 Jerry Maguire
No. 20 The Waterboy


No. 6 Friday Night Lights
No. 19 Leatherheads


No. 7 We Are Marshall
No. 18 The Program


No. 8 The Longest Yard (1974)
No. 17 Varsity Blues


No. 9 The Express
No. 16 The Replacements


No. 10 Invincible
No. 15 The Longest Yard (2005)


No. 11 Radio
No. 14 Any Given Sunday


No. 12 North Dallas Forty
No. 13

Gridiron Gang

 

There will be no re-seeding after the first round, which will be named the "Weeding Out the Crap Round," we're going to run this just like the NCAA basketball tournament.

So, without further ado, your first match up:

No.1 The Blind Side versus No. 24 Air Bud: Golden Receiver.

A little about the opponents:

The Blind Side is the touching true story of Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher's struggle from the slums of Memphis, Tenn. through college and eventually to the NFL. The movie recounts the story of how the Tuohy family raised and eventually adopted Oher, enrolled him in school, got him involved in football and eventually enabled him to reach his full potential as an NFL first-round pick.

Memorable quotes:

Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you're not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don't. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn't at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that's pretty salty stuff. That's why courage it's tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you're doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason for you either do something or you don't. It's who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that's pretty good. I think that's what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too.

Air Bud: Golden Receiver is the touching story about a boy and his dog. Oh yeah, the dog can play football. You have to admit, that's pretty damn awesome.

Memorable quotes:

Ruff. Ruff.  GRRRRRRRR.

Will Air Bud take a bite out of Michael Oher's true story or will the heavy weight contender take Bud to the pound? You tell us.

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