published Thursday, February 14th, 2013

5-at-10: Who are the top-five sports movies villains?

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Morning gang. From the Disney Studios 5-at-10 satellite office, let's get two. Or five. Pool, pond... Pond would be good for you.

Today's agenda includes a lengthy stay at Disney Studios, and if you think our 5-year-old is stoked to see Lightning McQueen and the gang, well, you couldn't be more right even if you said "Spy was not a fan of the state of the nun address."

That said, if there is a news report from Orlando about 5-year-old being held after taking a swing at Chick Hicks, the good-for-nothing rival of Lightning, well, somebody get Jerry Summers on the horn.

Chick got us thinking about the top-five sports movies villains. Here's our list and remember to send us any top fives you want answered in Friday's High Five Mailbag from Disney.

There are a slew of honorable mentions from Clue Heyward, Ivan Drago, Don Johnson in Tin Cup, Judge Smails, Jay Mohr in Jerry Maguire, the guy with huge boobs in Bloodsport and Bird in Above the Rim.

5) The Judge - The guy behind the scenes in the Natural, which is such a study of good and evil, that the villain gets bonus points for cause.

4) Johnny Lawrence - Yes, saying The Karate Kid is a sports movie is a stretch, but we are making it. Plus, actor Billy Zabka deserves bonus points for being the villain in Back to School.

3) Ivan Drago - This may seem a little low, but Drago, while plenty villainous in his "If he dies, he dies," about Apollo Creed, was more pawn than power. Plus, we all hated the Russians when Rocky IV came out and that magnified Drago as a villain.

2) Roy Turner - The super-competitive Little League dad in Bad News Bears, which ranks among the best sports movies ever, and this side of It's a Wonderful Life and Christmas Carol as the most copied movie/TV formula ever.

1) Clubber Lang - If you think asking Adrian if she needed a real man was not enough, remember that Clubber indirectly killed Mick. Repeat -- he had a hand in Mick's death. Top that Chick Hicks.

about Jay Greeson...

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sportsfan said...

Jay - for the Friday mailbag - What were the five best things about Disney (other than spending time with the family which we all know is number 1)? As for sports bout the coach in the movie One on One? Don't recall the actor or character's name, I just recall he was a very bad influence on young men.

February 14, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.
chas9 said...

Alien slavers in Space Jam. There's Shooter in Happy Gilmore. And when they do the Nerlens Noel biopic, it'll be the functionary in the UK athletic department who ordered the goals with bases too close to the end line.

February 14, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.
TennFlyer said...

White Goodman—Dodgeball. He had Blazer, Laser, and rest of crew ready to beat up on Average Joe's gym. BTW try the Princess Breakfast at the gentleman's club across the street from the Magic Kingdom. Same cost suprisingly.

February 14, 2013 at 11:24 a.m.
chas9 said...

The Hawks own Orlando, Mizzou owns Starkville (Bulldogs had 10 measly points first half), and Jarnell owns the paint.

TF--Do the dancers at the gentlemen's club keep their Mickey ears on? And can you order sunny side up?

February 14, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.
TennFlyer said...

Never noticed the ears -- sorry.

February 14, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Sportsfan -

You are in for Friday.

9er -

Tough break with Nerlens. Dude was really starting to show his merits.


We should have put White on the list. And Lance Armstrong too from Dodgeball cameo.

February 14, 2013 at 11:44 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Ivan Drago is NOT number three on this list. He is top billing, hands down.

The Cobra Khai Sensai was more evil than Johnny Lawrence was. "Sweep the leg".

No mention of the b-word owner in Major League?

Lightening McQueen: While Cars is not a Pixar "classic", it was definitely and enjoyable movie. Plus, where else can you see Larry the Cable Guy and Paul the Salad Dressing Guy on the big screen at the same time? :P

I did not like the sequel all that much but did appreciate Disney's amount of respect to let Doc "pass on" as suppose to have someone else fill that role. Classy.

February 14, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.
BIspy4 said...


Excellent call on Billy Zabka. I'm sure he's had a fine career playing the villain on many a Cinemax or Showtime movie aired after 1 a.m. on the weekends.

Sports movie villains ... hmmm, I'll take Mick from Teen Wolf to block.

And of course, Ben Stiller was White Goodman in ... Dodgeball.

February 14, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.
BIspy4 said...


You got me thinking ... about Craig T. Nelson as the coach in "All The Right Moves"? And I could be wrong, but wasn't Ronny Cox the coach in "One on One"?

February 14, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Stiller in Dodgeball is good, but he is a top notch side-villain as the nursing home orderly in the world renowned golf movie, Happy Gilmore. Some of the more quotable lines in that movie are from his lips.

"Well now your back's gonna hurt, cause you just pulled landscaping duty. Anybody else's fingers hurt? I didnt think so."

"You can trouble me for a warm glass of shut-the-hell-up!"

"You will go to sleep or I will put you to sleep. Check out the name tag. You're in my world now, grandma!"

February 14, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

There is nothing ever quotable from any Adam Sandler movie. As soon we can get North Korea and Iran to stop building the bomb, we need to stop Adam Sandler from creating other such travesties from being foisted upon the public.

February 14, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Nice job gang. Well played all around.

Spy -- Ronny Cox sounds right, and he was the Tom Landry-knock off in North Dallas Forty. So he has. Dual sports villain role, placing him behind Zabka, and Chelcie Ross who is the Duvall of this category., flipping so I'd turns as the villain in Rudy, Last Boy Scout (totally fringe sports movie), Hoosiers ("Leave the ball will you George) and kind of as Eddie Harris in Major League.

Craig T Nelson gets some points, but he finds his soul at the end.

Mick is a great call. And Styles and Bouf would also contend for lists as side kick and girl next door.

962 -

Stiller and Sandlernhave perfected playing themselves in movies and getting paid well to do it.

Rushmore of guys who pretty play themselves as leading actors -- Stiller, Sandler, Vince Vaughn and the modern-day Pacino, provided the modern Pacino is just like the guy from Scent of a Woman.

February 14, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.
rdc919 said...

David Carradine - Death Race 2000

February 14, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.
mcpell3 said...


Great lists.

February 14, 2013 at 4:56 p.m.
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