Sweet Sixteen: Football Movies!

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor NFC West / NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

By now I’m sure we are all dying for some sports action.

The NBA season is “on hold,” the MLB should have had opening games this week but they are also “on hold.”

And the most devastating vacancy for most of us in our sports life: No NCAA Basketball Tournament! Where is my MARCH MADNESS?!?!?

Well, in an effort to give you a bit of “Tourny Action,” I’ve created my Sweet Sixteen of Football Movies!

I know most of you would be keeping an eye on your brackets this week, complaining about that 12-over-5 upset you didn’t see coming, or lamenting that your bracket has already been “Busted!”

Never fear – OTFB is here! I know a few other media outlets are doing tournaments featuring sports movies, be we are focused on one thing here: FOOTBALL!

We’ll be doing a “Selection Sunday Show” on social media to set the seeds for each of the 16 movies. Then over the course of the next two weeks, we will conduct twitter polls to determine the winner of each bracket. Feel free to download a bracket from any number of places on the internet and play along! Will your favorite movie make the cut? Or will you get “Busted” after the first round? No contest. No prizes. Just a way to have a bit of fun during these very uniquely trying times!


North Region: True Stories

Brian’s Song (1971)

Rudy (1993)

Remember the Titans (2000)

We Are Marshall (2006)


South Region: High School

Varsity Blues (1999)

All the Right Moves (1983)

The Blind Side (2009)

Friday Night Lights (2004)

West Region: Comedy

Wildcats (1986)

Little Giants (1994)

The Waterboy (1998)

The Replacements (2000)


East Region: Brutally Real

The Longest Yard (1974)

North Dallas Forty (1979)

Any Given Sunday (1999)

Draft Day (2014)


So there are the Sixteen Football Films that made my list. If you haven’t seen some of these, I highly recommend them all. And let’s face it, we’ve got a lot of free time on our hands right now!

Perhaps spending a weekend streaming some of these classics and preparing for next week’s polls would help us all release a little of the stress and boredom we’re all suffering through!

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