The fictional Hall of Fame rolls on
It’s been about a year-anda-half since this sports scribe inducted the inaugural class of the fictional athlete Hall of Fame.
Featuring world champs, peewee league all-stars and the perhaps the best movie driver of all-time, the class tried to touch on some of the icon of sports fictional cinema.
These guys overcame the odds to win championships and probably all got the girl at the end of the film.
For those who don’t know, that inaugural class included:
• Rocky Balboa;
• Charlie Conway;
• Roy Hobbs;
• Crash Davis;
• Ricky Vaughn;
• Jimmy Chitwood;
• Reg Dunlop;
• Shane Falco;
•Ricky Bobby; and
• Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez So, who’s next in line for the hallowed induction?
Going into the second class induction into The Compass’ fictional Hall of Fane, we’ve decided to switch things up around here. In the sports movie world, there are characters worthy of being included who aren’t scoring the big goals.
They’re often guiding the athletes in hilarious fashion or with a ruthless guile that just grips the viewer.
With that in mind, myself and the other members of the committee — OK, it’s just me — are adding in wings for managers, builders, teams and officials.
That opens plenty of possibilities to give those who guide or fictional sports heroes to glory. Guys and girls like Rachel Phelps (Major League), Lou Brown (Major League), Annie Savoy (Bull Darham) and others are all integral to the success of any fictional athlete or team.
Everyone and anyone in- volved in a sports movie that didn’t exist in real life is on the table. There are no limits. Even present day Dennis Rodman is in the running, because let’s face it, he’s a caricature of the real Dennis Rodman
Without further adieu, here’s the 2016 class of the fictional sports Hall of Fame:
First up is the former pro golfer who turns his game around with the help of a clinical psychologist and makes a run at the U.S. Open title in dramatic fashion. He barely missed the cut in 2014 and he makes up for it now.
The heart soul of a Cleveland Indians team that wasn’t supposed to amount to much of anything get his spot amongst the greats.
He picked up the big hit, got the girl and pulled his team into
the playoffs. • Dorothy "Dottie" Hinson A League of Their Own”
The second catcher of this class and the first female inductee played a pivotal role in this flick about an all-women pro baseball league during the Second World War.
•Lou Brown "Major League"
Armed with plenty of memorable one-liners, a penchant for urinating on players’ contracts and the will to stand naked in front of his owner earns Brown a spot in the hall.
Major League wouldn’t have been quite the same movie without him. • Gordon Bombay "The Mighty Ducks"
The Minnesota Miracle Man took a rag tag bunch of peeweeaged hockey players and turned them into a winner. The classic redemption story, Bombay gets inducted for his perseverance and for teaching the triple deke to Charlie Conway. Teams
• The Mighty Ducks In the first team induction, the original Mighty Ducks gets in first.
We can see teams like the Bad News Bears, the Sandlot boys or the Little Giants all getting a nod.
But, it’s the original Mighty Ducks who take it here. The former district 9 nothings defeated the formidable Hawks in the finals. That’s good enough for us.
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