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5/16/2007 02:03:00 PM

Best looking wives/girlfriends in sports movies

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Did sports prefer Rene Russo is Major League or Tin Cup?
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By Andy Gray

Imagine Bull Durham without Susan Sarandon or White Men Can't Jump without Rosie Perez. It just isn’t the same. Why? Because like any other movie genre, sports films need an attractive lead to keep the attention of its male audience and reel females into the theater. And if you're going to cast a female as a lead, there's no reason to not make her incredibly hot. After all, this is the movies, a magical place where anything can happen ... and any regular Joe can get the girl of his dreams. So to celebrate the sports movie babes, we bring you the five hottest wives/girlfriends from a sports film:

5. Lynn Wells (Rene Russo), Major League: With all due respect to Stacy Carroll (aka Mrs. Roger Dorn), Russo's film debut was in a word, perfect. Sure, she didn't sleep with both halves of a pitcher-catcher battery as Sarandon did in Bull Durham, but she managed to be likable, sexy and not a complete drain on the plot.

4. Lacy Underall (Cindy Morgan), Caddyshack: Was she really anyone's girlfriend? Not quite, but how could we create this list and not include the fabulous Lacy Underall? Not only was she one of the greatest characters in cinematic history, but she was flat-out hot, not '80s hot like Goldie Hawn in Wildcats or Jodie Foster in Stealing Home, but hot even by today's more rigid standards.

3. Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue), Karate Kid: The classic "girl next door" who inspired a nation of males to take up the karate in hopes of snagging a girl like Mills. And don't tell me you didn't rent Leaving Las Vegas at some point in the last decade for the chance to see Shue. Or maybe that was just me…

2. Darcy Sears (Ali Larter), Varsity Blues: Three words: Whipped cream bikini. Need I say more?

1. Tenley Parrish (Jessica Biel), Summer Catch: An underrated girl from an underrated movie. We encourage you to check out this scene if you have any problems with my selection of Ms. Biel for the top spot.

Those are our picks. Who’s in your top five?
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Posted: May 17, 2007 1:42 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
how can you leve off Kathey Ireland? hottest of them all!
Posted: May 17, 2007 2:30 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Judge Smails wife? She was really something before electricity.
elizabeth shue is the bomb bud
Posted: May 17, 2007 2:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Probably too old for you to remember but how about Gwen Verdon as the temptress in 'Damn Yankees' - not too bad for an old bird!
Posted: May 17, 2007 2:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Halle Berry in The Program?
Posted: May 17, 2007 3:35 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
no way, Kelly Preston in the movie For the love of the game with Kevin Costner was the hottest girl in a sports movie, she is every man's dream to bring home to mom
Posted: May 17, 2007 3:49 PM   by Anonymous Bundy
Kelly Preston as Avery Bishop in Jerry Maguire
Posted: May 17, 2007 4:40 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
watching the Jessica Biel movie made me think...whatever happened to Freddie Prinze Jr.?
Posted: May 17, 2007 4:41 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Elizabeth Banks in Seabiscuit? Not quite the same as the "park my bike in it" scene from 40y-o Virgin, but she's smokin hot, regardless
Posted: May 17, 2007 4:41 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Uh...Kelly Preston in "Jerry Maguire."

This should be #1, if nothing else for the way she talks. She's pretty darn fine too.
Posted: May 17, 2007 4:52 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Replacements
- the head cheerleader
- bartender Giants fan
The Program
- Halle Berry
Posted: May 17, 2007 5:02 PM   by Anonymous MoneyCy
Where's Kelly Preston?!?
She could be twice nominated for this list! Jerry Maguire (one of the greatest movie lines ever!) and For Love of the Game!
Posted: May 17, 2007 5:31 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Not faulting your selections, but what about Cynthia Gibb in Youngblood?
Posted: May 17, 2007 5:32 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Linda Fiorentino (Carla) in Vision Quest, Kelly Preston in "For the Love of the Game", and ea Thompson in "All the Right Moves"?
Posted: May 17, 2007 5:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Linda Fiorentino in Vision Quest gets my vote
Posted: May 17, 2007 7:11 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Summer Catch as an underrated movie? What's your rating scale? That was one of the worst sports movies I've ever seen. FP Jr was so bad they cut away from him on every pitch. I saw it with three sports-loving girls and they thought it sucked.
How about Susan Sarandon in Bull Durham ?
Summer Catch--underrated???? Freddie Prinze Jr. looks like a midly handicapped 12 year old girl trying to pitch. How can you possibly overlook this on a sports website?
Posted: May 17, 2007 8:37 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Brooke Langdon was the cheerleader that rocked Keanu Reaves in The Replacements. Two words: simply sizzling. The cheerleaders I saw when I was playing QB never looked like her. No wonder Keanu was inspired. I was too. Brooke played that role to the hilt. .mixing sensuous with sultry.

Runner up: Elizabeth Shue. . . can't recall her NOT shining in ANY role she has had.
Posted: May 17, 2007 8:58 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I prefer Russo in Thomas Crown... for obvious reasons.
Posted: May 17, 2007 9:31 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Here are some sleepers...
Rosario Dawson - He Got Game.
Ashanti - Coach Carter
Charlize Theron - Legened of Bagger Vance
Cristen Dunce - Wimbeldon
Nicole Kidman - Days Of Thunder
Posted: May 17, 2007 10:03 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about Anna Friel (Roz Harmison) from Goal! The Dream Begins?
Posted: May 17, 2007 10:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about Elizabeth Shue in Dreamer?
Posted: May 17, 2007 10:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
DixieLee Boxx (Virginia Madsen)from 'Long Gone' hot and sexy in an underrated baseball tale. Plus her occupation as 'nut-roaster' just makes her perfect.
Posted: May 18, 2007 1:53 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Elizabeth Shue bombed in "The Saint", so no, she wasn't great or shined in every role.

I agree with Jessica Biel as a solid choice because she's hot, however the movie choice is a bit lame.
Posted: May 18, 2007 2:20 AM   by Anonymous San Antonian
I gotta include Julie Bowen in "Happy Gilmore". I even watched Noxema commercials to see her!
Posted: May 18, 2007 5:56 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Scarlet Johansson in Match point.
Posted: May 18, 2007 8:43 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How can this many men forget Lauren Katz's role as John Favreau's girl Elza in "Rudy"? --Ain't she Goddamn somethin'?
How can this list not include Wendy Peppercorn from The Sandlot?
Posted: May 18, 2007 9:09 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kim Basinger in The Natural?
Posted: May 18, 2007 9:26 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
how about rachel griffiths in The Rookie

Hello Hooterville!

look her up in yahoo photo's
Posted: May 18, 2007 9:39 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Kim Basinger from "The Natural".
Posted: May 18, 2007 9:56 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Smokin' Hot now, not so much then - Keira Knightley in "Bend It Like Beckham"
Posted: May 18, 2007 10:40 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
JoAnn Woodward in Slapshot. Ageless beauty, and all class
Posted: May 18, 2007 11:02 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
For hot I'd go TV with Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity on "Friday Night Lights"
Posted: May 18, 2007 11:23 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Vanessa Angel in Kingpin?
Posted: May 18, 2007 11:41 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Rosario Dawson in "He Got Game"
Posted: May 18, 2007 11:57 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Sanaa Lathan in "For Love and Basketball"
Posted: May 18, 2007 12:00 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Halle Berry and Kristy Swanson in “The Program”: one gets the best of both worlds with this movie. The athletic and tormented Swanson and the intelligent and sultry Berry both light up the screen for sports fans everywhere. This salt and pepper combination is responsible for the only positive character development in an otherwise horrible movie. Because of those two women I can’t turn the channel when it inevitably comes on Sunday afternoon.

Kristy Swanson, Jennifer Connelly and Tyra Banks in “Higher Learning”: I admit this is not a sports movie but it does have a significant sports component to it. The track scenes with Tyra Banks make this movie so unforgettable that one has to pause and rewind…quite a beauty. I think this film should qualify based on those minor sports scenes and the plethora of gorgeous women. And yes I’m a big fan of Kristy Swanson.

Kelly Preston in “For Love of the Game”: Quite possibly the best film that offers insight into the inner workings of a professional sports relationship. Preston plays such a fragile and wounded character and she idolizes and adores Costner’s character and men everywhere love that. Not to mention that she is stunning. Also this is a great movie.

Rene Russo in “Tin Cup”: A classic. What a babe. And she sleeps with both the hero (Costner) and the villain (Johnson). And she is trying to learn golf. She is my personal favorite.

Claire Forlani in “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius”: This 1930’s Southern Peach actually marries the greatest golfer of all time. Quite a coup if you ask me. And she is rather pleasant to look at also.

Kirsten Dunst in “Wimbledon”: In this movie the super babe falls for the hapless journeyman underachiever underdog and her love inspires him to victory. Classic stuff. And she looks wonderful in her tennis outfit.
Posted: May 18, 2007 12:00 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Sanaa Lathan in "For Love and Basketball" she money
Posted: May 18, 2007 12:01 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Jennifer Crystal playing Pat Maris in 61*

Lauren Holly as Cindy Rooney in Any Given Sunday

Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity on Friday Night Lights
Posted: May 18, 2007 12:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Not a everyday name but Corinne Bohrer getting ice in "Dead Solid Perfect" Not a bad golf movie as well.
Kelly Preston in both Jerry Macguire and For Love of the Game. Come on!
Posted: May 18, 2007 12:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
why not Renee Zelwegger from Jerry Maguire?

Definitely Kathy Ireland in Necessary Roughness (see her in the towel)

don't forget Brittney Murphy was in Summer Catch as well

I know it's not a sports movie but what about Adrienne Padilicki (Tyra) on the show Friday Night Lights smokin!
Posted: May 18, 2007 12:35 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Absolutely Julie Bowen in Happy Gilmore. I used to watch "Ed" just to see her, now I do the same with "Boston Legal".
Fairuza Balk from The Waterboy.
Bobby Boucher's (Adam Sandler) girlfriend.
Posted: May 18, 2007 12:46 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Just in case u did not know, Ali Larter's bikini was actually shaving cream. The whip cream would not stick to her body.
Posted: May 18, 2007 1:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Russo is a great choice, underrated but smoking hot, her role in tin cup was great too!!!
the girlfriend of the pitcher/ gardener,rich girl-poor boy, in the movie about cape cod league baseball
Posted: May 18, 2007 2:22 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Elisabeth Shue - rocks.
Posted: May 18, 2007 2:49 PM   by Anonymous Bob B.
Two of my favorites: Mary McCormack, Rachel Wilson and Megyn Price all from "Mystery, Alaska." Julie Bowen from "Happy Gilmore." And I could look at Rachel Griffiths in "The Rookie" all day.
Posted: May 18, 2007 2:50 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Rene Russo was better in Tin Cup. What about Falco's girlfriend in The Replacements?
Posted: May 18, 2007 2:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about Renee Russo in Tin Cup? Extremely hot!!
Posted: May 18, 2007 3:20 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about Chuck Sheen's Agent/Girlfriend in Major League 2? Movie was awful but she was hot!
Posted: May 18, 2007 5:41 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Charlize Theron in Legend of Bagger Vance!! Very nice.
Leslie Bibb, Ricky BObby's wife. Check yahoo images!!!
Posted: May 18, 2007 11:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Wendy Feffercorn in the Sandlot. It's okay, I was a teenager when the movie came out.

Kate Mara in We are Marshall.
Posted: May 19, 2007 1:17 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
We are all forgetting Rosie O'Donnell in A League of Thier Own. Or better yet Marla Hooch "whatta hitter!!"

They radiates Hotness!!!
Posted: May 19, 2007 5:11 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
For those of you who suggested Minka Kelly of "Friday Night Lights", ironically my top pick, Brooke Langdon (the cheerleader in the Replacements) , has four episodes in that series. I'm hoping for a LOT more. Brooke is 35 now and playing "older" roles but can hold her own.

Elizabeth Shue wasn't "dazzling" in The Saint. .but not many look better in boots and leather. She stokes my fire.
Posted: May 20, 2007 4:49 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Has anyone seen what Hayden Panettiere (little girl from Remember the Titans) looks like now? I sure hope she does another sports movie.

And what about the wife of Will Farrell in Talladega Nights, Leslie Bibb. The grace scene at dinner was definitely one to rewind.
Posted: May 20, 2007 6:44 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Christine Taylor and Scarlett Chorvat in the makeout scene at the end of "Dodgeball"
Posted: May 20, 2007 7:52 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How could you leave out Sanaa Lathan in "Love and Basketball"?
Posted: May 20, 2007 4:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Ben Stiller's wife in Dodgeball? Especially the scene at the end where she kisses her girlfriend.
Posted: May 20, 2007 4:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
can i get some love for whoopie goldberg in eddie?
Posted: May 21, 2007 10:08 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mike from NJ

5. Rene Russo in Tin Cup
4. Kathy Ireland - Necessary Roughness
3. Brooke Langton - Replacements
2. Kirsten Dunst - Wimbleton
1. Scarlett Johansson - Match Point
Posted: May 21, 2007 10:25 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Mariel Hemingway in "Personal Best".
Courteney Cox in "The Longest Yard" remake.
Susan Clark in "Babe".
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in "The Color of Money".
Gretchen Mol in "Rounders".
Posted: May 21, 2007 11:19 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Lesley Bibb from Talleadega Nights. I will not debate this.
Posted: May 21, 2007 3:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Cameron Diaz in Any Given Sunday.. Also the QB's wife cant think of her name..
Posted: May 23, 2007 12:07 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Seem to have forgotten the snowboarding/skiing movies:

Shannon Tweed in Hot Dog
Victoria Silvestedt in Out Cold
Posted: May 23, 2007 8:17 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
wendy peppercorn from sandlot
Posted: May 24, 2007 1:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
HOw about Ruby Dee as Jackie Robinson's wife.
Posted: June 7, 2007 11:51 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Scarlett Johansson wins.
Rachel Ward in Against All Odds. She was a hottie back in the 80's.
Posted: June 9, 2007 8:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Ralph Machio had skinnier legs then Elizabeth KShue on Karate Kid. How healthy and embarrassing for Liz and talk about manarexia for Danny-boy.
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