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5/16/2007 02:03:00 PM

Best looking wives/girlfriends in sports movies

Oakland Arena
Did sports prefer Rene Russo is Major League or Tin Cup?
Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com
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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5/15/2007 11:27:00 AM

Top Five Nintendo Sports Games

Double Dribble
You can hear the sound of a 3-pointer being heaved up in Double Dribble just by looking at this picture.
Photo by Nintendo
By Gennaro Filice, SI.com

After months of anticipation, I finally ventured into the world of Wii sports. With limited time between NBA Playoff games, I was only able to sample two games: tennis and bowling.

Much to my surprise, Wii's high-tech, motion-sensitive controller was pretty easy to manipulate (though lob shots came in flurries on the hard court). With a few games under my belt, I was holding my own against some seasoned vets of the Wii. But after an hour of bouncing around like an idiot in the heat of virtual combat, I found myself pining for the simple (and sweat-free) sports games of my youth.

When it comes to wasting away one's life in virtual competition, the avant-garde Wii has nothing on its eight-bit great grandfather, Nintendo.

Here are my five favorite Nintendo sports games:

1. Tecmo Super Bowl: Perhaps the most dominant video game athlete ever, Bo Jackson terrorized the virtual gridiron in this classic title. Combining lightning speed with unparalleled tackle-chucking ability, Bo was nearly unstoppable. (Just check out this video.)

2. RBI Baseball: Although the game included just eight teams (Boston, California, Detroit, Houston, Minnesota, New York, St. Louis and San Francisco), rosters featured real players -- a pretty dandy feature back in 1988. In terms of overall depth, no team compared to Boston, which backed up a loaded lineup with a trio of prolific power bats (Tony Armas, Dave Henderson, Ellis Burks) off the bench. But no player was more exciting than St. Louis speed demon Vince Coleman, who was unstoppable in RBI Baseball's biggest sub-game: the pickle. RBI recently returned to popular culture through this brilliant recreation of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

3. Mike Tyson's Punch-out: While it was always tempting to cut right to the chase and enter the code for an immediate bout against "Iron Mike" (007-373-5963 -- remember that baby like my home phone number), this cheated the game of its true beauty: Little Mac's rise to fame. Scrapping through three weight "circuits" before taking on Tyson in "The Dream Fight," Little Mac battled a memorable cast of characters that included Piston Honda, Don Flamenco, Bald Bull, Soda Popinski, Mr. Sandman and Super Macho Man. And his training sessions through the streets of New York were as motivational as they come. (Mac was far ahead of his time with the all pink jump suit.)

4. Ice Hockey: In forming your team's four-man squad, Ice Hockey provided the opportunity to choose each player's size: skinny, medium and fat. Personally, I always opted for "Team Extreme": two skinnies and two fatsoes. (Who ever played with a medium?) As a young patriot, I waged countless Cold War showdowns of United States vs. Soviet Union.

5. Double Dribble: Nothing captures the excitement of a 3-pointer like Double Dribble's B-52 bomb sound effects -- a high-pitched whine as the shot goes up, followed by an emphatic explosion as the ball swishes through the net. And those slow motion dunk clips still tickle my fancy.

Those are my top five, what are yours?
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5/14/2007 01:16:00 PM

Best Traditions in Sports

The NHL's handshake line is a monument to good sportsmanship.
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By John Rolfe, SI.com

Change is forever the norm in the world of sports, so a great tradition can be comforting as well as stirring. Each sport or major event has its rituals that allow us to pause, honor, or simply savor something -- like the sight of the Masters winner donning an ugly green jacket, or the sound of My Old Kentucky Home as the field for the Kentucky Derby makes its way to the starting gate. Sometimes a tradition is just a good idea that wasn't broke and didn't need fixing -- like the manual scoreboard in the Green Monster.

History matters in all sports, and traditions can bring the past back to life for a few moments, or remind you what's really great about sports in the first place.

Here are my five favorites:

5. The handshake line: It's always heartening to see good sportsmanship on display. The NHL allows you to marvel at how 40 players who have been beating each other's remaining teeth out for four playoff games or more will line up after the final horn of the series and, despite all their previous intensity and animosity, exchange handshakes instead of punches.

4. Olympic closing ceremony: The handshake line writ large. In a world so full of strife and conflict, it's good for the soul to see hundreds of the planet's best athletes break national ranks and jovially mingle after weeks of pressure and deathly-serious competition.

3. Thanksgiving football: As any tailgater worth his salt-shaker knows, pigskin was made to go with gluttony, and no day is made for gluttony like Thanksgiving. With the Lions so often in the dumper, the annual game in Detroit is usually a turkey that is done by halftime, but there are two other courses on the menu now. And in the realm of good, clean fun, it's hard to beat a game of backyard touch football before settling in front of the TV to scratch, belch contentedly and give thanks for the NFL.

2. Retired numbers: Ever since the Maple Leafs (Ace Bailey's 6 in 1934) and Yankees (Lou Gehrig's 4 in 1939) ushered in the tradition, retirement ceremonies have given teams and fans one more chance to appreciate and honor their legends by placing their numerical identities, if not their accomplishments, out of reach of other players. And those numbers on the outfield wall or hanging from the rafters are a real nice source of pride and reflection that you can be savor any time you're at the game.

1. Stanley Cup on the road: How cool is it that a major pro league allows its historic championship trophy to spend a day with each member of the winning team? The tales of the Cup's travels during the past 80 years or more are legion and legend -- at the beach, in strip clubs and bars, visiting nursing homes and players' high schools, and even floating in Mario Lemieux's swimming pool. The concept makes the old punchbowl truly the people's trophy.

OK, that's my top five. Let's have yours. Which traditions do you enjoy most?
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