The top 30 sports movies of all time for your viewing — and arguing — pleasure in the absence of real games
There are a lot of fight films among the greatest sports movies, and still more fights about them — not just concerning which sports movies are truly the greatest and where each ranks, but over what even constitutes a sports movie.We ranked the top 30 non-documentaries in the hopes of giving fans something to both enjoy and debate in the absence of actual games being played, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.Some of your favorites undoubtedly are missing or ranked lower than you think they should be. That’s just how these things work. Let’s see what made our cut.———30. “Love & Basketball” (20...
Mike Bianchi: Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal also helped make Magic in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. — Pat Williams, when he was starting the Orlando Magic franchise from scratch all those years ago, was looking for a fun, friendly, famous face to get people excited about the push for an expansion basketball team in football-fanatical Central Florida.Little did he know at the time that one of the most legendary basketball players on the planet — the great Curly Neal of the iconic Harlem Globetrotters — had retired and was living in Orlando.“We were just getting the expansion effort started in June of 1986 when Curly approached me and said, ‘Anything I can do to help, just give m...
Les Hunter, Loyola Chicago's 'Game of Change' and national championship star, dies at 77
CHICAGO — Les Hunter, a star on Loyola’s 1963 national championship basketball team that defied racial barriers, died Friday. He was 77.The university announced Hunter’s death, saying he had cancer.He was a starting center for the Ramblers, who upset Cincinnati in the national title game and drew acclaim for their basketball prowess and for what they represented to a nation divided by segregation.Hunter was a pivotal player in the landmark contest that became known as the “Game of Change.” The all-white Mississippi State team defied its state governor’s order banning it from crossing state lin...
Drew Davison: Will coronavirus disrupt the college football season? Don't rule it out.
The coronavirus pandemic is going to be over by football season, right? Right?Time will tell but Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby acknowledged the possibility that playing the season could be in jeopardy. At the very least it could be delayed depending on when teams and players are able to start training properly again.Canceling the season would be a nightmare scenario, but one that has crossed the minds of those involved with college athletics.As Bowlsby talked about the conference being able “to make members whole” on forecasted financial distribution for the current academic year, citing the...
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ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit would be 'shocked' if there are college football or NFL games this fall
While sports have been postponed across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, the status of the upcoming NFL and college football seasons this fall has been a looming question mark.Although games are still four months away, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said he doesn’t think football should be played as scheduled.“I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football,” Herbstreit said in an ESPN Radio interview, per TMZ. “I’ll be so surprised if that happens.”“Just because from what I understand, people that I listen to, you’re 12 to 18 months fr...
'We're just kind of holding our breath right now': Private clubs in Illinois shut down as golf community struggles with effects of coronavirus
CHICAGO — Golfers at private clubs around Chicago will not be playing through.Officials at three private clubs contacted by the Tribune all said they would abide by the latest directive by the governor’s office to return the woods and wedges to storage.A Thursday revision to the governor’s stay-at-home Executive Order deemed golf courses as “recreational sports businesses” that need to close, reversing a decision two days earlier.“We are respecting that directive,” said Jeff Mory, the head professional at Conway Farms, the Lake Forest course that has hosted three BMW Championships. “It is my u...
Tom Krasovic: Sports talk radio adjusts to life without sports
SAN DIEGO — Alpine is dark when Judson Richards wakes up. It’s still dark when his work day begins at 6 a.m. While his pregnant wife and his mother slumber elsewhere in the rural home, Richards settles behind a microphone to start his shift.What he’s after is light, and not necessarily the daylight that creeps up the Cuyamaca Mountains to the east.Sports are supposed to be light, not heavy. Can they still be, when there’s a viral pandemic on the loose, when the games have been scrapped, because there’s so much real life happening?Talking about sports is what Richards, 39, does each day. The fo...
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Illinois golf courses shut down after a reversal from state officials
CHICAGO — State officials have reversed course and decided to shut down golf courses in Illinois.The governor’s office revised its stay-at-home executive order Thursday. While restaurants and liquor stores can remain open, recreational sports businesses — including golf courses — are “not considered essential businesses” amid the shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.That message was delivered to golf industry professionals in a letter late Thursday afternoon. The letter was signed by four groups, including the Illinois Section PGA and Chicago District Golf Association.The decision is a...
NCAA, Big 12 confront coronavirus-driven fiscal shortcomings and uncertainty to come
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Big 12 lost $6.6 million in revenue from canceling the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in Kansas City earlier this month, and the conference could lose $15 million to $18 million worth of resources to distribute to its 10 members.But although Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he expects other sources of revenue will keep payments to member schools on track this year, “It’s whole new ballgame if we find ourselves not playing football.”Bowlsby conducted a teleconference with reporters Thursday, two weeks to the day after most major conference tournaments, inclu...
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Patrick Reusse: Colorful Pedro Ramos got Twins franchise started right by smoking Yankees in 1961 opener
We’ve always loved lists in the sports business, and more so in the ESPN era. We can argue endlessly over Mount Rushmores. And the Michael-or-LeBron argument is so stale that, when asked for an opinion on basketball’s GOAT, the answer is, “Earl Manigault.”Look it up.Here’s another list to discuss, but it only goes one deep. Greatest Day in Minnesota Sports History: April 11, 1961.That’s the day that the left side of the front page of the Minneapolis Morning Tribune carried the headline: “We’re Major Leaguers Today.”And then came the wonder of that grand day:Twins 6, Yankees 0, under the hallow...
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