The 11 Greatest Underdog Sports
Moneyball may be a great movie about an underdog sports franchise. But will it measure up to the best underdog sports movies ever?
By Matt Christensen
Working-class caddies vs. snooty country club members? An adorable gopher vs. a psychopath with dynamite? Rodney Dangerfield vs. anyone?
This is like three underdog movies in one. Caddy Danny Noonan (“NOONAN!”) sticks it to Da Man when he wins a high-stakes golf game by sinking his final putt.
Coming through under pressure when the game is on the line — a classic underdog move. Meanwhile, Rodney cracks constant one-liners and Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) tangles with the gopher. “They’re like the Viet Cong … Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that’s all she wrote.”
Cleveland is the charter city of underdogs. So when the scheming owner of the Cleveland baseball Indians purposefully fills the roster with has-beens, criminals, and no-talents so that she can justify moving the team to Miami, the Indians become the favorite underdogs in a city of underdogs.
But misfits like Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), Pedro Ceranno, and Willie “Mays” Hayes (Wesley Snipes ruin her plan by beating the Yankees to win the division. That remains the proudest sports moment Cleveland has enjoyed in the past several decades.