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Greatest Modern Sports Movie Speeches: 5 Memorable Monologues

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Remember the Titans, 2000. (imdb.com)

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Movies that portray a sports team or an individual athlete overcoming all odds to win a championship have been popular for decades. Recent popular sports films include “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock, “Remember the Titans,” starring Denzel Washington, and “Coach Carter,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Most sports movies have memorable speeches made by the coach or athlete. Here are five memorable monologues:

1. "Remember the Titans" (2000)

Denzel Washington portrays a football coach, Herman Boone, in "Remember the Titans." In one scene, Boone says: “This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty-thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today. This green field right here, painted red, bubblin' with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead."

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2. "The Blind Side (2009)

Quinton Aaron portrays Michael Oher, an impoverished teenager who’s taken in by Leigh Anne Touhy, played by Sandra Bullock, in "The Blind Side." Oher says: “Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you’re not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don’t. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn’t at least one of the 600 guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death, that’s pretty salty stuff. That’s why courage ... it’s tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do?"

3. "Million Dollar Baby" (2004)

Starring Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank, the boxing movie "Million Dollar Baby" made $30 million at the box office. In one scene, Swank, as Maggie Fitzgerald, tells Eastwood's character, Frankie Dunn: “I’m 32, Mr. Dunn, and I’m here celebrating the fact that I spent another year scraping dishes and waitressing, which is what I’ve been doing since 13, and according to you, I’ll be 37 before I can even throw a decent punch, which I have to admit, after working on this speed bag for a month getting nowhere may be the God’s simple truth. Other truth is, my brother’s in prison, my sister cheats on welfare by pretending one of her babies is still alive, my daddy’s dead, and my momma weighs 312 pounds."

4. "A League of Their Own" (1992)

Tom Hanks plays Jimmy Dugan, who coaches the first women’s pro baseball team during World War II. In one scene, Dugan is criticizing a player, Evelyn Gardner, played by Bitty Schram. He says: “I was just wondering why you would throw home when we got a two-run lead. You let the tying run get on second base and we lost the lead because of you. Start using your head. That’s the lump that’s three feet above your ass.” When Gardner begins to cry, Dugan hollers: “Are you crying? Are you crying? Are you crying? There's no crying! There’s no crying in baseball!”

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5. "Bull Durham" (1988)

"Bull Durham" stars Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. At the beginning of the film, Sarandon, who plays Annie Savoy, a baseball groupie, says: “I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn’t work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology."

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