Top 10 Underappreciated Sports Movie Babes

April 21, 2008 – 9:00 pm by Matthew Glenesk

Sports, movies and women. Besides air, water and food, is there really anything else?

Here at Rumors and Rants, we decided to take a look at some of the most underappreciated babes is sports movie history. Now, what’s the criteria you ask? By using the fundamental theorem of calculus and variational principles we’ve been able to eliminate a few of the more well-known and “appreciated” female characters in sports flicks.

Not under consideration:
Rene Russo (Major League), Cindy Morgan (Caddyshack), Susan Sarandon (Bull Durham), Kathy Ireland (Necessary Roughness), Kristy Swanson and Halle Berry (The Program), Ali Larter and Amy Smart (Varsity Blues), Julie Bowen (Happy Gilmore), Elisabeth Shue (The Karate Kid), Renee Zelwegger (Jerry Maguire), Kim Basinger (The Natural), Keira Knightley (Bend it Like Beckham) and Geena Davis (A League of Their Own).

Without further ado, here is our list of the Top 10 Underappreciated Sports Movie Hotties:

10. Lola Bunny; voiced by Kath Soucie. Space Jam (1996)
I’ve always wanted to do a bunny, albeit that of the Playboy variety, but there’s little question as to why Lola becomes the apple of Bugs Bunny’s eye. The girl has grace and can throw it down with the best of them. Bugs can’t wait to give her a 24-carrot/karat (get it?) ring, but unfortunately the two share a last name and even in cartoon world that’s pushing the envelope. Too bad she’s not sisters with Jessica Rabbit.

*Interesting side note. Former IU guard and freshman phenom Eric Gordon played Michael Jordan’s son, Marcus, in the film.

9. Becky O’Shea, ( a.k.a. The Icebox); Shawna Waldron. Little Giants (1994)
A sentimental pick here for me. Due to my striking resemblance to Rick Moranis, who plays Becky’s dad, Danny, all the guys that lived on my floor freshman year would request “Little Giants” on the campus’ movie channel. While I’m not thrilled with The Icebox’s choice of Devon Sawa (remember all those Tiger Beat covers?) as a love interest, this gritty linebacker packs quite the punch. In my dream’s let’s just say, she’s not the one laying the wood…

8. (tie) Julie Gaffney, a.k.a. Julie The Cat; Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine. D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)/Becky; Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine. Rookie of the Year (1993)
Another sentimental pick, however this one is in honor of Hick Flick and his failed romantic conquest. Let’s just say he was shutout. A year before manning the pipes for Gordon Bombay, Jacobsen-Derstine captivated one Henry Rowengartner.

“Funky, buttloving…!”
“Did he just say, “funky buttloving?”

Yes, yes he did, but don’t get any ideas fellas. If Hick Flick can’t seal, no one can. Plus her hyphenated last name smells of matrimony, not KY.

7. Georgia Elkans; Uma Thurman. Johnny Be Good (1988)
In Uma’s first feature film role, she plays the girlfriend of the top high school quarterback in the country, Johnny Walker (played by Anthony Michael Hall, as believable as that is). Colleges throw women, money and cars at Johnny, but in the end he decides turns them all down to go to State College with Uma. Wise choice. Plus, anytime you can throw in a Jim McMahon cameo that’s always a bonus.

6. Kimberly Mullen; Vinessa Shaw. Ladybugs (1992)
I grew up watching this movie. I loved it. I know it’s sad, but it’s true. I’ve always been a soccer player, so I figured that was my natural attraction to the flick. Or maybe it was Rodney Dangerfield. Perhaps it was Jackee’ and her always pleasing squealing. Alas, I think it was my budding appreciation for bouncing gazungas that got me.

5. Lisa Litski; Lea Thompson. All The Right Moves (1983)
Set in a western Pennsylvania steel town, Tom Cruise is Stefen Djordjevic (nice All-American sounding name), a high school football player with a lot on his plate. His coach (shockingly played by Craig T. Nelson) is bad mouthing him to recruiters, his buddy just got his girlfriend pregnant and another buddy got pinched for robbery. But despite all the tough times he still finds time to have simulated sex with Caroline in the City. The script originally just called for Thompson to be nude, but Cruise thought he would make Marty McFly’s mom more comfortable if he was nude too. However, Cruise forgot how uncomfortable he gets when he’s naked with women.

4. Nikki; Brittney Powell. Airborne (1993)
First, a bit of back-story for you. My roommate and I love crappy 80s movies. He particularly enjoys skating movies, so I remembered seeing this movie back in the day and even remembered specific scenes. But I couldn’t for the life of me recall what the dang thing’s name was. I knew it was a one-word title and that it involved skating, though I wasn’t 100 percent certain if it was skateboarding or rollerblading. So we went on Netflix and I found a movie called, “Thrashin’.” It was a one-word title and had Josh Brolin in it. I thought maybe it was Brolin that I remember being the main character. We get the movie, pop it in and I realize right away it’s the wrong movie. Not only is it the wrong movie, it’s down right awful (Not quite as bad as “Rush Hour 3″ though). However, there is an interesting Red Hot Chili Peppers cameo that took us by surprise…

So back to “Airborne” and Nikki. She’s hot. Way too hot for Mitchell Goosen, the story’s protagonist. But that’s why they call it a movie. Nikki even outshines appearances by Jack Black and Seth Green far before they became famous.

3. Maggie; Kerri Green. Lucas (1986)
Sure Winona Ryder and Courtney Thorne-Smith went on to bigger and better things (shoplifting and Melrose Place, respectively), but it was Green that captured the eye and heart of Lucas (Corey Haim) as well as Cappie (played by Charlie Sheen).
When Lucas, a nerd with a build much like mine, sees Cappie and Maggie kiss he loses it and decides to join the football team. It doesn’t really work out too well for Lucas, who gets annihilated and hospitalized. But he had the right idea. What’s a little pissing blood when you’re trying to impress Kerri Green?

2. Wendy Peffercorn; Marley Shelton. The Sandlot (1993)
I’ll let the video speak for itself.

1. Lisa Marconi, a.k.a. Boof; Susan Ursitti. Teen Wolf (1985)
Surprised? Don’t be. Boof is the epitome of under-appreciated. Scott Howard (played by Michael J. Fox) didn’t even know what he had. He was too busy drooling over the blonde Pamela, who was dating that ass hole Mick McAllister. But in the End, Scott hits the final free throw giving the Beavers the victory over the Dragons and brushes aside Pamela on his way to lock lips with “the Boofer.” Boof did very little after “Teen Wolf,” limited to guest spots on “Charles in Charge” and “21 Jump Street.” Talk about underappreciated. Here’s to you Boof. We won’t forget you.

Think we left someone off? Have some choices of your own? We’d love to hear from you.

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  1. 42 Responses to “Top 10 Underappreciated Sports Movie Babes”

  2. Amanda Bynes in some Soccer Movie

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  3. Brooke Langton- The Replacements

    enough said

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  4. Cynthia Gibb – Youngblood
    Period. End of discussion.

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  5. Another vote for Cynthia Gibb… Another period. Another end of discussion.

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  6. here here… Brook Langton!
    And Amanda Bynes for the younger buys out there (and some older ones!)

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  7. Completely agree with Brooke Langton – very hot and underappreciated.

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  8. Kathy Ireland in Necessary Roughness

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  9. Are you kidding me… Have you ever seen youngblood… Rewrite this article with Cynthia Gibb as #1 and also include pictures… Thank you

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  10. WOW! Great list. It almost mirrors mine that I did a year ago. I think it’s a rule that in order to have an awesomely bad sports movie, you have to have really hot women in it!

    Awesomely Bad Sports Movies

    By RevScottDeMangeMD on Apr 22, 2008

  11. Lest we forget Elizabeth Shue in the Karate Kid (depending on how far you want to stretch the term Sports Movie)

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  12. Shannon Tweed in Hot Dog!

    By Jeffro11 on Apr 22, 2008

  13. Thank you so much for the Boof call. I am glad I am not the only one who loves Teen Wolf and the women in it.

    By Berk on Apr 22, 2008

  14. ALI LARTER in her whipped cream bikini in Varsity Blues!

    By Jeffro11 on Apr 22, 2008

  15. What about Lori Loughlin (Becky from full house) in RAD? That is a great movie.

    Kirk

    By Kirk on Apr 22, 2008

  16. How about Hayden Panettiere in Remember the Titans?

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  17. She was 11-years old.. Never saw Youngblood. Sorry, I missed that one. Brooke Langton has a case.
    As for Kathy Ireland, Ali Larter and Elisabeth Shue they were not in contention. They are too “appreciated.”

    Thanks for chiming in.

    By The Baker on Apr 22, 2008

  18. The entire time I was scrolling down this list I was thinking:

    “Dammit he’s gonna leave Boof off here. I’m gonna leave a comment and say ‘you screwed up, where’s Boof?!’”

    Much to my surprise, there’s the Boofster. Hot as ever.

    Great work!

    Dickard
    The Atomic Punk

    By Dickard on Apr 22, 2008

  19. The list started out great, but unfortunately faded in my opinion. Number 2 is a great pick, but I’d personally put Coach McCabe from the D2 The Mighty Ducks as my #1.

    By JC on Apr 22, 2008

  20. What about Janet Jones (Gretzky) from American Anthem???????????

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  21. Is Amanda Bynes even legal? I hope we have a big teen audience, or I am just creeped out.

    By Hick Flick on Apr 22, 2008

  22. What about the public relations girl for the PGA in Billy Madison. Majorly underappreciated.

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  23. I mean Happy Gilmore. Always mix them up

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  24. I can’t believe you forgot the hot french exchange student in the 80′s classic “Better Off Dead.”

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  25. haha…teen wolf was just on last night…

    very underrated scene in their with the hot blonde

    By World of Isaac on Apr 22, 2008

  26. what about Iceland’s Junior Olympic team’s teacher in D2: The Mighty Ducks, Maria Ellingsen. She was so under appreciated, they named her Maria in the movie.

    The look on Charlie’s face when he found out Coach Bombay and Maria were sharing one of Iceland’s delicacies, ice cream, before the big game was classic. I guarantee Coach Bombay nailed her right after the USA Ducks took the title.

    By Andrew on Apr 22, 2008

  27. I’d have to say Cynthia Gibson as well. Sooooo Hhot….want to touch the hiney!

    By thatrichguy on Apr 22, 2008

  28. Why are half of them listed from kids movies? Whoever wrote this has some problems.

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  29. Rosario Dawson–he got game, thats the list

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  30. Greta Lind as “Mary”, the Notre Dame student on the student booster club in “Rudy”. So amazing…

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  31. What about Julie Bowen from Happy Gilmore. She plays the PR head of the tourney and might I say is smokin!!

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  32. Hick Flick,
    Not only is Amanda Bynes legal now, she’s hot.

    By Phillips on Apr 22, 2008

  33. Jessica Biel in Summer Catch. (should be in the non-consideration list, so a technicality there)

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  34. Rene Russo in Major League. Also, in the same movie, Whoever played Corbin Bernson’s wife.

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  35. the other chick from the mighty ducks. the brunette

    By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008

  36. Brooke Langton for sure!!! The Replacements was only 50% good cuz of story line, 25% cuz of football, and 25% cuz of her!!

    By Daniel on Apr 22, 2008

  37. What about Marguerite Moureau, the other girl in “The Mighty Ducks.”

    By Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008

  38. Brooke Langton for sure! By the way, did anybody catch her in Friday Night Lights? She played Tim Riggins milf neighbor…freaking smoking. Also gotta concur with Lori Loughlin in RAD. Greatest terrible movie of all time.

    By Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008

  39. Jessica Biel in Summer Catch

    By Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008

  40. Julie Bowen in “Happy Gilmore”, Rene Russo in “Major League” or “Tin Cup”, Sarah Jessica Parker in “Dead Solid Perfect”. All these idiots who keep saying Ali Larter and Jessica Biel don’t really get the point, do they?

    By Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008

  41. Another vote for Brook Langton

    By Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008

  42. Keira Knightley in Bend it Like Beckham
    Amanda Bynes in She’s the Man
    Vanessa Angel in Kingpin
    Cynthia Gibb in Youngblood
    Brooke Langton in The Replacements
    Millie in Bull Durham

    By Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008

  43. I came here for Marley Shelton. I was not disappointed. To this day, the Drifters’ version of “This Magic Moment” makes me giggle.

    By Vince on Apr 24, 2008

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