Sports Movies: “61*” (2001)

Screenshot Barry Pepper as Roger Maris in 61 movie

There was a time when baseball’s home run record really meant something. It was mythical. Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in 1927, hitting more home runs than 12 teams that year!

Ruth’s home run record stood for 34 years, until Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961, though Major League Baseball shamefully put an asterisk next to Maris’s record. The Babe had set the record during a 154-game season, while Maris broke the record during a 162-game season. Maris also broke the record in a season following expansion, further angering baseball purists who felt he didn’t deserve to be labeled the Home Run King.

The steroid era made discussions of the record even more controversial. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa shattered the record in the memorable 1998 season when McGwire hit 70 home runs and Sosa hit 66. Barry Bonds followed that with an amazing 73 in the 2001 season. But the steroid scandal exposed McGuire, Sosa and Bonds, making a mockery of the home run record. This context helps explain why so many wanted to crown Aaron Judge as the “true” holder of the record with his 62 home runs in the 2022 season.

“61*” is a historical drama that tells the story of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle as they chased the Babe’s record in the 1961 season. Mantle was already a legend in the minds of most baseball fans, while Maris was the new kid on the block on New York even though he won the MVP in 1960 in his first season as a Yankee.

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Sports Movies: “Breaking Away” (1979)

Breaking Away 1979

No discussion of the best sports movies of all time is complete without including “Breaking Away,” the 1979 film that follows a young man who becomes obsessed with the sport of cycling. Dave Stohler (Dennis Christopher) lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and small college town that’s home to the Indiana University. He’s recently graduated from high school and spend most of his time either on his bike or hanging out with his three childhood friends, often swimming at the stone quarries. Mike (Dennis Quaid) is the angry ex-quarterback who hates being surrounded by the privileged college kids. Jackie Earle Haley plays Moocher the affable short guy while Cyril (Daniel Stern) is the lovable loser of the group.

The college kids call them “cutters” though they never actually worked in the mills that cut the limestone used to build the University. Their dads did that. Which brings us to the best character in this film, Dave’s father (Paul Dooley). Dave is driving his old man crazy. He hasn’t found a job, but even more annoyingly he’s become obsessed with Italian culture. His favorite cycling team is from Italy, so he’s started speaking Italian, playing opera music and calling his dad “papa.” Paul Dooley’s performance as Ray Stohler is easily one of the funniest dad (or “papa”) characters in film history, and this relationship helps drive story in the film. Barbara Barrie is also excellent as Dave’s mom Evelyn, providing a touch of tenderness and sanity to the family.

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Sport bar in Basel

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Watching sports competitions in pubs is an entire culture of time-spending. It might be even more fascinating than watching games live because at stadiums you can’t taste so many dishes and drinks. This hobby provides great experiences. Tourists and locals enjoy visiting pubs for watching sports. In Basel, this activity is popular thanks to Auld Dubliner pub located in Basel’s downtown, Switzerland!

Reason to watch sports in Auld Dubliner

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Dewalt nail gun: accuracy, strength, durability

For nearly 100 years of its existence, DeWALT has built a reputation for making industrial cordless power tools and accessories that meet the highest demands. DeWalt’s corporate yellow-black color has become a hallmark of high-quality tools and gained worldwide fame. Strength, power, precision, productivity, durability and reliability are the features of DeWALT.

In 1922, the founder of the company, Raymond Elmer DeWalt, developed the concept of a radial arm saw, which for decades has successfully set the market standard for quality and functionality. This is the source of the exceptional reputation of the DeWALT brand in the industry. A well-designed, rich assortment of portable tools and accessories help the consumer in solving different problems, simplify daily work and contribute to obtaining the best results.

ewalt nail gun for sale UK

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Cavinder Twins get NIL deal

Football and basketball stars aren’t the only athletes who will benefit from NIL deals. Naturally, attractive female athletes will get plenty of offers as well, like the Cavinder Twins who got an NIL deal for PSD Underwear.

You can read more about Hanna and Haley here and follow them on TikTok.

We were always very much in favor of Name, Image and Likeness deals for college athletes, but this deal seals it! Enjoy . . .

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