Today has officially been dubbed “Dead Day” at my work since we’re hurting for any type of live sporting event. Some of my coworkers have suggested having a sports-themed movie day, and that got me thinking about some of my favorite sports-centric movie characters. I polled the Ladies to see what movie characters they crushed on as teenyboppers (or as grown women – we don’t judge!).
Follow us after the jump to see our crush-worthy choices!
Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, The Sandlot
What girl didn't love Benny? Every girl I know who loves sports also loves "The Sandlot."
Luis Mendoza, D2: The Mighty Ducks
I was also happy to see Mike turn up in D2, my most favorite Mighty Ducks movie.
Holy Spinks Ladies! Mike Vitar is still hot, and he's a firefighter...bonus!
Jim Craig, Miracle
I've loved Eddie since Friends, so of course I loved him as Jim Craig in Miracle. Again with the hot goalies!
Well Eddie is doing alright these days. He stars alongside Gary Sinise in CSI: New York!
Jake Hammond, Wimbledon
I know Jake was the "bad guy" in Wimbledon, but his character was so based on Andy Roddick. Plus, he was hot!
When Austin isn't "dating" Jake Gyllenhaal, he's playing Julien on One Tree Hill. He so looks like JT in the picture!
Jimmy Morris, The Rookie
I love Dennis Quaid, so I loved him in The Rookie!
Dennis had some hardships recently, but he's bouncing back well. Go Dennis! Eat your heart out, Meg Ryan!
Junior Floyd, Little Giants
I think everyone had a crush on Devon Sawa at some point during their youth. How could we not include him?
This was the most recent photo I could find of Devon. You be the judge.
I swear I had every JB picture ever published in a Bop Magazine hanging on my wall as a kid. I loved this kid!
Another picture for old time’s sake…
This is how I will always remember Jonathan!
Most recent headshot…
This would be Jonathan's last promo/headshot. I was very sad when I found he had committed suicide a few years ago. RIP, Jonathan.
Alan Bosley, Remember the Titans
Way before Ryan Gosling was a big star, he played someone's backup (sorta) in Remember the Titans.
Some would argue that Ryan is looking better today than he did in his early days!
Roy Hobbs, The Natural
Always a classic pick. Redford was rather stunning in this film.
Redford is much older now, but he's still got the hair! Rock it while you can, Robert!
Ray Kinsella, Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams is one of the best baseball movies. Costner looked great in this flick, too!
Age has definitely caught up with Mr. Costner, but he's still going strong. Wonder if he'll do another baseball movie in the future?
Crash Davis, Bull Durham
How could you not love Crash Davis? Looks like Buffalita and Games Mistress will have to fight over Costner! Crash would approve!
For a picture of Costner now…see above
Shoeless Joe Jackson, Field of Dreams
I'll let Games Mistress explain this pick: "Those eyes!"
Uh, yeah, Ray needs some "Just for Men." I think it would make him look way younger.
Steve Prefontaine, Prefontaine
Hey remember when Jared Leto was cute? Yeah these were probably the days.
So this was the best looking of the newer photos of Jared. I think he's blonde currently.
Lance Harbor, Varsity Blues
So I was kicking myself for not remembering how hot Paul Walker was in Varsity Blues! Good call, Maggie!
Whoa baby! Walker is still smokin hot!
Rick Vaughn, Major League
Wild Thing!! I loved these movies, and Charile was such a stud back in the day!
Well Charlie may not be a "Wild Thing" anymore, but he's divorced from a star of "Wild Things" and is currently married to a model. Life doesn't suck for him.
Charlie Conway, The Mighty Ducks trilogy
I'm a sucker for hockey movies, and the Duck movies are some of my favorites. Charlie Conway is excellent choice!
Well Charlie grew up and turned into Pacey, and now Pacey is all grown up and looking damn fine!
Coach Don Haskins, Glory Road
Josh was one hot coach in Glory Road. For sure!
So we all know Josh is hot, he's just a little too skinny in this recent picture. He could probably lose the facial hair, too. Just sayin'.
Duke, She’s the Man
So this was basically the first time we were introduced to Tatum. Thank God for She's the Man!
While it's only been a few years since She's the Man, Tatum has beefed up a little...and he got engaged! boo
Reg Dunlop, Slap Shot
"Those baby blues...sigh..." straight from the lips of Lady Bee! Slap Shot is a classic, and we could not leave the late, great Paul Newman off our list!
While Paul got older, those baby blues never aged! Much love to Mr. Newman!
Vincent LaRusso, Adam Banks, Mighty Ducks trilogy
Thomas Ian Nicholas, Henry Rowengartner, Rookie of the Year
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Carroll, Basketball Diaries
Omar Epps, Quincy McCall, Love and Basketball
D.B. Sweeney, Doug Dorsey, The Cutting Edge
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joe, Bend It Like Beckham