The Top 10 Fictional Sports Teams of All Time
We sat through hours of fake game footage to come up with our Top 10 fictional sports teams of all time.
Nothing excites us more than cheering for a made-up loveable sports team on the big or small screen. Combining the drama of sport with an engrossing storyline has long been a winning formula in the film and tv business, giving us many fictional teams that we quickly grew to love. With so many to choose from, we dug deep into the archives and came up with our own Top 10 fictional sports teams of all time.
10. Washington Sentinels - The Replacements
Loosely based on the 1987 Redskins, the Sentinels consisted of a group of misfits who briefly replaced professional NFL stars during a player strike. Led by quarterback Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), The Replacements shocked the football world by taking their team to the playoffs as the strike was officially ending. A great story of loveable losers who became unlikely heroes, before handing the reins back to the established pros.
9. Springfield Isotopes - The Simpsons
“The suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked”, that’s how Homer Simpson once described the Springfield Isotopes baseball team. While the minor league ball club were rarely competitive on the field, they did manage to create some memorable moments throughout Simpson’s history. “Dancing Homer” enjoyed a heroic and hilarious spell as team mascot, and ultimately saved the franchise from relocation by going on a hunger strike. Despite their lack of success, the ‘Topes were always a hot commodity, and regularly changed owners. Well known firms such as Duff Beer, the local mafia and Laramie cigarettes headline a long list of ownership groups.
8. Average Joe’s - Dodgeball
“A True Underdog Story” - Average Joe’s had to overcome a ridiculous amount of obstacles on the way to their Vegas Open Championship triumph. Gym owner Peter LeFleur (Vince Vaughn) successfully defied White Goodman’s (Ben Stiller) takeover bid by beating him at his own game - Dodgeball. The Open - broadcast live on ESPN 8: ‘The Ocho’ - was plagued with controversy, corruption and wacky rules, but tournament judge Chuck Norris restored credibility by stepping in and saving the Joe’s from disqualification, leading to a memorable winning performance from LeFleur and co.
7. Miami Sharks - Any Given Sunday
With Al Pacino as head coach and Cameron Diaz as co-owner, the Miami Sharks provided plenty of entertainment in the fictional AFFA (Associated Football Franchises of America) League. After losing their first and second string quarterbacks to injury, third stringer Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx) makes the most of his unlikely opportunity and becomes a star, albeit with a self-centred and flashy attitude. The Sharks always played hard and partied harder, which was underlined by the chaotic appearance of an alligator in the team showers! Although Miami fell short of victory in the Pantheon Cup title game (the AFFA Super Bowl), they taught us a valuable life-lesson; anything can happen on Any Given Sunday.
6. Flint Tropics - Semi Pro
A classic basketball comedy loosely based on the short lived glory days of the ABA, Semi Pro centred around the Flint Tropics and their fight for survival, led by team owner, head coach, and power forward Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell). As performances and crowds rapidly declined, Moon was under pressure to bring the fans back and keep the team in business. This resulted in numerous wild ideas, including wrestling a bear at half time, performing motorbike stunts on court, and trading a washing machine to the Kentucky Colonels for star player Ed Monix (Woody Harrelson).
5. South Central Louisiana State Mud Dogs - The Waterboy
“Remember when Bobby Boucher turned up at half time, and the Mud Dogs won the Bourbon Bowl!?” Who could forget Waterboy-turned star linebacker Bobby Boucher and his historic 2nd half performance, which inspired the team to a thrilling comeback win against the Louisiana Cougars. Not only did the Mud Dogs win the Bourbon Bowl, they won our hearts, as the team finally stopped picking on Boucher and gave him the praise he deserved for turning around the team’s fortunes. Coach Klein (Henry Winkler) was not the greatest gridiron tactician, but his bold move to transform Bobby from a Waterboy into the best linebacker in College Football will never be forgotten.
4. Dillon Panthers - Friday Night Lights
One of the most underrated tv shows in recent history, Friday Night Lights perfected the sports-drama genre. The series centred on Texas high school football team, Dillon Panthers, and highlighted the enormous pressure that comes with playing in a football-obsessed small town. Led by the tough but loveable ‘Coach’ Taylor, the Panthers took us through a roller coaster of emotions over five action-packed years, from State Championships to the threat of extinction. QB Matt Saracen, “Smash” Williams, Landy Clarke and bad boy Tim Riggins headlined an amazing team on the field, and provided so much drama off it.
3. Tune Squad - Space Jam
Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tazmanian Devil and Lola Bunny formed one of the most famous starting five’s in basketball history, defeating the NBA-filled Monsters team and winning back their freedom. Jordan’s 44 points included an outrageous and unrealistic game winning dunk, but we who are we to question an all time classic performance!? With an amazing starting five and a strong bench featuring Bill Murray and Stan Podolak (the legendary Newman from Seinfeld), one can only hope that the Tune Squad will reunite and grace the big screen once again.
2. Milwaukee Beers - Baseketball
A fictional team in a fictional sport was the perfect combination in the 1998 comedy Baseketball. Fed up with the greed and instability of modern day sport, best friends Coop and Remer (South Park creators Trey Park and Matt Stone) decided to create their own game - Baseketball. A hybrid of baseball and basketball where everyone receives equal pay, Baseketball was aimed at returning sports to their traditional values, with a healthy dose of opponent sledging on the side. As the game’s popularity grew, so did the pressure of the corporate dollar, but Coop and Remer managed to overcome all temptations and lead the beloved Beers to Denslow Cup success. With the help of pintsized team mate Squeak Scolari, our heroes from Milwaukee fought back from a 16-0 deficit to lift the iconic trophy.
1. The Mighty Ducks
We loved everything about the Mighty Ducks, from the trendy uniforms (which are still highly sought after), to the charismatic members of this Peewee hockey team. Head coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) was forced in this position due to a drink-driving misdemeanour, but grew to love this team like the rest of us. Whether it was Mighty Ducks 1, 2 or 3, the team was constantly filled with a great bunch of characters, including overweight goalie Greg Goldberg, Charlie Conway, Russ ‘Knucklepuck’ Tyler and the super aggressive ‘Bash Brothers’. “Ducks fly together”, and boy did they fly.. defying the odds and winning championships throughout all three movies, including a memorable victory over a ruthless Iceland side in Mighty Ducks 2.
What a great lineup of fictional teams. Did we get it right? Let us know if we missed any!
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