A surprising amount of sports flicks have characters with borderline or apparent alcohol abuse issues. Win or lose, these guys booze. These are the top sports movie boozers.
Morris Buttermaker (Bad News Bears)
We shouldn’t condone constant drinking in front of susceptible children, but Coach Buttermaker just makes it look so damn cool! How can you hate on a guy who lets his team drink beer after losing in the championship? “You can take your apology and your trophy and shove it straight up your ass!” Only Buttermaker could coach a team that loses with such grace.
Jimmy Dugan (A League of Their Own)
There’s no crying in baseball! But there is a lot of drinking in 1920’s women’s baseball. Especially if you’re Jimmy Dugan.
Roy McAvoy (Tin Cup)
Roy epitomizes the phrase “grip it and rip it”, whether he’s qualifying for the US Open with only a 7 iron or chasing whiskey with liquid antacid in his Winnebago. His drinking did, however, get in the way of his career when he shot an 83 in the first round of the US Open because he was nursing a hangover. But ultimately it was the 13 he shot on the 18th hole that kept him from winning the championship. Dear God this is an amazing movie.
Norman Snively (Air Bud)
Norman Snively was not only a terrible clown, he also a terrible alcoholic. After ruining a kid’s birthday party, Snively parted ways with his K9. You would have to be drunk to give up on that kind of talent. It’s like the Portland Trail Blazers passing up Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft… except with a dog, and it’s nothing like that at all.
Billy Bob (Varsity Blues)
Three words. PUKE AND RALLY!
Paulie Pennino (Rocky)
He may not be the greatest brother to Adrian, but Paulie did introduce her to his buddy Rocky Balboa. And we all know how that turned out. While Paulie’s tendency to booze could lead to some epic temper tantrums, he was an ingenious marketer. It was Paulie that came up with the idea to broadcast Rocky punching slabs of meat on a local Philly news channel. And it was Paulie who got “Shamrock Meats Inc” some ad space on the back of the Italian Stallion’s robe.
Wilbur “Shooter” Flatch
Washed up former star athlete? Check. Drunk, embarrassing dad? Check. Incredible comeback as an assistant coach for his son’s team? Check. Inevitable relapse? Check. Shooter is and forever will be the greatest sports movie boozer of all time.