The World Track & Field Championships start this week at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Liz has been working on it for 3 years and has the whole behind-the-scenes plus an interview with Olympic Champion/World Champion sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross, who is on the NBC broadcasting team and is the newest cast member of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Plus, our favorite sports movies of all time and some hot new up-and-coming sports from around the world.
The whole NBC schedule to watch the action from Hayward Field is here. July 15 - July 24.
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Julie's Favorite Sports Movies:
We’re celebrating Satellite Sisters Summer Sports Spectacular this week. Here’s Julie's list of favorite sports movies.
A League of Their Own
This is a Satellite Sister Solid Gold choice. This movie has everything: sisters, baseball, Geena Davis, Rosie O”Donnell, Madonna in center field, and Tom Hanks telling the players,” there’s no crying in baseball”.
Bend It Like Beckham
A wonderful coming of age/cultural assimilation/girl power story about Jess Bijam who wants to play soccer like her idol, David Beckham but struggles to respect her traditional Indian family values. And, hello, Keira Knightley plays Jess’s friend and David Beckham makes a cute cameo.
It’s hard to pick my favorite baseball movie but the kitchen scene with Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner makes Bull Durham my top pick. The movie is about baseball in a very deep way but also has breezy romantic comedy.
I loved the original Rocky. It’s the ultimate underdog movie and has one of the best theme songs ever. Also, Talia Shire shines in the film.
An excellent documentary following two young Chicago basketball prospects trying to use their athletic talents to get to a better life. The two stars face racism, poverty, injury and other roadblocks trying to make their dreams come true. The film left me in tears.
Friday Night Lights
Watch the original movie with clear eyes and a full heart. Before there was Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor, there was Billy Bob Thornton and Tim McGraw in a film that follows the coach and players of a high school football team in Odessa, Texas. As a transplant, I am beginning to appreciate what Friday night football means to Texas communities. The film is as much about Texas culture as it is about football.
Bad News Bears
Haven’t we all been on a team for work or play where you feel like a group of misfits or outcasts? This is a movie about kids who never expect to care about competing or winning. Tatum O’Neal is the 11-year old star pitcher. Walter Matthau as an alcoholic ex-baseball pitcher turned coach is perfect. The ending involves a championship game and a big celebration for the Bears.
Liz's sport movie faves include Robert Redford in Downhill Racer and Bill Murray in Caddyshack! Plus Without Limits, a great T&F movie with Billy Crudup as Steve Prefontaine and Donald Sutherland as Coach Bill Bowerman
Lian names the great cycling flick Breaking Away and The Cutting Edge, a skating rom-com that does the sport proud.
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