Has there been a rising interest in sports these days? If you go to the cinema at all, you would certainly think so.
Not only have there been some prominent sports movies in recent years, it seems clear that the bar has been raised for the genre. In the 2009 hit “The Blind Side,” about the young football great Michael Oher, actress Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award's Oscar for Best Performance. And this year, at the Golden Globes award ceremony, Sylvester Stallone, the rugged, beefed up creator of the Rocky movie franchise, won a Golden Globe playing the elderly Rocky Balboa in last year's hit boxing movie, “Creed.”
The movies are a ready-made vehicle for sports stories. Sports are very dramatic and very visual, lending themselves well to the big screen. And there are any number of stories of glorious championships and of great efforts on the field—win, lose or draw.