I’ve been wanting to write this piece for a while now. I don’t know about you, but I’ve doubled down on my movie favorites anytime they’ve become available the last four months; watching Rocky all the way through to Creed II several times would be my most consistently obsessive example. Same for Ocean’s 11 and 12 and 13.
The last one got me thinking, as I re-watched Al Pacino starring as Willy Bank, the morally bankrupt Vegas hotel mogul in Ocean’s 13. Bank was bad through and through. In pro wrestling, they call guys like Bank "heels." In movies, they’re the villains or bad guys. Any way you label them, here are ten of the worst from popular sports comedy movies.
Before we dive in, here’s some criteria needed to qualify. First, this list is for sports comedies or sports ‘related’ comedy movies. I’m struggling with making a list of bad guys without including the likes of Johnny Lawrence from Karate Kid, but this space today is strictly for sports comedies. Candidates should carry more than a few of these traits; sleaziness, dishonesty, underhandedness, deceitfulness, untrustworthiness, sneakiness, selfishness, smugness, narcissism, arrogance, cowardice, creepiness and a cockroach-like will to survive. A distinctly punchable face only helps make the list too. Without further ado let’s dive into this personality cesspool:
10: Don Johnson as David Simms – Tin Cup
3: Bill Murray as “The Big Ern” Ernie McCracken – King Pin
He was my instinctive number one but after a couple of conversations, I had to slot him here, a razor-close second. Shooter McGavin is the lowest of low. As a heel, he like Ernie McCracken has it all. Nobody is smugger. Nobody is more arrogant. Nobody is more phony, deceitful, underhanded or desperate as Shooter. He stole the gold jacket! Bought Grandma’s house and had Happy Gilmore run over by a car! It’s a constant series of villainy. He’s like a villain in the old Batman series and maybe has the most punchable face of all. He’s a heel at every turn and in every way.