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The Best Sports Movies to Stream

Among the first casualties of the current COVID-19 pandemic were sports. Gone from the schedule were the NBA playoffs, the NCAA basketball tournament, the start of the season for major league baseball, and basically all soccer tournaments (aka football, outside the U.S.) around the world. If you’ve been missing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, you can try to recapture the feeling with one (or more!) of these sports movies you can stream at home right now.

Goon (2011; available to stream for rent or purchase on Amazon)

Titled after the unofficial name for the crucial hockey position of “enforcer” (brawler), Goon tells the story of generally sweet-natured Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott), recruited to goon for a minor league Massachusetts team after defending a friend from a homophobic attacker. Doug’s rise through the league puts him on a trajectory to cross sticks with his idol, legendary goon Ross “The Boss” Rhea (Liev Schreiber).

Whip It (2009; available to stream for rent or purchase on iTunes)

Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) doesn’t fit in with her high school classmates in small-town Texas, and can’t figure out how to tell her mother, Brooke (Marcia Gay Harden), that she doesn’t want to follow her into the world of beauty pageants. A chance encounter with some Austin roller girls brings her to her first bout and sparks her love affair with roller derby.

The Damned United (2009; available to stream for rent or purchase on Amazon)

Before turning his hand to digital-fur technology, Cats director Tom Hooper helmed this docudrama about football (soccer) manager Brian Clough, and his challenging time with Leeds United in 1974. Michael Sheen stars as Clough in a script from his

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