SI.com selects the best (and worst) sports movies, TV shows, books and blogs of the 2000s.
For the first two acts,
As over-the-hill grappler Randy "The Ram" Robinson in
The title and premise might be enough to scare off most red-blooded American sports fans: a cross-cultural comedy about a plucky Indian teenager from West London (
The biopic of unlikely Depression-era champion
The best sports documentary since the 1994 classic
The greatest art-house sports movie of all-time. For the duration of a 2005 match between Real Madrid and Villareal before 80,000 fans at the Bernabeu, artist-filmmakers
To some, the experimental cinema and hypnotic beauty of
Behold the birth of extreme sports.
Perhaps the most memorable meeting in the longrunning Ancient Eight rivalry between Harvard and Yale came in 1968, when the heavy underdog Crimson scored two touchdowns -- and a pair of two-point conversions -- in the final 42 seconds to escape with the "victory" revealed in the title. Director
HBO's outstanding monthly newsmagazine keeps getting better nearly 15 years since its debut. An all-star team of correspondents -- among them
Virtually unseen outside Canada,
UFC commissioner and ace promoter
There's plenty to savor about ESPN's first original dramatic series as long as you take it for what it is: pure, unadulterated camp.
Say what you want about
The first and (arguably) only sports blog to truly penetrate the cultural mainstream boasts sports news "without access, favor or discretion" -- but with a snark and acerbity that's given it a widespread appeal. Featuring commentary and recaps of the day's major sports news and gossip, the Gawker-owned blog first shone when various MSM outlets cited Deadspin stories, among them
Early scoops ranged from hard news (like
Many personnel people in the league read PFT every day, thus influencing the way front offices conduct business. The blog has sources inside league offices, lending authority to injury tips. Yes, PFT has fallen off since "going corporate" and signing a deal with NBC Sports in June 2009, but
The slogan -- "Where Bad Sports Journalism Comes To Die" -- tells you everything you need to know. The brainchild of comedy writers
Former sportswriter and
BadJocks.com -- "where COPS meets SportsCenter" -- existed years before