Aaron Rodgers got on the wrong side of Shooter McGavin, apparently, and Twitter hilarity ensued.
The superstar Green Bay Packers quarterback announced on Wednesday that he is giving up golf to concentrate on more football focused workouts in the off-season.
The Shooter McGavin (from Happy Gilmore) parody account reacted, much like the character, in his rather uppity way to the news and tried to get Rodgers back in the game.
“Shooter” tweeted out to Rodgers account “Rodgers, you know playing golf is a great way to stay in shape? I remember I once ran 3 miles during a round of golf in ’96”, to which Rodgers, who knows social media fun, replied, “How much of a workout could it have been if you got caught by that guy (referencing Richard Kiel’s “Mr. Larson”)?”
The exchange went on and on, with the barbs getting sharper each time.
McGavin is an all-time great fictional character and part of this list of the most over-the-top fictional sports characters in movie history.
15. Roger Dorn – Major League
The Cleveland Indians of the Major League franchise were a sad-sack bunch who eventually turned things around, much like their real counterparts these days. For fans of the movie franchise, the focal point of the fake Indians had to be Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Charlie Sheen). However, his character was just a little too intense and not quite sure of his own ability. Not so veteran Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen), who believed the sun rose and set on his butt and made it a point to antagonize the heck out of the former inmate Vaughn. Dorn, the Indians lone superstar, was a highly unlikable character whose only concern was keeping his body intact to garner interest from other teams and get a fat contract. In a memorable exchange with coach Lou Brown, Dorn asks him if he could have a word, saying “See, I’ve got it right here in my contract. It says, “I don’t have to do any calisthenics that I don’t feel are necessary.” So what do you think about that? To which, shockingly, Brown drops the contract and urinates all over it.
14. Kelly Leak – Bad News Bears
The original Bad News Bears is an iconic baseball film made famous by the hilarious turn by Walter Matthau as coach Buttermaker. Yet, he wasn’t the most dominant personality, or athlete, for that matter — just a source of great quote. That honor goes to Kelly Leak, played to pre-teen angst perfection by future creepy indie superstar Jackie Earle Haley (remember his Oscar nominated turn as a pedophile in “Little Children?”). Leak is the Bears lone great player who also has a penchant for brooding, riding dirt bikes and smoking. After Buttermaker brings Leak aboard in the midst of a terrible season, the lousy Bears team, which included foul-mouthed Tanner Boyle and girl whiz kid Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O’Neal), gives him the cold shoulder. This brief exchange sums up Leak’s tough guy persona and how he is perceived by the rest of the gang. After Leak asks if anyone would mind if he warmed up, Tanner says, “We didn’t think you needed anybody but yourself to play catch with!” To which Leak shuts him down with “Just cool it, runt!”
13. Apollo Creed/Clubber Lang/Drago – Rocky (I, III And IV)
The Rocky franchise has spanned seven movies and five decades, beginning with the Oscar-worthy original “Rocky” in 1976. The down-at-heel protagonist, Rocky Balboa, is an every man boxer looking to escape the grind the only way he knows how, with this fists. And what would be a sports movie franchise without some cartoonish villains. Thus, we’ve decided to roll the three best antagonists into one, they being Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) from the original, followed by Clubber Lang (Mr. T) from Rocky III and finally Russian super-villain Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who actually kills Creed in a fight in Rocky IV. All three have memorable lines to say, right to Rocky’s face before Balboa pummels them into submission. Creed says this to his trainer, pre-fight: “Southpaw nothing. I’ll drop him in three. Apollo Creed meets the Italian Stallion. Now that sounds like a damn monster movie.” In Rocky III, Lang snarls to Rocky, in the ring: “I’m going to bust you up!” And finally in Rocky IV, Drago, in bad Russian accent, proclaims “I must break you.”
12. White Goodman – Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Ben Stiller has made a career out of playing off-beat and clueless characters, from vapid Derek Zoolander, to Greg Focker and Ted from “There’s Something About Mary.” But, his outlandish tour-de-force as a sports anti-hero has to be White Goodman from Dodgeball. Goodman, an over-coiffed former fat guy turned muscle man who seemingly has it all going on, what with owning Globo Gym and captaining the champion Globo Gym Purple Cobras (nudge wink) dodgeball squad. However, his over-the-top histrionics and high opinion of his own ability are his undoing up against sly dog Peter La Fleur of the rival Average Joe’s. Goodman’s lines in the movie are classic double entendre, brain dead loony, the best one being to La Fleur, who was courting Kate (Christine Taylor, Stiller’s real life wife) : “I get it, you caught the scent of a lesser stag in your nostrils. Pity. I’ll let you have your little moment, LaFleur, ’cause after this tournament, your gym, your life – and your gal – are gonna be mine. To be continued.”
11. Billy Hoyle – White Men Can’t Jump
Post-Woody Boyd on “Cheers” and pre-psycho Mickey Knox in “Natural Born Killers”, Woody Harrelson got a plum role opposite Wesley Snipes in “White Men Can’t Jump.” Harrelson’s Billy Hoyle and Snipes’ Sidney Deane are polar opposite street basketball hustlers in the 1992 film. Hoyle is a goofy dude who gets himself into trouble with shady bookmakers and has to bust his butt on outdoor courts in Southern California to pay them off. But, he’s lousy with money, opening the door for straight man and more eminently talented Deane to come in with advice and wisdom. Before they team up, the two trash talk the crap out of each other, with Deane usually holding the upper hand in the brains department. It’s evident in this loopy smack talk from Hoyle, just before he donates some money to the Venice Beach Boys: “You are so stupid, it would take your mother one, no two hours to watch 60 Minutes.” To which Deane sighs and says, “Don’t start that s–t again.”
10. Jackie Moon – Semi-Pro
In terms of chewing scenery in sports related films, Will Ferrell is the king. Ferrell’s smarmy, none-too-bright characters are always lovable, albeit madder than King George. He’s done auto racing (Ricky Bobby), figure skating (Chazz Michael Michaels), soccer (Phil Weston in Kicking and Screaming) and then Jackie Moon in Semi-Pro. The ode to schlocky 70s style basketball uniforms and bad hair picked the perfect guy to play the protagonist. Moon, the owner, coach and star of the ABA’s Flint Tropics (how apt is that!) is a former one-hit wonder singer who used his money to buy the team and his place on it. His antics trying to keep the team afloat while ensuring his supremacy over the squad are at turns hilarious and bewildering. At one point in the movie he blurts, “Everybody panic! Oh my God, there’s a bear loose in the coliseum! There will be no refunds! Your refund will be escaping this deathtrap with your life! If you have a small child, use it as a shield! They love the tender meat! Cover your sodas! Dewie loves sugar!”
9. Willie Mays Hayes – Cleveland Indians
All you need to know about how self important this character (played by Wesley Snipes) in Major League is can be summed up when he introduces himself to the rest of the Cleveland Indians. “Willie Mays Hayes. I hit like Mays and I run like Hayes.” Only thing is, he isn’t really as good as he advertises himself to be. During one of the games in the movie, Hayes reaches first on a bloopy infield single, to which the opposing first baseman Haywood (former major league player Pete Vuckovich) says “you really knocked the crap out of that one.” Hayes, who’s very sure of his base-stealing prowess tells his foe that he plans “to make a double out of that one” then show the big guy his black gloves and says that he bought a hundred of them “one for every base I am going to steal.” He caps off the smack talk with “Excuse me while I take my first step toward the Hall of Fame.” Only thing is, Haywood distracts him briefly and he gets picked off.
8. Reilly – Letterkenny
Anyone wanting to know what small town hockey and the culture surrounding it is like ought to catch the hilarious series Letterkenny. Now, it is way over-the-top, but a lot of what happens has a grain of truth to it. Reilly, played by Dylan Playfair (son of Jim, who is associate coach with Arizona and former coach of the Calgary Flames), is a loose cannon with not a whole lot going on upstairs. He’s a dopey junior hockey player on a team in a small town going nowhere. He and sidekick Jonesy are from a bigger center and share a distaste for “hicks” Wayne and Darryl, but a love for hockey and the same girlfriend. Most of the time, the two “tarp off” (take off their shirts) and chirp everyone with expletive-laden tirades. In one hilarious outtake, Reilly chirps to Wayne “Nice onesie! Does it come in men’s.” The reply, from Wayne, is locker room classic, “Oh, I think you come in men enough for all of us.”
7. Cal Naughton Jr. – Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby
As we said earlier in this piece, Will Ferrell is the Duke of Dunce among sports anti-heroes, playing off-beat but deranged skaters, soccer coaches, basketball players and in this case a NASCAR luminary. And even every good doofus needs an endearing and just as loopy sidekick. Enter John C. Reilly as dumb-as-a-stump good ol’ boy Cal Naughton, Jr. The two are inseparable on track and off, sharing as much love for stock cars as junk food from Domino’s, KFC and Taco Bell, part of a hilarious round-table scene. Cal is as vapid as Ricky, reveling in his second banana role and when a French F1 driver threatens Ricky Bobby’s reign, Cal goes into overdrive taunting Jean Girard (played to haughty Euro-trash best by Sacha Baron Cohen). “Hold on a second, Mr. Fancy-Pants Foreigner. You just broke my bro’s arm. Now you’re gonna get tasered. Say hello to Dr. Watts!”
6. The Dude – The Big Lebowski
Jeff Bridges currently has the market cornered on playing curmudgeonly, but well-formed, characters with interesting backstories in small and big movies alike. His turns as Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton in the superb “Hell or High Water” and Rooster Cogburn in the “True Grit” remake are pure Bridges. His best portrayal of an outsider with an agenda, though, has to be slacker Jeff “the Dude” Lebowski in the Coen Brothers classic “The Big Lebowski.” In it, the Dude is a bowling fanatic who loves White Russians and hanging out with his buddies Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi). The whole plot revolves around mistaken identity, a stolen rug and dirty double dealing. His banter with his namesake millionaire of the movie title is pure slacker gold: “Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not “Mr. Lebowski”. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”
5. Jimmy Dugan – League of Their Own
He’s playing mostly serious roles in serious Oscar-bait films now, but there was a time that Tom Hanks was the clown prince of pop comedy. Typically, he played lovable schleps in movies like “Big” and “Splash”, rarely branching into anything high brow. Just prior to his serious actor makeover for Oscar-worthy roles in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, Hanks got in one last overblown performance as coach Jimmy Dugan in “League of Their Own.” Hearing him yelp at one of his hapless charges “Are you crying? Are you crying? There’s no crying in baseball!” is one of the best lines ever. A bit of a foul-mouthed drunk and sad ne’er-do-well, Jimmy gets as good as gets in this role. From Ira Lowenstein (David Strathairn): “Great game, Jimmy. I especially liked that move in the seventh inning when you scratched your balls for an hour.” Dugan’s reply is classic deadpan: “Well, anything worth doing is worth doing right.”
4. Ty Webb – Caddyshack
In his heyday, no one did louche and lecherous like Chevy Chase. The Saturday Night Live alumnus parlayed a successful run on the weekly sketch hit series into roles that catapulted him to movie stardom. One of his first hits was portraying sleazy golf club pro Ty Webb in the funny-as-heck golf movie Caddyshack. Even with Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight doing their level best to out-do each other in the over-the-top category, Chase steals the show with his hair-brained and quite made-up quips, slimy bedroom tactics and boozy antics. Speaking of quips, this one is awesome (to caddy Danny): “Don’t be obsessed with your desires Danny. The Zen philosopher, Basho, once wrote, ‘A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut with no hole, is a Danish.’ He was a funny guy.” We like this one, spouted at the aptly named Lacey Underall: “You’re rather attractive, for a beautiful girl with a great body.”
3. The Hanson Brothers – Slapshot
Well, these are actually three characters, but like the villains in the Rocky movies, we’ll count them as one. The real life trio (Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson and David Hanson) all played pro hockey and perhaps no one else in the history of film has dined out in perpetuity by playing one role than the three pugilistic, but idiotic Hanson Brothers. Jeff, Steve and Jack absolutely steal the show in this profane ode to 1970s schlocky hockey. In what was a great vehicle for the late Paul Newman, who portrays player coach Reggie Dunlop, the Hanson Brothers breeze into the story and turn it on its ear. They play with dinky cars, wrap foil on their hands to prepare for fisticuffs on the ice and wear dark horn-rimmed glasses with tape in the middle. Their teammates, none too impressed with their acquisition — until they see what they can do on the ice — trash talk them viciously. One says, “Jesus, what did the old man trade for these a–holes, a used puck bag?”
2. Shooter McGavin – Happy Gilmore
Adam Sandler is no stranger to sports comedy, having re-done “The Longest Yard” and the execrable “The Water Boy.” The hockey and golf send-up, Happy Gilmore was pretty schlocky, but a classic, if only for the punch-up involving Bob Barker. As in-your-face as Sandler was as the lousy hockey player turned rocket driving golf pro in the movie, he was upstaged in Christopher McDonald’s scuzzy portrayal of tour champion Shooter McGavin. Equal parts Ty Webb, White Goodman and Roger Dorn, McGavin is a cocksure champ who is quick with a put-down or sly and mildly slanderous thing to say, but slow on a comeback. We love this back and forth with Gilmore and Lee Trevino, as himself. Gilmore, to McGavin: “That’s right, I’m gonna beat your ass on the course!” Shooter replies: “Yeah, right. And Grizzly Adams had a beard.” Trevino, nearby, deadpans: “Grizzly Adams *did* have a beard.”
1. Rocky Balboa – Rocky
Before his star turn as Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone was a bit actor and sometime soft core porn star (later made light of) who, like his famous character, was looking for that one big break. After seeing Muhammad Ali fight against Chuck Wepler in 1975, an inspired Stallone holed himself up in his house and in three days finished a script for what would be one of the all-time best sports movies. He sold the rights to the movie himself, insisting on being the star, which was granted. Having grown up in Hell’s Kitchen, his huge role in the film came naturally. Meat packer by day and cash fight boxer by night, Rocky Balboa was the epitome of the American Dream. At one point, Rocky has a little chat with his beloved wife, Adrian, who asks: “Why do you wanna fight?” To which Rocky says, deadpan “Cause I can’t sing or dance.” Yo, Adrian!