The 2019 Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame Inductees Wed, 24 Feb 2021 18:26:24 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Clubber Lang Clubber Lang
Rocky III may have been the movie where the Italian Stallion sold his soul to the box office, but it was also the flick that gave us one of the greatest fads of the 1980’s, Mr. T. He was far from a great actor, but he looked perfect as James “Clubber” Lang; the hardened fighter from Chicago who learned to box in prison. Actually, he was portrayed as someone who Rocky couldn’t beat at all. They never claimed in the original Rocky movie that Balboa was undefeated going into the initial match with Apollo Creed. In fact, Rocky’s record wasn’t that good, though still it was never implied that he was destroyed in a fight. As such, Clubber Lang was the first man we saw demolish our cinematic hero in the ring (It was a second round KO) and take the World Heavyweight Championship. Of course Rocky got revenge in pure cinematic fashion, but Clubber was the man we wanted to hate. Actually we hated him so much, that we couldn’t get enough of him and turned him into a “good guy”. Mr. T became the top television action star of the 80’s; and yes it was all because of Clubber Lang.
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Fast Eddie Felson Fast Eddie Felson
The only Fictitious Athlete on the ballot who appeared before 1970, we had the opportunity to witness “Fast” Eddie Felson in “The Hustler” in 1961 and the sequel “The Color of Money” in 1986. A quarter of a century may have passed between the movies, but the similarities of brilliant performances by Paul Newman and layered storytelling make this a character we are thrilled to see at different stages of life. Now seriously, how many characters on this ballot (with the same actor we stress) can we say that about?
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Ivan Drago Ivan Drago
“I must break you”. Decades later, and we still remember the roided up superfreak who was engineered in a Soviet laboratory to take down Rocky Balboa. We know that he did not succeed in that task, but this was the man who killed Apollo Creed in the ring and was married to a then hot Brigitte Nielsen, before she became the grotesque trainwreck that once pined over Flavor Flav. Sure, he was symbolic of “Communist evil” and the movie aged quickly with the spirit of Glasnost, but tell us you won’t watch it when it comes on cable!
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