Dan: I'll get to the points in a moment, but as usual, I want to take my first paragraph to prattle on. First off, The Sandlot ...is it a sports movie? I say yes, but only as much as A Christmas Story is a Christmas movie. "Guffaw", you say? A Christmas Story, much like The Sandlot, is a story about coming of age in a bygone era that may not have actually existed. You have a child who narrates the entire flashback of a movie, romanticizing an era of his life. This childhood story rotates around either Christmas or baseball, and though it may seem at first glance those themes are the core of the story, the movies are really about the magic of childhood-goggles and how they make your past nostalgic.
Oh, and Wreck-it Ralph was fantastic. MovieBob needed to give it much more of a good review than he did. Ok, now to the points.
A low-scoring episode due to much of the episode being spent reminiscing instead of debating, the first point was nabbed by Kyle. Competition is the core of a good sports movie, unless you are a soccer team that's been ruined by soccer-moms. The Sandlot had the dog, and general life roadblocks, but there was no evil team they needed to prove themselves by beating. Winning a trophy, championship, or anything at all is very important in crafting a proper sports flick, and the Ducks get the point for that.
Chris then evened up the score with the secret weapon. Not a secret weapon debate argument, but the secret weapon that every sports movie team has in its arsenal. As Chris brought up in this article, the Ducks had the knuckle shot. It was fun to watch, yes we all tried to make it work, and it helped the players win. However, it was more of a gimmick, rather than a core mechanic. Sandlot, on the other hand, had Benny "The Jet". This movie pulls a fast one by having the main character be a narrator that's not telling a story about himself so much, but of his friend the super player. It is deep, and I feel that's the reason why the movie's so loved.
Kyle nabbed a point with the mind-blowing fact that a movie about a child's hockey team caused a real life hockey team to take up the name. This is a thing, it happened in this reality. I don't know any other way to deal with that fact other than to give Kyle a point. It rattles me to the core, and I don't know what to believe ...
Driving the nail further in the coffin, and hopefully dissuading anyone who thinks Chris wins all the time, Kyle grabbed another point by making the argument that The Mighty Ducks has a coach, and that fact is paramount to the story. While the protagonist of The Sandlot was one of the players observing his fellow players, the Ducks were operating under the tutelage of Emilio Estevez, who himself was under the wings of old man Hanz. Another key ingredient of a good sports movie is to identify the inspiration to train and win. Everyone needs a coach, even coaches sometimes.
Seriously, go see Wreck-it Ralph.