13 Random Sports Scenes In Blockbuster Movies That Made Us Say 'WTF?'

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Vote up the most out-of-nowhere sports scenes that left you scratching your head.

What is Hollywood's obsession with shoving a random sports scene into an otherwise non-sporty blockbuster picture? When an audience sits down to watch Major League or Hoosiers, they expect to see at least one scene of sports, but when some regular Joe off the streets plunks down their hard-earned dough to enjoy the exploits of the teenage vampires of the Pacific Northwest in Twilight, the last thing they're ready to see is a game of bloodsucker baseball. 

Filmmakers have been shoving sports scenes into movies that have nothing to do with sports for decades, but the films included here feature the most gratuitous, pointless, and random sports moments in recent history. Some of these out-of-nowhere sports moments try to tie into the themes of the films, but most of them feel like they were added at the last minute to spice things up.

Every single one of these goofy sports scenes is genuinely mind-boggling - but which one of them is the most WTF?


  • Batman & Robin is the first film to really lean into the campy glory of the original series, and in order to do that, director Joel Schumacher pulls out all the stops. A beautiful woman wearing a gorilla suit? That's in there. Mr. Freeze making a bunch of ice puns? You better believe it. And what's a good ice-based villain without matching henchmen? A lesser director would have given Mr. Freeze a bunch of jerks dressed like ice cubes or maybe even polar bears, but not Schumacher. He gave Freeze an evil hockey team.

    The henchmen not only dress like evil hockey players (big pads, pointy hockey sticks, nasty-looking goalie masks), but their fighting style is ripped from the rink, as well. When faced with Batman and Robin, the henchmen circle the caped crusaders, beating their sticks on the ice before taking part in some nasty-looking violence. 

    What this team lacks in their ability to fend off Batman and Robin, they more than make up in an ability to hit a diamond around like a hockey puck, which is likely why they were hired by Freeze in the first place. Even though the team gets whomped off the ice by the Dark Knight, they still manage to win the hockey of it all, which is really what matters.

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  • 2004's Catwoman is one of the dumbest movies ever filmed, and that's exactly why you have to see it. The superhero movies that are being released today would never have the star engage in a game of one-on-one basketball with a love interest while a group of children surrounds them chanting "One on one! One on one!" This is a truly special piece of cinema.

    After gaining cat-like abilities following a death and rebirth, Patience Phillips takes on the guise of the Catwoman, a vigilante whose first mission is to stop the sale of a moisturizer that makes the user's skin fall off. Before taking care of that, Phillips engages in some intense flirting with Detective Tom Lone. While chatting on a basketball court, Phillips shows off her skills with the ball (which include - but are not limited to - spinning it around on her arms and bouncing it super high before jumping off a wall to catch it) before playing the silliest game of half-court basketball ever. 

    It's not just that the scene looks like a Hype Williams video from 1997, but neither of these characters is very good at basketball. Detective Lone can certainly dribble, but when it comes to putting in the rock, he can't make it happen. He does show off his abs, though, so that's something. Patience is sort of better at basketball in an NBA Jam kind of way. At the end of this incredibly long scene, she uses her cat abilities to hone in on the basket before leaping over Detective Lone in the least believable way possible for a dunk. The scene ends in the only way it can, with Catwoman landing on the detective for some good ol' sexual tension. What a movie.

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  • In Alien: Resurrection, Ellen Ripley is brought back to life by combining her DNA with that of a Xenomorph to make a human clone whose senses are heightened and whose strength is completely maxed out. To show just how in-tune her abilities are, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has Ripley shoot a basketball from half-court.

    The scene in question is incredibly out of place, and it's not even clear why Ripley is playing basketball. Rather than have Ripley do something that moves the story along, this scene shows that she not only has heightened reflexes, but can also palm a ball, dunk, and hit a bucket from half-court. What is it with science fiction movies making their heroes play basketball? 

    It helps that Resurrection is the most campy film in the Alien franchise. Of course Ripley is going to dunk in the movie where Ron Perlman kidnaps a bunch of humans who are in cryosleep and Brad Dourif (Child's Play, Deadwood) dares a Xenomorph to kill him through a bulletproof window. Is the basketball scene goofy? It sure is, but so is the rest of this movie.

  • Sure, teens, you came to this theater to fall in love with Edward Cullen and Bella Swan all over again - so why not watch them go absolutely nuts on the baseball diamond? There's a lot of weird stuff going on in this movie (and entire franchise), but the overall weirdest thing that happens is the all-vampire baseball game that breaks out after Bella learns the Cullen family is actually a coven of vampires. This is all made even more strange when you realize the game isn't something the filmmakers thought would jazz up the movie - it's a focal point of the book.

    During this absolutely necessary scene, the audience learns the Cullens can only play baseball during a thunderstorm because of how hard they hammer the ball. Not only that, but their vampire powers allow them to throw the ball at such an insane speed that humans can't comprehend what's happening on the diamond. It's an incredibly dumb scene that only adds to how fun this movie is if you just let everything go and let it wash over you like the rivers that run through Forks, WA.

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  • 15 years after Snake Plissken dropped into New York City and changed the face of cult cinema, he returned to theaters to play a dangerous game. That game? Basketball. This dystopian goof fest takes place in the distant future of 2013, a time when Los Angeles has literally broken off from the rest of the country and turned into a refuge of degenerates and creeps. Snake Plissken is tasked with infiltrating the city-state to find the remote to the Sword of Damocles, a satellite device with the power to send out an EMP blast that renders electronic devices useless.

    Much like in Escape from New York, once in the city, Snake meets a wild cast of characters and fights off a ton of baddies that look like extras from Double Dragon. Escape from L.A. is pretty much beat-for-beat like its predecessor, but with one sports-influenced change-up - a basketball game to the death.

    After Snake is captured by a pack of futuristic hooligans, he's forced to take part in a lethal basketball game. Basically, he has to sink five full-court baskets while a shot clock runs out. If he misses any of the shots, he's a grease stain on the highway of history. If he hits them all, he's good to go. This being Snake's movie, he sinks every basket and he's allowed to go on his way. Seeing it all written out makes it look a little boring, but Kurt Russell makes it work.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master may be the most visually exciting film of the franchise, but it can't escape the random sports scene. The scene in question involves Rick, a martial arts enthusiast who has a fatal run-in with Fred Krueger during one of his presumably many karate dreams.

    As the eighth lead of the film, there isn't a lot of time dedicated to Rick's backstory. He's the brother of the previous final girl, Kristen, the boyfriend of the current final girl, Alice, and he likes karate. When Rick makes the rookie mistake of falling asleep in Springwood, OH, he first finds himself in a bathroom stall filled with babes that soon turns into an elevator that won't stop falling. So far, so good. When the elevator finally stops, Rick is in a martial arts dojo where he's beaten to a pulp by an invisible Krueger before a very visible knife hand stabs him through the stomach.

    This scene is the epitome of a sports scene that's shoehorned into a movie for no real reason. Even when Rick meets his final moment, the whole thing feels more like a shrug than an exciting Nightmare on Elm Street moment.