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(RNN) - Whether it's a runty overachiever trying to play defensive end for Notre Dame or Michael Jordan and a bunch of cartoons trying to beat their alien captors, this region is filled with the overlooked and overwhelmed.

We won't waste time waxing poetic about the chances of The Karate Kid (get it, get it?), but chances are that movie is one of the most likely candidates to advance.

Voting will resume Monday with second-round matchups in the Knockout Region.

No. 1 Rudy vs. No. 16 Little Big League

Rudy, 1993

Stars: Sean Astin, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton

Synopsis: Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger (Astin) has nothing on his mind but playing football for Notre Dame. But he's not nearly athletic enough or smart enough to earn a scholarship. Based on a true story, this movie takes viewers from the depths of disappointment to the peak of triumph and provides inspiration long after the final credits roll.

Little Big League, 1994

Stars: Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Jason Robards

Synopsis: Billy Heywood (Edwards) lives the dream of every 12-year-old alive during the 1990s - he owns and manages the Minnesota Twins. Unfortunately, he inherited the team from his recently deceased grandfather (Robards), he still has a curfew and the team stinks. Although the plot is far-fetched, the baseball action and dialogue are right on the nose.

No. 2 Caddyshack vs. No. 15 Bloodsport

Caddyshack, 1980

Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Bill Murray

Synopsis: A kooky playboy with a Zen outlook (Chase), a crotchety judge (Knight), a "new money" loudmouth (Dangerfield) and an assistant groundskeeper with a gopher vendetta (Murray) are among the oddballs gracing the fairways of Bushwood Country Club. Through all the hilarity, caddy Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) tries to figure out how he will make his way to college.

Bloodsport, 1988

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Forest Whitaker

Synopsis: This martial-arts drama is based on claims by real-life martial artist Frank Dux. In the movie, Dux (Van Damme) travels to Hong Kong to participate in the Kumite, an illegal fighting tournament that can be deadly for its competitors. His path goes through defending champion Chong Li (Bolo Yeung), a massive, brutal fighter who seems to enjoy maiming and killing his opponents.

No. 3 The Karate Kid vs. No. 14 The Hurricane

The Karate Kid, 1984

Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue

Synopsis: After arriving in California from New Jersey, teen Daniel Larusso (Macchio) runs into trouble with some karate-trained high school bullies. Mr. Miyagi (Morita), a caretaker in his apartment building, comes to Daniel's rescue by teaching him karate and mentoring him. Daniel goes on to fight in a karate tournament against his tormenters and wins, despite being injured in an earlier round.

The Hurricane, 1999

Stars: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Liev Schreiber

Synopsis: This film is based on the true story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a successful middleweight boxer who along with his friend was falsely accused of being present at the scene of a triple murder. Carter (Washington) proclaims his innocence, but he and his friend are convicted and received three life sentences. Nearly two decades later, the case was reinvestigated, and a federal district court ruled Carter's conviction was based on racism rather than facts. In 1985, Carter was released from prison.

No. 4 Jerry Maguire vs. No. 13 Glory Road

Jerry Maquire 1996

Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Renee Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell

Synopsis: Sports agent Jerry Maguire (Cruise) is fired for denouncing the corruptness of his business. So he decides to test his new philosophy, going it alone with the only coworker (Zellweger) and client (Gooding) who believe in him. Gooding nabbed an Oscar for his performance as NFL receiver Rod Tidwell.

Glory Road, 2006

Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Jon Voight

Synopsis: This sports drama was inspired by a true story of Texas Western head basketball Coach Don Haskins. He wanted to recruit the best talent, black or white, 40 years ago. The 1965-66 Texas Western Miners were made up of seven blacks and five whites. After facing unbelievable odds, mostly racism, the team came together to reach the national championship game against Kentucky.

No. 5 The Wrestler vs. No. 12 When We Were Kings

The Wrestler, 2008

Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

Synopsis: Over-the-hill pro wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson can't give up his sport because he needs the money and the reminder of long-gone fame and fortune. He tries and fails to mend his relationship with his daughter and fails to find romance with aging stripper Cassidy (Tomei). Robinson suffers a heart attack after a bout, but returns to the ring despite failing health. The ending is ambiguous – and perfect.

When We Were Kings, 1996

Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King

Synopsis: The 1996 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature focuses on Muhammad Ali's stunning defeat of George Forman to regain his heavyweight title in the immortal 1974 fight dubbed the "Rumble in the Jungle." Ali wins over the crowd in Zaire, which is ruled by a dictator, and speaks passionately about the dignity of the Africans. Ali executes his daring "rope-a-dope" strategy in some of the greatest fight footage ever shot.

No. 6 Space Jam vs. No. 11 The Cutting Edge

Space Jam, 1996

Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Looney Tunes characters

Synopsis: Michael Jordan is brought to another planet called Moron Mountain by the Looney Tunes characters, who are enslaved at an amusement park. To win their freedom, the cartoon characters challenge the bad guys, called Nerdlucks, to a basketball game. The bad guys then kidnap an all-star basketball team to play for them. But, of course, Jordan and the cartoons win.

The Cutting Edge, 1992

Stars: Moira Kelly, D.B. Sweeney, Roy Dotrice

Synopsis: Hockey player Doug Dorsey (Sweeney) suffers a career-ending eye injury, and Kate Moseley (Kelly) is a temperamental figure skater - and they both have very bad showings at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Kate's coach convinces Dough to skate with her. The movie follows Doug learning a new way to skate, Kate finally accepting a partner ("Toe pick!") and a love story worthy of a gold medal.

No. 7 Slap Shot vs. No. 10 He Got Game

Slap Shot, 1977

Stars: Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, Lindsay Crouse

Synopsis: Reggie Dunlop (Newman) is an aged player/coach for the Chiefs, a last-place minor league hockey team. The team adds new players who can only do two things well - fight and swear - and they use dirty play to start winning games. Straight-laced teammate Ned Braden (Ontkean) resents the new tactic, prompting Reggie to further torment him.

He Got Game, 1998

Stars: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen

Synopsis: Jake Shuttlesworth (Washington), a prison inmate who was convicted of killing his wife, cuts a deal with the warden. If he can get his son Jesus Shuttlesworth (Allen) - the top-ranked basketball prospect in the country - to sign with the warden's alma mater, Jake is promised a commuted sentence. Jake is released temporarily and has a week to convince Jesus, who still resents his father.

No. 8 Hoop Dreams vs. No. 9 Tin Cup

Hoop Dreams, 1994

Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee

Synopsis: The documentary follows two black basketball phenoms from Chicago, Agee and Gates, who get recruited to St. Joseph High School, a predominately white school with a highly regarded basketball program. The film captures the struggles of the boys and their families as they try to realize their dream of playing collegiate and pro basketball.

Tin Cup, 1996

Stars: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Cheech Marin

Synopsis: Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy (Costner) is a driving range golf pro with the skills of a PGA champion but a habit of melting down. He meets psychologist Dr. Molly Griswold (Russo) when she comes by for a lesson, which renews a rivalry between him and David Simms, his college teammate and Griswold's boyfriend.

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