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Rocky Balboa has captured audiences through five (well at least four) sequels. Which one is the best? (Source: MGM/MGN) Rocky Balboa has captured audiences through five (well at least four) sequels. Which one is the best? (Source: MGM/MGN)
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(XXXX) - What is the greatest sports movie of all time? That is the question you will answer in a 65-film bracket starting March 17 and leading right into the NCAA March Madness men's basketball tournament.

While discussing what movies to include, the selection committee ran into a Rocky problem. After much arguing and a little thumb wrestling, it was decided the original and just one sequel would make it into the tournament. A selection committee vote gave "Rocky IV" would face "The Endless Summer" in the first-round, play-in game.

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The following is two opposing viewpoints by two obsessive Rocky fans on what sequel best represents the Italian Stallion and his friends.

Tynes: Rocky IV

Rocky II and Rocky Balboa are quality movies, but Balboa is hurt by the rehashing of old story lines and scenes with no purpose other than provoking an emotional response. Plus, Rocky II is the one where he wins and Mickey makes him chase a chicken, which was hysterical.

As for the other matchup, Rocky IV is clearly the superior Rocky sequel. It's not even worth debating. It beats Rocky III and whatever other sequel it's put up against.

If you want drama, it doesn't get much better than avenging the death of Apollo Creed. Rocky is drawn out of retirement after an exhibition goes sour and Creed dies in the ring from a beating courtesy of Soviet superman Ivan Drago. Rocky may have even indirectly caused it by not throwing in the towel to stop the fight (which doesn't actually do anything in boxing. Never has). He agrees to fight Drago in a grudge match in Russia during the height of Cold War tensions.

The action in the ring is better than previous Rocky movies, as the fight with Drago is choreographed beautifully. He is the perfect villain for Rocky because he is everything Rocky isn't. He doesn't have an inspiring back story, he hasn't overcome tremendous odds, he's an unthinking machine created by steroids and is in no way endearing – not even to the people of the Soviet Union. And Rocky bludgeons him, causing the robotic Drago to claim "he's not human."

The Italian Stallion single-handedly ends the Cold War when the Russian audience starts chanting his name. He gives the final speech saying "If I can change, and youse can change, EVERYBODY can change." That's the second best moment in the entire series behind him screaming "Yo, Adrian! I did it!" when he wins the title.

The original Rocky has the iconic training sequence the series is known for, but the training montage in Rocky IV is as good, if not better. Drago uses machines and steroids while Rocky cuts firewood, tosses rocks and climbs a mountain while stranded in the middle of Russia surrounded by creepy security guards and 10 feet of snow.

If that doesn't convince you, remember this is the only movie in the series to feature Paulie's talking robot. Come to think of it, I probably should have led with that.

Quillen: Rocky III

When you're picking a Rocky sequel, there is no wrong choice. Except V, it's terrible. Balboa and II better express who he is. But III and IV are better in terms of pure entertainment and unadulterated 80s-ness.

Let's put them into their own mini-bracket: III vs. IV and II vs. Balboa. I'd give the edge to II in the latter; people bust it for being a little slow through the first two/thirds (I disagree), but there's no better sequence through any of the series than everything that happens after Adrian says, "Win."

Mick's response still gives me goosebumps every time: "Well, what are we waiting for!"

The Battle of '80s Rocky is close, but I think III takes it despite the lesser opponent - no offense to a terrifyingly awesome performance by Mr. T. The small deficit between Clubber and Drago is made up by the scenes with Mick (especially his death scene, pure heartbreak), Apollo stepping in as trainer and Eye of the Tiger - by far the best Rocky rock song.

That leaves II and III in the finals. This answer could change depending on the day, but I have to go with III. If we're adding only one to a bracket of sports movies that already contains Rocky, why should we add one with a feel so similar to the original?

One of the interesting things about the series is it rolled with the times, and III gives a new, shampoo-commercial-grade-hair perspective on our favorite fictional Philly southpaw.

My prediction on Rocky III's first-round opponent? "Pain."

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  • B - TESTING-No. 5 vs. No. 12 - Which of these is the better movie?

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    No. 5 A League of Their Own
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    No. 12 Miracle
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    No. 5 A League of Their Own
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    No. 5 A League of Their Own
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  • TESTING-No. 8 vs. No. 9 - Which of these is the better movie?

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    No. 8 Eight Men Out
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    No. 9 The Program
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  • TESTING-No. 4 vs. No. 13 - Which of these is the better movie?

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    No. 4 White Men Can't Jump
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