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(RNN) - The story of the first round was 16 seed Little Big League knocking off No. 1 Rudy, the first time that has ever happened in the "Movie Madness" Greatest Sports Movies Tournament.

Considering this is the first time the tournament has been held, however, that's not saying a whole lot.

It's appropriate the biggest surprise so far came in the Underdog Region, which will commence second-round play on Tuesday.

But first, top overall seed Rocky will continue its quest for a championship after taking a decisive win over its own sequel, Rocky IV.

Another team to watch in this region is The Natural, which faces off against another baseball movie, The Sandlot.

No. 1 Rocky vs. No. 8 Eight Men Out

Rocky, 1976

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire

Synopsis: The first sports film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture features affable underdog Rocky Balboa (Stallone), who gets an unlikely title bout against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. Stallone wrote the original screenplay in three days, though it went through extensive rewrites before it was shot in 28 days on a budget of $1.1 million.

Eight Men Out, 1988

Stars: John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, David Straithairn

Synopsis: Angry with owner Charlie Comiskey, the 1919 Chicago White Sox conspire with gamblers to lose the World Series on purpose. The plot is uncovered, and eight members of the team are permanently banned from baseball, though they were found not guilty in court. The movie is based on the book of the same name by Eliot Asinof. It focuses on pitcher Eddie Cicotte (Straithairn), who was integral to the plot, as well as Buck Weaver and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (Cusack). Their role in the scandal, especially that of Jackson, has been the source of heated debates in baseball circles ever since.

No. 2 Raging Bull vs. No. 7 The Bad News Bears

Raging Bull, 1980

Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci

Synopsis: Violent and self-destructive boxer Jake La Motta escapes his demons only long enough to become a top contender in the ring, and even then he is a haunted man. He destroys all his relationships, including with his brother Joey (Pesci) and teenage wife Vickie (Moriarty). This brutally honest picture of real-life boxer LaMotta won DeNiro an Academy Award for Best Actor.

The Bad News Bears, 1976

Stars: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal

Synopsis: Washed-up drunkard and ex-minor leaguer Morris Buttermaker (Matthau) is paid to coach a little league team of runts and misfits. Buttermaker brings along an ex-girlfriend's daughter (O'Neal) as the ace of the pitching staff along with Kelly Leak, the town's bad boy. With solid pieces in place, the Bears make their way to the championship to avenge a bitter loss to their overachieving rivals, the Yankees.

No. 3 The Natural vs. No. 6 The Sandlot

The Natural, 1984

Stars: Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall

Synopsis: With the help of dramatic music and cinematography, this movie tells the story of a great athlete getting a second chance. Teenage baseball prodigy Roy Hobbs (Redford) survives a brutal shooting by an alluring woman in a hotel room but does not return to the game until he is nearly middle-aged. With his trusty bat "Wonderboy" at his side, Hobbs makes the final inning of his career one to remember.

The Sandlot, 1993

Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Denis Leary, James Earl Jones

Synopsis: A new kid in town (Guiry) tries to make friends through baseball, but he's not good and is an outcast until bringing a ball so they can keep playing. The ball turns out to be autographed by Babe Ruth, but they hit it over the fence into a yard guarded by a mean dog known as "The Beast." The kids try various plans to retrieve the ball with no success and are forced to face The Beast and his owner, Mr. Mertle (Jones), who both turn out to be nothing like the kids imagined.

No. 5 A League of Their Own vs. No. 13 Remember the Titans

A League of Their Own, 1992

Stars: Tom Hanks, Madonna, Geena Davis

Synopsis: "There's no crying in baseball!" Jimmy Dugan (Hanks), whose Hall of Fame career ends because of booze, delivers one of the most memorable lines in cinema history as the reluctant manager of the all-female Rockford Peaches. His star catcher Dottie Hinson (Davis) and her little sister Kit (Lori Petty), along with other colorful characters in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, keep baseball going while many Major League players are fighting World War II.

Remember the Titans, 2000

Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton

Synopsis: A very Disney-fied version of actual events featuring integration at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, in which a successful black coach (Washington) from South Carolina is hired as head coach over a popular white coach (Patton), who stays on as assistant. The players and coaches work through the strife, become a symbol of unity and turn into an indomitable force on the field.

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  • No. 1 Rocky vs. No. 8 Eight Men Out

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  • No. 2 Raging Bull vs. No. 7 The Bad News Bears

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  • No. 3 The Natural vs. No. 6 The Sandlot

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