Writers seem all too ready to let everyone know their Top 10 best sports movies, or Top 10 actors or actresses. Top 10 lists are a pretty stable go-to topic if you're in need of a quick-hit column.

It's very easy to come up with "Best of" lists.

Writers seem all too ready to let everyone know their Top 10 best sports movies, or Top 10 best sports movie roles. Top 10 lists are a pretty stable go-to topic if you're in need of a quick-hit column.

But that would be too easy. Not wanting to give you a shabby effort, I am going to attack a much more difficult topic -- my list of the "Worst Athletes from the Movies.

Ned Braden

If I had a Top 10 list of my all-time favorite sports movies, "Slapshot" would be in the running for top honors.
Unfortunately, Michael Ontkean's character Ned Braden was a bust in my eyes.

Braden was a straight man amongst some of the best sports characters of all time. Paul Newman rocked Reggie Dunlop, while the world was introduced -- and immediately enamored with -- the Hanson brothers.

Braden, however, was stuck with the unenviable task of being the hockey player that refused to fight. Instead, his claim to fame was performing a strip tease at the end of the movie. Thhhhpppppttttt!

Rube Baker

In "Major League II," as well as "Major League III," Eric Bruskotter portrayed a catching prospect that had one problem -- he couldn't make the throw back to the pitcher's mound.

While it made for some amusing side stories in "MLII," Rube would have had to have been able to crush the ball a lot better than Pedro Cerrano to be a useful option in either the majors or the minors (enter "MLIII").

All in all, the best thing that Rube Baker could inspire was the Volkswagen Jetta commercial where the inept dad is teaching his son to throw the ball horribly.

P.S. I love the commercial -- still hate Rube.

Roy McAvoy

Holy Cow -- don't go after "Tin Cup," I can hear you gasp. But I have to.

While Kevin Costner has generated several great performances in sports movies, such as Crash Davis ("Bull Durham"), Ray Kinsella ("Field of Dreams") and Billy Chapel ("For Love of the Game"), his role as golfer Roy McAvoy was annoying almost throughout the entire film.

As for the ending, where "Tin Cup" drops ball after ball in order to slay his white whale -- reaching a par 5 in two shots -- litterally had me yelling at the screen due to its stupidity. To this day, I cannot watch the movie past the point where Tin Cup's friends meet up with him at a Waffle House. God, I miss living near a Waffle House (another reason to hate "Tin Cup").

Roy Munson

I don't know how you could not like a feel-good movie about bowling, but Woody Harrelson's Roy Munson character tried his best to do just that.

If not for the comic stylings of Mr. Bill Murray as the lovable Ernie "Big Ern" McCracken, this movie would have gone the way of nearly all of the other great bowling movies.

Trick question, you probably can't think of another great bowling movie besides "The Big Lebowski", can you?
I thought not.

Terry Conklin

Like good boxing movies? Then you probably didn't care for the "Great White Hype."

Peter Berg's character Terry Conklin is so bad throughout the film, that at the end, we all breathe a sigh of relief when Damon Wayans' character James "The Grim Reaper" Roper delivers the knockout that saves the movie.

Sorry I didn't offer up a spoiler alert, just in case this movie is in your Netflix que.

Phil Brickma

Yep, he's a difficult one to remember, due to his horrible role.

The movie was "Rookie of the Year" and it was directed by Daniel Stern.

Speaking of Daniel Stern, it was he that also played the role of Phil Brickma, the goofy babysitter-type assistant coach.

It was Brickma who got himself locked in a storage room at a stadium, as well as in between two hotel rooms.

Brickma just made a mockery of the Don Zimmer-like assistant coaches in the major leagues. I would have hoped Stern would have been a better director over himself. It didn't work.

Isuro Tanaka

I'm beginning to understand why Wesley Snipes turned down the chance to play Willie Mays Hayes in Major League II. It was just too full of crappy acting, as well as characters.

Crappy enough to not just give us Rube Baker to hate, but left fielder Isuro Tanaka, as well.

While Takaaki Ishibashi gave it his best effort. Tanaka was unbelievable as a baseball player. Heck, in Major League III, the powers-that-be even had to use CGI whenever Tanaka threw or hit the ball. That's just sad.

Mike Leak

While Bob Watson, Enos Cabell and Cesar Cedeno all played believable members of the Houston Astros in the movie "Bad News Bears in Breaking Training," poor William Devane was saddled with having to portray Kelly Leak's father and manage the Bad News Bears, who were without Walter Matthau to guide them.

It was forced, as was the entire movie, except any scene in which Engleberg was required to eat. This is probably why Billy Bob Thorton did a remake of Bad News Bears, but not the in Breaking Training version.

By the way, Watson, Cabell and Cedeno were actual members of the Astros that made a cameo in the movie.

Honorable mentions

If I had more space, you can bet that I'd love to go after more athletes like Dolph Lundgren for his Drago ("Rocky IV"), Matt LeBlanc as Jack Cooper ("Ed"), Keanu Reeves as Shane Falco ("The Replacements") and Sinbad as Andre Krimm ("Necessary Roughness").

Maybe we can pick this up in the near future.

If I have overlooked any other cruddy performances out there, feel free to enlighten me. Tweet me your thoughts on the movies' greatest sports stinkers @TheLeaderVargo. If I agree, maybe I'll bash them on your behalf in a future column.

Now where is my Caddyshack dvd? No stinkers there.

Follow The Leader (Corning, NY) Sports Editor Shawn Vargo on Twitter @TheLeaderVargo.