8 Great Sports Documentaries You Can Stream Right Now

The irreverent Screwball is just one of several sports titles available to stream.
The irreverent Screwball is just one of several sports titles available to stream.
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Sports may be on pause during the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t witness some amazing athletic feats and stories. A number of sports documentaries are currently available that cover everything from baseball to climbing to bodybuilding. Take a look at eight great sports documentaries you can watch right now.

1. Screwball (2018)

Director Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys) turns his lens to the steroid epidemic in baseball and the eclectic cast of characters in and around Miami that helped fuel it. While no cameras were around to capture those illicit deals and stars like Alex Rodriguez were understandably unwilling to participate, Corben uses kid actors to dramatize the scandal.

Find It: Netflix 

2. The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

In the 1970s, Bing Russell—father of actor Kurt Russell—assembled a ragtag band of baseball players in Portland, Oregon, to create a barnstorming independent team dubbed the Mavericks. Debauchery and underdog victories followed. (And yes, Kurt played for the team.)

Find It: Netflix

3. Free Solo (2018)

Few sports documentaries earn an Academy Award for Best Documentary, but one look at the eye-popping Free Solo demonstrates why the recognition was well-deserved. The film chronicles the life of free solo climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to ascend Yosemite's 3200-foot El Capitan without ropes or equipment. Unlike virtually any other sport on the planet, just one mistake could cost Honnold his life. 

Find It: Hulu or Disney Plus

4. The 24-Hour War (2016)

Dramatized on screen in 2019’s Ford vs. Ferrari, this documentary takes a closer looks at the rivalry between the American Ford Motor Company and Enzo Ferrari, which began in the 1960s after the Italian company resisted attempts to be bought out by the legendary car maker. Their battleground was the Le Mans, a 24-hour auto race where auto companies and drivers vied for racing dominance. High-definition racing footage puts you in the passenger’s seat.

Find It: Netflix

5. The Push (2018)

Shortly after an accident rendered him paralyzed, Grant Korgan attempted to cross the South Pole in a sit-ski, a journey that covers 80 miles in -40 degree conditions. His only companion was his wife, Shawna. Together, the two experienced an endurance test unlike any other.

Find It: Hulu

6. Team Foxcatcher (2016)

Millionaire John du Pont had an obsession with amateur wrestling, going so far as to invite the best athletes in the country to train at his elaborate facility in Pennsylvania to prepare for Olympic competition in the 1990s. But the eccentric du Pont blurred the line between benefactor and dictator, leading to tragic results for one of America’s best wrestlers.

Find It: Netflix

7. Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story (2019)

Famed hockey enforcer Bob Probert lived a wild life both on and off the ice. This documentary looks at the NHL’s wildest brawler through the eyes of friends and family members, who reflect on Probert's career and the effect it might have had on him passing away at age 45 in 2010.

Find It: Amazon Prime

8. Ronnie Coleman: The King (2018)

With his freakish proportions, Ronnie Coleman dominated the professional bodybuilding scene for years. But the mental and physical demands of competition start to take their toll as Coleman grows older, and his body finally realizes the effects of moving massive amounts of weight.

Find It: Netflix

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13 Father's Day Gifts for Geeky Dads

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When in doubt, you play the hits. Watches, flasks, and ties are all tried-and-true Father’s Day gifts—useful items bought en masse every June as the paternal holiday draws near. Here’s a list of goodies that put a geeky spin on those can’t-fail gifts. We’re talking Zelda flasks, wizard-shaped party mugs, and a timepiece inspired by BBC’s greatest sci-fi series, Doctor Who. Light the “dad” signal ‘cause it’s about to get nerdy!

1. Lord of the Rings Geeki Tikis (Set of Three); $76

'Lord of The Rings' themed tiki cups.
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If your dad’s equally crazy about outdoor shindigs and Tolkien’s Middle-earth, help him throw his own Lothlórien luau with these Tiki-style ceramic mugs shaped like icons from the Lord of the Rings saga. Gollum and Frodo’s drinkware doppelgängers each hold 14 ounces of liquid, while Gandalf the Grey’s holds 18—but a wizard never brags, right? Star Wars editions are also available.

Buy it: Toynk

2. Space Invaders Cufflinks; $9

'Space Invaders' cufflinks on Amazon
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Arcade games come and arcade games go, but Space Invaders has withstood the test of time. Now Pops can bring those pixelated aliens to the boardroom—and look darn stylish doing it.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Legend of Zelda Flask; $18

A 'Legend of Zelda' flask
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Saving princesses is thirsty work. Shaped like an NES cartridge, this Zelda-themed flask boasts an 8-ounce holding capacity and comes with a reusable straw. Plus, it makes a fun little display item for gamer dads with man caves.

Buy it: Toynk

4. AT-AT Family Vacation Bag Tag; $12

An At-At baggage tag
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Widely considered one of the greatest movie sequels ever made, The Empire Strikes Back throws a powerful new threat at Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion: the AT-AT a.k.a. Imperial Walkers. Now your dad can mark his luggage with a personalized tag bearing the war machine’s likeness.

Buy it: ShopDisney

5. Flash Skinny Tie; $17

A skinny Flash-themed tie
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We’ll let you know if the Justice League starts selling new memberships, but here’s the next best thing. Available in a rainbow of super-heroic colors, this skinny necktie bears the Flash’s lightning bolt logo. Race on over to Amazon and pick one up today.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Captain America Shield Apron; $20

A Captain America themed apron
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Why let DC fans have all the fun? Daddy-o can channel his inner Steve Rogers when he flips burgers at your family’s Fourth of July BBQ. Measuring 31.5 inches long by 27.5 inches wide, this apron’s guaranteed to keep the cookout Hydra-free.

Buy it: Toynk

7. Doctor Who Vortex Manipulator LCD Leather Wristwatch; $35

A Doctor Who-themed watch
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At once classy and geeky, this digital timepiece lovingly recreates one of Doctor Who’s signature props. Unlike some of the gadgets worn on the long-running sci-fi series, it won’t require any fancy chronoplasm fuel.

Buy it: Toynk

8. Wonder Woman 3-Piece Grill Set; $21

Wonder Woman three-piece gill set
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At one point in her decades-long comic book career, this Amazon Princess found herself working at a fast food restaurant called Taco Whiz. Now grill cooks can pay tribute to the heroine with these high-quality, stainless steel utensils. The set’s comprised of wide-tipped tongs, a BBQ fork, and a spatula, with the latter boasting Wonder Woman’s insignia.

Buy it: Toynk

9. Harry Potter Toon Tumbler; $10

Glassware that's Harry Potter themed
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You can never have too many pint glasses—and this Father’s Day, dad can knock one back for the boy who lived. This piece of Potter glassware from PopFun has whimsy to spare. Now who’s up for some butterbeer?

Buy it: EntertainmentEarth

10. House Stark Men’s Wallet; $16

A Game of Thrones themed watch
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Winter’s no longer coming, but the Stark family's propensity for bold fashion choices can never die. Manufactured with both inside and outside pockets, this direwolf-inspired wallet is the perfect place to store your cards, cash, and ID.

Buy it: Toynk

11. Mr. Incredible “Incredible Dad” Mug, $15

An Incredibles themed mug
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Cue the brass music. Grabbing some coffee with a Pixar superhero sounds like an awesome—or dare we say, incredible?—way for your dad to start his day. Mom can join in the fun, too: Disney also sells a Mrs. Incredible version of the mug.

Buy it: ShopDisney

12. Star Wars phone cases from Otterbox; $46-$56

Star Wars phone cases from OtterBox.
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If your dad’s looking for a phone case to show off his love of all things Star Wars, head to Otterbox. Whether he’s into the Dark Side with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, the droids, Chewbacca, or Boba Fett, you’ll be able to find a phone case to fit his preference. The designs are available for both Samsung and Apple products, and you can check them all out here.

Buy it: Otterbox

13. 3D Puzzles; $50

3D Harry Potter puzzle from Amazon.
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Help dad recreate some of his favorite fictional locations with these 3D puzzles from Wrebbit 3D. The real standouts are the 850-piece model of Hogwarts's Great Hall and the 910-piece version of Winterfell from Game of Thrones. If dad's tastes are more in line with public broadcasting, you could also pick him up an 890-piece Downton Abbey puzzle to bring a little upper-crust elegance to the homestead.

Buy it: Hogwarts (Amazon), Winterfell (Amazon), Downton Abbey (Amazon)

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16 Priceless Treasures We've Lost Forever

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jeanyfan, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Steven Spielberg is known for crafting such masterpieces as Jaws, E.T., Schindler's List, and Jurassic Park. With such a long and acclaimed film career, it probably wouldn't surprise anyone to learn that Spielberg got his start behind the camera at just 17 years old when (with the help of his friends and his high school marching band) he directed his first feature-length film, Firelight.

What's that? You've never seen Firelight? Well, you're certainly not alone; sadly, just under four minutes of the original footage remains. After screening Firelight for around 500 people, the young director sent a few of the film reels off to a producer for review. When the budding director later went back to retrieve his film, he discovered that the producer had been fired—and his movie had vanished.

Firelight is just one example of the many priceless items that have disappeared from history. On this episode of The List Show, we're rediscovering all sort of treasures—from writing by Ernest Hemingway to natural landmarks—that have been lost to time (or circumstance). You can watch the full episode below.

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