Balls Looks Back At Robin Williams' Finest Sporting Moments

Balls Looks Back At Robin Williams' Finest Sporting Moments
By Paul O'Hara
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Robin Williams, who was found dead last night at the age of 63, had plenty of wonderful material on a host of sports - it wasn't just golf that found itself on the end of his savage wit. It's pretty well-known that he was also a fan of rugby and a keen cyclist. To mark the passing of a true giant of comedy and the cinema, we look back on the best-known Robin Williams sporting stories, scenes and routines.

The 'game six' scene from Good Will Hunting

A masterclass of movie acting. Just watch it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WsHwXs_aq4

These observations on baseball and American football

... and the supposed need for narcotics to enjoy both. This is delicious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv0FNBdLTdI

 How he viewed football

From 2002 - The US team's World Cup successes, diving, randy Brazilians and apparently camp match officials all come under slightly-PC scrutiny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inbhtK80LBc

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He was a huge cycling fan.

Yes he was mates with Lance, but here he is goofing off at more repentant cyclist George Hincapie

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smZuZ35Eg9Q

The movie "The Best of Times"

Largely forgotten today, this was his best sporting role, playing a guy tormented by a dropped pass in his high school football days.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6M7l9IULxM

This basketball match from 'Flubber'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-54YgpZIQ4
Here's how he saw the Winter Olympics

... and why marijuana is defninitely not a PED.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUra-oOBuTA
The football field scene from Dead Poets' Society

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhxFpc13k2Y

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His friendship with Jonah Lomu

If we've learned one thing today, it's that Williams was pretty much universally adored. You might not have loved all of his comedy, or every one of his roles, but he was such an easy personality to feel a faraway affection for.

Jonah Lomu, with his ups and downs, tends to inspire a similar love among rugby aficionados around the world. That the two were good mates was rather lovely.

The time he was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos

In this classic episode of Mork and Mindy back in the day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7vQ-IEbiJE
And, uh, this

And in case you missed it earlier, here's what he said about golf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcnFbCCgTo4

As always, let me know if I've made a glaring omission and share them with us.

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