Picking Star Wars character All-Star teams for baseball, basketball, cricket, hockey, football and soccer

— -- Steph or LeBron? Brady or Rodgers? Messi or Ronaldo? Picking an All-Star lineup full of earthlings is child's play. But choosing from the likes of Luke, Leia and Darth Vader -- along with mysterious newcomers from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" such as Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma -- to create the ultimate Star Wars teams for soccer, basketball, football, hockey, cricket and baseball takes skills that are out of this galaxy. With the Force as our ally, we tackled the challenge.

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  • Picking a best Starting XI is a time-honored tradition. In weighing the light and dark sides from all the films, we found a proper balance of the Force in a 4-2-3-1 system that abides by key Star Wars rules such as not having more than two Sith on the same side.



    THE LINEUP

    SCOUTING REPORT

    <span>Grand Moff Tarkin:</span> Manager

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Eriadu

    <span>Chewbacca:</span> Goalkeeper

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kashyyyk

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Aerial Dominance

    <span>Darth Vader:</span> Center Back

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> The Reducer

    <span>Kylo Ren:</span> Center Back

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Unknown

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Force Push Block

    <span>Boba Fett:</span> Left Back

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kamino

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Jet-Fueled Raids Down The Flank

    <span>Poe Dameron: </span> Right Back

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Yavin IV (rumored)

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Pinpoint Crosses

    <span>Obi-Wan Kenobi: </span> Defensive Midfielder

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Stewjon

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Arguing With Refs

    <span>Captain Phasma: </span> Defensive Midfielder

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Unknown

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Late Tackling

    <span>Luke Skywalker: </span> Attacking Midfielder, Central

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Killer Assists

    <span>Princess Leia Organa:</span> Attacking Midfielder, Left

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Alderaan

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Bending It Like Beckham

    <span>Han Solo:</span> Attacking Midfielder, Right

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Corellia

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Shots From Distance

    <span>Yoda:</span> Striker

    <span>Home Planets:</span> Coruscant And Dagobah

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Swirling Bicycle Kick

    As the Warriors run through the NBA like a basketball Death Star, we turn to a galaxy far, far away in hopes (a new hope, some might say) of finding the only lineup capable of beating them. And though it seems at times like Stephen Curry is using the Force to guide his shot into the basket, we're confident our ragtag bunch of scruffy-looking nerf herders is up to the challenge of restoring balance to the league.



    THE LINEUP

    SCOUTING REPORT

    <span>Obi-Wan Kenobi:</span> Coach

    <span>Luke Skywalker:</span> Point Guard

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> One-Handed Jam

    <span>Kylo Ren:</span> Shooting Guard

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Unknown

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Killer Crossover

    <span>Lando Calrissian:</span> Small Forward

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Socorro

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Smooth Transition Game

    <span>Han Solo:</span> Power Forward

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Corellia

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Shooting First

    <span>Chewbacca:</span> Center

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kashyyyk

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Rip-Through

    <span>Yoda:</span> Sixth Man

    <span>Home Planets:</span> Coruscant And Dagobah

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Aerial Acrobatics

    This lineup is built on lightsabermetrics, using empirical data to outslug the evil empire. It features a Sith lord with a sweet stroke, a Wookiee with an impressive WAR and a droid who can draw walks. And these Jedis aren't afraid to embrace the dark side, making squeeze plays and painting the black. May the forceout be with you.



    THE LINEUP

    SCOUTING REPORT

    <span>Obi-Wan Kenobi:</span> Manager

    <span>R2-D2:</span> Catcher

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Naboo

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Calling Pitches

    <span>Chewbacca:</span> First Base

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kashyyyk

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Power

    <span>Yoda:</span> Second Base

    <span>Home Planets:</span> Coruscant And Dagobah

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Drawing Walks

    <span>Luke Skywalker:</span> Third Base

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Defense

    <span>Princess Leia Organa:</span> Shortstop

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Alderaan

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Dealing With Teammates

    <span>Boba Fett:</span> Left Field

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kamino

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Rocket Launcher Of An Arm

    <span>Han Solo:</span> Center Field

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Corellia

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Veteran Presence

    <span>Darth Vader:</span> Right Field

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Desire To Win

    <span>Jar Jar Binks:</span> Designated Hitter

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Naboo

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Distracting The Opposing Team

    <span>Lando Calrissian:</span> Pitcher

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Socorro

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Veteran Who Has Seen It All

    In hockey circles, a blend of toughness, skill and unforgiving defense wins championships. With that in mind, owner Emperor Palpatine has bankrolled general manager Yoda and coach Obi-Wan Kenobi's collection of the slickest badass players this side of the galaxy. If you thought the Charlestown Chiefs and Syracuse Bulldogs gooned it up, you ain't seen nothin' yet.



    THE LINEUP

    SCOUTING REPORT

    <span>Obi-Wan Kenobi:</span> Coach

    <span>Darth Vader:</span> Goaltender

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Heightened Visual Awareness

    <span>Captain Phasma:</span> Defenseman

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Unknown

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Clearing The Slot

    <span>Boba Fett:</span> Defenseman

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kamino

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Stealing The Puck

    <span>Chewbacca:</span> Left Wing

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kashyyyk

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Clutching And Grabbing

    <span>Han Solo:</span> Center

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Corellia

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Quickness On The Draw

    <span>Kylo Ren:</span> Right Wing

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Unknown

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Crashing The Crease

    Lightsabers are threatening but hardly handy at the wicket. Skill with the bat and precision with the ball are all that count. Captained by the noble Qui-Gon Jinn, this team boasts a fine mix of technical skills, brute force, agile Force-fielding and, through Han Solo, even top-class sledging. An explosive batting lineup is complemented by a just-as-fearsome bowling attack. Bring it on, you must.



    THE LINEUP

    SCOUTING REPORT

    <span>Chewbacca:</span> Opener/First Slip

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kashyyyk

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Wookiee-Cut

    <span>Han Solo:</span> Opener/Short Leg

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Corellia

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Drop Anchor/Venomous Tongue

    <span>Jabba The Hutt:</span> No. 3/Wicketkeeper

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Track Flattener

    <span>Luke Skywalker: </span> No. 4/Deep Fielder Or Slips

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> The Hook

    <span>Yoda:</span> No. 5/Square Leg

    <span>Home Planets:</span> Coruscant And Dagobah

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Flight And Levitation

    <span>Qui-Gon Jinn: </span> No. 6/Cover

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Coruscant

    <span>Best Skill:</span> A Very Particular Set Of Skills

    <span>Darth Maul: </span> No. 7/Opening Bowler

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Dathomir

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Dual-Bladed Swing

    <span>Obi-Wan Kenobi: </span> No. 8/Point

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Stewjon

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Impenetrable Jedi Defense

    <span>Emperor Palpatine: </span>No. 9/Third Man

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Naboo

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Extreme Powerplay

    <span>Lando Calrissian: </span> No. 10/Long On

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Socorro

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Smooth Drives

    <span>Darth Vader:</span> No. 11/Fine Leg

    <span>Home Planets:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Toe Crushers

    Our spread offense features a one-back system that favors distributing the ball to our "Force Factor" receiving corps. Strong and sound, our defense is, and it's built around clones. This team is made up of rebels, bounty hunters (we do need their scum), a few Sith for an added edge and a scruffy-looking nerf herder calling the signals.



    THE LINEUP

    SCOUTING REPORT

    <span>Emperor Palpatine: </span> Head Coach

    <span>Obi-Wan Kenobi: </span> Offensive Coordinator

    <span>Yoda:</span> Defensive Coordinator

    <span>Han Solo:</span> Quarterback

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Corellia

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Escapability

    <span>Princess Leia Organa:</span> Running Back

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Alderaan

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Toughness

    <span>Darth Vader:</span> Tight End

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Power Of The Dark Side

    <span>Darth Maul:</span> Wide Receiver

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Dathomir

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Strength In A Small Frame

    <span>Boba Fett:</span> Wide Receiver

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kamino

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Take-Off Speed

    <span>Luke Skywalker:</span> Wide Receiver

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> One-Handed Grabs

    <span>Chewbacca:</span> Left Tackle

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kashyyyk

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Tearing Off Arms

    <span>Jabba The Hutt:</span> Left Guard

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Tatooine

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Taking Up Space

    <span>R2-D2:</span> Center

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Naboo

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Communications

    <span>Qui-Gon Jinn:</span> Right Guard

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Coruscant

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Leadership

    <span>General Grievous:</span> Right Tackle

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kalee

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Jedi Training Without The Mental Hang-Ups

    <span>Clone Troopers:</span> Defense

    <span>Home Planet:</span> Kamino

    <span>Best Skill:</span> Teamwork!