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Old 05-11-2010, 09:21 AM   #1
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Tonight brings Straight Outta L.A

Ice Cube
The perfect relationship between gangland LA and their new football team the Oakland Raiders
Excerpt/Trailer: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4870364

I watched

last night. Excellent documentary.
Cliff Bestall, Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman
About the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Better than Invictus.

Others in the series.


Kings Ransom

Peter Berg
Wayne Gretzky's trade from Edmonton to LA
Oct 6, 2009

The Band that wouldn't Die.
Barry Levinson
Baltimore Marching band made up of fans that continued to perform even though their team had ran out of the city.
Oct 13, 2009

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?
Mike Tonlin
Rise and fall of the United States Football League
Oct 20, 2009

Muhammed and Larry
Albert Maysles
The October 1980 fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes
Oct 27, 2009

Without Bias
Ken Fraser
Nov 3, 2009
The Life of Len Bias. (Basketball player who od'd on cocaine two days after being drafted #2 in the nba.)

The Legend of Jimmy the Greek

Fritz Mitchell
Nov 10, 2009
"Jimmy the Greek" Las Vegas bookie that goes so big that CBS hires him to appear on their football show.

The U
Billy Corben (Director of Cocaine Cowboys)
Dec 12, 2009
Smallish university in Florida with no great sports heritage decides that the secret to winning at football is to recruit players from all the ghettos of Southern Florida where no other schools bother going. Team starts winning, middle america gets furious, hilarity ensues.

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks
Dan Klores
Reggie Miller on the "hick" team Indiana Pacers launches a personal vendetta against the city of New York and their basketball team.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUNKT86P-eA

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
Steve James (Director of Hoop Dreams)
Allen Iverson as a 17 year old basketball star is involved in a racial riot at a bowling alley. Doc follows the trial and the effect it had on a player who went on to be a superstar in the NBA.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJzUWoMu0W8

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_lis...23283F9DB0D8AD

Run Ricky Run
Sean Pamphilon
Ricky Williams, multi-million dollar earning football star in Miami, packs it all in and heads to live in the outback of Australia to sleep in a tent, smoke pot and seek enlightenment. Country and media get outraged.
Trailer http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4940810

Upcoming

The Two Escobars

Jeff Zimbalist
The murder of Andrés Escobar following World Cup 94


June 17, 1994


Brett Morgen
About the events of that day and what happened across America. OJ's white bronco police chase, the world cup started, New York winning a hockey title after 40 years etc..etc..


Into the Wind


Steve Nash
Documentary about Terry Fox's marathon of hope, where he planned to run across Canada to raise money for Cancer even though one of his legs had been amputated above the knee.


Jordan Rides the Bus


Ron Shelton
What motivated one of the richest and most sucessful athletes to quit the sport they dominate and become a crummy minor league baseball player in backwater Alabama?

Steve Bartman: Catching Hell

Alex Gibney (Director of Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room)
Mild mannered fan becomes scapegoat in Chicago for "ruining" chances of baseball team chance of getting to the world series. Team has something like a 99 year losing history.


Birth of Big Air

Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze
Follows the life of Mat Hoffman BMX bike pioneer.
Trailer: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4887501

Unmatched
Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern with Hannah Storm
The Rivalry between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evrett
No trailer yet.

One Night in Vegas

Reggie Rock Bythewood
About the relationship between Mike Tyson and the rapper Tupac. And what happened in Vegas the night of the Tyson/Seldon fight on Sept 7, 1996.

Marion Jones: Press Pause

John Singleton
Following the rise and fall of sprinter Marion Jones

The house that George built.

Barbara Kopple
Follows the story of George Steinbrenner, grand poobah and imperial leader of the evil empire The New York Yankees. Or more accurately the story of how he bought the team for 10 million dollars and turned the organization and team around.

Right to Play

Frank Marshall
Story of Johann Koss of Norway who may be one the greatest speedskaters of all time and how he has become an international ambassador for sports.

The Best that Never Was

Jonathan Hock
Story of the most heavily recruited teenage football player in history and his rise and fall.


I expect to be flamed because "ESPN sux" etc, but this series is absolutely fantastic. Most of the ones that have been shown are available on torrent sites. The U is hilarious.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:31 AM   #2
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The ones I've seen have been outstanding (with the exception of Run Ricky Run, which didn't really tell me anything more than "Ricky Williams is sort of a dick, and now he's less of a dick than he used to be"), especially The U and Small Potatoes. Enjoyed the Reggie Miller one as well, and i'm looking forward to the Raiders one (morbid curiosity).
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:32 AM   #3
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I hate ESPN but that series is excellent. They're all really well made.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:34 AM   #4
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i have only caught the AI and ricky wiulliams ones but loved them.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:35 AM   #5
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I thought the Ricky Williams one was awesome.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:37 AM   #6
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I also really enjoyed "The Guru of Go" about Paul Westhead & Loyola Marymount / Hank Gathers.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:40 AM   #7
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The U, and Winning Time were very good. Brought me back to my younger days.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:53 AM   #8
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I hate ESPN but that series is excellent. They're all really well made.
Agree. I've looked forward to each and every one of these.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:55 AM   #9
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Love this series and sad that I've missed most of them. Ill have to make a point to watch more.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:59 AM   #10
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I've only seen The U and Run Ricky Run. Both were pretty good.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:29 AM   #11
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Cool series....looking forward to tonight's as well. I'm sure we'll see some Raider/Bronco footage..and a young Shanny too....
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:08 AM   #12
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The Iverson one is on YouTube, I watched the U on YouTube too, yet can't find it anymore...
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The Ali one was surprisingly weak. Purely from an editing perspective The Band that Wouldn't Die was amazing. The Miami one was really fun too.
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Are they going to release these on DVD, or in a set? That's totally something I'd put in my collection.

Seems like a no-brainer.
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Are they going to release these on DVD, or in a set? That's totally something I'd put in my collection.

Seems like a no-brainer.
30 hours though... If you torrent you can make your own collection
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:41 AM   #16
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The one on Westhead, Kimble, Gathers and Loyola Marymount was killer.
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This is one I can't wait for, should be really good just based on the subject. I wonder how good it will be since it's made by Ice Cube.

So far they have all been really good though, so I'm excited.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:53 AM   #18
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The Ali one was surprisingly weak. Purely from an editing perspective The Band that Wouldn't Die was amazing. The Miami one was really fun too.
Agreed. The Band that Wouldn't Die is hands down my favorite with The U being second. Jimmy the Greek and the Wayne Gretzky were also very good.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:58 AM   #19
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I didn't even know who Jimmy the Greek was before that show. That was sad.
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The Ali one was surprisingly weak. Purely from an editing perspective The Band that Wouldn't Die was amazing. The Miami one was really fun too.
I agree but their Invictus based one was as good as Documentarys get.

I enjoyed the U a lot the Guru of Go was great as was the USF one. Any series that covers Phillis George and allows me to relive some of my 1st Tingly feelings is Awesome. I look forward to tonights. funny how I missed or knew the fringes of some of these events so it is excellent to get the full picture.
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Seen a few of them (Invictus, Small Potatoes, The Band that wouldn't die) and they are pretty good. I think I'll record the one tonight to watch.
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That one tonight was brilliant. My wife couldn't look at the screen when Al was on! Scary man. Teeth!
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I haven't seen a bad one yet. Did Disney somehow divest of ESPN? These films are quality TV.
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These programs have been some of the best not only on ESPN but on all of TV if you love sports. I've DVR'd them all and seen them all. So, so good.
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June 17th 1994 will be fascinating I think.
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