ESPN's 30 for 30

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  1. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    30 for 30 info here


    Has anybody watched any of these installaments? I caught most of the documentaries about the USFL and the Colts Marching Band (though you gotta find it odd that Baltimore eventually got a team back in practically the same way they lost the Colts), and watched a good chunk of this past Saturday's installment, The U (which was really, really fascinating, despite my lack of real caring over collegiate sports). 3 future installments I plan on watching in full: Steve Bartman: Catching Hell, June 17, 1994 (the O.J. Bronco chase), and Straight Outta L.A. (about the Raiders & their relationship to L.A.).

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  2. rechedelphar Force Ghost

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    I have only seen one so far. "Da U". I really enjoyed it and was pulling for them in the documentary when they were beating Notre Dame 58-7. Miami has really been the best program since 1980 and are Florida and FSU's big brother.
  3. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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    I've only seen Kings Ransom, which is about the Gretzky trade. Most of it I already knew about but it's good for someone who isn't as familiar with how it all came to be.
  4. BaronFel88 Jedi Grand Master

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    I only watched 'The U' but wanted to catch the one about Jimmy the Greek.
  5. SLR Jedi Grand Master

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    I saw the U, the one about Jimmy the Greek (awesome) and the one about the USFL (also really good). I hope they do a DVD set, as I would really like to watch them all, as the three that I saw were really well done.
  6. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Haven't seen any of them, probably won't unless the topic for one really catches my attention AND I hear about it in time.

    I don't get to watch ESPN much anymore.
  7. DarthIntegral Force Ghost

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    I caught the U by accident. I was up late, couldn't sleep and it was on. :p

    But, it was well done. I wish they'd gotten to do the Andre the Giant one (see Bill Simmons mailbag), but I'd certainly be happy to watch others if I happened to catch them. But, what I saw wasn't so amazing that I'm going to set out to catch them.
  8. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    As awesome as a possible installment about Andre The Giant would have been, I personally would have loved to see something done about either Bret Hart or The Attitude era of the WWE (of the late 90's-early 2000's).

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  9. New_York_Jedi Force Ghost

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    I saw a couple minutes of the Len Bias one. I'm really looking forward to the Iverson one as well.
  10. -polymath- SFF:F/TV Trivia Host

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    The Len Bias one was pretty good, I thought. I was pretty young when he died but I still remember it vividly.
  11. DarthWormie Jedi Master

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    Not sure if he mentions it (since I refuse to read anything from the SportsGal) but A&E did an Andre the Giant episode of their "Biography" series a few years back and it's fantastic. Definitely check it out if you haven't already.
  12. BaronFel88 Jedi Grand Master

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    Hey, did you and Simmons have an unpleasant encounter in the past? :p

    I could see his writing style rubbing some people the wrong way, though.
  13. BaronFel88 Jedi Grand Master

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  14. rechedelphar Force Ghost

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    Miami does not have superior talent nowadays to expect to romp Clemson and UNC(Clemson 2-0 at Miami this decade). Plus I would have liked the documentary to mention something about what comes around goes around with the final game in the Orange Bowl; Virginia 48, Miami 0
  15. BaronFel88 Jedi Grand Master

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    There must have been issues in editing, because it doesn't mention the last championship team or the collapse. In a two-hour window they focused specifically on the 80s teams, mostly because of their cultural impact, I guess.
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  17. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    I watched Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks yesterday, and it was quite good. There could have been more focus on the 1999 and 2000 playoff meetings between the two teams (as this ends with the 1995 playoff series between them), but alas, it's one of my favorite 30 for 30 documentaries so far.

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  18. BaronFel88 Jedi Grand Master

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    I think one thing that gets lost is that the Knicks and Pacers went 3-3 during the 90s. It's not like Reggie killed the Knicks like Jordan did.

    I hope all the documentaries will be available on Amazon, because I want The U.
  19. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    Straight Outta L.A. premieres tonight!:D

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  20. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Haven't seen any.
  21. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    So, I watched Straight Outta L.A. last night, and I very much enjoyed it. It could have been longer (was only an hour), but Ice Cube did a very nice job of merging the hip hop scene in L.A. of the 80's/early 90's with the Raiders time here in La La Land. Me & my friend both agreed: Al Davis looks like ****. :p However, he ended his portion of segments at the end with this quote (I'm paraphrasing a little): "If there's a stadium, come and knock on my door." The Raiders possibly returning to L.A.? Why not?

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  22. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    Finished watching June 17th, 1994. Very, very well done. Not a traditional way of doing these little documentaries: there are no interviews or narration, simply news footage of all that went down on that day, with a little insert from the director before some commercial breaks. Thinking of the events of that day in the sporting world (Arnold Palmer's last round at a U.S. Open, game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals, the opening of the '94 World Cup and the parade in NYC for the Rangers), it's still surreal to think of how the O.J. Bronco chase (plus the events leading to that) dominated the day. Watching all the news clips shown of the local L.A. TV broadcasts, seeing so many of the different anchors/reporters from that era, was a blast right out of my childhood.

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  23. Grimby Technical Consultant

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    Heh, I remember watching the OJ Bronco thing live on the news. I was living in San Diego and I'm sure we were watching a feed straight from the local LA affiliate. Crazy stuff.

    Funny though, I don't recall any of those other sporting events that day. The Bulls weren't in the Finals that year so I don't think my family was very interested (lol).
  24. Darth McClain Arena Manager Emeritus

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    I watched it, to. It was pretty interesting to see Costas and Brokaw talking about the OJ things while Game 5 was going on. There was also an interesting contrast between OJ and Arnie Palmer's last US Open, in Oakmont, maybe an hour and a half from his hometown.
  25. whateveritis12 Jedi Grand Master

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    I've watched these whenever I could. The Miami one, while well done, showed just how many thugs they had, and really it's sort of an embarrassment for the program. Sure they had teams, but man, someone giving the players money for hurting the opposing QB. That crap shouldn't fly.

    But overall I think all of the ones that have been shown so far have been good to watch.
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