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Bel-Cam Jos
06-17-2010, 10:39 AM
I've seen a few of the sports network's hour-long programs on various sports topics, most having some non-sports connections. Did anyone check out the "June 17th, 1994" one yesterday? The premise was all these sports events occurred on the same day:
- NY Rangers celebrate their first Stanley Cup in 50+ years with a ticker-tape parade
- game 5 of NBA Finals with NY/HOU at Madison Square Garden
- Arnold Palmer plays his last US Open golf tournament
- World Cup begins in USA
- OJ Simpson takes a slow ride through the freeways of SoCal

It was quite interesting to see the dynamics of each event, as well as shots and sounds not seen on TV before. And sad to see how far society hasn't come since then. :(

06-17-2010, 11:28 AM
I've enjoyed the ones I've seen, including the one about The Raiders, Ricky Williams, and Reggie Miller vs the NY Knicks....I'm DVRing the one from last night today at 1pm on ESPNClassic. :)

I really enjoy these so far, really well done pieces.

06-17-2010, 11:38 AM
I've watched a couple of them and I've thought they were well done (like many ESPN docs).

Bel-Cam Jos
06-17-2010, 06:36 PM
They've always reminded me of how Outside the Lines used to be at the beginning, before it was a weekly (daily?) program and therefore less special and in-depth.

06-17-2010, 11:45 PM
I enjoyed the one about the Miami Hurricanes. It was interesting to see how they became as good as they did and what ultimately did them in.

06-19-2010, 02:58 PM
I enjoyed the one about the Miami Hurricanes. It was interesting to see how they became as good as they did and what ultimately did them in.
That was the one I thought of when I saw this thread. I was 9 or 10 when they were at their peak and never realized how polarizing they were.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-21-2010, 12:06 PM
I seldom cite Wackypedia, but this is a concise list (LISTS... :drool: ) of the ones aired, and some yet to air (it ended at #27, with the last three as TBD).

1 "King's Ransom" Peter Berg .645[3] October 6, 2009 (2009-10-06)
The 1988 trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings and the effect it had on both Gretzky and Edmonton.
2 "The Band that Wouldn't Die" Barry Levinson October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13)
A profile of Baltimore's love affair with football and the Colts, focusing on the Colts Marching Band. The band which, after the team decamped for Indianapolis in 1984, remained in Baltimore and helped promote the eventual return of the NFL to the city.
3 "Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?" Mike Tollin October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)
Fresh interviews, and archival footage, track the life, and demise, of the United States Football League, in the mid 1980s. One interview, conducted by Tollin, is with Donald Trump, the former New Jersey Generals owner whose post-interview comments on the league give this documentary its title.[6]
4 "Muhammad and Larry" Albert Maysles October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)
Footage from the build-up to the 1980 fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes where Holmes beat Ali and new interviews of some of those involved discussing the impact of the fight.
5 "Without Bias" Kirk Fraser November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)
The death of Len Bias, from a cocaine overdose, two days after the 1986 NBA Draft.
6 "The Legend of Jimmy the Greek" Fritz Mitchell November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)
The life of Jimmy the Greek: from his career in Las Vegas, to his career on The NFL Today from which he was fired in 1988.
7 "The U" Billy Corben 2.37[4] December 12, 2009 (2009-12-12)
The racial and cultural evolution of Miami during the 1980s as represented within the University of Miami football team.
8 "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks" Dan Klores March 14, 2010 (2010-03-14)
The impact of Reggie Miller on the New York Knicks in the 1990s, specifically focusing on the 1995 NBA Playoffs and Miller's interaction with Knicks fan Spike Lee.
9 "Guru of Go" Bill Couturie April 3, 2010 (2010-04-03)
The career of Paul Westhead at Loyola Marymount University, from 1985-1990, and the on-court death of LMU's Hank Gathers.
10 "No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson" Steve James April 13, 2010 (2010-04-13)
The 1993 trial of Hampton, Virginia, high-school athlete Allen Iverson, convicted for his role in a racially-tinged melee, and its impact on both the community and on Iverson's life.
11 "Silly Little Game" Adam Kurland and Lucas Jansen April 20, 2010 (2010-04-20)
How a group of writers and academics developed Rotisserie Fantasy baseball, at La Rotisserie Francaise in New York City, only to see it take off and ultimately leave them behind.
12 "Run Ricky Run" Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni .972[7] April 27, 2010 (2010-04-27)
The period in Ricky Williams' life when he left football, in 2004, and ruined his reputation, before ultimately redeeming himself.
13 "The 16th Man" Clifford Bestall, Lori McCreary, and Morgan Freeman .463[8] May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)
How hosting (and winning) the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Nelson Mandela's support of the Springboks national team affected post-apartheid South Africa.
14 "Straight Outta L.A." Ice Cube May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)
The 1982 move of the Oakland Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles and the team's relationship with the gangsta rap culture and its new location, before moving back to Oakland in 1995.
15 "June 17, 1994" Brett Morgen June 16, 2010 (2010-06-16)
The concurrence of various significant sporting, and sports-related, events on June 17, 1994—Arnold Palmer's final round at the U.S. Open, the New York Rangers' Stanley Cup parade, Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and the opening of the FIFA World Cup in the U.S.—all overshadowed by O. J. Simpson running from the police.
16 "The Two Escobars" Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22)
The lives of two Colombians: soccer player, Andrés Escobar, and drug lord, Pablo Escobar; the intertwining of crime and soccer in Colombia and the connections between the murders of both men.
17 "The Birth of Big Air" Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Spike Jonze July 29, 2010 (2010-07-29)
The life of Mat Hoffman and his career spent advancing BMX riding, beginning in 1985.
18 "Into the Wind" Steve Nash 2010 (2010)
The 1980 attempt of Terry Fox to run across Canada after having his leg amputated due to bone cancer.
19 "Jordan Rides the Bus" Ron Shelton 2010 (2010)
Michael Jordan's October 6, 1993, retirement from basketball and brief career in baseball.
20 "Charismatic" Steven Michaels, Joel Surnow, and Jonathan Koch 2010 (2010)
Charismatic's run at the 1999 Triple Crown.
21 "Steve Bartman: Catching Hell" Alex Gibney 2010 (2010)
The relationship between Chicago Cubs fans and Steve Bartman following Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series.
22 "Unmatched" Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern, with Hannah Storm 2010 (2010)
The friendship and rivalry of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
23 "One Night in Vegas" Reggie Rock Bythewood 2010 (2010)
The night of September 7, 1996, when Tupac Shakur was shot after attending the Mike Tyson - Bruce Seldon fight. Also, the friendship between Shakur and Tyson.
24 "Marion Jones: Press Pause" John Singleton 2010 (2010)
The successful track and field career of Marion Jones, her 2007 admission of performance-enhancing drug use, and subsequent prison sentence.
25 "The House of Steinbrenner" Barbara Kopple 2010 (2010)
The tenure of George Steinbrenner as owner of the New York Yankees.
26 "Right To Play" Frank Marshall 2010 (2010)
The life of Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Johann Olav Koss who, following his career, founded Right To Play in 2003.
27 "The Best That Never Was" Jonathon Hock 2010 (2010)
The 1981 recruiting of high school football player Marcus Dupree by multiple big-time college programs, his resulting career, and how his recruitment changed the recruiting process.I have seen #1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 14, and 15 so far.

06-21-2010, 03:37 PM
I didn't see all of it but #3 was pretty good.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-11-2010, 10:02 PM
ESPN U seems to be running a marathon of them today. Len Bias (#5) is on now, Paul Westhead (#9) just ended.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-19-2010, 11:32 AM
NHL Network had "King's Ransom" on yesterday, the Gretzky one; nice to see that they may not be just exclusive to ESPN networks (NFL? MLB? boxing or HBO?).