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ESPN's 30 for 30. Your top 3?

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Anyone else a fan of these great documentaries?
If so whats you top 3? If you're a sports fan and haven't watched these do yourself a favour and watch them! Here's the full list.
 

 
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o Fernando Nation Cruz Angeles
o Kings Ransom Peter Berg
o The Band That Wouldn't Die Barry Levinson
o Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? Mike Tollin
o Muhammad and Larry Albert Maysles
o Without Bias Kirk Fraser
o The Legend of Jimmy The Greek Fritz Mitchell
o The U Billy Corben
o Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks Dan Klores
o Guru of Go Bill Couturie
o No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson Steve James
o Silly Little Game Adam Kurland and Lucas Jansen
o Run Ricky Run Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni
o The 16th Man Clifford Bestall, Morgan Freeman, and Lori McCreary
o Straight Outta L.A. Ice Cube
o June 17th, 1994 Brett Morgen
o The Two Escobars Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist
o The Birth of Big Air Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Spike Jonze
o Jordan Rides the Bus Ron Shelton
o Little Big Men Al Szymanski
o One Night in Vegas Reggie Rock Bythewood
o Unmatched Lisa Lax & Nancy Stern Winters, Hannah Storm
o The House of Steinbrenner Barbara Kopple
o Into the Wind Steve Nash and Ezra Holland
o Four Days In October Major League Baseball Productions
o Once Brothers NBA Entertainment
o Tim Richmond: To the Limit Rory Karpf
o Marion Jones: Press Pause John Singleton
o The Best That Never Was Jonathan Hock
o Pony Excess Thaddeus D. Matula

There are so many that are of award winning calibre it's hard to choose my favourites. My top three so far -

1. "Into the wind" - The story of Terry Fox, a canadian who decides to run across Canada on practically one leg to raise money for cancer. This one was a real tearjerker and an absolute inspiration.

2. "Once brothers" - This one was about the friendship of Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic. I could relate to this one. Basketball was huge in Australia around this time and I was living in a area full of Croatians. Heaps of kids had his number 3 jersey. When he died everyone was shocked. Drazen was an assassin on the court.

3. "The two Escobars." - The story of Andreas and Pablo Escobar and how the drug cartel help raise Columbian soccer into a powerhouse in Latin America. It eventually lead to there downfall.
This one is just chilling, I didn't know so many Columbians held Pablo in such high esteem. I will be surprised if this doc doesn't win an award of some kind.

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs The Knicks, The trial of Allen Iverson, The U and Four Days in October deserve a mention too.
I'm not even a fan of Baseball but any story about a team kicking New Yorks butt makes me happy.  

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1. The Two Escobars - I'm a huge soccer fan, and this was a fascinating look into the machinations of Colombian government and its struggle against the drug cartels.

2. Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? - Watched this all happen first hand, and I was a Tampa Bay Bandits fan growing up.

3. June 17th, 1994 - Again, I watched this (the O.J. incident) unfold as it happened, but it's neat to see all of the things that were happening all at once.
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I've only watched a few of them, but my favorites so far have been The Two Escobars and Four Days In October. As a Red Sox fan who lived through 2003 and 2004, Four Days In October is one of the best films/books on the 2004 Red Sox, and I've watched/read them all.
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Good topic....my fave 3 so far are

1) The U
2) Once Brothers
3) Without Bias

Depending on how Pony Excess is written, it may get into the top 3.
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Haven't seen them all.
My favorites have been "The Escobars" "The U" "USFL" and "Once brothers"

Least favorite --"Straight outta LA"
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Tough decision. I've like the ones I've seen and had interest in. Some of the sports or topics I don't care for so I didn't care for the episode. I haven't seen them all. I'm going to hold out for the DVD set as long as it isn't too expensive.

Of the ones I have seen, here are my favorites that I can remember.
Jimmy the Greek, especially when they had Brent, Irv, and Phyllis on to start Countdown
Reggie Miller, loved when he played for the Pacers
The U, didn't care for the teams, but enjoyed the episode
Len Bias, never knew the whole story, kept my attention
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Originally Posted by jamo View Post
I've only watched a few of them, but my favorites so far have been The Two Escobars and Four Days In October. As a Red Sox fan who lived through 2003 and 2004, Four Days In October is one of the best films/books on the 2004 Red Sox, and I've watched/read them all.
I know next to nothing about Baseball but Four days in October was awesome, I'm trying to get into that game but they're just so long.


Originally Posted by uttexas View Post


Least favorite --"Straight outta LA"
My least favourite would have to be "Jordan rides the bus." I had high hopes for that being a diehard Jordan fan but the execution was weak. For Jerry Reinsdorf to say "If Jordan stuck to it I think he would of been in the Major Leagues in a couple of years," is a bit much.
"One night in Vegas" was pretty weak too.

I just downloaded Guru of Go, hopefully that's a winner.
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Originally Posted by goblue107501 View Post
Tough decision. I've like the ones I've seen and had interest in. Some of the sports or topics I don't care for so I didn't care for the episode. I haven't seen them all. I'm going to hold out for the DVD set as long as it isn't too expensive.
Don't mean to burst your bubble....ESPN is not sparing the rod on the prices right now. $5 per episode on ITunes. Consequently, I bought a copy of Super Bowl 44 for $3, which should tell you something.
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Once iTunes gets done downloading, I'm about to watch Without Bias. For $5, it seems like a great deal, especially for how well these 30 For 30 movies are produced.
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My top three would have to be.
1: Kings Ransom- As a hockey player myself I thought this was a produced wonderfully.
2: The U- Growing up in Fl with the U on the rise, I have to give this its props.
3: Straight outta L.A.- Hugh Ice Cube fan thought it was a pretty good episode.
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Another sporting doco that you can add to that (well 2 actually) are Faster (MotoGP documentary) and also The Doctor, The Tornado and The Kentucky Kid (Doco about MotoGP at Leguna Seca). Both pretty well done and interesting whether or not you are a sports fan.
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I can't wait for them to produce "All In!", which will focus on Auburn University's perfect - yet scandal and probation tainted - 2010 football season.
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Marcus Dupree

 

SMU

 

The U

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Originally Posted by jamo View Post

Once iTunes gets done downloading, I'm about to watch Without Bias. For $5, it seems like a great deal, especially for how well these 30 For 30 movies are produced.


I did watch it. Great movie. 

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The Best That Never Was - As a Sooner fan, I've always herd of the legend of Marcus Dupree. I was 4 years old when he was at Oklahoma, so I never got to see him play. Loved seeing the back story about him.

 

Pony Excess - Very interesting documentary. I think most schools were/are doing the same thing. SMU just got caught...

 

Four Days In October - Sox fan, enough said!


Edited by Roy Munson - 6/16/11 at 1:43am
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The Best That Never Was - I absolutely loved this one. It was great!

 

Pony Excess - Very good! Learned a lot about SMU that I didn't know seeing as how I'm a younger guy.

 

Without Bias - Wow. What Len Bias could have been! Enjoyed this one very much.

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1. Straight outta LA... I'm a Raider fan 

 

2. Four days in October... I had just moved away and was talking to my buddy(sox fan) I said if the red sox came back to beat the yankees I will go to boston for game 1. The red sox beat the yanks and the friday before game one my door bell rings and he is at my door bags packed. Six hours later we were in boston and I had an awesome time even though we didn't get into the game.

 

3. Tie/ Pony express and The U... Both were very interesting stories 

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I don't know what my top 3 would be but my number one has to be Without Bias.

 

It is not a particularly unknown story or one where this particular documentary unearthed anything new but the story of Len Bias really needed someone to come along and frame it in the setting in which it took place for those too young to have lived it.

 

The story of Len Bias is worth hearing on so many different levels, and contains so many lessons for all walks of life. I found the rest of the 30 for 30 series to be amazingly interesting but the simplicity, finality, cruel irony, and profound aftermath of the Len Bias story and the lack of any previous in depth look at it made Without Bias the one that struck me most.

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