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    30 for 30

    This is probably old news for you guys since they were aired by ESPN a few years back, but I stumbled on the 30 for 30 series (30 sports documentaries by 30 different directors) on You Tube and they’re really well done.

    The Fab Five – Documentary on Michigan’s Fab Five and the infamous TO by Webber
    The Pony Excess – Documentary on the SMU football booster scandal
    Once Brothers – Really good one on Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic’s friendship being torn apart by the war in Yugoslavia
    The Birth of Big Air – Story of Matt Hoffman blasting 20’ airs on a bike being towed in by a motorcycle in the late 80’s



    Cool stuff. :cool:

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    I watched the one about Marcus Dupree. The show is very well done.

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    +1. These are all great. Always worth watching.

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    they are running again currently, set your DVR's I did :yes:

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    Yep, really excellent series. I read recently that ESPN is bringing it back for a whole new round of 30 films.

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    The USFL one was good, made Trump look like a jerk.

    The Raiders one wasn't so great, looking at an old Al Davis is not enjoyable.

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;4475263]The USFL one was good, made Trump look like a jerk.

    [B]The Raiders one wasn't so great[/B], looking at an old Al Davis is not enjoyable.[/QUOTE]

    +1
    I saw that one and agree. Ice Cube doing a piece on the rise of gangsta rap and it's link to the Raiders lore was blah...

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    [QUOTE=RaoulDuke;4475268]+1
    I saw that one and agree. Ice Cube doing a piece on the rise of gangsta rap and it's link to the Raiders lore was blah...[/QUOTE]

    "The Raiders are the greatest professional sports franchise of all time"
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    [QUOTE=FF2®;4475263]The USFL one was good, made Trump look like a jerk.

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    Agreed, though Trump did most of the work himself. The scene where the producer/director tries to show him the $1 judgment from the NFL lawsuit was classic.

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    The one I haven't seen yet is the one about the day in June 94 that the Rangers parade, the Knicks NBA finals game, and the OJ-in-the-white bronco all happened

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    [QUOTE=nyahay bus;4475380]The one I haven't seen yet is the one about the day in June 94 that the Rangers parade, the Knicks NBA finals game, and the OJ-in-the-white bronco all happened[/QUOTE]

    Arnold Palmer's last round in US Open at Oakmont and the opening ceremonies/game for the World Cup in the USA.

    This was the best in my opinion. No narration at all, just clips with the actual live commentary from the beginning of the day through the end. Absolutely great!

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    Some great documentaries. Some interesting topics, didnt think I would, but got hooked in about the nascar guy that contracted aids.

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    It was an excellent concept and almost all of them, when not "good" documentaries, were at least entertaining.

    But for me, the best one they produced - by far - was the Albert Maysel's film on Muhamad Ali and Larry Holmes. It was brilliant. The inter splicing of the "lost" footage from 1980 with the current interviews was amazing.

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    [QUOTE=Traitor Jay & the Woodies;4475429]It was an excellent concept and almost all of them, when not "good" documentaries, were at least entertaining.

    But for me, the best one they produced - by far - was the Albert Maysel's film on Muhamad Ali and Larry Holmes. It was brilliant. The inter splicing of the "lost" footage from 1980 with the current interviews was amazing.[/QUOTE]

    also the one about 1994 was pretty good...

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    [QUOTE=Traitor Jay & the Woodies;4475429]It was an excellent concept and almost all of them, when not "good" documentaries, were at least entertaining.

    But for me, the best one they produced - by far - was the Albert Maysel's film on Muhamad Ali and Larry Holmes. It was brilliant. The inter splicing of the "lost" footage from 1980 with the current interviews was amazing.[/QUOTE]

    That one was very good.

    My 2 fav's were The "u" since i'm a huge Canes fan,and the one on Pablo Escobar and his connection to Columbian soccer

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    1. "The Two Escobars"
    2. "Once Brothers"
    3. "Kings Ransom"
    4. "The House of Steinbrenner"
    5. "Muhhamed and Larry"

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    [url]http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7930049/another-30-films-subjects-stories-captured-our-attention[/url]

    [quote][SIZE="5"][B]Welcome to Another 30 for 30[/B][/SIZE]
    Today marks the launch of the next phase of the award-winning sports documentary franchise
    [SIZE="1"]By Bill Simmons on May 15, 2012[/SIZE]
    In case you missed the New York Times story today, ESPN is launching a second volume of our Peabody Award–winning 30 for 30 series that premieres this fall and runs through 2014. (To view the trailer, click here.) Or, as the project has been called internally, "They Screwed Us Out of an Emmy, Let's Run This Baby Back!" If the first series celebrated ESPN's first 30 years, then the second series will celebrate the storytelling form — not just with 30 new sports documentaries from 30 filmmakers (which won't just be confined to that 1979-2009 time frame this time, by the way), but our new 30 for 30 Shorts web series that premieres monthly on Grantland starting today.

    Why expand the series with short films? Because 30 for 30 needed its own Mini-Me. Because live streaming has gotten so reliably fast that we felt like we could pull this off. Because there are stories out there that we loved for four to 12 minutes, but maybe not for a full hour. Because talented filmmakers are usually juggling multiple projects, so sometimes it's easier for them to take on a shorter project than a bigger one. Because we wanted you to waste more time on your iPad, or possibly rear-end the car in front of you as you're watching these on your mobile device when you shouldn't be watching these on your mobile device. Because Pete Rose bet we couldn't do it. (Just kidding.) And most important, because we felt like there was a creative void sitting there for this specific form of storytelling. As you'll see with our first short film, you might not want to spend an hour in Pete Rose's world at this point of his life. But eight minutes? Absolutely.

    On behalf of everyone at ESPN Films and Grantland, I'm proud to present our first 30 for 30 Short: Here Now, directed by Eric Drath.[/quote]

    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt65UxXjj7o[/url]

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    This was a chilling episode...


    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4aoxIYgd64[/url][/QUOTE]

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    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt65UxXjj7o&feature=player_embedded[/url][/QUOTE]

    This guy needs to be in the hall of fame...good episode...

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    [QUOTE=RaoulDuke;4475202]This is probably old news for you guys since they were aired by ESPN a few years back, but I stumbled on the 30 for 30 series (30 sports documentaries by 30 different directors) on You Tube and they’re really well done.

    The Fab Five – Documentary on Michigan’s Fab Five and the infamous TO by Webber
    The Pony Excess – Documentary on the SMU football booster scandal
    Once Brothers – Really good one on Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic’s friendship being torn apart by the war in Yugoslavia
    The Birth of Big Air – Story of Matt Hoffman blasting 20’ airs on a bike being towed in by a motorcycle in the late 80’s



    Cool stuff. :cool:[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, they are very good. One on Marcus Dupree too, "The best that never Was"........ JBravo

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