Monday, December 13, 2010

ESPN 30 for 30 Volume I Episode Guide

1. King's Ransom by Peter Berg - aired October 6, 2009
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 by Barry Levinson - aired October 13, 2009
A profile of Baltimore's love affair with football and the Colts, focusing on the Colts Marching Band. After the team decamped for Indianapolis in 1984, the band remained in Baltimore and helped promote the eventual return of the NFL to the city.
3. Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? by Mike Tollin - aired October 20, 2009
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.
4. Muhammad and Larry by Albert Maysles - aired October 27, 2009
A look at the October 1980 Muhammad Ali-Larry Holmes fight and its impact, featuring fresh interviews with participants and previously unseen lead-up footage from both fighters' camps.
5. Without Bias by Kirk Fraser - aired November 3, 2009
The death of Len Bias, from a cocaine overdose, two days after Boston selected him in the 1986 NBA Draft.
6. The Legend of Jimmy the Greek by Fritz Mitchell - aired November 10, 2009
The life of Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, from his career as a Las Vegas bookmaker to his tenure on The NFL Today, from which he was fired in 1988.
7. The "U" by Billy Corben - aired December 12, 2009
The racial and cultural evolution of Miami during the 1980s as represented by the University of Miami football team. (2 hours)
8. Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks by Dan Klores - aired March 14, 2010
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 by Bill Couturié - aired April 3, 2010
Paul Westhead's coaching tenure at Loyola Marymount University (1985-1990) features his high-scoring run-and-gun offense and players such as Bo Kimble and Hank Gathers.
10. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson by Steve James - aired April 13, 2010
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. (90 minutes)
11. Silly Little Game by Adam Kurland and Lucas Jansen - aired April 20, 2010
Meeting at New York City's La Rotisserie Francaise, a group of writers and academics develop Rotisserie Fantasy baseball, only to see it take off and leave them behind.
12. Run Ricky Run by Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni - aired April 27, 2010
Facing media criticism and fresh rumors of marijuana use, Ricky Williams steps back from the NFL, in 2004, in an effort toward self-redemption.
13. The 16th Man by Clifford Bestall, Lori McCreary, and Morgan Freeman - aired May 4, 2010
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. by Ice Cube - aired May 11, 2010
The relationship between the Raiders and the gangsta rap culture in Los Angeles during the team's 13 seasons in L.A. (1982-1994).
15. June 17, 1994 by Brett Morgen - aired June 16, 2010
Quick-cut archival montages capture the various sporting events on the day in question and the emotions they generated, with O. J. Simpson's run from the police overshadowing all else.
16. The Two Escobars by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist - aired June 22, 2010
The lives of soccer player Andrés Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar; the intertwining of crime and soccer in their native Colombia; and the connections between the murders of both men. Most of the film is in Spanish with English subtitles.  (2 hours)
17. The Birth of Big Air by Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Spike Jonze - aired July 29, 2010
The life of Mat Hoffman and his career, since 1985, of advancing, both creatively and promotionally, BMX riding.
18. Jordan Rides the Bus by Ron Shelton - aired August 24, 2010
Michael Jordan retires from basketball on October 6, 1993, and has a brief career in minor league baseball.
19. Little Big Men by Al Szymanski - aired August 31, 2010
The Kirkland National Little League team from Kirkland, Washington wins the 1982 Little League World Series, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the event's history.
20. One Night in Vegas by Reggie Rock Bythewood - aired September 7, 2010
The friendship of boxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac Shakur and the night of September 7, 1996, when Shakur was murdered after attending the Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight in Las Vegas.
21. Unmatched by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern with Hannah Storm - aired September 14, 2010
The friendship and rivalry of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
22. The House of Steinbrenner by Barbara Kopple - aired September 21, 2010
The tenure of George Steinbrenner as owner of the New York Yankees.
23. Into the Wind by Steve Nash and Ezra Holland - aired September 28, 2010
How Terry Fox's attempt to run across Canada in support of fundraising for cancer research captured the attention of his fellow Canadians and the world.

First broadcast on TSN2 in Canada on September 19, 2010.
24. Four Days In October by Major League Baseball Productions - aired October 5, 2010
The story of the Boston Red Sox coming back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS.
25. Once Brothers by NBA Entertainment - aired October 12, 2010
The story of Croatian Dražen Petrović and Serbian Vlade Divac, NBA players and Yugoslavian national teammates, and how the civil war in their homeland adversely affected their friendship.
26. Tim Richmond: To the Limit by NASCAR Media Group and Rory Karpf - aired October 19, 2010
The life of NASCAR driver Tim Richmond and his 1989 death from AIDS.
27. Fernando Nation by Cruz Angeles - aired October 26, 2010
The euphoria created by Fernando Valenzuela's 1981 arrival with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
28. Marion Jones: Press Pause by John Singleton - aired November 2, 2010
The successful track and field career of Marion Jones, her 2007 admission of performance-enhancing drug use, and subsequent prison sentence.
29. The Best That Never Was by Jonathan Hock - aired November 9, 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. (2 hours)
30. Pony Excess by Thaddeus D. Matula - aired December 11, 2010
Chronicles the Southern Methodist University football scandal and the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Southern Methodist University Mustangs.
Three other documentaries were originally announced as part of the 30 for 30 schedule, but did not appear.

A. Charismatic by Steven Michaels, Joel Surnow, and Jonathan Koch
The run of Charismatic and its jockey, Chris Antley, at the 1999 Triple Crown.
B. Right To Play by Frank Marshall
The life of Johann Olav Koss, Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater and founder of the international youth sports organization Right To Play.
C. Steve Bartman: Catching Hell by Alex Gibney
The relationship between Chicago Cubs fans and Steve Bartman following Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series.

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