Saturday, November 02, 2013

ESPN 30 for 30 Vol II - This Is What They Want

Sharon and I watched This Is What They Want. This is the thirteenth installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 Vol II. An episode guide for Vol II is here. With a very busy October from a personal and professional perspective, I have gotten way behind in watching the new batch of 30 for 30s that were released in October.

This film looks at Jimmy Connors extraordinary run at the 1991 U.S. Open. At time, Connors was 39 years old and ranked 174th in the world. It had been 8 years since his last Grand Slam singles title.

This Is What They Want also explores Connors' background and his relationship with other players. There is some great footage of Connors and John McEnroe interacting. The documentary includes interviews with Connors, McEnroe and a number of the other key figures.

During the first two weeks of September of 1991, I was at the Pacific Coast Banking School on the University of Washington Campus in Seattle. I was in the midst of what was the most tumultuous six month period of my life [August of 1991 to February of 1992]. I have no recollection of this tournament. As a result, it was very engaging to watch the documentary; I was not sure how it was going to end. This 30 for 30 is definitely worth watching.

Bill Simmons talks to Brian Koppelman about his 30 for 30 This Is What They Want, the movie 'Rounders,' and the New York Knicks on the October 31, 2013 BS Report podcast.

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