Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The Two Bills

Saturday while Sharon was in Chicago, I watched The Two Bills. This is the twenty-third installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 Volume 3. An episode guide for Vol 3 is here.

The film traces the four-decade relationship between Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells. I frankly didn't realize how long coached they together. They were together at the Giants in the 1980s and the Patriots and the Jets in the 1990s. They won two Super Bowls with the Giants. There was quite a bit of running amok when Belichick was with the Jets as Parcell's assistant head coach and the Patriots wanted to hire him to be their head coach.

There are also a couple of interesting intersections with several other 30 for 30s. In 1990, the Giants coached by Parcells and Belichick beat the Buffalo Bills in the first of Buffalo's four straight Super Bowl losses (The Four Falls of Buffalo). Belichick was also the coach of the Cleveland Browns when they announced that they were moving to Baltimore (The Band That Wouldn't Die).

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this 30 for 30. It was very well done. Weaving the interview of the two coaches in the Giants' locker room through the film was a different approach. Given Belichick's success with the Patriots over the last 18 years, it is an interesting look at his coaching roots.

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