30 for 30

  • 2009
  • TV Show
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A series of (originally just 30) documentary films on sports stories from ESPN's first 30 years (1979-2009). Subjects were selected by top filmmakers, including Barry Levinson, Morgan Freeman, Ron Shelton, Albert Maysles, Frank Marshall and Ice Cube.

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Thu Sep 21 1:00am
Mike and the Mad Dog(Season 6, Episode 10) ESPN2

New York sports-radio icons Mike Francesa and Chris Russo are chronicled. Director Daniel H. Forer tells the story of the contrasting duo's dominance of the afternoon air waves through interviews, archives and a chorus of colleagues and fans.

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Thu Sep 21 10:30pm
You Don't Know Bo(Season 2, Episode 6) ESPNU

Bo Jackson's brief-but-explosive NFL and MLB careers are chronicled along with his iconic late-'80s marketing campaign. Legendary anecdotes are featured from Alabama school days to his exploits with the Raiders, Royals, White Sox and Angels.

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Fri Sep 22 4:00pm
The Gospel According to Mac(Season 5, Episode 3) ESPNU

Polarizing football coach Bill McCartney and his revitalization of the Colorado Buffaloes is chronicled, examining off-the-field lows as well as the high of a 1990 national title. McCartney was founder of the Promise Keepers, a Christian men's ministry. Di (more…)

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Fri Sep 22 8:00pm
Requiem for the Big East(Season 3, Episode 9) ESPNCLS

Chronicling the origin of the Big East Conference and its rapid 1980s rise under commissioner Dave Gavitt and iconic basketball coaches including John Thompson, Lou Carnesecca and Jim Boeheim. Director Ezra Edelman also examines the conference's new era as (more…)

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Fri Sep 22 10:00pm
The Two Escobars(Season 1, Episode 16) ESPNCLS

The early-1990s deaths of Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar and drug baron Pablo Escobar are the focus of "The Two Escobars," a documentary look at the influence of drugs on soccer in the South American nation. Directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

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Sat Sep 23 12:00am
The Best That Never Was(Season 1, Episode 29) ESPNCLS

"The Best That Never Was" chronicles the career of running back Marcus Dupree, a highly-recruited high-school star in 1981 whose college and pro careers fell short of expectations. Directed by Jonathan Hock.

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Sat Sep 23 4:00am
The Day The Series Stopped(Season 4, Episode 2) ESPNCLS

The earthquake-interrupted A's-Giants World Series of 1989 is revisited through archival footage and stories from players, officials and Bay Area citizens. Director Ryan Fleck also takes a scientific look at the 6.9 Loma Prieta quake prior to Game 3 at Can (more…)

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Sat Sep 23 5:00am
Silly Little Game(Season 1, Episode 11) ESPNCLS

"Silly Little Game" chronicles the growth of fantasy sports into a billion-dollar industry and pays tribute to a group of writers and academics who created a baseball league in 1980, hatching the idea at La Rotisserie Francaise, a New York restaurant. Dire (more…)

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Sat Sep 23 6:00am
Jordan Rides the Bus(Season 1, Episode 18) ESPNCLS

Michael Jordan's brief minor-league-baseball career is revisited by director Ron Shelton ("Bull Durham") in "Jordan Rides the Bus." The 1994 stint with the double-A Birmingham Barons and manager Terry Francona followed the murder of his father and his thir (more…)

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Sat Sep 23 7:00am
Four Days In October(Season 1, Episode 24) ESPNCLS

The historic Red Sox comeback from a three-game deficit in the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees is chronicled in "Four Days in October." Mariano Rivera's blown save in Game 4 sparked a run that effectively ended Boston's "Curse of the Bambino."

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Sat Sep 23 8:00am
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Unmatched(Season 1, Episode 21) ESPNCLS

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova's long-time rivalry and eventual friendship is chronicled in "Unmatched." The tennis legends reflect on their head-to-head history and the state of the game. Directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters.

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Sat Sep 23 10:00am
You Don't Know Bo(Season 2, Episode 6) ESPNCLS

Bo Jackson's brief-but-explosive NFL and MLB careers are chronicled along with his iconic late-'80s marketing campaign. Legendary anecdotes are featured from Alabama school days to his exploits with the Raiders, Royals, White Sox and Angels.

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Sat Sep 23 11:30am
The 16th Man(Season 1, Episode 13) ESPNCLS

Morgan Freeman and director Cliff Bestall tell the story of host South Africa's emotional run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup title shortly after the end of apartheid. Nelson Mandela's symbolic embrace of the Springboks' captain is highlighted for its signific (more…)

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Sat Sep 23 12:30pm
Kings Ransom(Season 1, Episode 1) ESPNCLS

"Kings Ransom." Chronicling the 1988 trade of hockey star Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. Directed by Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights").

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Sat Sep 23 1:30pm
The Price of Gold(Season 3, Episode 8) ESPNCLS

Chronicling the 1994 figure-skating scandal involving U.S. Olympic hopefuls Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Interviewees include Harding herself, plus Kerrigan's husband; the skaters' coaches; and various media members. Directed by Nanette Burstein.

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Sat Sep 23 3:00pm
The Guru of Go(Season 1, Episode 9) ESPNCLS

"Guru of Go" recalls basketball coach Paul Westhead's up-tempo offense and its success at Loyola Marymount University. Westhead and former LMU star Bo Kimble reflect on their storied NCAA Tournament run in 1990 following the sudden death of Hank Gathers. D (more…)

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Sat Sep 23 4:00pm
The U(Season 1, Episode 7) ESPNCLS

"The U" chronicles the 1980s evolution of University of Miami football. Miami native and school alum Billy Corben examines how the team's success and swagger related to racial and cultural changes on the campus and in the city.

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Sat Sep 23 6:00pm
The U Part 2(Season 4, Episode 7) ESPNCLS

Chronicling University of Miami football from the low of NCAA sanctions in the mid-'90s to the high of the 2001 National Championship; to the new controversy of a booster's Ponzi scheme to win favor with the program. Directed by Billy Corben.

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Sat Sep 23 8:00pm
The Two Escobars(Season 1, Episode 16) ESPNCLS

The early-1990s deaths of Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar and drug baron Pablo Escobar are the focus of "The Two Escobars," a documentary look at the influence of drugs on soccer in the South American nation. Directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

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Sat Sep 23 10:00pm
The Birth of Big Air(Season 1, Episode 17) ESPNCLS

BMX star Mat Hoffman's high-flying career is documented in "The Birth of Big Air." Director Jeff Tremaine and co-producers Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze showcase Hoffman's love of the sport and relentless pursuit of record-breaking jumps and tricks.

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Sat Sep 23 11:00pm
Youngstown Boys(Season 3, Episode 7) ESPNU

Chronicling Youngstown (Pa.) natives Jim Tressel and Maurice Clarett, who both made inglorious exits from Ohio State football following on-field success. Jim Brown and ex-Buckeyes QB Craig Krenzel are featured. Directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

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Sat Sep 23 11:00pm
Rand University(Season 4, Episode 6) ESPNCLS

Wide receiver Randy Moss is profiled by filmmaker Marquis Daisy in a journey back to the small town of Rand, W.Va., where troubles with the law nealry derailed Moss's career before he landed at Marshall and began making national headlines on the field.

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Sun Sep 24 12:00am
The Best That Never Was(Season 1, Episode 29) ESPNCLS

"The Best That Never Was" chronicles the career of running back Marcus Dupree, a highly-recruited high-school star in 1981 whose college and pro careers fell short of expectations. Directed by Jonathan Hock.

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  • Premiered: October 6, 2009
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: A series of (originally just 30) documentary films on sports stories from ESPN's first 30 years (1979-2009). Subjects were selected by top filmmakers, including Barry Levinson, Morgan Freeman, Ron Shelton, Albert Maysles, Frank Marshall and Ice Cube. (more)

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