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30 for 30 Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

30 Episodes 2009 - 2010

Episode 1

Kings Ransom

Tue, Oct 6, 2009 60 mins

"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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Episode 2

The Band That Wouldn't Die

Tue, Oct 13, 2009 60 mins

"The Band That Wouldn't Die." Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson documents the story of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, which continued to perform after the team's abrupt departure in 1984. The band beat the drum for their beloved team until the NFL returned to the city in 1995.

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Episode 3

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

Tue, Oct 20, 2009 60 mins

"Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?" chronicles the rise and fall of the United States Football League, the mid-1980s spring-time rival to the NFL that lasted only three seasons. Former New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trump is among those interviewed by filmmaker Mike Tollin (executive producer of "Smallville" and "One Tree Hill"), who gathered original footage as a league employee.

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Episode 4

Muhammad and Larry

Tue, Oct 27, 2009 60 mins

"Muhammad and Larry" chronicles the 1980 Muhammad Ali-Larry Holmes bout. Director Albert Maysles unearths extensive footage from each boxer's training headquarters. In fresh interviews, both camps reflect on Ali's controversial decision to fight.

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Episode 5

Without Bias

Tue, Nov 3, 2009 60 mins

"Without Bias." Director Kirk Fraser examines the life and sudden death of basketball star Len Bias more than two decades after his 1986 passing from a cocaine overdose. Included are interviews with teammates, friends and family members of the one-time Maryland standout who died two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics.

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Episode 6

The Legend of Jimmy the Greek

Tue, Nov 10, 2009 60 mins

"The Legend of Jimmy the Greek" examines the ground-breaking career and tragic fall of sports handicapper Jimmy Snyder, who rose to iconic status in his role on "The NFL Today." Directed by Peabody Award winner Fritz Mitchell, who began his career as a researcher on the CBS studio show.

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Episode 7

The U

Sat, Dec 12, 2009 120 mins

"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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Episode 8

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks

Sun, Mar 14, 2010 60 mins

Director Dan Klores recalls Reggie Miller's 1990s exploits against the New York Knicks and his give-and-take with courtside fan Spike Lee in "Winning Time." Included: Miller scoring eight points in 8.9 seconds to win a 1995 playoff game and become "The Garden's Greatest Villain."

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Episode 9

The Guru of Go

Sat, Apr 3, 2010 60 mins

"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. Directed by Bill Couturie.

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Episode 10

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson

Tue, Apr 13, 2010 90 mins

"No Crossover" chronicles the 1993 bowling-alley incident in Hampton, Va., that landed local high-school basketball star Allen Iverson in jail and divided the community along racial lines. Directed by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams"), a Hampton native.

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Episode 11

Silly Little Game

Tue, Apr 20, 2010 60 mins

"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. Directed by Adam Kurland and Lucas Jansen.

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Episode 12

Run Ricky Run

Tue, Apr 27, 2010 60 mins

"Run Ricky Run" chronicles running back Ricky Williams' controversial time away from the NFL in 2004 and looks at changes in his life since returning. Includes footage from Australia, where Williams camped after abandoning his Miami lifestyle. Directed by Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni.

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Episode 13

The 16th Man

Tue, May 4, 2010 60 mins

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 significance as a turning point in unifying the country.

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Episode 14

Straight Outta L.A.

Tue, May 11, 2010 60 mins

The Raiders' 1982 move to Los Angeles and the team's immediate cultural connection with the city are chronicled in "Straight Outta L.A.," directed by Ice Cube. The rap artist traces the origins of the hip-hop scene's affinity for the Silver & Black and the lasting impact in L.A. for the NFL's "outlaw team."

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Episode 15

June 17th, 1994

Wed, Jun 16, 2010 60 mins

Recounting O.J. Simpson's infamous car chase and sports events that took place that Friday, including the New York Rangers' victory parade; the Knicks-Rockets NBA Finals; the kickoff of the U.S.-hosted World Cup; and Arnold Palmer's last U.S. Open. Directed by Brett Morgen.

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Episode 16

The Two Escobars

Tue, Jun 22, 2010 120 mins

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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Episode 17

The Birth of Big Air

Thu, Jul 29, 2010 60 mins

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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Episode 18

Jordan Rides the Bus

Tue, Aug 24, 2010 60 mins

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 third-straight NBA title with the Bulls.

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Episode 19

Little Big Men

Tue, Aug 31, 2010 60 mins

The 1982 Little League World Series champions from Kirkland, Wash., are profiled in "Little Big Men." Directors Al Szymanski and Peter Franchella catch up with Cody Webster and other team members who broke a lengthy U.S. drought in Williamsport, Pa.

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Episode 20

One Night in Vegas

Tue, Sep 7, 2010 60 mins

Tupac Shakur's 1996 murder is chronicled in "One Night in Vegas." The documentary also focuses on the rap artist's friendship with Mike Tyson, whose boxing match Shakur attended just hours before he was gunned down. Directed by Reggie Bythewood.

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Episode 21


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 60 mins

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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Episode 22

The House of Steinbrenner

Tue, Sep 21, 2010 60 mins

"The House of Steinbrenner" chronicles George Steinbrenner's impactful 37-year reign as New York Yankees owner, the franchise's transition into a new stadium and new era of ownership. Directed by two-time Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple.

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Episode 23

Into the Wind

Tue, Sep 28, 2010 60 mins

"Into the Wind" documents amputee Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope, a 1980 quest to run across Canada to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. NBA star and first-time filmmaker Steve Nash tells the story of Fox, a fellow British Columbia native.

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Episode 24

Four Days In October

Tue, Oct 5, 2010 60 mins

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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Episode 25

Once Brothers

Tue, Oct 12, 2010 90 mins

The bond between countrymen and NBA pioneers Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac is chronicled in "Once Brothers." War in the former Yugoslavia tore apart their friendship before Petrovic's tragic death in a 1993 auto accident.

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Episode 26

Tim Richmond: To the Limit

Tue, Oct 19, 2010 60 mins

"Tim Richmond: To the Limit" chronicles the life and tragic death of the freewheeling 1980s NASCAR driver who succumbed to AIDS just three years after a seven-win season in the Winston Cup Series. Directed by Emmy Award winner Rory Karpf.

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Episode 27

Fernando Nation

Tue, Oct 26, 2010 60 mins

"Fernando Nation" chronicles the impact of Los Angeles Dodgers pitching great Fernando Valenzuela on the Mexican-American community and baseball in general in the early 1980s. Valenzuela is among those interviewed. Directed by Cruz Angeles.

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Episode 28

Marion Jones: Press Pause

Tue, Nov 2, 2010 60 mins

"Marion Jones: Press Pause" examines the rise to Olympic stardom and subsequent fall of one of track's top sprinters, who served six months in prison for lying to federal investigators about performance-enhancing drug use. Directed by John Singleton.

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Episode 29

The Best That Never Was

Tue, Nov 9, 2010 120 mins

"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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Episode 30

Pony Exce$$

Sat, Dec 11, 2010 120 mins

The rise, fall and rebirth of SMU football is chronicled in "Pony Exce$$." Craig James and Eric Dickerson highlighted the Mustangs' heyday of the early '80s, but rules violations led to the program's demise in 1987. Directed by Thaddeus D. Matula, a graduate of SMU's film school.

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