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30 for 30 Season 2 Episodes

Season 2 Episode Guide

30 Episodes 2012 - 2015

Episode 1


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 90 mins

Examining the harsh financial realities faced by some pro athletes due to bad investments, frivolous spending and other woes. Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison, Cliff Floyd, Keith McCants and Darren Rovell are among those interviewed. Directed by Billy Corben.

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Episode 2


Tue, Oct 9, 2012 90 mins

The drug-tainted men's 100-meter final at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games is chronicled. The eight sprinters included runner-up Carl Lewis and initial gold-medalist Ben Johnson of Canada, who was disqualified after testing positive for anabolic steroids. Directed by Daniel Gordon.

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Episode 3

There's No Place Like Home

Tue, Oct 16, 2012 60 mins

James Naismith's original rules of basketball are featured in the story of one fan's quest to win the document at auction and bring the rules "home" to Kansas, where Naismith coached and taught for over 40 years. Directed by Maura Mandt and Josh Swade.

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Episode 4


Tue, Oct 23, 2012 90 mins

Chronicling the 1984 murder of 17-year-old prep basketball star Ben Wilson. Chicagoans remember the Simeon High standout and reflect on the impact his loss had on gang-related violence in the Windy City. Directed by Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah.

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Episode 5

Ghosts of Ole Miss

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 60 mins

Exploring the 1962 events on the University of Mississippi campus, where pride over an unbeaten football team mixed with violence over integration. Mississippi native Wright Thompson shows how the events continue to shape the state 50 years later.

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Episode 6

You Don't Know Bo

Sat, Dec 8, 2012 90 mins

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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Episode 7

Survive and Advance

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 120 mins

North Carolina State's improbable run to the 1983 NCAA basketball title is chronicled. Wolfpack guard Dereck Whittenburg helps tell the story of nine postseason wins under coach Jim Valvano, whose 1993 death capped a heartbreaking aftermath for the team. Directed by Jonathan Hock.

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Episode 8

Elway to Marino

Tue, Apr 23, 2013 90 mins

The quarterback-rich 1983 NFL Draft is chronicled by director Ken Rodgers of NFL Films. Hall of Famers John Elway and Dan Marino, who headed the record six QBs selected in the first round, look back on the draft-day events along with agent Marvin Demoff.

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Episode 9

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

Tue, Oct 1, 2013 60 mins

The story of big-wave surfer Eddie Aikau is told by director Sam George, whose images, interviews and research delve into the dynamic life and heroic death of a native Hawaiian and pioneering lifeguard who inspired an entire spiritual movement.

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Episode 10

Free Spirits

Tue, Oct 8, 2013 60 mins

The colorful story of the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis, who featured stars Marvin "Bad News" Barnes and James "Fly" Williams, plus upstart play-by-play man Bob Costas. The owners negotiated a unique contract that has allowed the team to continue to exist. Directed by Daniel H. Forer.

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Episode 11

No Mas

Tue, Oct 15, 2013 90 mins

Chronicling the Sugar Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran fights of 1980, with commentary from both fighters, family members and boxing experts. Duran won the first welterweight bout in Montreal before Leonard took the New Orleans rematch. Directed by Eric Drath.

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Episode 12

Big Shot

Tue, Oct 22, 2013 90 mins

Chronicling former New York Islanders owner John Spano and the scandal that engulfed the franchise in the late '90s. The Dallas businessman comments on his $165 million purchase of the team and the ensuing scam that initially went undetected. Directed by Kevin Connolly.

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Episode 13

This Is What They Want

Tue, Oct 29, 2013 60 mins

Chronicling Jimmy Connors' stirring run at the 1991 U.S. Open, an improbable march to the semifinals at age 39. Also explored is how Connors became a polarizing and provocative personality who helped make tennis a high-octane spectator sport. Directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

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Episode 14

Bernie and Ernie

Tue, Nov 5, 2013 60 mins

Chronicling the basketball lives of Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, who established themselves as a high-scoring tandem at the University of Tennessee, where they were dubbed the "Bernie and Ernie Show." Directed by Jason Hehir.

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Episode 15

Youngstown Boys

Sat, Dec 14, 2013 120 mins

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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Episode 16

The Price of Gold

Thu, Jan 16, 2014 90 mins

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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Episode 17

Requiem for the Big East

Sun, Mar 16, 2014 120 mins

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 a non-football league.

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Episode 18

Bad Boys

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 120 mins

The distinctive late-'80s Detroit Pistons squad under Chuck Daly is chronicled, featuring core players Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Rick Mahorn, Joe Dumars and John Salley, as well as top rivals of the era. Directed by Zak Levitt.

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Episode 19

Slaying The Badger

Tue, Jul 22, 2014 90 mins

Greg LeMond looks back at his first Tour de France victory in 1986 and details his rivalry with friend, teammate and mentor Bernard Hinault. Known as "The Badger," Hinault 'promised' to help LeMond to his first win in return for LeMond's support in '85.

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Episode 20

Playing For The Mob

Tue, Oct 7, 2014 90 mins

The fixing of Boston College basketball games in 1978-79 is chronicled. Details of the point-shaving scandal are revealed by the actual fixers, including mobster Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta in "Goodfellas"); B.C. players; and federal investigators. Directed by Joe Lavine and Cayman Grant.

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Episode 21

The Day The Series Stopped

Tue, Oct 14, 2014 60 mins

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 Candlestick Park.

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Episode 22

When The Garden Was Eden

Tue, Oct 21, 2014 90 mins

Revisiting the New York Knicks' glory years of 1970-73, which featured three NBA Finals and two titles. Director Michael Rapaport illuminates a unique lineup of stars from Walt "Clyde" Frazier and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe to Bill Bradley and Phil Jackson.

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Episode 23

Brian and The Boz

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 90 mins

Chronicling Oklahoma Sooners star Brian Bosworth's days as "The Boz" under football coach Barry Switzer. Both men reflect on their father-son relationship in three memorable seasons (1984-86) in Norman, while also discussing how their lives have changed. Directed by Thaddeus D. Matula.

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Episode 24

Brothers In Exile

Tue, Nov 4, 2014 90 mins

The story of half-brothers Livan and Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez—their rise to baseball stardom in Cuba, harrowing escapes from their native island, and the improbable circumstances that reunited them years later as World Series champions.

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Episode 25

Rand University

Tue, Nov 11, 2014 60 mins

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 nearly derailed Moss's career before he landed at Marshall and began making national headlines on the field.

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Episode 26

The U Part 2

Sat, Dec 13, 2014 120 mins

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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Episode 27

Of Miracles and Men

Sun, Feb 8, 2015 120 mins

Chronicling the 1980 Soviet Olympic hockey team that lost to the U.S. at Lake Placid, with a focus on goalie Vladislav Tretiak; former NHL defensemen Slava Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov; and the USSR dynasty's iconic coaches. Directed by Jonathan Hock.

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Episode 28

I Hate Christian Laettner

Sun, Mar 15, 2015 90 mins

An in-depth profile of polarizing Duke basketball great Christian Laettner, the only player to start in four consecutive Final Fours. Rory Karpf directs a "gloves-off" examination of the man who has been seen by many as the "Blue Devil Himself."

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Episode 29

Sole Man

Wed, Jan 21, 2015 90 mins

The rise of sports-marketing pioneer Sonny Vaccaro, who was instrumental in launching Nike's "Air Jordan" empire in the '80s and ushered in a new era of high-school hoops in the '90s. Interviews include Larry Brown, Brandon Jennings and Tracy McGrady. Directed by Jon Weinbach and Dan Marks.

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Episode 30

Angry Sky: The Legend of Nick Piantanida

Thu, Jul 30, 2015 90 mins

In the 1960s, truck driver Nick Piantanida discovered skydiving, and set out to break the world record for highest parachute jump by taking a helium balloon to the edge of space. He then became obsessed with launching the first civilian space program.

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