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.
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa reflect on the 1998 baseball season in which they ignited the passion of fans and non-fans alike in a thrilling home-run race that soared past Roger Maris's 37-year-old single-season record. Directed by AJ Schnack.
Part 2. An in-depth look at the rise and fall of cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won seven straight Tour de France titles before being implicated in one of sport's largest doping scandals. Extensive interviews with Armstrong are featured by director Marina Zenovich.
Part 1. An in-depth look at the rise and fall of cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won seven straight Tour de France titles before being implicated in one of sport's largest doping scandals. Extensive interviews with Armstrong are featured by director Marina Zenovich.
Part 2 of 2. Chronicling the career of quarterback Michael Vick: his incredible rise, shocking fall and polarizing return. Vick served nearly two years for crimes related to involvement in a dog fighting ring, going from star athlete to national pariah; from one of the most popular players in the NFL and all of sports to a man as ostracized as virtually any public figure in America. Directed by Stanley Nelson.
Part 1 of 2. Chronicling the career of quarterback Michael Vick: his incredible rise, shocking fall and polarizing return. After high school in Newport News, Va., Vick led Virginia Tech to a BCS title game and was drafted No. 1 by the Atlanta Falcons. He was also a star who refused to turn his back on the friends who'd been with him since the beginning. Ultimately, that refusal would portend his downfall. Directed by Stanley Nelson.
The story of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, frenemies from SoCal who brought millions of fans to mixed martial arts and supercharged the UFC. Liddell was the first to knock out Ortiz, in 2004; a feat he repeated (by TKO) in 2006. Directed by Micah Brown.
Tracing the improbable story of Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, who grew from an introverted kid in an uncomfortable upbringing in Dallas to become one of sports most outrageous characters while winning five NBA titles with the Pistons and Bulls.
A look at the competitive-eating rivalry between Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi, record-setting champions of the July 4th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for nearly two decades. Director Nicole Lucas Haimes delves into the event and its unique stars.
Motorsports pioneer Janet Guthrie, the first woman to start in both the Indy 500 and Daytona 500, is chronicled by director Jenna Ricker. Interviews acknowledge Guthrie's determination and skill as the kind too often relegated to the margins of history.
The story of ex-St. John's basketball star Felipe Lopez as part of a portrait of Dominican immigrants in New York in the '80s and '90s. After highs and lows on the court, Lopez finds happiness as the man he was meant to be. Directed by Jonathan Hock.
Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau's story of triumph and tragedy is told by director Kirby Bradley. Seau paved a remarkable path out of an immigrant Samoan family to NFL stardom in San Diego, Miami and New England, only to take his own life at age 43.
Chronicling 1992 with Deion Sanders as he played simultaneously with Atlanta's Braves and Falcons in October, hustling to three cities in three days in an early phase of his two-sport success. Directed by Ken Rodgers and Erik Powers.
On February 11, 1990, with odds of 42-1, the impossible happened when James "Buster" Douglas defeated Mike Tyson for the heavyweight championship of the world in Tokyo, Japan. The major boxing upset is chronicled to show how unlikely it was.
Chronicling the successful yet stormy relationship between Giants coaches Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. As head coach and defensive coordinator, the pair won two Super Bowls before moving to the Patriots and Jets. Interviews include Lawrence Taylor.
Chronicling wrestler Ric Flair and his wild ride as the "Nature Boy" inside and outside the ring. Interviews include fellow WWE stars Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Ricky Steamboat, plus Flair's family, including his first wife. Directed by Rory Karpf.
Boxer Tommy Morrison is chronicled. Known first for his role as Tommy Gunn in Rocky V, Morrison peaked with a win over George Foreman for the WBO heavyweight title in 1993, only to follow with a tumultous two decades. Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby direct.
Chronicling the 1987 Washington Redskins replacement players-- who won three games during the NFL players strike--and the lasting consequences of crossing the picket line. Director John Dorsey also looks at the team's links to the movie The Replacements.
Chronicling the saga of the 1988 Carter High School football team that took on the best that Texas had to offer, including the Odessa Permian team that inspired Friday Night Lights, only to have its state title stripped. Directed by Adam Hootnick.
The story of Irish soccer hero George Best, one of the sport's first rock-and-roll stars who debuted with Manchester United at age 17 but fell victim to a wild life off the pitch. Daniel Gordon recounts the tale of the beloved but be-deviled superstar with evocative footage and testimony by those who knew him at his best—and worst.
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.
Conclusion of a look at the 1980s Celtics-Lakers rivalry, focusing on the three years after the 1984 NBA Finals, as the teams' disdain for each other gradually turns to respect while meeting in two more Finals. From filmmakers Jim Podhoretz and Jon Hock.
Part 2 of 3. The Celtics-Lakers rivalry ramps up in the 1984 Finals as a cast of characters--led by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson--who changed the NBA finally went head-to-head for a title. Directed by Jim Podhoretz and produced by Jonathan Hock.
A three-part look at the Celtics-Lakers rivalry begins with the teams' history and the cast of characters--led by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson--who would change the NBA in the early 1980s. Directed by Jim Podhoretz and produced by Jonathan Hock.
Chronicling the career of Hall of Fame basketball coach John Calipari, an accomplished yet controversial figure who has embraced the era of one-year stays by top college players. Marcus Camby, Derrick Rose and Anthony Davis are among those interviewed by director Jonathan Hock.
Chronicling the bold-but-brief run of the XFL, a pro-football league launched in 2001 by sports entertainment giants Dick Ebersol (NBC) and Vince McMahon (WWE). Directed by Chris Ebersol, who explores the league's influence on sports broadcasting today.