Archive for the ‘Films and Docs’ Category

Coming Soon: The Legend of Swee’ Pea Daniels, The Documentary

If there is anything as captivating as the game of basketball, it’s definitely the sense of nostalgia that comes from its history. The story of the game is unique in that the history of it extends far beyond just the hardwood courts and NBA legends that we have all come to know. Still there are...
March 26th, 2014 | Basketball, Films and Docs, Furious Stylez | Read More

Above The Rim Turns 20 Years Old Today

In life, we have things that are near and dear to our heart. It can be a favorite song, shoe and, in this case, a movie. There are a lot of movies I love, but there is only one that is my undisputed favorite movie of all-time, in any genre. That movie is none other than Above the Rim. Some people will...
March 23rd, 2014 | Basketball, Films and Docs, Soul On Ice | Read More

Starting Lineups: Watch ‘The Crash Reel’ As A Winter Olympics Primer

This week, snowboarding has been a major topic of conversation surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Unfortunately, it’s been for the wrong reasons. That’s because two Olympic snowboarders have already been injured practicing on the Sochi slopestyle course, as Finland’s Marika...
February 7th, 2014 | Films and Docs, Oympics, The Rev | Read More

Apollo Creed Had The Best Entrance Ever: James Brown’s ‘Living In America’ In Rocky IV

I don’t know who the cable programmers are, but they definitely know what they’re doing. Here I am, trying to get some work done on a typical Tuesday night, and as I’m going through some paperwork and scanning channels on my television, what movie comes across my eyes? Rocky III. All...
December 20th, 2013 | Boxing, Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs | Read More

Starting Lineups: Maurice Clarett Is Not Who You Thought He Was

Following the crowning of Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston as the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, ESPN ran another brilliant film in its “30 for 30″ series, “Youngstown Boys,” describing the rise and fall of both Maurice Clarett and Jim Tressel. As always is the...
December 20th, 2013 | Films and Docs, Football, The Rev | Read More

This Documentary Answers The Question: What Happened to Lenny Cooke?

Remember Lenny Cooke? For those who don’t, that’s understandable because like many young high school prospects in basketball, some choose to only remember those who made it big. For the rest of us, he was almost an urban legend. It’s probably because with actual urban legends, at least you could...
November 7th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball, Films and Docs | Read More

What To Watch: HBO’s ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’

Sports movies are a celebrated and beloved genre in filmmaking. The best of them distill the nuances of sport into an easily digestible narrative that communicates the passion for a game, the heartache of loss and the ecstasy of victory. When it comes to boxing, these films have covered everything from...
October 24th, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar, Films and Docs | Read More

Kenan Thompson a.k.a. Russ Tyler Reenacts The Knuckle Puck

I’ve been thinking about “The Mighty Ducks” this week, which is to say I’ve been breathing, walking, eating, sleeping, and generally living my life this week. With that being said, a couple of items piqued my interest in all things quack attack. First this tweet found its way to my...
September 20th, 2013 | Films and Docs, Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

The Evolution Of Sports Journalism And Equality: ‘Let Them Wear Towels’

As a 29-year-old, caucasian male raised in a middle-class family, I’ve lived what is commonly perceived as a privileged life. While certainly not rich, I’ve been afforded all the opportunities you could reasonably ask for in this world and have not had to face the same discriminatory issues...
September 5th, 2013 | Films and Docs, The Rev | Read More

VIDEO: The Mystery Of Flying Kicks Attempts To Shed Light On An Urban Legend

Sneakers on telephone lines. It’s one of those things I’ve always been enamored by, but I’ve never actually had the courage to actually do myself. Why in hades would someone actually throw their sneakers up on telephone lines? (I know why I wouldn’t throw my shoes up there, because...
August 27th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs, Kicks & Gear | Read More

The Wish List: ESPN Films Presents The “Nine for IX DVD Gift Set” – In Stores October 15

As a woman who indulges in sports heavily, I’m extremely grateful for ESPN doing the Nine for IX series. It puts women in sports on a platform that no other network has taken the chance on. Far too many times, we as women are told we aren’t, “in our place” when we express our...
August 26th, 2013 | Et cetera, Films and Docs, The NFL Chick | Read More

North Dallas Forty: The Movie You Need To Watch Before The NFL Season Starts

There are many sports fans who will remember Nick Nolte as Pete Bell, head coach of the Western Dolphins team that featured Butch McRae, Neon Boudreaux and Ricky Rowe in the 1994 classic film “Blue Chips.” Nolte played a fiery and passionate coach who only wanted to return to the glory of...
August 26th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs, Football | Read More

Film Study: HBO Sports’ ‘Glickman’

There are certain voices of every generation that rekindle someone’s youthful visions of sports. Those men and women are greatly influenced by those who came before them, even if they don’t realize it. You can rattle off the names of legendary sportscasters because they’re the textbook definitions...
August 22nd, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera, Films and Docs | Read More

In Rememberance Of Lee Thompson Young AKA Chris Comer In Friday Night Lights

I despise “Friday Night Lights” the television series, and I’ve never seen an episode. The show garners my disdain for two reasons. One, in my vainest moments Googling “Dillon Friday” becomes difficult with fictional Dillon High School serving as the setting for “Friday Night...
August 20th, 2013 | Films and Docs, Football, No Class Friday | Read More

What To Watch: ‘The Trials Of Muhammad Ali’

In less than a week, the latest documentary about Muhammad Ali will debut on movie screens across the country. As I watched the short trailer for the film, I was surprised by how unsurprised I felt that there was another documentary about this legendary boxer. In the study of history, young students...
August 19th, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar, Films and Docs | Read More

Set Your DVR’s: Here’s The Fall Schedule Of ESPN’s ’30 for 30′ Documentaries

Just last night I was fortunate enough to bring 100+ people together to watch Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau’s first documentary film, “Doin’ It In The Park: Pickup Basketball in NYC” in Oakland. Allowing two creatives from NYC to share their message with folks from across...
July 26th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs | Read More

The Mighty Ducks: Gordon Bombay Is Overrated

Before I start, I want to offer a disclaimer. Such a salacious headline deserves an explanation even if the mere creation of it has already compromised my integrity as a writer, and some would say human being, entirely. I am a Gordon Bombay fan. I am a Mighty Ducks fan. I practiced triple dekes in my...
July 19th, 2013 | Columns, Films and Docs, Hockey, Kicks & Gear, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

Peek Into The Shadows Of Boxing In “The Good Son—The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini” Documentary

In boxing, it’s the shadow everyone sees but never talks about. They acknowledge its existence but only in passing. People speak out about the misfortune of fighters who stayed in the ring long past their prime and the life-long side effects suffered as a result, but that’s as close as they...
July 15th, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar, Films and Docs | Read More

The 4 Teams Scribe Wants To See From The Owner’s Box

Netflix has a treasure trove of instantly-streaming sports documentaries that can help a fan compliment their game viewing during the lighter schedule that the summer provides. Recently, this Scribe took advantage of the bounty by watching the 2011 soccer doc The Four Year Plan. The Four Year Plan centered...
July 11th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball, Basketball, Films and Docs, Football, Hockey, Soccer | Read More

The 5 Reasons Why ESPN Had To Pull Playmakers: Because It Predicted The Future

The fear of the unknown is very real. The fear of the truth is something Jack Nicholson told us that we couldn’t handle. When ESPN decided to bless the masses with its own original drama series titled “Playmakers,” it became a little too real. Playmakers, now 10 years old, gave us...
July 8th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs, Football | Read More