Archive for the ‘Films and Docs’ Category

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a documentary by some of the greatest filmmakers in the world has turned into ESPN’s critically acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series. Our lives as sports fans would never be...
August 28th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs | Read More

‘We Could Be King’: The High School Football Documentary You Must See

My hometown of Philadelphia has been facing a major budget crisis for its schools system for years now, and the situation is not getting any better. Schools are closing at a rapid rate, forcing students to combined classrooms, all while the amenities afforded to the young men and women continue to recede. For...
July 22nd, 2014 | Films and Docs, Football, The Rev | Read More

Foxcatcher: The Greatest Sports Tragedy You’ve Never Heard Of

The Schultz brothers, Mark (left) and Dave (right). His name was Dave Schultz. In the world of wrestling, “Schultz” is synonymous with excellence. For years the club bearing his name supported some of the greatest wrestlers in America, from Kurt Angle (1996 Olympic Gold Medalist) to Brandon...
July 14th, 2014 | Fight Like Sugar, Films and Docs, Oympics | Read More

Because You Need To Watch This Trailer For The ‘Iverson’ Documentary

Sneak a peek at the new trailer for the Allen Iverson documentary ‘Iverson,’ debuting Sunday night at the Tribeca Film Festival. In a year where many got to witness one of the more polarizing figures in NBA history have his name immortalized in the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center, it’s...
April 24th, 2014 | Basketball, Films and Docs, Furious Stylez | Read More

BBSketch Paints The Perfect Picture Of Patrick Ewing & The Ewing Center Hi

It’s not a fair thing to say, but it’s the absolute truth. Patrick Ewing will always go down as one of the most underappreciated athletes of his generation. During his time at Georgetown, the man dominated everything that was college basketball in the early 80′s, but many people will...
April 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs | Read More

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