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    • Fernando Nation
      Season 1 - Episode 27
      10/26/10
      10
      The Natural’ is supposed to be a blue-eyed boy who teethed on a 36-ounce Louisville Slugger. He should run like the wind and throw boysenberries through brick. He should come from California." – Steve Wulf, Sports Illustrated, 1981. So how was it that a pudgy 20-year-old, Mexican, left-handed pitcher from a remote village in the Sonoran desert, unable to speak a word of English, could sell out stadiums across America and become a rock star overnight? In Fernando Nation, Mexican-born and Los Angeles-raised director Cruz Angeles traces the history of a community that was torn apart when Dodger Stadium was built in Chavez Ravine and then revitalized by one of the most captivating pitching phenoms baseball has ever seen. Nicknamed “El Toro” by his fans, Fernando Valenzuela ignited a fire that spread from LA to New York—and beyond. He vaulted himself onto the prime time stage and proved with his signature look to the heavens and killer screwball that the American dream was not reserved for those born on U.S. soil. In this layered look at the myth and the man, Cruz Angeles recalls the euphoria around Fernando’s arrival and probes a phenomenon that transcended baseball for many Mexican-Americans. Fernando Valenzuela himself opens up to share his perspective on this very special time. Three decades later, “Fernandomania” lives.moreless
    • You Don't Know Bo
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      12/8/12
      10

      The career of dual-sport star Bo Jackson.

    • Ghosts of Ole Miss
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      10/30/12
      10

      The 50 year anniversary of Ole Mississippi's integrated football team and the violence that ensued.

    • Run Ricky Run
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      4/27/10
      10
      Ricky Williams does not conform to America's definition of the modern athlete. In 2004, with rumors of another positive marijuana test looming, the Miami Dolphins running back traded adulation and a mansion in South Florida for anonymity and a $7 a night tent in Australia. His decision created a media frenzy that dismantled his reputation and branded him as a quitter. But while most in the media thought Williams was ruining his life by leaving football, Ricky thought he was saving it. Through personal footage recorded with Williams during his year away from football and beyond, filmmaker and traveling companion Sean Pamphilon will give this misunderstood athlete the opportunity to tell his intriguing story in his own words.moreless
    • Elway to Marino
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      4/23/13
      10

      The story of a trying time for the NFL and how the 1983 Draft turned things around.

    • Magic Johnson: The Announcement
      Season 0 - Episode 10
      7/15/13
      10
      On Thursday, Nov. 7, 1991, Earvin "Magic" Johnson made people stop and watch at the Forum in Inglewood, California. But this time it wasn't his basketball brilliance as a perennial NBA All-Star and three-time MVP that was captivating audiences worldwide. Instead, the 32-year-old ground-breaking point guard was holding a press conference to make the stunning announcement that he was HIV-positive and would be retiring from basketball immediately. More than 20 years after the announcement, director Nelson George gets to the core of Magic’s incredible personal journey and explores how he continues to thrive two decades later, thanks in large part to the fortitude of his wife, the vision of his friend and AIDS activist, the late Elizabeth Glaser, and the commitment of his former head coach Pat Riley. Friends and Family share their memories of that time and insights on the character of the man who put a new face on HIV and AIDS.moreless
    • The Band That Wouldn't Die
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      10/13/09
      10
      Barry Levinson examines the impact of the Baltimore's Marching Ravens, formerly the Baltimore Colts Band, after the Colts moved to Indianapolis and before the Ravens arrival.
    • Bad Boys
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      4/17/14
      10
      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.
    • 11/9/10
      9.7

      The Best That Never Was episode of 30 for 30 covers the brilliant but tragically short career of football player Marcus Dupree. A high-school phenomenon, he would star as a running back at the University of Oklahoma before injuries cut short his promising career. Robbed of his speed and quickness, Dupree made a quick transition from legend to footnote.

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    • 10/1/13
      9.5

      The story of an iconic surfer.

    • Survive and Advance
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      3/17/13
      9.5

      The story of the North Carolina State basketball team's improbable run to the NCAA Tournament.

    • Benji
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/23/12
      9.5

      The story of a promising young basketball player whose life was cut short by tragedy.

    • The Legend of Jimmy The Greek
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      11/10/09
      9.3
      Fritz Mitchell examines the life of Jimmy the Greek.
    • Muhammad and Larry
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/27/09
      9.3
      Albert Maysles examines the October 1980 fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes.
    • The Price of Gold
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      1/16/14
      9.3

      A look back at one of the biggest stories of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

    • The U
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      12/12/09
      9.3
      Billy Corben examines the University of Miami football team in the late 1980s.
    • Unmatched
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      9/14/10
      9.2

      The Unmatched episode of 30 for 30 explores the rivalry between tennis players Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. It begins with the first time they faced each other in 1973 and covers the more than 80 matches in which they competed against each other. Though initially fierce rivals, they would become the best of friends in time and usher in a glorious new age of women's tennis.

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    • Straight Outta LA
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      5/11/10
      9.0
      Director Ice Cube examines the Raiders and professional football moving from Los Angeles to Oakland.
    • Four Days in October
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      10/5/10
      9.0

      The Four Days in October episode of 30 for 30 looks back at the stunning comeback of the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series. Left for dead after going down 3-0 in the series, the Red Sox roared back to become the first baseball team ever to overcome such a deficit.

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    • Bernie and Ernie
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      11/5/13
      9.0
      Bernard King arrived to Knoxville, he was only the third African American ever to play for the Vols' varsity basketball team. By the time he left he was a legend. In his freshman year he dazzled fans in Knoxville, and with talented teammate Ernie Grunfeld, gained national acclaim as part of what was known as "The Ernie and Bernie Show".moreless
    • Unguarded
      Season 0 - Episode 7
      7/15/13
      9.0
      Chris Herren, Fall River, Massachusetts’ high school basketball superstar, played for Boston University, for Jerry Tarkanian’s Fresno State team, bounced around the NBA (once playing for his beloved Celtics) and around the globe. Chris failed drug tests wherever he played. Ultimately, Chris - the youngest and most talented of three generations of local heroes - has found redemption and personal fulfillment through the game, but only after it led him down a path of alcohol and drug addiction that nearly killed him.moreless
    • Roll Tide / War Eagle
      Season 0 - Episode 8
      11/8/11
      9.0
      With two Heisman trophies, two national championships and one crazed fan, the biggest rivalry in college sports, Auburn vs. Alabama, has reached new heights in the last two years. This is the story of the history between the two programs, the bad blood between its fans and how this intense rivalry came to a pinnacle, just when they ended up needing each other most.moreless
    • 9.79*
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      10/9/12
      8.8

      A story on the scandal regarding the 100 meter race at the 1988 Olympic Games.

    • Kings Ransom
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      10/6/09
      8.7
      Peter Berg examines Wayne Gretzky's trade to Los Angeles.
    • Once Brothers
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      10/12/10
      8.6
      Produced by NBA Entertainment.
    • The Two Escobars
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      6/22/10
      8.6
      Director Jeff Zimbalist looks at the tragic death of Andres Escobar after an accidental own goal and how soccer in Colombia was effectively run by drug lord Pablo Escobar.
    • Dan Klores examines Reggie Miller's impact on the Knicks in the 1990s.
    • Tim Richmond: To the Limit
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      10/19/10
      8.5

      In the Tim Richmond: To the Limit episode of 30 for 30, the stunning career and troubling life of NASCAR driver Tim Richmond is explored. Despite being known throughout the circuit as a hard-living man, Richmond stunned the NASCAR world with his diagnosis of AIDS. Known as one of the best drivers in the world, he struggled to find sponsorships following his diagnosis.

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    • Youngstown Boys
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      12/14/13
      8.5

      A look at the on-field success and off-field issues of Ohio State football.

    • 10/20/09
      8.3
      Mike Tollin examines the rise and fall of the United States Football League.
    • 4/13/10
      8.2
      Steve James examines Allen Iverson's high school race trial.
    • June 17, 1994
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      6/16/10
      8.0
      Director Brett Morgen looks at how one day went from celebration to chaos.
    • Big Shot
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      10/22/13
      8.0

      The story of John Spano conned the NHL and was able to purchase the New York Islanders.

    • This is What They Want
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      10/29/13
      8.0

      The story of Jimmy Connors surprising 1991 run.

    • Pony Excess (SMU)
      Season 1 - Episode 30
      12/11/10
      8.0
      From 1981-1984, a small private school in Dallas owned the best record in college football. The Mustangs of Southern Methodist University were riding high on the backs of the vaunted "Pony Express" backfield. But as the middle of the decade approached, the program was coming apart at the seams. Wins became the only thing that mattered as the University increasingly ceded power of the football program t o the city's oil barons and real estate tycoons and flagrant and frequent NCAA violations became the norm. On February 25th, 1987, the school and the sport were rocked, as the NCAA meted out "the death penalty" on a college football program for the first and only time in its history. SMU would be without football for two years, and the fan base would be without an identity for twenty more until the Mustangs' win in the 2009 Hawaii Bowl. This is the story of Dallas in the 1980's and the greed, power, and corruption that spilled from the oil fields onto the football field and all the way to the Governor's Mansion. Director Thaddeus D. Matula, a product of the SMU film school, chronicles the rise, fall, and rebirth of this once mighty team.moreless
    • Jordan Rides the Bus
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      8/24/10
      7.9

      The Jordan Rides the Bus episode of 30 for 30 looks back at the brief professional baseball career of NBA star, Michael Jordan. Universally considered to be the best basketball player on the planet, Jordan temporarily retired in 1993 to pursue his childhood dream of playing baseball. A god on the basketball court, Jordan struggled to be merely adequate on the baseball diamond.

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    • The House of Steinbrenner
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      9/21/10
      7.8

      In the House of Steinbrenner episode of 30 for 30, filmmaker Barbara Kopple explores the legacy of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. As head of a group of investors who purchased the New York Yankees in 1973 for 110 million dollars, Steinbrenner has left a huge and controversial mark on the game ever since.

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    • Guru of Go
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      4/3/10
      7.8

      In the Guru of Go episode of 30 for 30, the career of basketball coach Paul Westhead is examined. Fired as the coach of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers at the behest of star Magic Johnson, Westhead establishes a juggernaut at the tiny Catholic college, Loyola Marymount. Success mixes with tragedy, however, when team star Hank Gathers tragically dies on the court.

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    • Broke
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      10/2/12
      7.5

      Athletes who lose their fortunes.

    • Without Bias
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      11/3/09
      7.3
      Kirk Fraser examines the life of Len Bias.
    • Little Big Men
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      8/31/10
      7.3

      The Little Big Men episode of 30 for 30 examines the 1982 Little League World Series and the profound impact that the young team from Kirkland, Washington had on the nation. Mixing archival footage with modern interviews with members of the team, filmmaker Al Szymanski tells the story of a team while offering a glimpse into the depressed mood of the United States at the time.

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    • Marion Jones: Press Pause
      Season 1 - Episode 28
      11/2/10
      6.0

      In the Marion Jones: Press Pause episode of 30 for 30, filmmaker John Singleton examines the controversial career of sprinter Marion Jones. Once the darling of the track and field world, the Olympic champion ultimately went to prison in disgrace after disclosing that she had used performance-enhancing drugs. Once released from jail, she struggles to repair her life and reputation.

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    • One Night in Vegas
      One Night in Vegas
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      9/7/10
      5.5
      Director Reggie Bythewood retells then events that took place on September 7th, 1996 in Las Vegas following a Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon Boxing match where Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight attended and sat front row. Mike Tyson tells of his friendship with Tupac, how they meet, and seeing him on the night of his fight. Reggie shows us how Tupac and Mike were both cultural phenomenons occupying the same location during one night in Vegas leading up to the drive by shooting of Tupac and Suge. Friends and family of Mike Tyson and Tupac Shakur are interviewed.moreless
    • There's No Place Like Home
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      10/16/12
      5.2

      The history of basketball.

    • Hillsborough
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      4/15/14
      0.0
      Chronicling the 1989 spectator tragedy at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, that resulted in 96 deaths. Director Daniel Gordon examines the incident and its aftermath, including the exoneration of Liverpool supporters over two decades later.
    • Maradona '86 & The Opposition
      Maradona '86 & The Opposition
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      4/22/14
      0.0
      An appreciation of Diego Maradona's dominant 1986 World Cup run with Argentina; and a look at the controversial Chile-Soviet Union World Cup qualifier in 1973, held in Santiago shortly after a military coup by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
    • Here Now and Holy Grail
      Here Now and Holy Grail
      Season 3 - Episode 26
      7/22/14
      0.0
      A look at Pete Rose in his 70s and his regular role at a sports memorabilia store in Las Vegas. Also, the infamous T206 Honus Wagner baseball card.
    • Slaying The Badger
      Slaying The Badger
      Season 3 - Episode 25
      7/22/14
      0.0
    • White, Blue and White
      White, Blue and White
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      7/1/14
      0.0
      Chronicling the late '70s/early '80s soccer success in England of Argentine stars Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa. The pair helped win the 1978 World Cup but were conflicted when Argentine troops descended on the British-ruled Falkland Islands in 1982.
    • The High Five/Schedule Makers
    • Posterized and Jake
      Posterized and Jake
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      4/28/14
      0.0
    • From Harlem With Love
      From Harlem With Love
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      4/2/14
      0.0
      Chronicling the Harlem Globetrotters' historic 1959 trip into the heart of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
    • The Myth of Garrincha & Ceasefire Massacre
      4/29/14
      0.0
      Celebrating the unheralded career of Brazil's Mané Garrincha, a teammate of Pelé with a legion of followers right up to his death in 1983; the 1994 terrorist shooting in a Northern Ireland bar during the Ireland-Italy World Cup match in New Jersey.
    • Mysteries of The Jules Rimet Trophy & Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry
    • Requiem for the Big East
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      3/16/14
      0.0
      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.
    • Into the Wind
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      9/28/10
      0.0

      The Into the Wind episode of 30 for 30 examines the Marathon of Hope undertaken by Terry Fox in 1980. Having lost most of his right leg to cancer, Fox attempted the nearly impossible - to run across the entire nation of Canada. His journey lasted for 143 days before he was forced to stop due to the aggressive nature of his illness.

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    • The Birth of Big Air
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      7/29/10
      0.0
      In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur, and by 16 he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations, instead, focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of "what's next." His motivations stem purely from his own ambitions, and even without endorsements, cameras, fame and fans, Hoffman would still be working to push the boundaries of gravity. Academy Award nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, will showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to "Big Air."moreless
    • Silly Little Game
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      4/20/10
      0.0
      Fantasy sports is estimated to be a $4 billion dollar industry that boasts over 30 million participants and a league for almost every sport imaginable. But for all this success, the story of the game's inception is little known. The modern fantasy leagues can be traced back to a group of writers and academics who met at La Rotisserie Francaise in New York City to form a baseball league of their own: The Rotisserie League. The game quickly grew in popularity, and with the growing use and attractiveness of the internet, the "Founding Fathers" never foresaw how their creation would take off and ultimately leave them behind. Innovative filmmakers Adam Kurland and Lucas Jansen will chronicle the early development and ultimate explosion of Rotisserie Baseball, and shine a light on its mostly unnoticed innovators.moreless
    • Free Spirits
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      10/8/13
      0.0

      The story of a surprising ABA team.

    • The 16th Man
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      5/4/10
      0.0
      Rugby has long been viewed in South Africa as a game for the white population, and the country's success in the sport has been a true source of Afrikaner pride. When the 50 year old policies and entrenched injustices of apartheid were finally overthrown in 1994, Nelson Mandela's new government began rebuilding a nation badly in need of racial unity. So the world was watching when South Africa played host to the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Though they only had one non-white player, the South African Springboks gained supporters of all colors as they made an improbable run into the final match where they beat the heavily favored New Zealand team. When Mandela himself marched to the center of the pitch cloaked in a Springbok jersey and shook hands with the captain of the South African team, two nations became one. Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and director Cliff Bestall will tell the emotional story of that cornerstone moment and what it meant to South Africa's healing process.moreless
    • No Mas
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      10/15/13
      0.0

      The story of two bouts between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.

    • Kid Danny
      Kid Danny
      Season 3 - Episode 25
      7/21/14
      0.0
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