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  • The '85 Bears

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    S 5 : Ep 6 - 2/4/16

  • Four Falls of Buffalo

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    S 5 : Ep 5 - 12/12/15

    Chronicling coach Marv Levy's Buffalo Bills of the early 1990s, who won four straight AFC titles only to lose in all four Super Bowls.
  • The Gospel According to Mac

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 11/3/15

    Polarizing football coach Bill McCartney and his revitalization of the Colorado Buffaloes is chronicled, examining off-the-field lows as well as the high of a 1990 national title. McCartney was founder of the Promise Keepers, a Christian men's ministry. Directed by Jim Podhoretz.moreless
  • The Prince of Pennsylvania

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    S 5 : Ep 2 - 10/20/15

  • Trojan War

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    S 5 : Ep 1 - 10/13/15

    Chronicling the rise and fall of Pete Carroll's reign as USC Trojans football coach, featuring three Heisman winners (later cut to two), a 34-game win streak and the pivotal 2006 Rose Bowl against Texas. Directed by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas.moreless
  • Bad Boys

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    S 3 : Ep 18 - 4/17/14

    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.moreless
  • Hillsborough

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    S 3 : Ep 17 - 4/15/14

    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.moreless
  • Requiem for the Big East

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    S 2 : Ep 17 - 3/16/14

    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.moreless
  • The Price of Gold

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    S 2 : Ep 16 - 1/16/14

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

  • Youngstown Boys

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    S 2 : Ep 15 - 12/14/13

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

  • Bernie and Ernie

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    S 2 : Ep 14 - 11/5/13

    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
  • This is What They Want

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    S 2 : Ep 13 - 10/29/13

    The story of Jimmy Connors surprising 1991 run.

  • Big Shot

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    S 2 : Ep 12 - 10/22/13

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

  • No Mas

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 10/15/13

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

  • Free Spirits

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    S 2 : Ep 10 - 10/8/13

    The story of a surprising ABA team.

  • Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

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    S 2 : Ep 9 - 10/1/13

    The story of an iconic surfer.

  • Elway to Marino

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 4/23/13

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

  • Survive and Advance

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 3/17/13

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

  • You Don't Know Bo

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 12/8/12

    The career of dual-sport star Bo Jackson.

  • Ghosts of Ole Miss

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 10/30/12

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

  • Benji

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 10/23/12

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

  • There's No Place Like Home

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 10/16/12

    The history of basketball.

  • 9.79*

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 10/9/12

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

  • Broke

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 10/2/12

    Athletes who lose their fortunes.

  • Pony Excess (SMU)

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    S 1 : Ep 30 - 12/11/10

    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
  • The Best That Never Was (Marcus Dupree)

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    S 1 : Ep 29 - 11/9/10

    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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  • Marion Jones: Press Pause

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    S 1 : Ep 28 - 11/2/10

    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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  • Fernando Nation

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    S 1 : Ep 27 - 10/26/10

    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
  • Tim Richmond: To the Limit

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    S 1 : Ep 26 - 10/19/10

    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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  • Once Brothers

    Full Episode

    S 1 : Ep 25 - 10/12/10

    Produced by NBA Entertainment.
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