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30 For 30 Review – The U Part 2

Director – Billy Corben Length – 120 minutes with commercial (102 minutes without) Installment – #69 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – Bad Boys, The U Grade/Ranking – Mid 40’s out of 68 Review – Despite having high expectations, Billy Corben’s The U Part 2 closes out a very impressive 2014 of 30 for 30’s on somewhat of a lackluster […]

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The Triumphant Return Of Big Game Brent

Growing up, one of the more thrilling experiences as a fan I can recall would be the return of a big time wrestler to the ring after months and sometimes years removed from the sport itself. Back then, some of the biggest names and personalities in sports (if we’ll graciously bundle pro wrestling into the […]

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30 For 30 Review – Rand University

Director – Marquis Daisy Length – 60 minutes with commercial (51 minutes without) Installment – #68 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – No Crossover, Youngstown Boys Grade/Ranking – Mid to high 30’s out of 67. Review – While well made and interesting, Rand University falls into a bucket of maybe a dozen or so 30 for 30s that are technically sound […]

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30 For 30 Review – Brothers In Exile

Director – Mario Diaz Length – 90 minutes with commercial (77 minutes without) Installment – #67 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – Once Brothers Grade/Ranking – Low to mid twenties out of 67. Review – I enjoyed Brothers In Exile a lot. I imagine viewer’s reactions will vary more for this one depending on two factors: 1) How much […]

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30 For 30 Review – Brian And The Boz

Director – Thaddeus D. Matula (director of Pony Excess) Length – 90 minutes with commercial (77 minutes without) Installment – #66 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – Pony Excess, The Best That Never Was Grade/Ranking -Mid-teens out of 66. Review –  If you read my reviews from a year ago, you may remember I gave most of last season’s 30 for […]

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Behind The Scenes With Pac 12 Network’s The Drive

All Access documentaries and series have mostly been double edged swords. Often winning awards and critical acclaim, the reality is that they typically attract niche audiences that make it hard to turn a profit given the heavy costs of production. Recently Undefeated won the Oscar for best documentary in 2012, yet only brought in a half million […]

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A look at the new direction of HBO’s Real Sports

I’ve long been a fan of HBO Real Sports but have found the 2014 season to be my favorite. When Real Sports debuted this season in January, there were many noticeable changes in terms of content, contributors, on screen look, and overall tone. As the year went on, I became curious about the show’s new direction […]

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30 For 30 Review – When The Garden Was Eden

Director – Michael Rapaport Length – 90 minutes with commercial (77 minutes without) Installment – #65 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – Bad Boys, The Fab Five Grade/Ranking – Mid to high teens out of 65. Review –  For whatever reason, I set the expectation this would be a middle of the road or perhaps even a bottom third 30 for […]

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Tristan Thompson Concludes Interview By Kissing Sideline Reporter

Last we checked in on Tristan Thompson, he was deciding if he should shoot jumpers with his right hand or left, a somewhat odd dilemma to be having at the NBA level. While he may have been indecisive on how to shoot, that indecisiveness seems to not carry over to his on camera persona where […]

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Using Brent Musburger in Florida State-Notre Dame promos is just wrong

At some point I imagine I’ll let it rip with a post on my personal attachment and history tied to Brent Musburger as the lead play by play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s college football coverage. Suffice to say, I’m a fan to the point where friends have heard the story of my affection for Musburger more […]

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30 for 30 Review – The Day The Series Stopped

Director – Ryan Fleck Length – 60 minutes with commercial (55 minutes without) Installment – #64 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – June 17,1994, Catching Hell Grade/Ranking – Mid to late twenties out of 64 Notes:  1) The screener’s edition featured a non finished version of the film and hence there is a bevy of missing graphics that I […]

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30 For 30 Review – Playing For The Mob

Director – Joe Lavine Length – 90 minutes with commercial (77 minutes without) Installment – #63 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – Pony Excess, 9.79 Grade/Ranking – High teens out of 63 Review- I liked Playing For The Mob. I actually liked it quite a bit. With that said, coming up with a grade for this one is somewhat […]

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Television And Radio Calls Of Arizona Hail Mary

If you were asleep, or even worse have DirecTV, you missed quite the finish in tonight’s Cal vs. Arizona game. Cal led 31-13 heading into the 4th quarter. An 18 point lead is never a sure thing, but Cal actually added 2 more touchdowns to bring their point total to 45 points. It wasn’t enough […]

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