ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series is terrific because it hits a number of audiences–sports fans, documentary lovers, and nostalgia buffs–in one fell swoop. But what makes it special is that it proves sports is really about the human experience, not just the games.
So, I’m pretty excited over the new slate of films, which begin airing in October. Here it is, along with some notes. The Sherman Report has the full summaries. All programs run 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau (a look at the life of the iconic Hawaiian big wave surfer)
Tuesday, Oct. 8, – Free Spirits (covering the ABA’s wackiest, most enigmatic team, the Spirits of St. Louis, which featured Marvin “Bad News” Barnes and a young broadcaster named Bob Costas)
Tuesday, Oct. 15, – No Mas (on the legendary Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard boxing matches in 1980)
Tuesday, Oct. 22, – Big Shot (about the “sale” of the New York Islanders to John Spano)
Tuesday, Oct. 29. – This Is What They Want (directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien of Rounders fame examine Jimmy Connors’ unlikely run at the 1991 U.S. Open)
Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Tonya and Nancy (about the Harding and Kerrigan figure-skating scandal in 1994.)
Here’s hoping Bill Simmons and company get around to the following topics down the road: the XFL, the rise and fall of The National, the death of Bison Dele, and Ralph Sampson.