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ESPN Films 30 for 30 Collection, Vol. 1 [6 Discs] [DVD]
  • SKU: 1405936
  • Release Date: 12/07/2010
  • Rating: NR
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The Legend of Jimmy the Greek
This entry in ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series examines the rise and fall of Jimmy the Greek, the legendary sports handicapper who skyrocketed to fame as part of CBS' NFL studio show The NFL Today before falling from grace after he used racially charged language in an interview. The filmmakers interview many of the people who worked with the man, as well as his son. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?
This entry in ESPN's popular documentary series 30 for 30, directed by award-winning filmmaker Mike Tollin, examines the meteoric rise and fall of the United States Football League, which attempted to compete directly with the almighty NFL in the early '80s. By including archival footage alongside new interviews with many of the league's players and owners -- including Steve Young, Burt Reynolds, and the controversial Donald Trump -- Tollin attempts to show how greed and mismanagement scuttled what could have been a very successful enterprise. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
Years before he became a star in the NBA, Allen Iverson was a high school athlete in Hampton, Virginia who showed tremendous promise on both the football field and the basketball court. Iverson's talent had attracted the attention of a number of college and pro scouts, and a bright future seemed assured until February 19, 1993, when he and some friends went to a local bowling alley. Iverson and his friends, who were African-American, got into an argument with another group of young men, who were white. Iverson and his friends said the white youths shouted racial epithets at them, while the white students said that Iverson and his pals were harassing them in an arrogant manner. The youngsters got into a brawl, and while a videotape showed that plenty of punches were thrown by both sides, Iverson and two of his friends, Michael Simmons and Samuel Wynn, were the only ones who stood trial for the melee, in which Iverson was accused of striking a woman in the head with a chair. The subsequent trial became a major news story in Hampton, and divided the community along racial lines in a way no event had since the Civil Rights era. Award-winning filmmaker Steve James, who was born and raised in Hampton, examines the incident and its impact on Hampton and Iverson in the documentary No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. Produced for the ESPN cable network as part of their "30 for 30" documentary series, No Crossover was an official selection at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Straight Outta L.A.
Gangster rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube reveals how his former group N.W.A. forged a unique relationship with the Oakland Raiders football team while exploring how the Raiders' 1982 move to Los Angeles helped usher in a new era for rap and hip hop culture. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The 16th Man
Clint Eastwood's 2009 inspirational drama Invictus starred Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in a dramatic recreation of the 1995 Rugby World Cup that immediately followed the final years of apartheid in South Africa; this unofficial companion film on the same subject (narrated by Freeman) revisits the events within a documentary context. It tells how South African prime minister Nelson Mandela began rebuilding a unified nation following the fall of Apartheid in 1994, and looked to the said World Cup of rugby to demonstrate racial integration. Though the South African Springboks had only one black player, they quickly became a symbol of color-blindness and racial harmony - a truth that took on new resonance when the Springboks won the World Cup and Mandela walked out onto the field to shake hands with the captain of the Springboks. Cliff Bestall directs. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Run, Ricky, Run
"Run Ricky Run" chronicles running back Ricky Williams' controversial time away from the NFL in 2004 and looks at changes in his life since returning. Includes footage from Australia, where Williams camped after abandoning his Miami lifestyle. ~ Roger Leister, Rovi

Muhammad and Larry
This entry in ESPN's documentary series 30 for 30 explores the dramatic relationship between rival heavyweight boxers Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes. Directed by Albert and David Maysles, the movie follows both men as they train for an upcoming title bout between the two. It becomes apparent that each has a deep and abiding respect for the other, but still wants to crush him on fight night. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Without Bias
This entry in ESPN's popular documentary series 30 for 30 takes a look at the unexpected death of Maryland basketball superstar Len Bias just two days after he was drafted by the venerable Boston Celtics. Though his untimely passing was something of a warning for kids his age, this documentary attempts to break through some of the myths that have developed around him in the wake of his death. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks
During the nineties, the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks faced each other numerous times during the NBA playoffs. These classic showdowns featured a clash between the bruising physicality of the Patrick Ewing and the Knicks against the uncanny shooting ability of Reggie Miller and his teammates. This documentary charts that rivalry, and details how Miller's public arguments with longtime Knicks fan Spike Lee kept stoking the fire between these rivals. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Guru of Go
This documentary of basketball coach Paul Westhead traces his evolution from NBA champion to his stint as head coach of Loyola Marymount where, gifted with talented players like Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble, Westhead's fast-paced style of play earned him national recognition as one of the most innovative coach's in the country. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

June 17th, 1994
This installment of ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series recalls O.J. Simpson's infamous car chase and other sports events that took place that Friday, such as the New York Rangers' victory parade; the Knicks-Rockets NBA Finals; the kickoff of the U.S.-hosted World Cup; and Arnold Palmer's last round at the U.S. Open. ~ Roger Leister, Rovi

The U
This entry in ESPN's 30 for 30 series chronicles the 1980s evolution of University of Miami football. Miami native and school alumnus Billy Corben examines how the team's success and swagger related to racial and cultural changes on the campus and in the city. ~ Roger Leister, Rovi

The Band That Wouldn't Die
Acclaimed filmmaker Barry Levinson recounts the dedicated efforts of a devoted marching band to support their hometown football team at all costs. It was during a chilly March night in 1984 that Baltimore Colts owner Robert Irsay made the rash decision to move his team to Indianapolis, and when the fans awoke the following morning that could barely believe the news. Realizing that they were facing the biggest challenge of their careers, the members of the team's volunteer marching band made it their mission to help build up a team that Baltimore football fans could truly be proud of. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Silly Little Game
Silly Little Game chronicles the growth of fantasy sports into a billion-dollar industry and pays tribute to a group of writers and academics who created a baseball league in 1980, hatching the idea at La Rotisserie Francaise, a New York restaurant. ~ Roger Leister, Rovi

Kings Ransom
Directed by Peter Berg, this entry in ESPN's documentary series 30 for 30 explores the changes that occurred in the National Hockey League after the game's biggest star, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the L.A. Kings. By playing in the United States, Gretzky caused something of a renaissance for the sport there, but in Canada, where hockey is the most popular sport, the trade was met with outrage. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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