30 for 30

30 for 30

Volume 1, Films 1-15

DVD - 2010
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Kings ransom: "On August 9, 1988, the NHL was forever changed with the single stroke of a pen when the Edmonton Oilers sent Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. Acclaimed director Peter Berg (Friday night lights, the kingdom) presents the captivating story of the trade that knocked the wind out of an entire country and placed a star-studded city at the feet of a 27-year-old kid known simply as 'The Great One'."--Container.
The band that wouldn't die: "In late March of 1984, a moving company secretly packed up the Baltimore Colts' belongings and snuck off in the darkness of early morning, leaving a city of deeply devoted fans in shock and disbelief. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson (Rain man, The Natural) ... tells the story of the city's loss through the eyes of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band."--Container.
Small potatoes: who killed the USFL: "In 1983, the upstart United States Football League signed three straight Heisman Trophy winners and future NFL stars Steve Young, Reggie White and Doug Flutie. Winning over fans with its aura of fun & flamboyance, the new league averaged crowds of 25,000. But with success came expansion and new owners, including a high profile real estate baron whose vision was at odds with the league's founders."--Container.
Muhammad & Larry: "In October of 1980, Muhammad Ali came out of retirement to become world heavyweight champion for an unprecedented fourth time against his former sparring partner, Larry Holmes. For the first time, here is the compelling never-before-seen footage from the build-up to the title fight."--Container.
Without Bias: "When rising superstar Len Bias dropped dead two days after being selected as the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft, he forever altered our perception of casual drug use ... Director interviews Bias' closest teammates, friends and family in an effort to determine exactly what happened on that fateful night."--Container.
The legend of Jimmy the Greek: "Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Fritz Michell takes a uniquely personal look at Jimmy's life, from his rise to respectability to his tragic demise. With interviews from family, friends and co-workers, the film provides a humanizing glimpse into the life and downfall of an American sports icon."--Container.
The U: "Long before the hip hop culture filled our airwaves and shopping malls, the Miami Hurricanes brought street values and hood bravado into America's living room. Filmmaker Billy Corben (Cocaine cowboys) tells the story of how these 'bad boys' of football changed the attitude & ultimately the rules of the game, and how this serene campus was transformed into 'The U'."--Container.
Winning time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Yankees: "In the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals, Reggie Miller solidified his status as Public Enemy #1 in New York City. With moments to go in Game 1, Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to give the Indiana Pacers an astonishing victory."--Container.
Guru of go: "In the 1989-90 season, rising college basketball star Hank Gathers collapsed during a game and was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat. Determined to play, he returned three games later, but in less than three months, he tragically died on the court."--Container.
No crossover: the trial of Allen Iverson: "On Valentine's Day 1993, 17-year old Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton, Virginia, when an argument erupted into a brawl, pitting Iverson's African American friends against a group of white patrons. The fallout from the fight and the subsequent trial sharply divided the city along racial lines."--Container.
Silly little game: "In 1980, a group of writers and academics met at La Rotisserie Francaise in New York City and formed a baseball league of their own: the Rotisserie League. The game quickly grew in popularity, and today, fantasy sports is a multi-billion dollar industry with over 30 million participants."--Container.
Run Ricky run: "Take an intimate look at Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams, one of football's most fascinating athletes and misunderstood persons."--Container.
The 16th man: "The true story behind the Oscar-nominated film, Invictus. Following the fall of apartheid, Nelson Mandela used sport to achieve national unity, rallying all South Africans around the country's Springbok team during the 1995 Rugby World Championships."--Container.
Straight outta L.A.: "During the 13 short seasons the Raiders played in Los Angeles, the team's colors, aura and superstar players became a cultural phenomenon. As a member of legendary rap group N.W.A., director Ice Cube found himself at the crossroads between the birthplace of hip-hop in Los Angeles and the bone-crunching intensity of the L.A. Raiders. Straight outta L.A. takes a look at the unlikely marriage between the NFL's rebel franchise and America's glamour capital."--Container.
June 17th, 1994: "The New York Rangers celebrated on Broadway, the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Chicago, Arnold Palmer played his last round at a U.S. Open, Patrick Ewing pursued a long evasive championship in the Garden, and yet all of that was a prelude to O.J. Simpson leading America on a slow speed chase around Los Angeles."--Container.


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