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I think a few of these technically fall outside the 30 for 30 label, but:

 

Four Days in October 

The Fab Five

Bad Boys

Winning Time (I think this is the name, the Reggie Miller episode)

Four Falls of Buffalo

Survive and Advance

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Definitely The Two Escobars.  I enjoy most of the 30 for 30s, but it's almost always greatly influenced by some form of nostalgia.  Watching athletes reminisce about the glory days, or watching what amounts to some adaptation of Friday Night Lights about misplaced priorities or some guy being robbed of his chance at greatness in a typical American sports setting, is really only so interesting if you aren't a fan who already had a soft spot for the subject matter.

The Two Escobars is the exception to all of that.  You'd watch that documentary even if you weren't a sports fan (and, like most people in America, I don't follow soccer so it's not like I was just fanboying the subject matter like I do when I watch The U or the various ones that came out recently about the Dream Team and Michael Jordan).  It's actually an interesting and captivating story you can make a movie about.

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13 hours ago, longhornmatt said:

The Two Escobars is the exception to all of that.  You'd watch that documentary even if you weren't a sports fan (and, like most people in America, I don't follow soccer so it's not like I was just fanboying the subject matter like I do when I watch The U or the various ones that came out recently about the Dream Team and Michael Jordan).  It's actually an interesting and captivating story you can make a movie about.

 

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no really though it sounds like I should check it out.  haven’t seen it. 

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17 hours ago, Underdog said:

Unmatched was good, Everett & Martina.

What made that one terrible was what made it great. I remember thinking Chris Evert was attractive... until I saw that show.

Team Martina.

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Four Days in October was shitty vanilla MLB Productions bullshit. It sucked. 
 

Two Escobars was very good and I don’t even like soccer. The CU one was terrible because it glossed over what a giant hypocritical piece of shit that coach was. 

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As a teen who followed college basketball closely in the 80's, this one hit close to home:

 

http://www.espn.com/30for30/film/_/page/requiemforthebigeast

 

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"Requiem For The Big East" explores the meteoric ascension of the Big East Conference and how, in less than a decade under the innovative leadership of founder and commissioner Dave Gavitt, it became the most successful college sports league in America.

 

 

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Yeah that’s another good one, the early days of the BE was fun to watch. 

6 hours ago, Rimbo said:

What made that one terrible was what made it great. I remember thinking Chris Evert was attractive... until I saw that show.

Team Martina.

How good/fun would a prime Serena/Martina match be? 

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1 hour ago, Underdog said:

Yeah that’s another good one, the early days of the BE was fun to watch. 

How good/fun would a prime Serena/Martina match be? 

It'd be great.

Serena in straight sets.

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On 12/2/2022 at 8:22 AM, Knoxtnhorn said:

Unless I missed it above, I don't believe anyone mentioned the Jimmy V one.  It was before my time, so I really only knew about the final.  I had no idea they barely made it into the tourney and had so many close calls.

I really liked that one, but Pony Excess hit harder and closer to home.

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On 11/25/2022 at 5:54 PM, Helobious said:

Four Days in October was shitty vanilla MLB Productions bullshit. It sucked. 

Bullshit. If you survived Grady Little’s meltdown in 03’ and went through it live, the 04 series was otherworldly. It’s easy to blah, blah the Red Sox now, but 04 ALCS was something special. And that 30/30 nailed it perfectly.

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