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Watch ESPN Classic's '30 For 30' Marathon

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 13th 2010 11:00AM
For the next three Sundays this month, ESPN Classic will repeat episodes from their landmark documentary series '30 For 30'. The re-airing culminates with a 17-episode marathon on Nov. 28, starting at 7AM ET.

If you've missed any (or all) of this outstanding series, this is your chance to catch up.

With '30 For 30', ESPN pledged to present 30 films with a unique perspective on sports. The series has brought major filmmakers to ESPN airwaves (including Oscar nominee John Singleton, and Oscar winners Barbara Kopple and Barry Levinson).

The contributors also include former and current athletes. 'Bull Durham" writer/director Ron Shelton -- whose 'Jordan Rides the Bus' (about Michael Jordan's time in baseball's minors) is a '30 for 30' highlight -- once played minor league baseball himself. Phoenix Suns superstar Steve Nash, with filmmaker Ezra Holland, presents 'Into the Wind', about cancer activist Terry Fox, who transfixed North America in 1980 with an attempted run across Canada.

Some more '30 For 30' highlights to look out for:

On Nov. 14 at 5PM ET, '30 For 30' presents 'Tim Richmond: To The Limit', about NASCAR's first crossover star. A rival to Dale Earnhardt in the 1980s, the witty, mullet-topped Richmond sought to parlay his racing fame into movie stardom. But his career --and life -- turned out to be all too brief. In this clip, people close to Richmond discuss his controversial reputation in the conservative NASCAR culture.

Fernando-mania makes a comeback on Nov.21, as filmmaker Cruz Angeles' moving 'Fernando Nation' is re-broadcast at 10PM ET. A rift between southern California's Mexican-American community and the Los Angeles Dodgers organization begins to heal when a rookie sensation from Etchohuaquila named Fernando Valenzuela takes the mound.

The uproarious 'Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL' appears Nov. 28 at 4PM ET. Director Mike Tollin investigates the demise of springtime pro football, and gets treated like a bad project manager by New Jersey General's owner Donald Trump.

Here's hoping ESPN gives us another 30 films next year -- we'd tune in. Check out ESPN Classic's full schedule for the '30 For 30' marathon.

Are you a '30 for 30' fan? Which films would you recommend viewers watch during the marathon?

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Amy Renolds


February 17 2011 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd love to see a film on the Expos leaving Montreal, and the ownership flip flop that gave Loria the Marlins and John Henry the Red Sox.

November 13 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Pierre-Luc Allie

Who killed the Expos?

November 13 2010 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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