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June 17 1994

'ESPN 30 for 30' - 'June 17, 1994' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 17th 2010 11:03AM
OJ Simpson pulls into his house during the infamous white Bronco chase - 'June 17, 1994' on 'ESPN 30 for 30' Most people who are over the age of 25 probably remember the major event of June 17, 1994. It was the day that O.J. Simpson and A.C. Cowlings took the Los Angeles police, an army of TV helicopters, and 95 million Americans on a slow chase up the 405 freeway. He was supposed to turn himself in that morning and be charged with murdering his ex-wife Nicole and waiter Ron Goldman, a story that had riveted the country all week long.

But to sports fans like me, O.J. wasn't the only story. The Rangers had just won the Stanley Cup, and they had their ticker-tape parade in lower Manhattan that day. Then, while the white Bronco was slowly making its way to Brentwood, the Knicks and Rockets were at Madison Square Garden, playing the pivotal fifth game of the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, Arnold Palmer was playing his last-ever US Open round, the World Cup opened in Chicago, and baseball was chugging along despite the rumblings of labor strife.

Filmmaker Brett Morgen (who directed 'The Kid Stays in the Picture') tries to recapture that day in the documentary 'June 17, 1994,' part of the mostly-excellent 'ESPN 30 for 30' series. While Morgen does a mostly effective job of capturing the chaotic nature of the day, but he also tries to force feed chaos and drama into a day that didn't need any more of either. By doing it, he diluted the impact of what was a memorable day.

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June 17, 1994 and the Infamous O.J. Simpson Car Chase (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 17th 2010 7:09AM
O.J.'s Car Chase on '30 for 30'Recognize this picture? Where were you on June 17, 1994 -- the day O.J. Simpson was barreling down the freeway in a white Ford Bronco, with the LAPD in hot pursuit?

Broadcast as part of ESPN's '30 for 30' series (Wed., 10PM ET on ESPN), the 'June 17, 1994' documentary reminded us of the many sports-related feats that occurred that day -- and the news that trumped them all: The Juice's extraordinary fugitive dash.

Footage includes how the media reported the event, and some of the LAPD's coaxing words with Simpson over the phone. "There's a lot of people that love you -- don't throw it all away," he was told.

The documentary also reminded us that just before he was arrested and charged with double homicide, O.J. was allowed to have a glass of ... OJ.

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