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  1. 1. Kings Ransom Original Air Date—13 September 2009 Peter Berg's documentary on Wayne Gretzky, his decision to leave Edmonton for Los Angeles, and that decision's effects on hockey and its fans. 2: The Band That Wouldn't Die Original Air Date—12 September 2009 In late March of 1984, a moving company secretly packed up the Baltimore Colts' belongings and its fleet of vans snuck off in the darkness of the early morning. Leaving a city of deeply devoted fans in shock and disbelief. What caused owner Robert Irsay to turn his back on a town that was as closely linked to its team as any in the NFL? Through the eyes of members of the Colts Marching Band illustrating how a fan base copes with losing the team that it loves. 3: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? Original Air Date—20 October 2009 In 1983 the upstart United States Football League (USFL) had the audacity to challenge the almighty NFL. The new league did the unthinkable by playing in the spring and plucked three straight Heisman Trophy winners away from the NFL. The 12-team USFL played before crowds that averaged 25,000, and started off with respectable TV ratings. But with success came expansion and new owners. This included a certain high profile and impatient real estate baron whose vision was at odds with the league's founders. Soon, the USFL was reduced to waging a desperate anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL. This yielded an ironic verdict that effectively forced the league out of business. Now, almost a quarter of a century later, Academy Award-nominated and Peabody Award-winning director Mike Tollin, himself once a chronicler of the league, will showcase the remarkable influence of those three years on football history and attempt to answer the question, "Who Killed the USFL?" 4: Muhammad and Larry Original Air Date—27 October 2009 In October of 1980 Muhammad Ali was preparing to fight for an unprecedented fourth heavyweight title against his friend and former sparring partner Larry Holmes. To say that the great Ali was in the twilight of his career would be generous. Most of his admiring fans, friends and fight scribes considered his bravado delusional. What was left for him to prove? In the weeks of training before the fight, documentarians Albert and David Maysles took an intimate look at Ali trying to convince the world and perhaps himself, that he was still "The Greatest." At the same time, they documented the mild-mannered and undervalued champion, Holmes, as he confidently prepared to put an end to the career of a man for whom he had an abiding and deep affection. In the raw moments after Ali's humbling in this one-sided fight, it was not fully comprehended what the Maysles brothers had actually captured on film. Due to unexpected circumstances, the Maysles footage never received a public screening or airing. However, in the intervening years, the magnitude of this footage is now clear. An era ended when the braggadocio and confidence were stripped away in the ring, and the world's greatest hero was revealed to be a man. 5: Without Bias Original Air Date—3 November 2009 More than two decades after his tragic cocaine overdose, the late Len Bias still leaves more questions than answers. When Bias dropped dead two days after the 1986 NBA Draft, he forever altered our perception of casual drug use and became the tipping point of America's drug crisis in the mid-80s. Future generations continue to face the harsh punishment of drug policies that were influenced by the public outcry after his heartbreaking death. Instead of becoming an NBA star, he became a one-man deterrent. He was the athlete who reminded everyone just how dangerous drug use can be. Amazingly, questions still linger about his death nearly a quarter-century later. How good could he have been in the pro ranks? Has he become underrated or overrated as the years pass? How could a University of Maryland superstar and Boston Celtics lottery pick be derailed by a cocaine binge? Was Bias a one-time user as we were led to believe, or was there a pattern of recreational use that led to his fatal last night? Did he fall in with the wrong crowd? 6: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek Original Air Date—10 November 2009 "The NFL Today" on CBS was one of the preeminent sports programs on television in the early 1980s. It was a perfect combination of reporting, analysis, predictions, humor and talent. But there was no personality on the show more popular than Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder. Born in Steubenville, Ohio, to Greek immigrants, Jimmy overcame childhood tragedy, moved to Las Vegas, and eventually became the biggest name in the world of sports handicapping. When CBS added him as an "analyst" on "The NFL Today," "The Greek" not only further increased his stature as a sort of national folk hero, but he also gained an air of respectability never before associated with gamblers. Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Fritz Mitchell, who broke in as an intern on "The NFL Today," will examine Snyder's impact on the growth of sports gambling, while also taking a fresh look at The Greek's tragic downfall. 7: The U Original Air Date—12 December 2009 Throughout the 1980s, Miami, Florida, was at the center of a racial and cultural shift taking place throughout the country. Overwhelmed by riots and tensions, Miami was a city in flux, and the University of Miami football team served as a microcosm for this evolution. The image of the predominantly white university was forever changed when coach Howard Schnellenberger scoured some of the toughest ghettos in Florida to recruit mostly black players for his team. With a newly branded swagger, inspired and fueled by the quickly growing local Miami hip hop culture, these Hurricanes took on larger-than-life personalities and won four national titles between 1983 and 1991. 8: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks Original Air Date—January 2010 Reggie Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals that solidified Miller as Public Enemy #1 in New York City. With moments to go in Game 1, and facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit of 105-99, Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to give his Indiana Pacers an astonishing victory. This career-defining performance, combined with his give-and-take with Knicks fan Spike Lee, made Miller and the Knicks a highlight of the 1995 NBA playoffs. Peabody Award-winning director Dan Klores will explore how Miller proudly built his legend as "The Garden's Greatest Villain". 9: Guru of Go Original Air Date—3 April 2010 By the mid-1980s Paul Westhead had worn out his welcome in the NBA. The best offer he could find came from an obscure small college with little history of basketball. In the same city where he had won an NBA championship with Magic and Kareem, Westhead was determined to perfect his non-stop run-and-gun offensive system at Loyola Marymount. His shoot-first offense appeared doomed to fail until Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble, two talented players from Westhead's hometown of Philadelphia, arrived gift-wrapped at his doorstep. With Gathers and Kimble leading a record scoring charge, Westhead's system suddenly dazzled the world of college basketball and turned conventional thinking on its head. But then, early in the 1989-90 season, Gathers collapsed during a game and was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat. Determined to play, Gathers returned three games later, but less than three months later, he tragically died on the court. 10: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson Original Air Date—10 April 2010 On Valentine's Day 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton, Va., with five high school friends. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson's young life. A quarrel soon erupted into a brawl pitting Iverson's young black friends against a group of white patrons. The fallout from the fight and the handling of the subsequent trial landed the teenager-considered by some the nation's best high school athlete-in jail and sharply divided the city along racial lines. Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") returns to his hometown of Hampton, where he once played basketball, to take a personal look at this still-disputed incident and examine its impact on Iverson and the shared community. 11: Silly Little Game Original Air Date—20 April 2010 Fantasy Sports is estimated to be a $4 billion dollar industry that boasts over 30 million participants and a league for almost every sport imaginable. But for all this success, the story of the game's inception is little known. The modern fantasy leagues can be traced back to a group of writers and academics who met at La Rotisserie Francaise in New York City. They formed a baseball league of their own: The Rotisserie League. The game quickly grew in popularity, and with the growing use and attractiveness of the Internet, the "founding fathers" never foresaw how their creation would take off and ultimately leave them behind. 12: Run Ricky Run Original Air Date—27 April 2010 Ricky Williams does not conform to America's definition of the modern athlete. In 2004, with rumors of another positive marijuana test looming, the Miami Dolphins running back traded adulation and a mansion in South Florida for anonymity and a $7 a night tent in Australia. His decision created a media frenzy that dismantled his reputation and branded him as America's Pothead. But while most in the media thought Williams was ruining his life by leaving football, Ricky thought he was saving it. Through personal footage recorded with Williams during his time away from football and beyond, filmmaker Sean Pamphilon takes a fresh look at a player who had become a media punching bag and has since redeemed himself as a father and a teammate. 13: The 16th Man Original Air Date—4 May 2010 Rugby has long been viewed in South Africa as a game for the white population, and the country's success in the sport has been a true source of Afrikaner pride. When the 50-year-old policies and entrenched injustices of apartheid were finally overthrown in 1994, Nelson Mandela's new government began rebuilding a nation badly in need of racial unity. So the world was watching when South Africa played host to the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Though they had only one non-white player, the South African Springboks gained supporters of all colors as they made an improbable run into the final match where they beat the heavily favored New Zealand team. When Mandela himself marched to the center of the pitch cloaked in a Springbok jersey and shook hands with the captain of the South African team, two nations became one. Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and director Cliff Bestall will tell the emotional story of that cornerstone moment and what it meant to South Africa's healing process. 14: Straight Outta L.A. Original Air Date—23 April 2010 In 1982 Raiders owner Al Davis beat the NFL in court and moved his team from Oakland to Los Angeles. With a squad as colorful as its owner, the Raiders captivated a large number of black and Hispanic fans in L.A. This was at a time when gang warfare, immigration and the real estate boom were rapidly changing the city. The L.A. Raiders morphed into a worldwide brand as the team's colors, swagger and anti-establishment ethos became linked with "Gangsta Gap" and the hip-hop scene that was permeating South Central Los Angeles. Rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube was not only witness to this evolution, he was also a part of it. As a member of the notorious rap group N.W.A, Ice Cube helped make the silver and black culturally significant to a new generation and demographic. Still a die-hard Raiders fan, Cube will explore the unlikely marriage between the NFL's rebel franchise and America's glamor city and show how pro football's outlaw team became the toast of La La Land. 15: June 17, 1994 Original Air Date—16 June 2010 Do you remember where you were on June 17, 1994? Thanks to a wide array of unrelated, coast-to-coast occurrences, this Friday has come to be known for its firsts, lasts, triumphs and tragedy. Arnold Palmer played his last round at a U.S. Open, in Oakmont, Pa., the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Chicago, the Rangers celebrated on Broadway, Patrick Ewing desperately pursued a long evasive championship in the Garden and Donald Fehr stared down the baseball owners. And yet, all of that was a prelude to O.J. Simpson leading America on a slow speed chase in a white Ford Bronco around Los Angeles. 16: The Two Escobars Original Air Date—22 June 2010 Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, many believe, Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel and the Cali Cartels were largely responsible for financing and building the Colombian National soccer team into one of the world's best. But in an early match against the United States in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, a Colombian defense man named Andres Escobar-no relation to Pablo-committed an own goal that led to the team's elimination. Less than ten days later, Escobar was gunned down outside a bar in a suburb of Medellin. He was shot 12 times, and the murderer shouted "goal" each time the trigger was pulled. Was Escobar's murder an isolated incident, or were gambling organizations controlled by the cartels responsible? Award-winning director Jeff Zimbalist will examine the mysterious events leading up to and surrounding Andres Escobar's death. 17: The Birth of Big Air Original Air Date—24 April 2010 In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur, and by 16 he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations, instead, focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of "what's next." His motivations stem purely from his own ambitions, and even without endorsements, cameras, fame and fans, Hoffman would still be working to push the boundaries of gravity. Academy Award nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, will showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to "Big Air." 18: Jordan Rides the Bus Original Air Date—24 August 2010 In the fall of 1993, in his prime and at the summit of the sports world, Michael Jordan walked away from pro basketball. After leading the Dream Team to an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and taking the Bulls to their third consecutive NBA championship the following year, Jordan was jolted by the murder of his father. Was it the brutal loss of such an anchor in his life that caused the world's most famous athlete to rekindle a childhood ambition by playing baseball? Or some feeling that he had nothing left to prove or conquer in basketball? Or something deeper and perhaps not yet understood? Ron Shelton, a former minor league player who brought his experiences to life in the classic movie "Bull Durham," will revisit Jordan's short career. Ron will explore the motivations that drove the world's most competitive athlete to play a new sport in the relative obscurity of Birmingham, Alabama, for a young manager named Terry Francona. 19: Little Big Men Original Air Date—31 August 2010 On August 28, 1982, Cody Webster and a small group of schoolyard friends from Kirkland, Washington, sat anxiously in a dugout waiting to take the field for the championship game of the Little League World Series. Their focus was just about what you'd expect from any 12-year-old: hit the ball, throw strikes, cross your fingers and then maybe - maybe - you'll win. Adults in the stands and watching from home saw a much broader field of play. The memories of American hostages and a crippling oil crisis were still fresh; the economic malaise of the late 1970s still lingered; and the new President was recovering from an assassination attempt even while confronting new threats from the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, back on that tiny baseball field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where America's game was celebrated each summer, no American team had won a true international Little League World Series Championship in more than a decade. When the Kirkland players rushed from their dugout that day, they stepped onto a much bigger field than the one they saw. What they did, how they did it, and what happened to each of the players in the years that followed is a multi-faceted story. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Al Szymanski will examine what became of a group of childhood teammates when the high point in their lives occurred before their lives had really begun. 20: One Night in Vegas Original Air Date—7 September 2010 On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, Mike Tyson, the WBC heavyweight champion, attempted to take Bruce Seldon's WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At this point in his career, Tyson's fights had become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, where the ever present hype of the professional boxing scene would come face to face with the worlds of big business, Hollywood, and hip hop. Sitting ringside was controversial rapper Tupac Shakur. Shakur and Tyson were friends, a feeling of kinship linked them as each rose to stardom from poverty only to be thrown in prison. Following Tyson's victory, Shakur and "Iron Mike" were to celebrate at an after party, but the rap star never arrived. Shakur was brutally gunned down later that night, and the scene in Las Vegas quickly turned from would-be celebratory revelry to ill fated and inopportune tragedy. Director Reggie Bythewood, with the full cooperation of Mike Tyson, will tell not only the story of that infamous night but of the remarkable friendship between Tyson and Tupac.
  2. I will give it 3 out of 5. To be honest I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone unless it was on TV or someones house. I won't deny that there are some hilarious scenes in the film like the Jeffery and mind fuck but I probably wouldn't watch it again as I thought it tried too hard to be funny.
  3. Got it the other day, first time RDR has been in my console in months. Played this non stop for about 2 hours, it's much harder than RDR was. Can you do mini games like poker etc in it? Also what are the Sasquatches? (stranger mission near the start)
  4. Give me a minute to open the door.
  5. There was another gamemode released on the beta in the 2nd week, I preferred the one I described earlier but it was basically the same thing except on teams. The guy I was paired with was a complete retard though so maybe that's what spoiled my enjoyment. You get points for kills and bonus points for 3 kills in a row, or doing a stealth kill etc. You have 4 slots for weapons like smoke bombs, or 10 second sprint, but you need to unlock them. More points means you move up a level gaining rewards. In the game the points get added on and the leaderboard changes, if you are winning then you can be up to 3 other peoples target. Also the target you are chasing might have another 3 people chasing them so you need to find them fast. The online is worth the price of the game itself.
  6. Haha I acquired it last night. Listened to the first few songs it's good. I used to have a picture of Al from Deadwood in my sig but the image has been removed as I was hotlinking it. Need to get something new up.
  7. I was very fortunate enough to have the online beta. I played it non stop for about 2 weeks, it's great fun online. Basically there's one game mode where you choose from 16 character models (only one player can be one character) and then when the game begins you get given a target to kill while you are someone else is trying to kill you. You would think this sounds easy but the all the AI crowd are actually the character models as well so to hide you can find an AI which is the same as you and then walk with them to hide or avoid a kill.
  8. He has a new album out? Why did I not know this
  9. I am sure the German leagues are the most attended in the world every week as the ticket prices are so cheap.
  10. Just to wade into the Rooney debate, he has been burnt out by his club and country but he is good enough to be able to handle it. The problem lies with the expectation of the media and it has affected his game this season. It will be what could ruin his career too. The same thing will happen with Wilshire within 5 years. Fuck you Dundee United, fuck you
  11. I recently got into this show, I wasn't a fan of season 1 but I carried on watching and I am glad. Been in tears so many times. The rush guitarist episode in season 3 is one of my favorite comedy episodes ever. I am on season 7 now, while it's still as good I sort of wish they ended it on season 6 as the s6 finale was a perfect ending. I just can't see the ending of 7 being better.
  12. I think Season 21 was fantastic, I have only seen the FOTC episode (which was nothing special) and the $50 episode (which had some funny bits but again nothing special). Banksy episode is aired on Thursday (UK). I think season 13-20 is pretty awful, with only a handful of good episodes in each season, however I liked most of season 20 and for me 21 was as good as the first seasons. It had a lot of fantastic episodes. The writing really picked up again after so many years of mediocrity.
  13. Itunes Deluxe is out The extras on that are: 13. You and I (Wilco Cover) [bonus Track] 14. Coffee & Cigarettes (Acoustic Version) [bonus Track] 15. Precision Auto (Superchunk Cover) [bonus Track] 16. Anais (Demo Version) [bonus Track] 17. Mixtape (Acoustic Version) [iTunes Pre-Order only Bonus Track]
  14. I understand what you are saying and in some ways I feel that Narrow Stairs is a different band, I really really like it though and never get sick of listening to it.
  15. Yeah I recognized that immediately. The vocals at the end.
  16. I bought Fifa last night. It is a good game don't get me wrong but the graphics on Pro Evo are better and I prefer the passing. The great thing about Fifa is you can pick up and play it without ever playing a football game before whereas Pro Evo is more rewarding with time. Both are good at what they do but Pro Evo's problems are they fucked over a lot of people the last 3 years and also the fact it isn't pick up and play, people trying it out after playing Fifa will just struggle and not enjoy it. I haven't been online yet with Fifa, is the 11 V 11 still as crazy as it was last year?
  17. Spartak won earlier, I have no idea which game to watch. I have put on the Ajax V Milan game, it's on Sky's red button though so not in HD What's annoying is I can't flick it to other games by pressing the button.
  18. I agree with Glenn, it makes the show more realistic and also it's a bar. It's natural to see a brand beer pump at bars.
  19. I have had it on non stop the last few days. It's really groovy! Still not my favorite though, that is If You're Feeling Sinister.
  20. I really like the new album. For me it's probably my fourth favourite: Clarity, Static Prevails, Bleed American, Invented, Futures, Chase This Light (I made the mistakes of listening to the demos before hand so I didn't really like the polished album). All JEW is good though
  21. Yeah they are doing the Blue album/Pinkerton tour, every city they go to will have two nights where they play one of the album's in it's entirety with some singles. Hope they take it to the UK.
  22. I don't have a link but it's on Sky 1 Sunday night at 23:10 UK time. It was hilarious, I felt sorry for him.
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