Red-Blooded American Man's newest obsession -- behind Kate Upton -- has to be ESPN's 30 For 30 series. The sports documentary series takes on notable and not-so-notable events in sports history and gives them the 360-degree treatment.
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Since 30 For 30 debuted in late 2009, the directors have tackled the USFL, the death of would-be superstar Len Bias, Fernando Valenzuela, fantasy sports, and transsexual tennis star Renée Richards.
This week's episode, "Broke", centered on retired, hapless, cash-strapped pro athletes who have pissed away their earnings on bowling alleys, yachts, and hangers-on. In a few months they tackle the rise and fall of two-sporter Bo Jackson.
The closest that the series has gotten to Houston was probably the "June 17, 1994" episode that centered on that hellish day in sports, with O.J. Simpson laying down in the back of a Ford Bronco in Los Angeles, the Rockets playing the Knicks in the NBA Finals, and golfer Arnold Palmer hanging up his pro clubs.
Then there was the USFL episode which touched on our own Houston Gamblers, our other professional football team in the '80s that featured Jim Kelly, the "Run & Shoot" and future Oilers head coach Jack Pardee.More »