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This sports documentary series takes a look at some of the biggest stories in sports in the years between 1979 and 2009. Stories covered include the trade of Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan's foray into baseball, and the Baltimore Colts' move to Indianapolis. The series was produced in honor of the 30th anniversary of ESPN in 2009.

Tuesday 8:00 PM et/pt on ESPN
4 Seasons, 96 Episodes
October 6, 2009
Documentary & Biography, Reality, Sports
8.8/10
Cast: Ice Cube, Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger, Mike Tyson
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  • The story of ex-St. John's basketball star Felipe Lopez as part of a portrait of Dominican immigrants in New York in the '80s and '90s. After highs and lows on the court, Lopez finds happiness as the man he was meant to be. Directed by Jonathan Hock.

  • Chronicling 1992 with Deion Sanders as he played simultaneously with Atlanta's Braves and Falcons in October, hustling to three cities in three days in an early phase of his two-sport success. Directed by Ken Rodgers and Erik Powers.

  • On February 11, 1990, with odds of 42-1, the impossible happened when James "Buster" Douglas defeated Mike Tyson for the heavyweight championship of the world in Tokyo, Japan. The major boxing upset is chronicled to show how unlikely it was.

  • The life of NFL legend Junior Seau, from his upbringing in a Samoan immigrant family, through his path to NFL superstardom and status as a league icon, ending in his seemingly inexplicable suicide in 2012.

  • A look at the relationship between NFL coaches Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Co-produced with NFL Films.

  • The life and times of professional wrestling legend Ric Flair.

  • He was the Beatles of soccer - a handsome, charismatic lad from Belfast, Northern Ireland who worked wonders with the ball and thrilled Great Britain.

  • Tommy Morrison was one of the best heavyweights of his time; a handsome,

  • Chronicling the saga of the 1988 Carter High School football team that took on the best that Texas had to offer, including the Odessa Permian team that inspired Friday Night Lights, only to have its state title stripped. Directed by Adam Hootnick.

  • Redskins replacements crossed the picket line to play in the NFL, but for most of them, what was billed as the last shot at a dream became a nightmare as these ''scabs'' braved ridicule and threats of violence for one last chance at glory.

  • Chronicling the history of Mike Francesa and Chris Russo's "Mike and the Mad Dog'' radio show, which ruled afternoon sports talk from the New York studios of WFAN 660 for nearly 20 years. Featuring in-depth interviews with colleagues and fans.

  • After the thrilling 1984 NBA Finals, Part Three explores the saga from 1985 to 1987 as the teams’ disdain for each other gradually turns to respect. The Celtics and Lakers - Bird and Magic in particular - transform the fans' view of the game from simple black-and-white to full-blown Technicolor. By the end of their last battle of the 80s, while there’s still animosity, there’s also a hard-earned respect for each other.  It’s a rivalry that forced America to no longer view the league in black and white.

  • Part 2 of 3. The Celtics-Lakers rivalry ramps up in the 1984 Finals as a cast of characters--led by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson--who changed the NBA finally went head-to-head for a title. Directed by Jim Podhoretz and produced by Jonathan Hock.

  • To some, John Calipari is one of college basketball's greatest coaches. To others he represents everything wrong with college sports. Somewhere in between lies one of the most compelling and complicated figures in American sports. This is his story.

  • A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Ebersol and McMahon launched the XFL. It was hardly the first time a league had tried to compete with the NFL, but the brash audacity of the bid, combined with the personalities and charisma of Ebersol and McMahon and the marketing behemoths of their respective companies " NBC and WWE " captured headlines and a sense of undeniable anticipation about what was to come.

  • Ever since he shocked the sports world by winning the PGA Championship 25 years ago, John Daly has been one of the most popular - and polarizing - figures in a sport that cherishes its traditions and minds its manners.

  • The 1980s Houston Cougars transformed college hoops.

  • The fall of two of the Mets' biggest stars of the 80s.

  • It took the jury less than four hours to decide O.J.'s fate.

  • The crime of the century gave way to the trial of the century.

  • The police arrived at the condo on Bundy Drive at 4:25 a.m. on June 13th, 1994, and found a grisly scene that had left two people dead including the estranged wife of O.J. Simpson. It was just the start of a chapter of American history like none other, one that would lay bare the realities of race, power, the legal system, the media, and so much more in Los Angeles, California and far beyond.

  • OJ Simpson resided in a wealthy, privileged, and predominantly white world, and where OJ - race be damned - was one of the most popular figures around. But just a few miles away from his Rockingham estate in Brentwood was a very different reality. A reality lived by millions of other black people at the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department and its chief, Daryl Gates.

  • To many, the brutal deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were the crime of the century. But to truly grasp the significance of what occurred, one has to travel back to much different, much earlier origin points.

  • Director Andy Billman journals the hardships of Cleveland's major sports franchises over the past 5 decades and the impact that has affected the psyche of a typical Cleveland sports follower.

  • A look at the Shaquille O'Neal-led Orlando Magic teams of the 1990s and how they fell short of an NBA title.

  • Looking back, 10 years later, at the 2006 Duke lacrosse case in which three athletes were accused of rape, only to have all charges lifted the following year. Director Marina Zenovich investigates the case's main issues of sex, race, class and violence.

  • The documentary focuses on a legendary cast of characters, including head coach Mike Ditka, QB Jim McMahon and the inimitable William "The Refrigerator" Perry who made Chicago Bears as riveting off the field as they were on it on their way to winning Super Bowl XX.

  • Even though the Buffalo Bills of the early 1990's went to four Super Bowls in a row, they never brought home the wanted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

  • "The Prince of Pennsylvania" stories John du Pont's wrestling passion.

  • The rise and fall of the USC Trojan football team spanning over almost a decade while under the leadership of Pete Carroll.

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