4.13.2010

No Crossover

Sports.

Basketball, football, baseball, golf, etc. No matter which is your preference, I think it's safe to say that most people have an affinity for one sport or another. A lot of times, most of the cooler talk around sports focuses on the previous night's score or some jaw-dropping play.

However, with the information age constantly giving the public more and more access to our favorite athletes, I've noticed that fans and the media are starting to look at things from a different angle. Not only do people want to know about an athlete's workout regimen and how they were able to catch that 80 yard pass or hit that 400 foot home run, they want to know about their family life and their backgrounds- even more so than say 10-15 years ago.

To this point, I've always been interested in sports documentaries. They give you another look at the individual behind the stat line. One of the best spo....*correction* documentaries I've seen to this day is Hoop Dreams, the story of two young men from Chicago who embark on a journey to play basketball in college. That film still resonates as much today as it did when it came out.


Finding other material that lives up to such a great film has been hard until now. Last October, ESPN films launched their critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 series. I've seen all nine films so far and can easily say, you will not find a better documentary, much less sports film, out there. From covering the fall of the USFL (United States Football League) to the events behind the passing of Len Bias, these films take a look at sports at an angle that's rarely covered with such quality. And the latest installment in the series should prove to continue this trend.

No Crossover covers the 1993 trial of a young Allen Iverson in Hampton, VA. I still remember hearing about the trial and the outcome to this day. Not only did it alter the future of one of the country's best high school athletes at the time, it also severely divided the city along racial lines. I highly recommend that you watch this film when it airs tonight at 8:00PM EST. on ESPN.

Here's the trailer:


For more information on the series, check out ESPN 30 for 30


Scotch Edit: Don't say we didn't tell you ahead of time.

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