Our thirst for more installments of ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series has officially been quenched.
ESPN (parent company Disney) recognized that the sports documentary films they presented in 2009 in celebration of the network’s 30 years in existence, were the tip of the iceberg of stories to be told about our favorite athletes, teams, and occurrences, both celebratory and tragic.
Fans can look forward to films about Bo Jackson, slain Chicago basketball player, Ben Wilson, and the 1983 North Carolina State NCAA Championship team. The next set of 30 for 30 films will be broadcast over a span of two years.
As a bonus, Bill Simmons will present digital shorts on his website, Grantland.com, after each 30 for 30 feature. In the first short, Here Now,
about Pete Rose, Rose says, “..I’m just looking for a second chance. Other people get second chances — alcoholics, drug addicts, spousal beaters. Not gamblers, though. But, if you want to put something on my tomb stone, that was very important to me, its nineteen hundred and seventy-two. That’s how many winning games I played in, so that makes me the biggest winner in the history of sports.”
Great job, Bill.
Thank you, ESPN Films, for continuing to bring these stories to our lives. You’re right, this can be never ending.