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What are the best sports tv shows you've seen?

 
 
Reply Wed 13 May, 2020 09:56 am
Not asking about live sports broadcasts or archived games but narrative bound series (fictional and/or historical) and documentaries.

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Nonothing
 
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Reply Sat 24 Apr, 2021 09:17 am
Eastbound and Down was okay. Ballers had its moments too. The Ken Burns documentary series about baseball was excellent.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2021 07:14 pm
@Nonothing,
Seconding the love for Ken Burn's Baseball. One of my all-time favorite documentary series (regardless if it's sports or not).
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Mame
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2021 03:31 pm
@tsarstepan,
I saw a documentary on Toller and Dean which was absolutely great. I had watched all their performances when they happened. They were so talented. So, this compilation was a joy to watch. Later, I found the dvd (yes, it was a while ago!) and gave it to my husband for Christmas. We watched it several times.
Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2021 04:16 pm
How about "The Lost Son of Havana"? Not sure if this is what you are looking for?

It is a documentary about Luis Tiant going to Cuba after leaving it for something like 40 years. My neighbor went on this trip - he worked for Farrelly brothers that produced it. All the guys that went for filming had to "pretend" to be baseball players as they had to play in some goodwill baseball games there in Cuba as part of the agreement to allow and to visit.

He gave us a copy of the video - it has baseball in it of course, but there is a lot of Cuba and him going back and seeing family.
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lmur
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2021 05:02 pm
@tsarstepan,
Watched a clutch of '30 for 30' ESPN documentaries during the first lockdown in April of last year. Two that stood out for me were Without Bias and The U. Learned a lot about US sport and society from those docs.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2021 07:16 pm
@Mame,
Mame wrote:

I saw a documentary on Toller and Dean which was absolutely great. I had watched all their performances when they happened. They were so talented. So, this compilation was a joy to watch. Later, I found the dvd (yes, it was a while ago!) and gave it to my husband for Christmas. We watched it several times.

I guess you meant Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean (found via a Google search). No idea who they are.
Mame
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2021 08:10 pm
@tsarstepan,
Yes, sorry, I knew that was not quite right when I posted it. Toller was a Canadian championship skater (now 6' under) - I did mean Torvill, thank you. They were innovative, exciting, precise and clean... they consistently rated 10s across the board after a few years - they skated/danced to Bolero, and did a fabulous Barnum and Bailey one - they changed the world saw, interpreted and judged figure skating in dance. Actually watch them.

Bolero:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Til6Pv3NgCI

Barnum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f-bXX-JglQ

Mack and Mabel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so69rWEEYic

Here's another:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zcOyzAqHeA

And Dean coached this team and later married (and divorced) her, they're French and Canadian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coM4d1CQZfs

And here are two more Canadians:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZxdCZUAPjo&t=216s





glitterbag
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2021 10:57 pm
@Mame,
They were sublime, so graceful, athletic, and inspired. I've watched their performance at the Olympics many times.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2021 10:59 pm
@glitterbag,
I'm now going to goggle that performance and watch it 2 or 3 times.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 27 Apr, 2021 08:04 am
My favourite was a show of football’s great bloopers.

The best bit was seeing Robbie Savage accidentally punched in the face by the referee.

Even Savage’s own team mates patted the ref on the back after that.

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person
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Texaneer
 
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Reply Sat 15 May, 2021 10:36 am
Baseball by Ken Burns & the ESPN 30 for 30s are the best for my money.
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