SEASON THREE

ESPN 30 FOR 30

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24 STRONG

EPISODE 0

STORYLINE
The story of Zaevion Dobson, a 15-year-old high school football student in Tennessee who died while shielding his friends from gunfire.


TROJAN WAR

EPISODE 1

STORYLINE
The rise and fall of USC Trojans football during Pete Carroll's coaching tenure.


THE PRINCE OF PENNSYLVANIA

EPISODE 2

STORYLINE
Explores the turbulent relationship between Olympic wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and their benefactor, John du Pont, culminating in the murder of Dave by du Pont.


THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MAC

EPISODE 3

STORYLINE
Examines Bill McCartney and his sometimes-controversial mixture of football and evangelicalism as Colorado Buffaloes head coach in the 1990s, including a national championship.


CHASING TYSON

EPISODE 4

STORYLINE
Explores the years that Evander Holyfield spent trying to arrange his first fight with Mike Tyson.


FOUR FALLS OF BUFFALO

EPISODE 5

STORYLINE
In 1989, the Buffalo Bills were a talented team full of big personalities -- including future Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed. Dysfunction and in-fighting ran as deep as the talent in their locker room., but the team known as "The Bickering Bills" would soon transform themselves into an elite force.From 1990-1993, the Bills went on an unprecedented run of AFC Championship victories, appearing in a record four straight Super Bowls. Of course, that isn't what the Bills are mostly remembered for. This is the story of a team that went down in history not for herculean achievement of making four straight Super Bowls, but for losing them all.


THE '85 BEARS

EPISODE 6

STORYLINE
A look back at the 1985 Chicago Bears, a team built on ferocious defense, with big personalities who shuffled to a Super Bowl title. Jim McMahon, Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, Buddy Ryan and William Perry are among those appearing. Directed by Jason Hehir, with executive producers Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley.


FANTASTIC LIES

EPISODE 7

STORYLINE
On March 13th, 2006, the Duke University lacrosse team had a party. What happened there became a nightmare that changed lives, ruined careers, tarnished a school's reputation and even jeopardized the future of the sport at Duke.


THIS MAGIC MOMENT

EPISODE 8

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


BELIEVELAND

EPISODE 9

STORYLINE
The film shares with viewers some of the highs, lows and most unforgettable moments in Cleveland sports history over the past 50 years. Believeland includes interviews from celebrities, public figures and former athletes with connections to the city.


O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA - PART ONE - OBSESSED WITH FAME

EPISODE 10

STORYLINE
The origin of O.J. Simpson's football stardom in the '60s, as America combusted with racial upheaval, and an examination into why the country fell in love with him off the field.


O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA - PART TWO - THE SPLIT AMERICA

EPISODE 11

STORYLINE
While racial tension boils over in early-'90s Los Angeles, O.J. Simpson remains a world apart in exclusive Brentwood, cultivating a perfect image atop a life of secrets.


O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA - PART THREE - THE MURDER

EPISODE 12

STORYLINE
O.J. Simpson is arrested and charged with the murders of his estranged wife and an acquaintance, setting off a saga unlike any in American history.


O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA - PART FOUR - TRIAL OF THE CENTURY

EPISODE 13

STORYLINE
O.J. Simpson's 1995 "trial of the century" unfolds in downtown Los Angeles, riveting the country for months and reshaping the media and cultural landscape.


O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA - PART FIVE - THE VERDICT

EPISODE 14

STORYLINE
In the years following his murder acquittal, O.J. Simpson's life takes strange turns, culminating in a new arrest and, this time, a conviction.


DOC & DARRYL

EPISODE 15

STORYLINE
The connection between the lives and careers of former New York Mets Dwight "Doc" Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.


PHI SLAMA JAMA

EPISODE 16

STORYLINE
A profile of the iconic Houston Cougars men's basketball teams of the 1980s, fronted by Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, whose explosive play and highlight-making slam dunks earned the team the nickname Phi Slama Jama.


HIT IT HARD

EPISODE 17

STORYLINE
A look at John Daly's rise from obscurity to two major championship wins and fall back to mediocrity.


CATHOLICS VS. CONVICTS

EPISODE 18

STORYLINE
A look at the notorious 1988 Notre Dame–Miami football game and its personal and cultural impact.


THIS WAS THE XFL

EPISODE 19

STORYLINE
A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon used the marketing behemoths of their respective companies -- NBC and WWE -- and launched the XFL.


ONE AND NOT DONE

EPISODE 20

STORYLINE
Who is John Calipari? To his devotees, he is one of college basketball's greatest coaches. To his detractors, he represents everything wrong with college sports. Somewhere in between lies one of the most compelling and complicated figures in American sports. "One and Not Done" chronicles the life of Calipari - from high school point guard, to dominating UMass coach, to king of Kentucky. A man who has not only altered the college basketball landscape and become the face of the so-called "One and Done" phenomenon, but has also had two Final Four appearances vacated and evolved as a coach who at one point had to rebuild his career.


CELTICS/LAKERS: BEST OF ENEMIES (1)

EPISODE 21

STORYLINE
A three-part look at the Celtics-Lakers rivalry begins with the teams' history and the cast of characters--led by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson--who would change the NBA in the early 1980s.


CELTICS/LAKERS: BEST OF ENEMIES (2)

EPISODE 22

STORYLINE
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.


CELTICS/LAKERS: BEST OF ENEMIES (3)

EPISODE 23

STORYLINE
Conclusion of a look at the 1980s Celtics-Lakers rivalry, focusing on the three years after the 1984 NBA Finals, as the teams' disdain for each other gradually turns to respect while meeting in two more Finals.


MIKE AND THE MAD DOG

EPISODE 24

STORYLINE
Mike Francesa and Chris Russo, and their "Mike and the Mad Dog" show ruled afternoon sports talk for 19 years. When all was said and done, they changed sports radio forever.


MIKE AND THE MAD DOG

EPISODE 25

STORYLINE
Mike Francesa and Chris Russo, and their "Mike and the Mad Dog" show ruled afternoon sports talk for 19 years. When all was said and done, they changed sports radio forever.


WHAT CARTER LOST

EPISODE 26

STORYLINE
There's high school football, and then there's Texas high school football. Oddly enough though, one of the greatest teams in state history has been lost to time... and fate. What Carter Lost, directed by Adam Hootnick for ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series, is the saga of that team, the 1988 Dallas Carter Cowboys. With 21 players who were offered college scholarships and several who went on to the NFL, Carter took on the best that Texas had to offer - including the Odessa Permian team that inspired Friday Night Lights - as well as the worst, in a racially charged state-wide dispute over one player's algebra grade and Carter's legitimacy. Somehow, Carter managed to win it all on the field, and somehow, they threw it all away. Perhaps it was the Dallas police officer and Carter fan who said it best after his actions ended a string of crimes that shocked the Carter faithful to their core: "Why would you do this?" Years later, it is a question that still has no easy answer, but through searing interviews with Carter players, coaches and family members, as well as glimpses of their lives today, this film is ultimately about what Carter found.


YEAR OF THE SCAB

EPISODE 27

STORYLINE
Two weeks into the 1987 season, the NFL's players went on strike. For the first time in the history of professional sports in the United States, replacement players would take the field. "No Names", "Has Beens", and "Never-Would- Be's" were plucked from obscurity for one last chance at football immortality. What they didn't know was that their golden tickets would become scarlet letters. As the strike fanned fires across the country, no one felt the heat more than the 1500 replacement players, who were caught in the crosshairs of media fueled controversy between owners, players and fans alike.


TOMMY

EPISODE 28

STORYLINE
It was a remarkable and compelling rise to the spotlight. But then came the stunning, confounding, and ultimately tragic fall. In the 30 for 30 film "Tommy," directors Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby explore the story of one-time heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison in a tale that's unlike any other. Born into a troubled family in the American heartland, Morrison's initial emergence as a fighter was bolstered by a starring role in Rocky V. A few years later, he beat George Foreman for the WBO heavyweight title, and seemed primed for more stardom, even in the face of blown opportunities and upset losses. But then everything changed in early 1996, when he tested positive for HIV, forcing him into retirement. From there, Morrison's life spiraled further and further downward, plagued by drug problems, jail time, and most alarmingly and bizarrely, an eventual denial that he had the virus at all. There have been other boxers, and other sports stars, whose stories ended sadly. But rarely is the loss of potential as poignant as the case of Tommy Morrison.


NATURE BOY RIC FLAIR

EPISODE 29

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


24 STRONG

EPISODE 30

STORYLINE
The story of Zaevion Dobson, a 15-year-old high school football student in Tennessee who died while shielding his friends from gunfire.


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