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ZereauxSum
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"Pony Excess" was a total fluff piece. ESPN had Craig James on the payroll and completely let him off the hook. They never once forced him to answer any tough questions in regards to the issues at SMU.


In fairness, it was a documentary not an episode of 60 Minutes. I don't think the point was to indict anyone, but to get the story told from all parties involved.

Besides, there is an argument to be made that you can't hold a bunch of 17 and 18 year olds responsible for taking money, so ESPN could have been seen as slanted in that respect if they "went after" James, Dickerson and Richards.






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WarSlamEagle
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Pony Excess
The Two Escobars
You Don't Know Bo






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wiltznucs
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1. Pony Excess
2. Two Escobars
3. Broke






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okietiger
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June 17th, 1994


Yeah can't believe this one was only mentioned a couple of times. One of the most captivating documentaries I've ever seen. I didn't want it to end. All without a single interview too.






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Me4Heisman
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The one that came on the other night about the life and times of Pat Dye was amazing.





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6nmylifetime
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quote:

"Pony Excess" was a total fluff piece. ESPN had Craig James on the payroll and completely let him off the hook. They never once forced him to answer any tough questions in regards to the issues at SMU. In fairness, it was a documentary not an episode of 60 Minutes. I don't think the point was to indict anyone, but to get the story told from all parties involved. Besides, there is an argument to be made that you can't hold a bunch of 17 and 18 year olds responsible for taking money, so ESPN could have been seen as slanted in that respect if they "went after" James, Dickerson and Richards.


You dont have to indict anyone just tell the truth. Especially when you have one of the key figures as an employee. If James wasnt going to tell the truth then dont give him a vehicle to gloss over the reality.






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Sheep
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I liked Benji, but it didn't grab me. It was a Great story but if it doesn't keep you engaged is it still a great documentary?

I wanted to put Len Bias in there but it was more of a story about death and drug use than a sports story IMO.


I do look at these a little differently than most. I read a lot. I only read non-fiction, and sports non-fiction makes up 90+% of that.

That said, I think you answered your own question. A great work of non-fiction is one that tells the story by pulling in the things *around* the main story to make it compelling.

Benji was more about the inner city of Chicago than basketball, just as without Bias was more about drug abuse than about the player.

It's the tertiary things that made Once Brothers and The Two Escobars so great.

The U and Broke really seemed to lack that depth.






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duggieblue
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Pony Excess
The Two Escobars
The Marinovich Project






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TXGunslinger10
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Pony Excess is my all time favorite.

Another good one that nobody has mentioned yet, is "The Real Rocky" about Chuck Wepner.

Stallone straight hijacked this guy's life and made millions using his life story as the basis for the Rocky character.






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