6/13/13

Sport-umentaries

About a week ago, I stayed up until about four in the morning watching sport documentaries, which happen to be my favorite type of documentaries. I think I love them so much because you feel that sense of unity between the fanbase or country. With the fans, there is no them, the team, and us, the fans, it's we. We won. We are playing today. We are the champions. It's kinda amazing. 

Three Documentaries about Fans Rallying Behind a Team/Person: 

30 for 30: The 16th Man | Story: After Nelson Mandela became the first elected president of South Africa, he needed to unite the two sides of the country, the blacks and whites. To do this, he used the Rugby World Cup as his stage. The 16th Man is probably one of my favorite sport documentaries I have ever watched. The story is compelling, and by the end, you are rooting for the Springboks along with the rest of South Africa.


30 for 30: Into the Wind | Story: After having his leg amputated due to cancer, Terry Fox decided he wanted to run across Canada and raise money for cancer research. The documentary is told through his family, friends, and journals entries. Long story short: I cried. A lot. 

30 for 30: Four Days in October | Story: Never in the history of postseason baseball had a team come back from a 0-3 deficit to win the series, but the Red Sox asked why not us? Okay, so I've watched this three times already, and I never get tired of the story. Greatest comeback in sports history? It might just be...well, at least according to the Bleacher Report.

And One about a Different Type of Rally: 

30 for 30: Catching Hell | Story: Ask anyone who knows anything about baseball, and they know about the name that probably shouldn't be spoken around Cubs fans: Steve Bartman. I grew up hearing about the Bartman Incident, but I didn't really know what it was until my dad showed me this documentary. Your heart will slowly break every time you see the play until you want to yell at every Chicago fan at the game. 

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