Source: The Daily Dot
1. Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies – The NBA’s defining rivalry forms the basis of one of ESPN’s “30 for 30’s”definitive outings. Told over three parts and five hours, “Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies” is incredibly thorough and includes many of the biggest names associated with the rivalry, including Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
2. The Two Escobars – This outstanding documentary profiles soccer player Andres Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar, and how the two men, murdered within one year of each other, shaped and continue to shape the public image of Colombia.
3. June 17th, 1994 – One of the most acclaimed “30 for 30s,” the documentary covers the surreal summer day where major events in the NBA, NHL, PGA, MLB, and World Cup took a backseat to O.J. Simpson’s car chase. “June 17th, 1994” juxtaposes footage from each event to create a compelling snapshot of America.
4. Youngstown Boys – “Youngstown Boys” examines the collegiate football scandal that brought down a legendary coach and his star player, Ohio State University coach Jim Tressel and running back Maurice Clarett, but it zooms out enough to unpack larger issues such as how the NCAA and NFL conspire to profit off of and use star athletes for their own ends.
5. Without Bias – The first truly great “30 for 30” chronicles the death of Len Bias, days after the Boston Celtics took him with the second pick in the 1986 NBA draft. Bias’s death, the result of a cocaine overdose, rocked the league and the city of Boston. It’s a sobering look at what could’ve been and what never was.
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