Source: Sports Illustrated
Icarus – If you’re at all familiar with the current events surrounding Russia’s state-sponsored doping program—the reason the country was banned this month from the 2018 Winter Olympics—the revelations that follow will not exactly be shocking. The power of “Icarus” comes from its surprising arrival at that controversy’s epicenter and ability to document the inner sanctum of the mouse-side of a major international chase.
Disgraced – Director Pat Kondelis revisits as disastrous a scandal as has ever befallen a college sports program: the 2003 murder of Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy and the subsequent cover-up attempt by then-Bears coach Dave Bliss.
89 Blocks – The story of football in East St. Louis, Illinois is inseparable from the story of East St. Louis at large. Decades spent battered by massive social, political, and economic forces from beyond its banks of the Mississippi River have left the city reeling and verging on desolation; decades of East St. Louis High athletic success has thus offered a common source of pride and, for many of its participants, a potential way out.
Killer Bees – Tucked into a corner of the Hamptons, amid Long Island’s forest of gaudy monuments to wealth and second-second homes, is a community and a basketball tradition that few outside of it are aware of. Bridgehampton High is tiny (this year’s graduating class numbered 14), predominantly black, and home to a boys hoops program with a handful of state championships dating back to the 1980s. Bridgehampton natives Benjamin and Orson Cummings document a season with the Killer Bees that is at times light and dark and authentic.
Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies – This sprawling, three-part epic from ESPN and director Jim Podhoretz leaves few stones unturned in chronicling the NBA’s most storied rivalry from Red Auerbach’s acquisition of Bill Russell through the last Magic-Bird Finals showdown in 1987.
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