In 1976, a film about a small time boxer from the streets of Philadelphia named Rocky Balboa who gets a shot at the World Heavyweight Title by the champion named Apollo Creed was released. The film starred and was written by a fairly unknown actor named Sylvester Stallone, and went on to become one of the largest grossing films, and won the 1976 Academy Award for Best Picture. The film I am talking about is, of course, “Rocky.” The film went on to have several sequels, and went on to become one of the most successful movie franchises.
This past Tuesday, ESPN FILM’s 30 on 30 series presented, “The Real Rocky,” by Jeff Feuerzeig. The film discusses the life and career of boxer Chuck Wepner. During Wepner’s career, he was nicknamed “The Bayonne Bleeder” because during a fight between himself and ..click here to read more
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In my past blogs, I have written about a couple of my favorite spectator sports, the NFL, and professional wrestling. I have even blogged about my favorite rock band, KISS. I love the action, the excitement, and even the drama.
Trust me. The off the field stuff in the NFL rivals what the so called Creative Team in WWE puts out on both Raw and Smackdown. Drama over the QB controversies, trades, trash talking by players and coaches, and even post game handshakes just give me enough entertainment to enjoy that I almost don’t even NEED to turn on Raw, and put up with Johnny Laryngitis. Trust me. I had more fun watch Gene Simmons and his girlfriend of 28 years, Shannon Tweed getting married, then I did watching poor Jim Ross getting humiliated for the 1000th time.
All this being said, I have ..click here to read more
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On Tuesday, September 27th, ESPN Films debuted director Alex Gibney’s documentary, “Catching Hell” as part of their excellent “30 for 30″ film series. Before I continue with this blog, I want to say that I have lots of beefs with ESPN in general, but this “30 for 30″ series of documentaries is one thing they do very well, producing great films about such subjects as The University of Miami and their controversial reputation, Southern Methodist University getting the Death Penalty from the NCAA and the aftermath, and about Ricky Williams, and many others. “30 for 30″ is a great film series I do admit.
That being said, “Catching Hell” is about one of the most infamous scapegoats of all of sports, a young Cubs fan named Steve Bartman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was Game ..click here to read more
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