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Best Sports Documentaries For Stay at Home Viewing

April 27, 2020

 

"Four Days in October."

 

If you want to go back to the Greatest Comeback in Sports History, this is your ticket.

 

There's no narration. It's told through the eyes of the 2004 Red Sox, as it should be. 

 

We all know Kevin Millar set the tone for overcoming that 3-0 deficit to the Yankees. Not with his Game 4, ninth-inning walk. But by telling Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy that the Sox were going to come back after the longtime columnist had referred to the Sox as "frauds."

 

"The Fab Five"

 

Whether or not you like Michigan basketball, this one is great, and is one of my personal favorites. 

 

How the Wolverines of Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard, the latter of whom is now the Michigan men's hoop boss, didn't win a national championship together is mind-boggling.

 

Their dislike for Duke and the different recruiting philosophies of the two schools is well-documented, as is the mid-1990's scandal involving booster Ed Martin. 

 

Ohh, and there was that classic 1993 title game against this writer's North Carolina Tar Heels. I'll go to my grave saying that Michigan team should've beat Carolina by 20, as the talent disparity favored the Maze and Blue. But there was C-Webb's ill-advised time out and a great coaching job by the late Dean Smith. A must-watch for any hoops fan.

 

"Survive and Advance"

 

Another must-watch if you're a hoops fan, and another story that doesn't need outside narration.

 

It's told through the eyes of the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack, who squeaked into the NCAA Tournament by winning the ACC Championship, having to upset Michael Jordan's Tar Heels and a Ralph Sampson-led Virginia team to do so. 

 

The 'Pack, led by inspiring late head coach Jim Valvano, galvanized the college basketball world, and the film made its debut to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of Lorenzo Charles' national championship-winning dunk to beat Houston. 

 

Anyone else think Jimmy V and Charles are watching this in heaven? 

 

"The Two Bills" 

 

If you're a Patriots fan, you've got to watch this one if you haven't already. 

 

It tells the story of the "friendship" of Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, who have eight Super Bowl head coaching wins between them.

 

Most of it documents their time together with the New York Giants, but what most Pats fans don't know is that Belichick and Parcells were together in New England in 1996, leading that team to a Super Bowl. 

 

His Hoodiness was Parcells' assistant that year, and dynasty stalwarts like Tedy Bruschi and Ty Law were in the infant stages of their careers. Had it not been for some untimely Drew Bledsoe turnovers and a couple of defensive breakdowns, those Patriots could've beaten Brett Favre's Packers. 

 

It's a great behind-the-scenes look at what these guys have done, and if you look closely at Super Bowl XXV when the Giants beat the Buffalo Bills, you'll see a similar gameplan to the one used in the Pats' first Super Bowl victory. It's in the Hall of Fame. 

 

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