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Enjoying the shit out of Mike & the Mad Dog (how else can I say it?).   Francesa...eh.  But I love Chris, even when I can't stand him.  Glad they put this together.

eta: Crap.  I forgot that Tony Russo (Chris's dad) phoned the show the day after Chris left ("Can I still call ya?").  

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I really enjoyed it too.  I wish is had been a little longer but it was fun and I enjoyed seeing the early days.

That stuff with Tony Russo was great.  I heard that Mike did a reading at Tony's funeral a few years ago.

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Add me to the list of people who enjoyed it. Admit it, you were singing along!

They're talking sports, going at it as hard as they can!

If you enjoyed the show, I recommend this oral history of WFAN from the old Grantland site.

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What Carter Lost was very well done.  Growing up in a small town in Texas, I can tell you that they were right in calling football a religion.  My sister was a cheerleader the year our team won state, and they were treated like gods.  I didn't know anything about Carter (I'm a Houston girl), but Mr CRS grew up near there and remembered the whole thing.  He was riveted.

I wish they could have explained why they were so willing to throw their futures away for some quick thrills, but I guess there really isn't an explanation, at least not one that could satisfy me.  Seeing Evans' dad was heart-breaking.  I didn't like the preacher talking about how his one mistake affected him and his family with no mention of the victims.  I am glad some of the victims were interviewed to make it clear that it wasn't just high school hijinks. I was glad to see that all of them were able to make something of themselves afterwards.

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Scab teams during the 1987 strike. I grew up in NoVa and was a young man then, and a huge NFL and Redskins fan. I remember that team well, and what those players did - especially beating Dallas when Dallas had so many regular players back and the Redskins had none. Loved how this ep framed the Cowboys' handling of the strike as divisive and selfish, while Gibbs and the Redskins were much smarter and more ethical. That for me sums up Redskins vs. Cowboys, at least until Snyder bought the Redskins.

Not sure how I feel about no ring for the strike players. I agree they contributed to the season, but it was a full season (not a shortened strike season like in 1982), and the team still had to win all the other games and the playoffs and Super Bowl (my favorite SB ever, down 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, and then Doug Williams and Timmy Smith WENT OFF). It sounds like the strike players did get playoff money, which isn't chump change. 

I would totally hire Tony Robinson to paint my house if I lived there. And if I ever met any of those strike players, I would shake their hands and thank them for helping making my team champions.

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Did anyone catch the episode on Tommy Morrison?  That story was fucked up from start to finish!  It opened with his mom saying she was sad when she found out she was pregnant with him, becauseshe didn't want him! He put himself through hell...I hope he's resting in piece.

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The Tommy episode was like a car wreck - horrifying and tragic, but you couldn't look away. It was terrible and fascinating. He was so talented and full of promise, charismatic and articulate. but he seemed absolutely determined to throw it all away at every turn. I never saw Rocky V and wasn't keeping up with boxing at the time, but I was deeply affected by this story. I couldn't believe that was the same guy at the end, he looked at least 70 years old and I believe it said he passed in his early 40s. So sad.

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I'm finally cleaning up the DVR and watching "Year of the Scab" and the first thing I thought was how sad Washington fans must get seeing Jack Kent Cooke and lamenting him selling the team in 97.

"The Replacements" is one of my favorite movies of all time and I always thought it was inspired by, not partially based on.

Joe Gibbs looks fantastic.  

Aww, Giants Stadium.  I miss it.  Man the strike really messed with New York's chances to repeat, I didn't remember that, probably because I had only been a football fan for a year at the time.

It amazes me every time I watch a 30 for 30 how tight the direction is. These are SO well done.

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I'd been looking forward to the Ric Flair doc for a long time and...I didn't think it wasn't a particularly well done film. The director's voice grated, I have no idea why they inserted Maria Manounous into the narrative to say things no one could possibly care about other than, "I liked Ric Flair" (considering, it appears, that she's never met him) and I don't think it left me any closer to understanding Ric Fleir than Ric Flair does. I don't know. It just felt a little on the lazy side of documentaries -- like it had been produced by VH1 or something. It was interesting, yes -- but not especially a great doc like I'm used to seeing on 30 for 30s. 

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I haven’t watched the Nature Boy episode yet but it was the highest rated show on cable the night it premiered! I don’t know how stiff the competition is for cable shows on Tuesday night, but still. 

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I loved the Ric Flair 30 for 30 it could have easily been two hours long. My favorite part was Hulk Hogan admitted Flair was a better wrestler. I can't wait for the next 30 for 30 The two Bills about Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells.

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The TV was on ESPNU after LeBatard and “I Hate Christian Laettner” started to play and as a 30 year lover of the Duke hoops program I had to watch it again.

One of the things that amused me is Christian rattling off a list of his teammates who were also blue collar like he is and Bobby Hurley was on that list.

Um.  Wasn’t Bobby’s dad a coach in prep school when Bobby was growing up?  I know Christian’s mom was also a teacher but I just feel like Bobby wasn’t quite the same.

I was also amused that Christian has an older brother named Christopher.

At the end, the two guys who were ardent Duke haters grudgingly admitted it was because Duke was so good and that warmed my cold dark heart.

Also, it KILLS me that Dallas is lumped in with Duke and the Yankees.  Fuck the loser Cowboys.  Besides, they’ve been usurped by New England in that role, despite what the media may still be trying to push about “America’s Team.”  I don’t think such a thing exists any more anyways.

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I don't think you can call St. Anthony's a true "prep school." It's a private, Catholic school in poor area that is kept alive by the fame of their basketball team.

Christian's mom passed away recently. RIP. I will always remember her in that neck brace at the Kentucky game.

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I finally got around to watching “The Two Bills” and as a Giants fan since the mid-80’s I loved seeing that great defense back on the field.  I would watch old footage of New York ALL DAY.

I also very much love that the interview was done with the “New York Football Giants” banner in the background.  Belichick might have five rings as a head coach, but he doesn’t have seven. 

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For anyone looking forward to the next installment this week, "The Last Days of Knight,"  ESPN has decided that it will be available only through their paid streaming service ESPN+.   Personally, as interested as I was in seeing it, I'm not even considering playing along with this, even via one of the free trials.

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June 17, 1994 is airing today (an...odd...choice for Father’s Day) and I am FLOORED.

Ken Griffey, Jr. had 30 home runs by mid-June?!?

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On 6/17/2018 at 6:05 PM, scootypuffjr said:

^^ A very eventful day, wasn't it?

It's bonkers how much was going on in the world of sports at the same point in time that year.  I'd have never thought to make an episode about it, so it's good I don't produce this series and others do, because it's an interesting one.

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