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Watched it this afternoon.
I grew up in the middle of the Bo phenomenon, actually, as a kid in Birmingham in the 1980s. That thing told me pretty much nothing I didn't already know.
I mean, it was well done, but seriously, why is Chuck Klosterman a central figure in that? You talked to his high school coaches, Hal Baird, Pat Dye, Bo himself etc ... But no, Chuck Klosterman gets the mic through the whole thing? I like Klosterman. He's a hell of a writer. But why does he have any insight on Bo Jackson's background?
As Kevin Scarbinsky tweeted, "Nice they included his McAdory HS and AU coaches, esp Hal Baird, but You Don't Know Bo sure was full of people who, you know, didn't."
I can't help but get the feeling like ESPN is just ramming itself down our throat a little on these 30-for-30 documentaries now, which is sad, because the first batch was truly outstanding and not that way at all. For instance, the Ole Miss one would have been awesome if it was more about Ole Miss and less about Wright Thompson. I've met Wright Thompson. He's a good dude (put me up for a job once, actually) and maybe the very best writer in all of sports journalism right now (I really mean that). But I mean, he's an ESPN guy, and a good story ain't supposed to be about you, dude.
I just hate to see these documentaries start to pander to the network. It has the potential to ruin something that I considered perhaps the best thing ESPN had ever done.
Anyway, off the ...
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