ESPN’s hit series, 30 for 30, takes an in depth look at unique occurrences in the sports world. The documentaries uncover not only stories about sport superstars, but it uncovers how situations, players and teams altered the sport landscape while also changing pop culture and the future of how sports are played, viewed and heralded.
The latest documentary ESPN released chronicled Michigan’s Fab Five recruiting class of the early 1990s.
The class included five of the top fifty recruits in the nation at the time (Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King and Juan Howard).
The premier of this documentary could not have come at a better time with the emergence of March Madness and the ever growing contribution of talented freshmen.
Unknowingly, these five players changed the game of college basketball forever as they paved the path for early success in collegiate basketball.
The Fab five brought swag to basketball that makes the game and March Madness one of the most exciting sporting events. At the time college basketball was pre-dominantly white and short shorts were the style. Black socks, long shorts and showmanship was what the Michigan Wolverines brought to the scene, all things college basketball never had before these fearless five teenagers.
While they never quite lived up to their potential by winning a National Title and were eventually removed from collegiate basketball record books due to money scandals, Jalen Rose sums it up best when he states that nobody remembers who won the championship ten years ago or who was on the starting lineup of the teams that beat them in the finals, but everybody remembers the Fab Five.
The reason ESPN’s 30 for 30 has become a hit for the network is because they chronicle and take behind the scene looks at what current generations lived through. Not only do they look at current sporting events, they chronicle sporting events that transcend the sport and have major implications on modern and pop culture.
Some of the best 30 for 30s also take place in the 1990’s as Straight Outta L.A. by Ice Cube illustrates how the rap group N.W.A influenced the Oakland Raiders and the building of a thug culture in inner city Los Angeles, and No Crossover tells the story of Allen Iverson, the high school standout and the increased attention on high school prospects.
The 30 for 30’s are a must see for any sports fan. A complete list of ESPN’s 30 for30 is available online at www.30for30.espn.com