The word Lifetime only amplified my excitement. The premise: World Peace plays a detective (already awesome), who is retiring from the force to serve in Afghanistan (getting better...) AND he is 90210's Jennie Garth's spiritual advisor (icing on the cake). Whoever thought this was a great idea... is right.
Above is an exclusive clip from ESPN and "The Eleventh Victim", shot during the Finals when the Lakers weren't playing, premieres on November 3rd. *sets DVR*
Last night, ESPN's 30 For 30 premiered the powerful tale of "Benji" - Ben Wilson, ranked the highest rated high school basketball player going into his senior year at Simeon High School (later Derrick Rose's alum). Wilson was sadly gunned down before the senior season started and it was a tragic end to a promising career that was felt not only in Chicago, but across the country in 1984. The documentary, directed by Coodie & Chike, not only tells the story to a new generation of people, but can also help illustrate and draw parallels to some of the same issues going on in our city, and the country, in 2012. Join me in watching above and for even more on the topic, read the magnificent article on Ben Wilson from the homie Scoop Jacksonhere.
Had to show some love to ESPN's latest masterpiece in its 30 For 30 series with 9.79* premiering last night. It told the story of Ben Johnson's world-record setting 100m Final at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics, and his subsequent disqualification just days later after testing positive for steroids. The documentary also dives into his rivalry with Carl Lewis in the years leading up to the Olympics and the impact the race and awareness of PEDs in sports has had on the participants and to the general public. Interviews with both Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis helped give us that direct perspective on the story that anyone under 25 was unable to witness in 1988. Even if you're a mere casual observer of track and field, you'll be intrigued from the start. I highly suggest you scour your ESPN listings to find the next airing. Above is the trailer to further reel you in, and below: the actual race itself - crazy to watch this raw piece of history.
Earlier this morning, Tip Harris made his First Take debut and sat alongside Stephen A Smith to talk about Atlanta sports and Eagles QB, Mike Vick. With his big gold chain around his neck, T.I. was able to actually hold his own on the sports discussion. Not bad Tip, Not bad at all. Check it out!