MySky has certainly changed the TV lives of everyone who has turned on, tuned in and dropped out. Here’s what I’ve been watching recently:
A.K.A. Cassius Clay
This is one of the hidden classics of the sports documentary. Part TV sport doco, part 60’s art/be-bop film, A.K.A. Cassius Clay is as awkward as it is compelling. Made in 1970 during Ali‘s religious inspired hiatus, Richard Kiley narrated the young boxers life which is cut with archival footage, both of the boxer and of pictures of American life at the time (Malcolm X rallies, etc.), and a strange conversation between Ali and his trainer Cus D’Amato discussing the history of the sport and Ali’s former opponents. There’s a certain sloppiness to the whole thing that may annoy some but give it a certain authenticity of time and place.
Around the Horn
I totally have mixed feelings towards this ESPN show. Sometimes there are some pretty clued in and funny journalists on there but usually it’s just too loud and annoying with a bunch of dudes yelling at each other. If I’ve got less time I’ll just skip to Pardon the Interruption.
Pardon the Interuption
This is the better of the ESPN chat shows. Hosted by Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, it’s nicer to have a more focussed arguement. Easier to follow just the two arguements than the five or so on Around the Horn. The best thing about this show though is the menu on the right of the screen. Each segment lasts a minute so if there’s a bunch of hockey coming up, it’s easy to fast forward to the NBA or tennis talk. The scope is pretty wide too. Oh, and the theme tune references Pavement’s ‘Cut Your Hair’.
Lakers v Hornets
So the Lakers are dribbling the ball up, three points down/20 seconds to go, and my recording ends. Maybe I forgot to add 20 like you always should on ESPN. Turns out they left Fisher open for a three and the Lakers won in overtime. Bummer I missed it.
An earnest documentary about a Native American high school basketball team and the players who are trying to make it off the rez.. Definately more Heart of the Game than Hoop Dreams, but worth the watch. It’s on the Documentary Channel and I assume it will repeat a bunch. Anyway, apparently basketball is huge on some of the Indian reservations after the christian missionaries thought it would be a good way to teach the natives about JC. Who knew?