If ESPN doesn’t win some type of award for their “30 for 30” series, something is criminally wrong. It’s doing exactly what I have been saying has been lacking from sports (and music in a sense), the ability to successfully tell a story from a deeper perspective. Last week, “The U,” a two-hour documentary focusing on the University of Miami’s football program, was shown and was subsequently their highest rated film to date. From teetering on the brink of cancellation to becoming the most controversial and successful program in history, it was all explained in depth. Coming from a Florida State fan, it had me glued to the TV for the entire time and laughing at the fact just how cocky (and talented) these dudes actually were. They won a football game once by tallying over 200 yards in penalties because they’d celebrate after every play. Now I see where Chad Ochocino draws his inspiration from.
One of the interview subjects for the piece was Miami’s own Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, who was equally as controversial and successful during the late 80′s and early 90′s. Recently, Dan Lebatard caught up with the former front man of 2 Live Crew for an entertaining interview. Luke co-signs Dan’s comment about Jimmy Johnson being Miami’s “first black coach”, why he wishes he would have paid some of the players and the reason he fully supports trash talking. I may be in the minority here, but college football needs that type of edginess back to the game. Forget cordial, embarrass somebody. That’s what I’d do.
You know, if I had the talent.
For an entire schedule of the documentaries, click here.