Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 12:19 pm  |  71 responses

Giveaway: 30 For 30, Vol. 2

Leave a comment and win an ESPN DVD set!

The second volume of ESPN’s 30 For 30 series (pictured below), featuring the final 15 films, went on sale May 17. But, fortunately for you, we’re offering an opportunity to win a set absolutely free of charge. All you need to do is answer the following question in the comment section below, and we’ll choose a random commenter to win a copy. Easy enough? Here it is:

Which was your favorite 30 For 30 film, and why?

Simply explain which documentary you enjoyed most, and why it touched you—did it feature your alma mater? evoke a special childhood memory?—and we’ll send the reader with the best answer a set of DVDs. (And if you want to purchase one, or more, grab it here.)

Good luck!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kevinwilson16 Kevin Wilson

    If it counts as a 30 for 30, “Fab Five.”

    If that one doesn’t count, I really liked, “The Guru of Go.” Everything about that story just can’t get told enough.

  • Andy

    I have not seen all of the documentaries as of yet (which is why winning this set would be greatly appreciated), but of the ones I did see my favorite was The Two Escobars. The Two Escobars was brilliantly done, and was able to take a sport I normaly am not interested in, soccer, and weave a very interesting tale with it at the center.

  • http://www.bf3ars.blogspot.com bfears

    It would be cool to have these

  • http://carolinasdreaming.com QueenCityE

    My favorite overall is “The U.” Those players were all so bragadocious, but they did the dang thing! It completely reminded me of watching college football games with my Dad, and why, as a professional football fan, I developed an interest in the college game. However close seconds, for opening my eyes to stories and experiences I knew nothing about were “The Two Escobars” and “Once Brothers.”

  • Ilija

    Once Brothers, since I’m from former Yugoslavia. It tells a great story about two great players Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac. If that national team that won the world championship in 1990 in Argentina was participating in 1992 Olympics i believe that they would had a shot against the Dream Team. Also, the movie reminded me of all the bad things my former country went through during the 90s, all the victims, burned villages etc and now, just 15 years after the war when the last war criminal that was at large is cought, the people are trying to move on. BTW, all 6 republics that were part of Former Yugoslavia are now playing on Eurobasket 2011 which proves that basketball is still played on high level in the whole ocuntry.

  • Joan Pfalzgraff

    Reggie Miller vs the New York Knicks. Before watching, I thought Reggie was merely an annoying commentator. Now I have new found respect for him. I also had no idea what an amazing basketball player Cheryl Miller was until I watched it.

  • bfears

    Winning this would be cool

  • kris head

    My favourite 30 for 30 was “once brothers” featuring Vlade Divac and Petrovich, I’m always a sucker for a good story and to watch European players (I’m English) Make it in the NBA and start to make some noise in the best basketball league in the world. The story binds the team building essential to all team games, the friendships made and how quickly politics can strip it away and for any chance of redemption to be quickly removed. To see former team mates of Divac and Petrovic be interviewed with all the archived footage of civil war, world championships and olympic games. The appearence of Magic Johnson taking you further down the rabbit hole with Divac’s first experiences in LA, the opposite end of the spectrum with Petrovich’s old team mates. It’s good to see a player show emotion to friends and teammates past and present to finish off the story full circle when at the time was not possible.

  • liam

    These look interesting, seen them advertised on espn a couple of times

  • http://Facebook Skylar

    Just saw y’all were giving away the second 30 for 30 and thaught they are pretty awesome so why not comment

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Numerous great episodes, but I have to say “Once Brothers” was by far my favorite. I remember young Vlade on the Lakers, and the weird buzz around a guy who spoke little English. I didn’t hear too much about Petrovic, since I lived in LA then, even after his death it was only an ESPN blurb. Youtube was how I finally saw him play, but even then, it was a faint example of what he was. Seeing how they were just kids when they went pro reminded me of how much love for the game I had in high school, and how it wasn’t about the flash, just straight substance. Quick passes, jump shots, and team work. My team was no where near as good, but the bonding experience they kept talking about was like seeing how European leagues literally recruited these kids straight from middle school into training camps that lasted through their teens. Then Vlade talking to Magic in their reunion was a highlight I didn’t expect. Anyways, long story short, when Vlade visited (spoiler alert) his friend’s grave, that definitely got me. A sad story. And I can’t believe how old Kukoc looks, even after seeing him at Jordan’s HOF speech. It was the era of basketball where people didn’t play for contracts, but to win and compete. Yeah, the Lakers were showtime, but they never preened and posed. It was short shorts, high socks, and fundamentals.

  • Kris

    Fab 5- I was too young to witness their greatness live but I had always heard about them. Little did I know how much I was actually influenced by these trend setters- I still wear high black socks to this day. The drama and influence that the Fab 5 had on basketball culture is unbelievable and this 30 at 30 depicted it perfectly.

  • Barry Jacobsen

    Once Brothers is/was one of the best films I have ever seen. It took my favorite sport, Basketball, and told a story dramatically and heartfelt that made you believe basketball can bring about change anywhere. I like that it also took an NBA journeyman, Vlade Divac, and told part of his story as well. Not a big superstar, but a good serviceable role man. Introducing a player that seemingly everyone has forgotten, Drazen Petrovic. Once Brothers shows that you should never leave something unsaid and that politics and war can’t separate a bond between brothers.

  • Kiran Morrison

    Jordan rides the bus
    JRTB was insane, it was awesome to see what happened in the ‘lost years’ for the greatest man to grace the sport!

  • http://www.garrettelliott.com Garrett

    My favourite was King’s Ransom. I don’t even like hockey but watched it not knowing what it was about. Once it started I couldn’t turn away — it was just that captivating. It was really interesting hearing the behind-the-scenes stuff how the owners felt, how Gretzky felt, and see footage of how the fans felt back in the day. A well put-together documentary about a moment that people in Canada don’t talk about much (and for good reason, I suppose).

  • Ian

    The Fab Five Doc definitely brought back some old memories for me man. I forgot the whole reason baggy shorts and black socks came into the game. If it wasn’t this documentary then it had to the Reggie Miller Time one. Being from New York City, I’ve watched Reggie torch the Knicks over and over and over. Reggie was a master trash talker but backed it up at all times. Except for when Kobe had to rough him up that is…

  • Derrick Tarver

    Slam Magazine is the best magazine ever. I like the “Jordan Rides the Bus” 30 for 30 episode. Hands down the best magazine and the best sports documentary ever!!! Reggie Miller vs. the Knicks was great too! Slam Magazine keeps it 100 with the best articles. That’s how I first heard of a kid from Akron who was just destorying teams on the basketball court….Lebron.

  • Curtis

    Pony Excess

  • Daniel Gable

    My favorite of all the 30 for 30′s by far would have to be “Into the Wind” the Terry Fox story. When this episode first aired my cousin had just begun battling in his own fight against cancer. It was the roughest time in our lives for everyone in our family. This episode really inspired me that I have to get out and do something to help the cause. It also helped inspire my cousin to know that he just has to keep fighting. He still has the cancer and a bad brain tumor, but he is not letting it hold him back. As a result of this episode Terry Fox will forever be a hero and a role model of mine. Thank you for the opportunity to possible win these dvd’s. Have a great day!

  • Michael

    Fave was the 2 Escobars for the way it showed sports interacting with politics and the effect it can (and does) have on the real world. Haunting.

  • http://www.twitter.com/bigtymer32 Ndem Nkem

    Jordan on the bus- shows how hard jordan works at everything and how great a teammate he is in any sport.

    Iverson one-shows the hardship iverson had to grow up with and how that trial changef hampton.

    Once brothers- shows how dividing a nation and beliefs can destroy the best of friendships

    The great one-shows how great wayne was for hockey but also how the business of the sport can change locations for anyone even the great one.

    Withou bias-shows how great len bias was and also his tragic fall at a young age.

    Thered so many that impact you and you can relate too hope I get picked :)

  • JC

    I loved the SMU one. I know people that were there at the time. Miami the most exciting. Love the entire series!

  • Jermaine

    Reggie Miller vs the New York Knicks: I grew up watching that rivalry so it’s great to learn more about it.

  • S-Mills

    I just saw “Jordan Rides the Bus” and loved it, but my favorite is “Once Brothers”. I saw it on the long plane ride to Miami to see the Heat play. I was so excited and thankful for something basketball related to be on tv. It turned out to be a very touching story I had never heard about befor.

  • Jerry

    My favorite 30 for 30 was THE BEST THAT NEVER WAS. The story of Marcus Dupree will stay in my mind for the rest of my life. It represents greatness, struggle, heartbreak, perseverance, greed, talent & failure. It is a great example of the path of manhood. You can be president or a garbage man. You just have to make sound decisions & keep fighting. Great story.

  • Jeff

    Hands down the best for me was the Two Escobars. From start to finish it was a masterpiece. How the directors were able to intertwine the Columbian Narcotics industry with the nations pastime soccer was remarkable. Pablo Escobar and Andres Escobar although polar opposites are connected through soccer. Andres the caption of the team is a very well spoken and pious man, while Pablo was one of the biggest drug kingpins of our generation. It was remarkable to me how much the Columbians loved Pablo Escobar and he loved them back. He built public housing for the poor and was one of the biggest financial backers of Soccer in Columbia. How the documentary depicts the down fall of both is a sight to be seen.

  • Eddie1

    I liked Jordan rides the bus. The uncut version that is. The real version has been historically edited by the illuminati to hide the real reason Jordan retired the first time from the supersonics. Give me this DVD set slam. I’m telling y’all future truths. I’m more valuable than all of y’all combined. Illuminati. Eddie, 2045. God Bless. PS I’m the only one in this timeline who has a dvd player instead of a hololasertransporter.

  • Double J

    For me it has to be “Jordan Rides the Bus” hands down. Watching the emotions that spilled out of the greatest of all time in reaction to his father’s death was something that touched something deep down in me. I knew that Jordan stepped down from the game because his father wanted him to play baseball, but I didn’t know the extent to which it went. This film displayed the passion of a man I’ve admired for years. Working through the loss, the shame, the hate, and yet still being competitive at the professional level, in a sport he hadn’t played in years… simply incredible.

  • Eric Mercier Jr

    My favorite was run ricky run. Being from New Orleans and a saints fan that was the biggest trade we ever made for the caliber of player ricky williams was. I always liked him but never knew why he was aloof from what we fans expected from him. The city had high expectations for him sort of how we do now for reggie bush. We didn’t know ricky had some real issues and demons he was dealing with and battling. My city isn’t good for people with emotional issues. But it was an amazing story about a complex man and ended with him back in the nfl, a husband and a devoted father.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Reggie Miller’s documentary has been my favorite. I never watched those heated Knicks/Pacers games, and seeing and hearing how everything went down from the players themselves is very cool. A bit of drama makes for entertaining basketball.

  • http://www.twitter.com/truwarier37 James

    Straight outta LA, for me. This film captured the spirit of LA and explained a lot about the void that was created when the Raiders left. It not only talked about sports but also the socioeconomic turmoil and racial tension that was being experienced in LA that might have cause our beloved football team to leave. Lastly, it was like a good book. It had its highs and its lows and it had its climax but the story for Los Angeles football is still left unfinished.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “Once Brothers” was my favorite 30 for 30. It showed the connection between Divac and Petrovic, how much they meant to Yugoslavia, and the impact that politics can have on a friendship. The importance of family was also an under riding theme.

  • http://operationsports.com Dustin Toms

    The Two Escobars was one of the greatest pieces of film I have ever watched.

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  • http://slamonline.com Sean Ray

    I have every single slam issue but have never won a contest…..hoping that this time my loyalty = luck…

  • Mitch

    My favorite definitely has to be winning time with reggie miller. i always loved reggie, but never saw any live games because i was born in the wrong time. i lived for the days when nba tv showed playoff playbacks of his games. i would record them and solely watch him, just like that kobe documentary did. winning time helped me see that this dude was a full blooded killer and i tried to make my game into something like his. it showed reggie wasnt just physically great at the game, but also mentally. the way he played games with his defenders, baiting them into countless technicals and then draining game winning threes right in there eyeballs. that documentary showed me one of the all time great players and how he did it in the shadow of his sister

  • Sara

    “Once Brothers” and “The Two Escobars” were both great. I couldn’t even pick between the two. You get to learn so much about history and they were both easy to watch.

  • s.

    Jordan Rides the Bus was my favourite, because it showed the continuity of sports, from the heights of the Bulls NBA dynasty, to playing AA ball in Birmingham, and literally riding the bus all over the South.

  • horsey

    The Reggie Miller episode was the best because it tied together my childhood, some sparse information I knew behind the scenes and a huge amount of background together perfectly. It was perfectly done and at the end, regardless of how you felt about Reggie before the film, you had a pit in your stomach because he never won it all. Others were more tear-jerking but this one left you with that “this can’t be over” feeling for a guy who retired years ago. Gripping…


    Oh mos def the best doc was the one of Pablo and Andres Escobar. I remember watching that own goal that Andres scored for the U.S. It seems like it happened yesterday. And when it was scored, I immediately said 2 one of my homies that that goal could cost Andres his life. And days later he was shot. It was crazy. R.I.P. Andres Escobar


    And I luv soccer. But that’s the side that I dispise of it. When mafia and politics get involved in it. It can b very tragic and gives the sport a bad name, especially here n the States where it is viewed as a joke.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    “Without Bias” Was probably the best story about what could have been. Evoked strong emotion and did not sugarcoat the story. It did not make anyone look like a savior or demon, just flawed individuals which speaks the loudest and truest to most people in the world.
    Oh, and I got the first set as a graduation gif and I would like to get bothe sets without paying for one. :)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/the-magazine/contests/2011/06/giveaway-30-for-30-vol-2/ Na123

    My favorites were Guru of Go, Winning Time, Fab 5 and Jordan Rides the Bus. I had never heard of Len Bias and Without Bias was a very sad movie about a player who could have been very special in the NBA

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/the-magazine/contests/2011/06/giveaway-30-for-30-vol-2/ Na123

    Also Once Brothers and Fab 5 were two of my favorite basketball movies/documentaries

  • logues

    i never win, so theres no point of me saying anything. just like theres no point of me typing this

  • Agioia

    Definately the Reggie one. Growing up I never appreciated how sick he was. As a Chicago Bulls fan Reggie was the enemy, now that I’m older I appreciate different things in players and realize what a great competitor he was. Plus, Spike and him going back and forth was rediculous.

  • Armzilla40

    My favorite was ‘Straight outta LA’. I was a big fan of the Raiders growing up and this was just a crazy look at how a sports franchise is seen from fans, owners, players and how it had an influence around pop culture. Ice Cube was perfect for the narrating job since he was a huge part of spreading the black and silver. After watching it, it made think that the new season of 30 for 30 NEEDS to have a film on the Seattle Supersonics! My all-time favorite team due to the glove/reignman connection. It needs to be done!

  • Elle

    I’m surprised no one’s mentioned this before, but my favorite installment of 30 for 30 was “June 17, 1994.” I think it best embodies the mission under which the documentaries were to be created: sports stories which permeated all facets of our culture. I remember watching the OJ Bronco chase in school. Instantly, the moment became a “where were you when Kennedy was shot” moment for my generation and forever changed the tone of celebrity journalism. The Knicks-Rockets finals, the US’s World Cup, Arnold Palmer’s retirement, and the Rangers’ parade would have been monumental in their own right; to fall within the same 24 hours only strengthens their social and popular import. Brett Morgen presented the piece perfectly. Without talking head features, we were able to relive those moments as if they were in real time. I may have only been seven years old on the fateful date, but I can point to the magnitude of June 17, 1994 as dramatically impacting my entire worldview as a future sports fanatic.

  • Javier Perez

    The Two Escobars. By the time this doc aired, “Without Bias” had already been shown, and you had already gotten a taste — through that 30 for 30 episode — of the drug situation in that time period, as well as a good understanding of the individual that inadvertantly lead to the demise of Pablo Escobar. This documentary (Escobars) was so neatly put together and tremendously captivating, that I talked my girlfriend into watching it without saying a word. We already had a dvd in the player, & at the time I KNEW that this doc was just about to start. Strategically, I left the tv on ESPN and the intro began. 3 minutes in, she asked me “what’s this?” I knew when she asked that she was hooked. I was hooked. For 2 hours our eyes were glued to the screen. I knew from my childhood (I was 10 at the time) that Andres Escobar was murdered, but never knew the story behind it. Same goes for Pablo. The way they painted the portriats of each Escobar, happening simultaneously, could not have been better. I’m anxious to see how the upcoming film comes out.

  • rob stewart

    The one on Allen Iverson. He’s been my favotite basketball player since high school and college when I rocked braids and temporay tattoos.

  • Eli

    ‘Without Bias.’ I’m 17 years old and I’ve been a Maryland Terps fan my entire life, and I’d hear about Len Bias all the time — but I never knew the moving story to its full extent. On top of that, my dad grew up in Massachusetts, and being a huge Celtics fan, he would always recall to me how he felt the day Bias died. People around here always say he would have been better than Jordan, but before watching the film, I simply shook off those remarks. I couldn’t comprehend any player being better than Jordan — who I was obsessed with when he came to the Wizards in the early 2000s, even though he was just a shadow of the true MJ at the time. The film itself was incredibly well done, and it fully revealed the tragedy of Bias’ death. Something Michael Wilbon said in the documentary particulary struck me: the fact that for people in his age group, the day Bias died will be remembered by all — what they were doing, how they felt when it happened, etc — similar to the way people of a different era will always remember where they were when Kennedy died, or like people of my generation will remember where they were when 9/11 occurred. Overall, I finally learned of the heart-breaking story of Len Bias through an incredible documentary that, in my opinion, surpassed other great 30 for 30s such as ‘Fab Fave,’ ‘Winning Time,’ and ‘The U.’

  • Dash J

    It’s very hard 2 choose just one episode as my fave, but if I could narrow it down to 2, it would b “The U” and “The Two Escobars” Both were touching stories. “The U” because it showed the rise of the greatest college team ever. It also showed how despite the negative image, the ‘Canes still overcame. “The Two Escobars” because it showed another side of the infamous Pablo Escobar, and the tragic death of Andres Escobar.

  • http://fatshawnkemp.com zack

    Reggie Miller vs. the Knicks is my favorite documentary of the series! I am an Indiana native and a life long Pacers fan. I don’t believe the NBA will ever have great rivalries like there were in the 90′s again. Knicks vs. Pacers, Knicks vs. Bulls, Bulls vs. Pistons, etc. Truly the glory days of NBA basketball, ESPECIALLY Playoff basketball!

  • majic

    The 16th man – apartheid and south african rugby. Absolutely inspiring the humility of the great Nelson Mandela, who after being locked up for years unjustly forgave those who put him there. Whilst this is a basketball site the great ability of sport to be a platform of national expression, passion and unity transcends and is felt by all. Nelson Mandela put Rugby on a platform and it united all, black and white, migrants and those naturalised under one banner showcasing sports ability be it basketball, rugby or soccer to overcome negativeity and bring communities together being my favourite 30 for 30.

  • Overtime

    As a pre-teen one of my first favourite players was Chris Webber, he has always remained so. I’ve always heard of the Fab Five, seen quick highlights and such, but after seeing the documentary, it just opens it to a whole new level.
    You see the difference these guys made to college basketball, to culture in general, and more importantly to eachother.
    To see the different backgrounds they came from, the honesty of Jalen Rose on his immature thinking as a teenager, the accepting of roles by Ray, the touching on the issues of NCAA moneymaking, the Rodney King riots, the ‘payments’ that Chris Webber used.
    And again, more importantly, how that team worked. How they became starters, how the upperclassmen had to deal with it, the thinking of the coaching and the BROTHERHOOD that these guys were in due to their shared passion and love for the game and eachother…its kind of a ‘How To’ video for building a true team

  • shaun

    30 for 30 should be given an Oscar for the documentary work that everyone at ESPN does.From college basketball to rugby, these are the epic stories anyone (sports fan or not) can appreciate.
    You know if your watching it (30 for 30) on TV that its something so amazing that you just have to watch. Each story keeps you captivated and delivers a theme or positive message that everyone can relate to. A screenwriter couldn’t do a better job writing what happened in the history of sports. The truth always makes the best stories, and ESPN proved this by making this series.
    They are so profound and so meaningful that when you see something similar in every day life you think to yourself “they should do a 30 for 30 about that.” When producers keep you thinking back to what you watched you know they did a good job. I can’t even pick my favourite documentary – they all bring out the best in sports.

  • Blizzardman

    My favorite was the about “The U” because I always knew they were bad boys (before my time), but the documentary covered everything, from the games to the recruiting to the after partys and it was just a totally encompassing story.

  • Nick D

    My favorite 30 for 30 film was the one about Michael Jordan baseball career and his impact. The film showed of hard Jordan would work for something that he wanted. Also i never knew that Terry Francona was Michaels coach.

  • j.wheeler

    the best that never was because the reverend was so terrible for stealing marcs duprees money yet justified it somehow

  • Robert B

    I think it would be sweet to own these. After Fab 5, I would have liked to see more, but they are not played on television a lot.

  • manny

    the Orange one about Alabama about the quarter back who was the first black quarter back in college. then played in the CFL my MAN @!

  • Kevin

    “The U” That documentary played out like a sad film scripted by Hollywood producers. Starting with the rise of a dynastic program, and then being dismantled. The interviews and the ESPN Classic footage brings back fond memories of a time where they were revolutionizing the college game. And for the young kids that werent lucky enough to watch The U, this was a great opportunity for them to catch a glimpse of what all the hype was surrounding this program. The controversy, the swag, the embodiment of knowing you’re a part of history made The U as symbolic as the Fab 5.

  • Karley

    Reggie Miller. It shows all his trash talk and fights. I loved it. Seen it three times and it really shows the NBA player he was on the court.. You don’t get to see that much and I enjoyed it.

  • Liam

    Winning Time was my favorite. I can’t watch it enough. It displays the greatness and the meaning that the NBA gives and has to us. It was two completely different places in America, and they relied on the NBA to gain recognition. In New York’s case, more recognition. I learned the most from it, enjoyed it the most, and damn Reggie can knock down that trey!

  • Aamir K

    “Winning Time” Reggie Miller because it inspires me every single day to keep working, because someone will always be better than you, I don’t allow that to happen.

  • Josh Thomas

    Winning time was the best. Reggie miller is a beast and is one of the funniest guys ever to play the game.

  • Jeff

    Any announcement on who won this contest yet?

  • Jacob Menhinick

    I like the Terry Fox documentary the best – it’s the first time I’ve really understood diferent aspects of his life. This is the first time he wsan’t idealized and glorified, instead portrayed as a real person doing something he thought was right.

  • http://slamonline.com J.WEELER

    the best that never was. ronald dupree was ahead of his time. got screwed over by barry switzer and “the dirty rev”. this documentary showed that the nice guy often times finishes last



  • Tristan

    Once Brothers, for sure. Was on par with Hoop Dreams for basketball documentary. Shows how basketball transcends the globe, and friendships can be formed and, sadly, abruptly ended through the game. Anyone who saw this came away feeling sad, fascinated and happy Vlade Divac was able to find some peace, all in the same viewing.