As we all know, the “E” in ESPN stands for “Entertainment,” and the formation of ESPN Films last year was meant to take the network from TV sets to the big-screen. Unlike ESPN Original Productions, which focused on biopics like “3″ and “Junction Boys” and the TV series “Playmakers,” ESPN Films was specifically created to produce feature-length dramatic and documentary films for theatrical release.
But after announcing the planned production of a Jackie Robinson biopic starring Robert Redford as Branch Rickey last year, ESPN Films had been relatively quiet. They had produced documentary specials such as “The Greatest Game Ever Played” and “Black Magic” for the network: interesting, but exactly the same sort of programming ESPN had already been making.
Finally, a Cinderella story to make this year’s March Madness a little more compelling. Thanks, Toreros!
#14 San Diego was able to upend #3 UConn in a 70-69 OT thriller on Friday, giving Huskies coach Jim Calhoun his first-ever first round loss in 15 appearances - and no dobut causing Pepto-Bismol markups at the Storrs Walgreen’s. Read more…
ESPN Championship Week is in full swing, as all those mid-major teams are getting their annual two hours of attention from the Worldwide Leader.
On Monday night, four more tickets were punched for the Big Dance:
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, Jim Jones
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, Rob Jones
, San Diego Toreros
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, William & Mary Tribe