Tomorrow night is the Texas Republican primary for the Senate race we've been talking about with our favorite former ESPN analyst Craig James featured prominently. With the polls opening in mere hours, here's what James' chances are looking like.
That's right, James is polling at 3% the day before the election, locked in a tight battle with "Undecided" (who he trails) and "Other" (who he holds a slim advantage over). With the 4.5% margin of error, it's quite possible that James actually doesn't have any supporters, but he could also have 1%... which would probably be eternally more satisfying at the end of the day.
Think about this though, there are more undecided voters than James supporters! This seems like a joke, but it's all so true and perfect. Why not just throw James in with the "Other" candidates, since he's barely ahead of that pace?
I wonder what the mood is at James' camp right now. Perhaps they feel exactly how Mike Leach felt when James was trying to get him fired...
[H/T: Will Brinson]
The U and the Marcus Dupree episodes were my favorites. I have seen almost all of them and while there were a few duds (the Bartman one had way too much time filler with Buckner) most of them have been real solid and worthy of our time.
In my eyes, the biggest problem they made was creating a "30 For 30" brand instead of trying "ESPN Films" to start. They should have launched ESPN Films to begin, and if fans responded to it well, launched the 30 for 30 as a special program presented by ESPN Films. But that's beside the point now, I guess.
And while they have been terrific films, I'll throw this out there. Our biggest quibble with ESPN is how they've essentially forgone being a news outlet and opted to go the entertainment route instead. Should ESPN put a bunch of resources into something that takes even more away from what they should be?
Excellent points and ideas. I agree. Faves from 30 were Once Brothers, June 1994, and even Evert/Martina. Worst was Marion Jones. In the newer Films series, I liked Unguarded and even Bama/Auburnt was well done. ESPN definitely needs to keep making these docs.
I believe you may have alluded to the fact. Had you eluded it, you would have written about something else.
I never considered the blurry brand lines until reading this, but I agree that there needs to be a long-term strategy.
Did the Steve Bartman film make it to the airwaves yet?
My two favorite 30 for 30s were The Two Escobars and Once Brothers. Least favorite was the one on fantasy baseball. Interesting story, poorly executed film. Favorite film post-30 for 30 was Catching Hell.
@Drunken Midgets I think ESPN created the 30 for 30 docs not realizing what it was going to become, and only later decided to keep making docs in the same style.