An area Big Ten Network has excelled at since its launch as a conference specific network has been in the original programming department. BTN's The Journey has made its mark as one of the best sports documentary series in a very crowded, outstanding field. Another series BTN has launched recently is Big Ten Elite - a look at the best Big Ten teams of all time. (Cue the jokes about none of those teams coming from the last five years.)
BTN sent along a review copy of Tuesday night's episode on the 2002 Ohio State football national championship team debuting at 7 PM ET. As someone who grew up in an area where Ohio State football was more vital to life than oxygen, I was curious how BTN would chronicle the team. While not a "two percenter" (aka - the diehard nutcases) or huge fan of the program, that '02 team of Tressel, Clarett, and Krenzel was still one of the most memorable seasons of any team I've ever seen. Tight end Ben Hartsock said it this way, "I talk to my parents and they always talk about how their lives are going to be at least 10 years shorter having lived through that entire season because every game was so exciting to be a part of."
How did Big Ten Elite do capturing the season and does it set a template for other conference networks who may be inspired to do similar documentaries?no comments