Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Long Beach High's own Larry Brown, now 73 and working his familiar turnaround magic at SMU, will be profiled Tuesday night on HBO's latest "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."
Gumbel himself, who has known Brown for 35 years, will do the interviewing honors.
"Larry has been psychoanalyzed in print more than any coach in any sport that I can recall, yet he remains open and honest about who...Read more »
Tuesday’s HBO “Real Sports” features the bond between Boomer Esiason, whose son Gunnar was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1993, and correspondent Frank Deford, whose daughter Alex died at 8 from the disease in 1980.
It was a speech by Deford about Alex 25 years ago that first got Esiason involved in the battle against the disease, one that naturally gained added momentum when it touched...Read more »
Peter Berg’s football bona fides were established when he directed “Friday Night Lights,’’ then developed the TV series of the same name.
But long before that he was an avid fan of the “absolutely horrible’’ Giants of the early 1970s, frequenting Yankee Stadium to “watch Spider Lockhart try and carry a team, and Fran Tarkenton at the end when he couldn’t run so well.’’
Berg, 51, lives...Read more »
Howard Cosell more or less invented sports journalism on television, including his mid-1980s show “SportsBeat,’’ so it was fitting that exactly three weeks before he died, one of the enduring pillars of the genre was born.
HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’’ premiered April 2, 1995, joining another show, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,’’ which arrived in 1990.
It is easy to forget how...Read more »
Tuesday night's HBO "Real Sports" features a Bryant Gumbel sitdown with Reggie Jackson, who is promoting his new book, "Becoming Mr. October," in which he weighs in on a number of topics.
One of them is the way he was portrayed in the ESPN series, "The Bronx is Burning," back in 2007. Another is his ongoing dislike of Billy Martin.
Here are excerpts from...Read more »
The most important NFL-related media news Tuesday was the premiere of PBS’ documentary “League of Denial,’’ which dealt with the serious business of concussions.
But the strangest development came earlier that day with word owners had passed a resolution that would make it possible for teams to be forced into appearing on HBO’s training camp show “Hard Knocks,’’ absent volunteers.
There...Read more »
I will be taking the rest of August off to prepare for my fantasy football draft, so forgive this being a tad early side, but it’s important:
On Aug. 26 HBO will premiere a documentary about iconic announcer Marty Glickman called “Glickman,” simple and to the point, just as Marty would have liked it, and just as he taught sportscasting to generations of disciples from Marv Albert to Bob Costas...Read more »
HBO will premiere a much-anticipated look at famed announcer Marty Glickman late next month, but the film will appear under the HBO Documentary Films banner, not that of its sports division.
Speaking of which, whatever happened to HBO Sports documentaries, which used to reliably produce three or four quality offerings every year? It has been 18 months since its last, about Joe Namath.
That...Read more »
Sports documentaries don't get much better than "The Crash Reel," premiering on HBO at 9 p.m. Monday. (Do record it if you feel you really must watch the Home Run Derby at that hour instead.)
Director Lucy Walker provides an extraordinarily intimate look at the life, career and family of snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who with the 2010 Winter Olympics approaching was competing on par...Read more »