The Tribeca Film Festival announced the lineup for its ninth annual Tribeca / ESPN Sports Film Festival, an event best known for inspiring creative excuses for me to avoid covering off-day NBA playoff practices.

This year's eight-film roster is headlined by "Play It Forward" about CBS analyst and former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez and his older brother, Chris. (Michael Strahan is an executive producer.)

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But much of the attention at the festival, which runs from April 15-26, figures to come from ESPN's short films slate, which features entries from A-listers Spike Lee, Eva Longoria and Katie Holmes. Lee and Longoria are scheduled to speak to audiences after screening of their films.

Lee's short, "The Greatest Catch Ever," concerns a certain play that was pivotal in the Giants' Super Bowl XLII victory over the Patriots.