OC: released under the auspices of ESPN and the ad agency Wieden + Kennedy, Morris’ latest short, Team Spirit, looks at a slice of humanity practically made for his feature-length documentaries: sports fans so obsessed that they arrange to express their team affiliation even in death.
John Clarke is a king among men, he’s got to be the most hilarious Australian, SO DRY! His show The Games is wildly underrated. His new documentary series Sporting Nation came out last night and it’s pretty good, there’s some great footage of Melbourne during the Olympics, and his voice over doesn’t disappoint.
Check out episode one in full over at ABC’s iView, and there’s two more to come
Here’s the new NBA Dream Team Documentary, it’s done in a fairly dorky daytime tv style but the content rises above. It serves as a pretty good document of Nineties fashion, there’s awesome very busy tucked in tshirts everywhere. It’s worth it to see Scottie Pippen creeping around a Monte Carlo beach in denim shorts with a massive camcorder. Barkley’s his usual hilarious self, throwing elbows into an Angolan player who had asked for his autograph earlier… Jesus.
I get the impression that the NBA will take it down, so watch it quick if you care.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t know anything about boxing, it seemed a bit boring to me. It was like there were no interesting characters like there used to be. I heard about this match and watched this little ABC bio clip, and immediately became obsessed with Manny Pacquiao. What a damn ruler.
On February 5, Timothy Bradley was announced as Pacquiao’s next opponent on June 9 for his WBO Welterweight title. Pacquiao lost the bout in a controversial split decision, scoring 115-113, 113-115 and 113-115 from the three judges. The decision was booed by the crowd and criticised by many news outlets who were independently scoring the fight. However, Pacquiao was gracious in defeat and Bradley called for a rematch. Following the decision, many analysts called the decision a corruption of the sport.
Watch this ESPN clip to learn more about the scandalous result, and Buzzfeed has some great photos of Pacquiao’s supporters back in The Philippines.
“I tried hard but I couldn’t beat the guy” – Timothy Bradley (opponent)
“Unbelievable! This is another stain on boxing” – Lennox Lewis (former Heavyweight Champ)
“Pacquiao beat the daylights out of that boy! He did everything right” – Evander Holyfield (former Heavyweight Champ)
“Never been more stunned by a boxing decision. So disgusted right now. Now we know why the odds dropped all week” – Bill Simmons (sports journalist)
“I’ve never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight” – Bob Arum (promoter)
NYTimes: The first digital short, by Eric Drath, which will be posted Tuesday on Grantland, is an interview with Pete Rose, whose gambling on baseball earned him a lifetime ban in 1989. Rose, 71, Major League Baseball’s hits leader, is interviewed at the barren-looking shopping mall in Las Vegas where he signs autographs and other memorabilia, as employees act as barkers to lure shoppers into the store.
Some folks might remember this dude from Arrested Developement