Alternative programming: Are you ready for some football?

Super Bowl XLVII, the biggest American sporting event of the year, kicks off tonight. No matter where you go, the big game will probably be playing on the nearest display device, and there will be pizza. (There’s even pizza here for the Media Services staff!) Since the Super Bowl draws such massive ratings, any television … Continue reading “Alternative programming: Are you ready for some football?”

Super Bowl XLVII, the biggest American sporting event of the year, kicks off tonight. No matter where you go, the big game will probably be playing on the nearest display device, and there will be pizza. (There’s even pizza here for the Media Services staff!)

Since the Super Bowl draws such massive ratings, any television program run opposite the Super Bowl is doomed to fail. This hasn’t stopped shows like the Puppy Bowl from getting a large audience. There’s a certain slice of the country that doesn’t want to watch football.

If you’re the type of person that would rather not watch the Super Bowl, there are still some alternatives in the same vein. Consider watching these movies in our collection about football and football history:

Fictional:

Any Given Sunday – HU DVD 101
Horse Feathers – HU DVD 1128
The Simpsons, Season 3: “Lisa the Greek” – HU DVD 6590
The Blind Side – HU DVD 8312
Friends, Disc 10: “The One With the Football” – HU DVD 8510
Remember the Titans – HU DVD 9133
Community, Season 1: “Feminism, Football and You” – HU DVD 10001, Disc 1
Roll Tide/War Eagle – HU DVD 10055

Documentaries:

Go, Tigers! – HU DVD 815
The Band That Wouldn’t Die – HU DVD 7901
Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? – HU DVD 7901
The Best That Never Was – HU DVD 7912

For Those Who Call It “American Football:

The Damned United – HU DVD 7058

Catch up on 30 for 30

ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series starts up tonight for a second volume of 30 hour-long documentaries about the most compelling stories in sports. This week’s episode, “Broke,” highlights all-star athletes who, despite their success, drove themselves into bankruptcy. 30 for 30 has always highlighted some fascinating, lesser-known stories, and it looks like they’re … Continue reading “Catch up on 30 for 30”

ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series starts up tonight for a second volume of 30 hour-long documentaries about the most compelling stories in sports. This week’s episode, “Broke,” highlights all-star athletes who, despite their success, drove themselves into bankruptcy. 30 for 30 has always highlighted some fascinating, lesser-known stories, and it looks like they’re continuing suit.

Before the second volume kicks off, visit Media Services and watch some of the original series. Even if you aren’t a big sports fan, there are some really fascinating stories.

30 for 30: Films 1-15 – HU DVD 7901 – 7906
30 for 30: Films 16-30 – HU DVD 7907 – 7912
Roll Tide/War Eagle – HU DVD 10055
Catching Hell – HU DVD 10227

March Madness: Basketball films in Media Services

The Big Game (1982, VHS 4067) – From the classic Middletown film series on life in and around Muncie, Indiana – itself a complement to the Middletown studies conducted by Robert and Helen Lynd in the 1920s and 1930s. Director E.J. Vaughn uses a cinema verite technique to capture the activity surrounding the annual basketball … Continue reading “March Madness: Basketball films in Media Services”

The Big Game (1982, VHS 4067) – From the classic Middletown film series on life in and around Muncie, Indiana – itself a complement to the Middletown studies conducted by Robert and Helen Lynd in the 1920s and 1930s. Director E.J. Vaughn uses a cinema verite technique to capture the activity surrounding the annual basketball game between the Muncie Central High School Bearcats and the Anderson High School Indians.

Hoop Dreams (1994, VHS 3425) This remarkable film follows William Gates and Arthur Agee, two African-American teenagers who are recruited to a predominantly white high school on basketball scholarships. Their struggle to survive in a highly competitive environment while dealing with family hardships is captured. In 1995, it gained attention for NOT being nominated for the Best Documentary Academy Award.

In the Game (1994, VHS 4165) Behind-the-scenes story of one season with Coach Tara VanDerveer and the Stanford Women’s Basketball Team as they try to win a national championship. It takes a look at the inequities in men’s and women’s sports and examines how women’s college athletics have been affected by Title IX.