The Big Lead Articles 14 December 2009
“You aren’t fit to wear the shirt.” The normally restrained Frenchman, Arsene Wenger, resorted to a rousing English cliche, and, despite just one Englishman in the squad, it worked. Arsenal capitalized on fortune andAndiry Arshavin’s right foot, recovering form an insipid first half for a 2-1 win at Anfield.
Whether it was the story or the soundtrack, The U generated excitement. Shown a 9:00 PM on a Saturday night, it was not appointment viewing, as many of us have significant others and social lives, but it was certainly appointment DVRing.
The strength and, in some cases, the weakness of the 30 for 30 documentaries is the personal fingerprint. Here it was helpful. Billy Corben, the director of Cocaine Cowboys and an avowed Miami fan, presents the Hurricanes’ ascendance their way. In their own words, the “thugs,” “hoodlums” and “convicts,” as well as those who coached and covered them, describe the experience. This film was captivating and it was successful.