The Art Of (Athletic) Storytelling an article that mentions 7 Stories Which Deserve Their Own ESPN 30 for 30 is a must read for all sports fans. Aside from being a great article there is some great dialogue via the comments board. Below is just a snippet on a suggested Barry Sanders story which I think is a great idea.
Barry Sanders: The Enigma – Barry is still one of the greatest athletes of all time and one of main reasons the Thanksgiving Day game holds the merit it does. From the Heisman at Oklahoma State to his legendary pro career, his story is one that’s still largely composed of “what if’s?” What if he hadn’t have retired when he did? What if he had actually played for a contender at some point? Could he have been the greatest football player of all time? For a man whose talent and effort was never doubted, his career still poses more questions than answers.
A “Where Are They Now” story on the 1991 UNLV squad that threw the game against Duke would be the ultimate. We know where Greg Anthony is, but what about Larry Johnson, Anderson Hunt, Moses Scurry, Stacey Augmon, David Butler, and of course Richard Perry “The Fixer.” I was told that ESPN in fact did a small segment featuring Tark the Shark right before the Duke game, but unfortunately I missed it.
Unplug more of the article via Uproxx/The Smoking Section. It’s definitely worth the read.