No games to watch? We’ve got you covered. Here are The Point’s top picks for sports movies, shows and documentaries

Zachary Connell

It has been over a month since professional sports suspended their seasons due to COVID-19. Since no games are currently being played, sports fans have been trying to find new things to watch as they wait for their favorite sports to resume play. Here is a brief list of movies, shows and documentaries that you can watch to pass the time while you’re social distancing. 

 

DOCUMENTARIES 

      1). O.J.: Made in America

    The story is about former NFL running back, O.J. Simpson, who was found not guilty in the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. It became one of the world’s most significant trials, with millions of people around the country tuning in to see what was going to happen to O.J. Simpson. It is a five-part series, with each episode running for about an hour and a half. It details everything that occurred in the life of O.J. Simpson before meeting Nicole Brown, the relationship between both of them, and every moment that happened throughout his trial. This documentary won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2016. 

       2).  The Last Dance – 10 Part series that begins on April 19 and ends May 17 

      This documentary is about the 1997 Chicago Bulls team that was coming off its fifth NBA Championship. However, management made it clear that year that it was going to be the final season for Phil Jackson as Head Coach. As the team was beginning its quest for its sixth championship, Phil Jackson gave that season a theme, calling it “the last dance,” having hope this would motivate the players to go out and win their sixth NBA championship together. 

 

TV Shows

     1). All-American

    All-American is a football show that may not be the best acting when it comes to the sport, but it gives the viewer a taste of a game that is big around the U.S. However, it actually can be a show that some sports fans can get hooked too. You can currently stream the first two seasons on Netflix or video on demand. 

    2).  Friday Night Lights with Kyle Chandler who plays the role of Coach Eric Taylor. 

     Friday Night Lights is considered a football show classic. It details the dedication of the sport and how seriously the people of Texas take the game. It is based on real events and can be very intriguing to a person who loves to binge-watch a show. The five-season show is an excellent way to stay engaged with football and help pass time during these times with no games to watch. 

 

Movies 

     1). He Got Game, with two-time NBA Champion, Ray Allen

    He Got Game is a 1998 sports drama film directed by Spike Lee. This film has some big-time actors like Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson. Since there are no NBA games to watch, this film is about a player who is a star-studded basketball player, who is weighing his options to advance his career to the next level. Ray Allen, who plays the role of Jesus Shuttleworth, is a former Boston Celtic, who was a part of the 2008 championship team. Allen was drafted in the NBA in 1996, two years before this film was released. 

       2).  Glory Road with Josh Lucas 

     Glory Road is a 2006 basketball film based on a true story about the 1966 Texas Western Miners. Head Coach Don Haskins, who Josh Lucas portrayed in the movie, coached a team with an all-black starting lineup, the first in NCAA history. It was a remarkable story that showed a guy who did not care about the color of your skin, if you can play the game at a high-level, you deserve to be on the basketball court. Although there was a backlash, it did not stop Lucas from his commitment to these players. It is a good story, and it is a movie that is worth a watch. 

     3).  Invincible with Mark Wahlberg 

     Invincible is a feel-good story about a long-life football fan, Vince Papale. He lived in Philadelphia and, like most people who played a sport at a young age, had a dream to play football at the highest level. When his favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, had open try-outs, Papale shined, leading him to make the roster. Papale became the oldest rookie player in NFL History, never to play a football game at the college level. He was 30 years old. 

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