Five Sports Documentaries For You To Watch This Week

Five Sports Documentaries For You To Watch This Week
By Mark Farrelly
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In the wake of yet another drugs scandal in athletics, ESPN's 30 for 30 on the men's 100m final at the 1988 Olympics has special resonance this week. 9.79* looks especially at the rivalry between Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis, and pieces together the events that culminated with Johnson being stripped of his gold medal.

CM Punk: Best in the World

This WWE documentary delves into the story of one of the most intriguing and controversial wrestlers on the planet, CM Punk. A huge hit on the indie circuits, Punk was signed by WWE in 2005 but for many reasons he never fulfilled his self-proclaimed potential.

That was until he announced (for real) that he would leave the WWE when his contract expired after his title match at the 2011 Money in the Bank pay-per-view. It led to one of the biggest storylines in recent memory, propelling Punk to stardom and laying the foundations for the longest WWE title run in the modern era.

Even if you're not a wrestling fan, Punk's story typifies that of the 'man puttin' ye down', and frustration in the face of adversity. Something we can all relate to.

Fab Five

Another great 30 for 30 film for you to get your teeth into. The 'Fab Five' was the nickname of what many people consider to be the greatest class ever recruited in basketball, after they joined the University of Michigan in 1991.


Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson made an everlasting impact on the world of basketball.

Once Brothers

Much more than just a basketball documentary, Once Brothers is an amazing exploration of how the Yugoslav Wars tore families, friends and teams apart.


It tells the story of the 1990 World Championship winning Yugoslavia basketball team, and in particular Serbian Vlade Divac and Croatian Drazen Petrovic. The tale of these two close friends symbolises countless other heartbreaking stories of how political conflict can dramatically change the lives of so many.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

This has to be seen to believed. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters follows Billy Mitchell, the world record holder for the highest score on Donkey Kong, and his nemesis Steve Wiebe in an ongoing battle to become the world champion of the arcade game.


Mitchell, with his posse of arcade game adjudicators, is determined to let Wiebe take his record, and pulls out every trick in the book to try and stop him. While you could argue that Donkey Kong isn't technically a sport, this is still a documentary that is definitely worth watching.

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