The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced today that Steve James, director of one of the most successful documentaries ever, the 1994 epic Hoop Dreams, will curate a sports-themed program at this year's festival, which runs April 2-5.
James' sidebar will be called This Sporting Life, and will not be limited to documentaries. Instead, the series "will include some of the lesser-seen dramatic films that take place in the world of sports. Selections will include those that specifically anticipated the emergence of the sports genre in documentary filmmaking, which continues to be honest, vibrant, and original."
Any suggestions for Mr. James? We've got a couple: The Harder They Fall, a boxing muckraker with Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger and real-life boxers Max Baer and Jersey Joe Walcott; and The History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game, the 11-hour, Terence Stamp-narrated British television documentary from 2001.
Leave your suggestions for Steve James here.
Ed. note: N.C. State travels to Chapel Hill tomorrow for a noon showdown against the Tar Heels, which will be broadcast on regional televlsion. Jake Swiger, a UNC student who runs his own blog, www.tarheelbuckeye.blogspot.com, kindly sent us the results of tomorrow's clash, as played on NCAA 2009, a video game from GamePlay Video. Thanks, Jake!
UNC vs. NC State NCAA 2009 Simulation
In a battle between one of the nation's best secondaries and most efficient quarterbacks, the Carolina defense prevailed, picking off Russell Wilson four times and returning two for touchdowns as the Heels stormed through the Wolfpack 38-17.
Wilson entered the game with only one pick, but pressure from UNC's front four forced several uncharacteristic throws from the freshman.
On the other side of the field, TJ Yates started after missing most of the season. Yates finished 18-19 for 185 yards and a touchdown.
Despite the margin of victory, NC State moved the ball at will and out gained the Heels, marking the eighth time the Heel have been out gained offensively and still won this season.
Elsewhere in the NHL tonight, Sarah Palin dropped the first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers' home opener against the New York Rangers. One wonders who thought the notorious Flyers crowd would cotton to the world's most famous hockey mom, even with Piper and Willow in tow. (Note the Obama signs in the background, by the way.)
According to New York Times' Lynn Zinser on her Slapshot blog, the booing was much louder than is apparent in this video. She wrote:
[W]hen Palin came out onto the Wachovia Center ice Saturday night - greeted by resounding (almost deafening) boos from the Flyers crowd - the two hockey players who had no choice but to appear with her in that photo op were turned into props in a political campaign. If Rangers center Scott Gomez or Flyers center Mike Richards wanted to make some sort of political statement, that would be fine, but in this case, they were thrust into a situation not of their choosing.
The Rangers happen to have two native Alaskans: Gomez, seen in the video, and Brandon Dubinsky. Neither has shown any inclination to comment publicly on the Alaska governor.
If you don't follow mixed martial arts fighting, you probably haven't heard of Kevin Ferguson, aka Kimbo Slice.
According the hype, Ferguson-or Slice, if you prefer-was going to rule the MMA (mixed martial arts) circuit for years to come. The buzz was enough that I noticed it, and I watch MMA only in the rare case that I have nothing better to do and there's not a thing else worth watching.
But Kimbo? I noticed him.
First of all, the guy is 6' 2", 240 pounds, insanely ripped and has a huge black beard. He looks great on a poster, bad in a dark alley.
Kimbo got his "rep" from a series of YouTube videos that showed him, among other things, beating up bums and full-tilt tackling people for money. No, I'm not making this up.
Kimbo Slice videos were the sorts of schlock your brother-in-law e-mailed you on his lunch break. Everyone agreed the guy looked mean, and videos of big guys beating each other up are nothing if not entertaining. But nobody mistook Slice for a real, trained fighter.