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ESPN Films There's No Place Like Home: Odd Story Makes for Inspiring Documentary

Steven CookContributor IIIOctober 30, 2016

Tuesday night brought ESPN's newest installment of the 30 for 30 series, and ESPN hit a home run with "There's No Place Like Home," which proved to be a must-see for sports fans, and especially fans of basketball.

The story revolved around Josh Swade, a University of Kansas alum who devotes much of his life to raising money for James Naismith's original document of the initial rules of basketball. 

It's an iconic piece of memorabilia, and with it comes a massive price tag, making Swade's dream more and more difficult to accomplish.

The difficulty of Swade's accomplishment made for a feel-good story that most all of us can relate to. 

The entire documentary centered around the auction of this one item, where Swade and his team of buyers immediately realized that it would take a whole lot more than the initial $1.5 million asking price. 

The scene grows tense in the buying room as the price rises higher and higher, and it turns out that a representative and fan of Duke University is on the other line. One of the biggest rivalries in college basketball started playing out in a completely different atmosphere.

As the price reaches above $3 million, Swade and his representatives become even more tense and a tough decision to move their bid up to $3.8 million ended up being the final offer made by either side.

The exuberant atmosphere inside the war room was abundantly evident after the big deal, as the bottles of champagne were popped and Swade could celebrate the achievement of his lifelong dream.

It's hard to look at Swade's single-minded commitment to these documents and not shake your head, but you have to admire his passion and perseverance. 

Naismith's original document is one of the most valuable pieces of sports memorabilia in the world, and Swade's improbable journey to bring it back to the school where it was founded was well worth the watch.


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