The Top 10 HBO Sports Specials of All Time

Joseph JonesContributor IIIMay 25, 2010

The Top 10 HBO Sports Specials of All Time

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    When assignments were being handed out and "The Top 10 HBO Sports Specials of All Time" landed squarely in my lap I couldn't have been more happy. Recognized as sports television’s best storyteller, HBO produces acclaimed documentaries, which feature HBO Sports’ trademark blend of archival footage, home movies, revealing interviews and unique storytelling.

    Choosing to avoid the formulaic pitfalls that most sports film makers tend to fall prey to, HBO doesn't take the "easy route" on anything. You won't find the run of the mill stories about the "professional athlete raised by a single mother" or a type of tabloid journalism seeking to take advantage of the latest tragedy marring the sports landscape.

    HBO provides viewers the opportunity to revisit some of the most provocative moments from a very diverse range of sports events and personalities. Anything short of brilliant has always been deemed unacceptable.

    HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg put it best.

    "We know we're emotionally attacking the viewer...And they know where they're watching these films. It's like walking into a gallery and seeing a David as opposed to something I chipped out when I was 10."

10. Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team

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9. Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

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8. Perfect Upset: The 1985 Villanova vs. Georgetown NCAA Championship

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7. Joe Louis: America's Hero...Betrayed

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6. Broad Street Bullies

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5. Rebels of Oakland: The A's, the Raiders, the '70s

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4. Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals

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3. The Curse of the Bambino and Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino

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2. Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team

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1. Nine Innings From Ground Zero: The 2001 World Series

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