Tonight (Tuesday) at 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN premieres the lost “30 for 30” documentary — Alex Gibney’s Catching Hell, a superb film about Steve Bartman and the concept of scapegoating in sports. (Here’s an exclusive sneak preview.) Gibney’s film was initially earmarked for “30 for 30” but got pushed back for reasons he explains on our BS Report, which lasted for an hour and covers Bartman and his Buckner connection, the process of making that film, his upcoming Lance Armstrong project, how Gibney chooses his projects, the state of the documentary genre, and why Cubs fans shouldn’t be terrified of watching this film. Even if I’ll always be disappointed that we didn’t get Gibney — one of the best documentarians alive — into the initial “30 for 30” series, this is a classic “better later than never” scenario.
FYI: This is the first of seven documentaries that ESPN Films will be premiering this fall. If you enjoyed “30 for 30,” it’s safe to say that you’ll enjoy Catching Hell, Renee (Oct. 4), The Dotted Line (Oct. 11), Unguarded (Oct. 18), The Real Rocky (Oct. 25), Charismatic (Nov. 1), and Roll Tide/War Eagle (Nov. 8). For complete details on these movies, click here.
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