ESPN and ESPN Films wind down the Fall 2013 edition of 30 for 30 next Tuesday, November 5th. The Worldwide leader in sports finishes off this season of its Peabody Award-winning series by taking viewers into the world of college basketball in Bernie and Ernie.
Bernie and Ernie takes viewers into the relationship between former college basketball stars Bernard King and Ernie Grunfield. The pair rose to fame as the center of the University of Tennessee’s men’s college basketball team in the mid-1970s. Between them, the pair scored on average fifty points per game. Their rise to fame eventually led to a cover story for Sports Illustrated. While things were coming up roses for the pair in the public eye, things were much different for the two men behind closed doors. There was a distance between the players during their years together on the team. That was because of their different upbringings. King lived hard growing up. Despite being devout Christians, King’s parents offered little to no emotional support to him as he nurtured his talent. And during his college years, he had to endure acts of racial bigotry.
Ernie Grunfeld had a different upbringing than his team mate. As a child, the young Romanian immigrant spoke no English at all. But by his teen years, he was being recruited by some two hundred colleges. He had no clue about everything that King was enduring while the pair were attending the university of Tennessee. This is what would eventually lead to a distance between the players. However, years after they left the Volunteers, the pair would end up reuniting after King was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this year. Bernie and Ernie examines that friendship from the pair’s years in college up to this year. It is narrated by Public Enemy front man Chuck D and directed by Jason Hehir (The Fab Five). Bernie and Ernie premieres Tuesday, November 5th at 8pm ET on ESPN.
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