ESPN will debut the latest chapter in its award-winning film series 30 For 30 this week. 30 For 30: The ’85 Bears will debut Thursday night on ESPN. It will air at 9pm ET on ESPN. Directed by Emmy Award-winning director Jason Hehir (Bernie and Ernie, The Fab Five, Jose Canseco: Last Shot) the program follows the 1985 Chicago Bears squad. the team went nearly undefeated on its way to Super Bowl XX and an NFL championship. The whole thing started with a letter penned by the team’s defensive captains Gary Fencik and Alan Page to then 86-year old team owner George Halas. That team included the likes of William “The Refrigerator” Perry, Jim McMahon, Walter Peyton, and Mike Singletary among others. Of course the one and only Mike Ditka was at the helm when the team won it all.
Hehir shows through his lens a team that no one thought would ever make it to the Super Bowl yet whose differences brought them together and made the team in whole stronger. That strength led them to form a team that came together at just the right time and defied all the expectations of those around the league from players to fans alike. Audiences can check out a trailer for this latest installment of 30 For 30 online now at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14503626. More information on this and other films in ESPN’s 30 For 30 series is availabel online now at:
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.