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I saw it with Villa too in 2016. That relegation season was just rotten, 17 points in 38 games (we won on the opening day!) and you could just see that the players didn't give a shit. I think most fans knew we'd do well to finish mid table in The Championship as the entire squad needed changing and it's really only now that things are looking up. 

 

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Deeper in now, I'm through the transfer window and I detect heavy foreshadowing that they are going to feature Lewis Grabban scoring against Sunderland after his deadline day move to Villa.  The whole Jack Rodwell bit was interesting too, I think the fans have the right to call him for sitting on his 60k a week contract but the upper management who offered him that contract certainly don't. Seems the chief exec Bain genuinely thought Rodwell should essentially resign? 

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Finished the Sunderland series on Netflix in 2 sittings, its excellent, you really see the situation dawning on all involved as the season passes by, Chris Coleman comes across quite decently too (not particularly a good manager, but doesn't resort to effing and blinding at the players all the time).

 

Continuity of match day footage is a bit messy, there is even one game which is played at night where the throw in crowd shots from a match played clearly in daylight - seems quite lazy in this day and age, especially with something shot in 4k, and can't have been that hard to get footage of fans looking anguished or pained from most matches.

 

 

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Americas Game and A Football Life are brilliabt NFL docs. A little dated now but Faster and Fastest about MotoGP well worth seeing. TT Closer to the edge is great too.

 

Choke aboutJou-Jitsu/MMA legend Rickson Gracie is on youtube and is also fantastic

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just finished the second season of QB1 on Netflix - it follows 3 potential superstar QBs of the future at high school level before they decide which university to go to

 

its not as slick or big budget as Last Chance U or the All or Nothing college season but that almost isn't the point, you see how these young kids have huge pressure on them from such a young age, some of the high school games played before huge crowds and shown live on ESPN and often carry the hopes of their whole family.

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Finished both the new US Football docs that have gone up in the last week or so

 

Amazon's All or Nothing follows the Carolina Panthers last season - its the usual glossy affair with some peeks behind the curtain of a pro sports team and is very enjoyable, although a little lacking in on field drama. Can't say I cared much for Cam Newton, who seems quite easy to dislike. 

 

Netflix's brilliant Last Chance U is in its 4th season, this is the second time round following the objectionable 'coach' Brown - this is a series that almost is worth watching if you aren't interested in the sport. The personal drama of these young, often disadvantaged kids, trying against all the odds to the big show of the NFL usually spurred on by unpleasant foul mouthed coaches who themselves are hoping for bigger things is quite compelling to watch (if not pretty uncomfortable at times).

 

Season 4 gives them possibly the most dramatic season yet, which bearing in mind what has gone before is saying something. I suspect if Last Chance U continues it'll reset again at a 3rd college next time out.

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4 hours ago, ckny said:

Just watched Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager on Netflix and loved it.

 

Has anyone seen any of This Is Football on Prime?

 

Had a few Reds tell me the Rwanda episode is mint.

 

Ticket booked for The Edge next week; know it’s on iTunes but do enjoy a doc in a cinema. Looking forward to this one.

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Really enjoyed the latest 4 parts Class of 92 doc on Sky (all parts on demand) following Salford City over 2 seasons.

 

It feels a little rushed in places as covers a lot of ground, but to it's credit never feels over airbrushed or like a puff piece.

 

Gary Neville comes across so well, I think he'd drive most folk mad as he's one of those full on hyperactive high achievers who puts in a level of effort, and expects the same, from everybody he works with. He comes across though as a thoroughly decent chap.

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Been watching a few weight/power lifting programs lately thanks to netflix.

 

Geneartion Iron 2 and 3, Westside versus the World and Born Strong are very enjoyable. Theres also Pumping Iron which was Arnies lauch vehicle, but its pretty dated but worth a watch for posterity. Theres loads of CrossFit ones but i found them repetitive and most of the people were abit wankerish. 

 

Last Chance U mentioned above is also great.

 

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31 minutes ago, McFly said:

Been watching a few weight/power lifting programs lately thanks to netflix.

 

Geneartion Iron 2 and 3, Westside versus the World and Born Strong are very enjoyable. Theres also Pumping Iron which was Arnies lauch vehicle, but its pretty dated but worth a watch for posterity. Theres loads of CrossFit ones but i found them repetitive and most of the people were abit wankerish. 

 

Last Chance U mentioned above is also great.

 

 

Last night a mate was telling me he recently did a drop-in at a CrossFit box in that there London (we used to go to a different box regularly a few years back).

 

He went to fist-bump or handshake the guy welcoming him and got told, ‘nah, we only do hugs here, bro’.

 

They don’t help themselves.

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Started watching that Leeds doc last night and 2 eps in its total shit - its like they made it with no official access to the playing side of the club at all and lacks any of the charm the Sunderland one had showning how much it means to the locals - this may be as the locals are stereotypical thuggish Yorkshirmen like the boxer bloke who don't have much to say other than 'this is fucking leeds'

 

In short it's dull and lacking in any charm really. 

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So, like Leeds United then?

 

When I was in year 7, living in Nottingham, there was a kid at school who's grandparents were (apparently) from Leeds, he supported Leeds United because of this, but would pick fights with kids who supported Man Utd, he quite often lost but any time he did land a hit he'd shout "LEEDS". His name was Warren but everyone went around calling him Lee

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QB1 returned to Netflix recently, quite an interesting series this as it follows 3 high school quarterbacks in their senior year before seeing which colleges offer for them, which is a big deal in the path to the NFL.

 

As usual the formula seems to be to pick 1 totally arrogant 'destined for greatness' player, 1 nice middle class comfortable one and 1 from a less privileged background (where the pressure just seems incredibly intense as its not just about football, but being the ticket for the whole family).

 

That Leeds doc is so dull, has weird colour grading that makes Leeds shirts always look blue and managed to make spygate dull as has no access to Bielsa. Finally it has the classic frustrated filmmaker stamp on it of being shot in 2.35:1 so is made for tv but means you have borders, which always annoys the shit out of me.

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2 minutes ago, skittles said:

Can anyone help me find the ESPN special on Ric Flair? Can't find it anywhere online.

 

That's a great one, so many of the wrestling ones are, Sky had on The Resurrection of Jake The Snake (with DDP hawking his DDP yoga system) and the brilliant Andre the Giant one too.

 

Whooooo.

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Thoroughly enjoyed The Edge, albeit an air of bittersweetness given how broken Jonathan Trott still appears to be.

 

A long way to go but still great to see the landscape shifting in terms of accepting how big a factor mental health is in sport, certainly when it comes to removing the stigma. The more people understand their idols are vulnerable, the more regular folk may care to admit to their own issues, or explore their own vulnerabilities.

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12 hours ago, skittles said:

Can anyone help me find the ESPN special on Ric Flair? Can't find it anywhere online.

 

If you’re not opposed to sailing the high seas it’ll be on xtremewrestlingtorrents.net.

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Losers on Netflix is an enjoyable series, albeit a hugely clickbait title. The people featured did go through sporting loss, but most of them have proven to be winners in how they responded to their personal disappointment.

 

Each episode is a lovely slice of 30 minute storytelling.

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New limited series up on Netflix today called Maradona in Mexico - not a story I know at all following his time managing the local team in the heart of the Sinaloa cartel area in Mexico.

 

Sure nothing can go wrong sticking him near such a copious supply of the marching powder.

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Dunno about native language, suspect its there - there is something great about the stilted English overdub though, especially as they used translators who don’t have a clue about football and call headers ‘head butts’ - its comical.

 

The story is very interesting though, and none of the overt super obvious Man City style airbrushing apparent with some of what is shown.

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