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Without Bias

Chuck - Red's Army November 4, 2009 Uncategorized 7 Comments

Len-bias For those immune to incessant ESPN promotion, the network recently aired "Without Bias," the latest film in its "30 on 30" series.

I'd watched and enjoyed some of the other films (Who Killed the USFL?, Muhammed and Larry), but wasn't sure if I wanted to relive the Len Bias tragedy. I know all the details. Why subject myself to the pain?

Well, I caved and watched. It's worth your time. Bias was a spectacular athlete. And he had a better jump shot than I had remembered. He was going to bring to Boston the one thing the Celtics lacked – youth and athleticism. He was going to carry the Celtics into the 90s and be the nemesis Michael Jordan never had.

I'll never forget the day I learned of his death. I was in junior high school and overheard the news from a guidance counselor. I didn't want to believe it, and refused to believe it until I could get home and get my hands on the newspaper.

The one part of the movie that really strikes a chord is the 9-1-1 call. I can't get over the calmness in the voice of Bias' close friend, Brian Tribble. He was so matter of fact.

The film does a great job of charting Bias' rise and fall, and there's some great commentary from Michael Wilbon, John Thompson and others. It's definitely worth your time.

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  • thetitleisours

    Because of his death, the careers of Bird and McHale were shortened dramatically. I remember McHale playing on a broken foot for 40+ minutes a game. And Bird forcing himself to play on bad backs and broken fingers
    How the 80′s would have been so different…

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    probably the single saddest thing in all of celtics history; changed the course of the franchise for the next 20 years

  • http://www.yahoo.com Kabo

    tribble was so calm because he was coked out just wicked fucked up

  • Dave Cowens

    Took a look at some youtube clips of Bias. I can’t help but make Lebron comparisons.
    RIP Len Bias

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157060540b970b Orb

    I’d forgotten his brother was killed a few years later too. That was tough to re-live. I remember my Biology teacher crying the day after he died, trying to explain what a tragedy it was.

  • Jon with no H

    I have this on DVR but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. Too many actual games on lately with all the C’s games and the World Series. I also saw the Ali-Larry Holmes and USFL episodes and they were very good, especially Ali-Holmes. Tons of great old footage.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    Agree with you on the Ali-Holmes. He had no business fighting Holmes then. He was a mess. Sad. Very sad…