HBO's The Rivalry
I have watched this episode, I swear, 30 times and it never gets old! Every year before the Game I used to put it on, watching it with my kids.
How many seizures do you have when they show clips of that 2006 game with a 3:30 START. God forbid!
Finally got this on DVD
FYI: mgovideo has it if you're into the torrents
I am thankful for MGoVideo.
I'm watching it now......with a boner. #GoBlue #HokeisAmerica
Always found this thing way too Ohio-slanted for my taste. Aside from the footage of Bo's last visit to Michigan Stadium (tear-jerker for sure), it's pretty forgettable.
You get the sense watching Bo that he sensed it was his last visit.
Way too Ohio slanted. They basically gloss over the utter dominance of the 1990's, there's little mention of the 97 title, and barely acknowledge the 2 Heismans and move right on into breaking down the Tressel years.
It's like it jumps from Bo to Tressel, and everything in-between is covered in like a minute. You don't need a stop watch. Just check out the last national title mentions.
Agreed. I don't like this documentary one bit, particularly because it repeatedly refers to the Michigan contingent as "arrogant" and TSIO as "scrappy underdogs," along with glossing over the nineties, etc.
Ohio fans say the same thing but in reverse about the slant....I guess most UM fans would not be happy even if it was 99-1 slant in UM favor of coverage... I am sure someone can put a stop watch on it and measure....
The producers didn't even find it necessary to ask Lloyd Carr for an interview. That says all you need to know about this thing.
It's been a few years since I've seen it, but I don't remember either of the (then-current) coaches being featured.
Yes. It was reported at the time of the first airing that Lloyd was never approached.
curious, reported where?
I don't remember which one, but one of the local newspapers confirmed Lloyd Carr was never contacted. I think it was even asked in a presser. At any rate, it was definitely confirmed that the HBO folks didn't even bother with Lloyd. Unfortunately, it's not that easy to find those articles 4 years later.
You have my curiosity piqued now. I have only watched it once and don't recall noticing the bias but will see it again tomorrow and take note. I didn't see it when it first came out because I don't have HBO, but several, non-UM people mentioned it to me, and how much they liked it, as they didn't know much about the rivalry beforehand. They were not biased either way but seemed genuinely impressed with the whole thing.
To an outsider I think the big revelation is in the early years, which they knew nothing about, so they wouldn't pick up on any slant related to the later period.
I suspect it will look at least somewhat different to me this time around.
are any interview with Bo and when Desmond says F it!!!
While the Lloyd era was largely omitted, the first 20 minutes of the show focused on how Michigan created big time football. So I would say all and all it is pretty balanced. It's just that the heavy Michigan content comes so early.
I was hoping it wasn't going to be as ohio slanted as some here suggested but it is. Yes it talks about the early years of UM footall but it spends far more time talking about Woody, Bruce and Tressel as well as their last NC. It doesn't talk about the back to back Big Ten Chamionships under Bo's tenure. It doesn't talk about the 97' NC. And it would be nice if for once the media would recognize, when they talk about UM recruiting ohio players, that UM has another major in state University to compete with for in state talent that ohio doesn't. Just another example of the media perpetuating a false reality.