Excellent 30 for 30 tonight. If it's on again it's definately worth a watch.
What might have been. I enjoyed the program, and either didn't know or had forgotten about the All-Star Game HR, and "The Throw." He was a freak of nature in terms of speed, strength, coordination - I couldn't help but think about the Mick, who may be the only other player in baseball history who was so physically gifted.
And Mantle got hurt his rookie year and wasn't the same as before. I only saw Bo play football once. We beat the Raiders in the playoffs in the snow and we held him in check. Luckily I was able to see him play quite a bit of baseball and words can't describe how good he was. Of everything I've seen him do that throw is still the most jawdropping. Usually when someone throws a long distance they get behind it and run up on it and go flying forward. He looked liked he just grabbed it and flicked it home - from the track. I also remember him hitting home runs in his first three at bats in a game at old Yankee Stadium. He then dove for a ball in the gap and hurt himself when he hit the ground. He had at least two more at bats in that game. I always wonder what might have happened. I cried the day we let him go. That was really the beginning of the end for the Royals.
If Bo hadn't gotten injured, he'd be remembered as the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century. I saw him hit a HR off of Nolan Ryan in Arlington that traveled 450 feet and hit the stands. I swear to God, the ball was not on it's way down when it hit. I truly believe it could have gone 600 feet.
"God has blessed me with speed,,,to run like a spooked deer"....Bo Jackson
Have it on the DVR. Will watch today.
Good show, but I've never understood the fascination with his collision with The Boz. I always thought that was over blown. The play they always show they talk about like he blew him up but it's one collisision where Bo pushes Boz back a couple yards and falls into the Endzone. Yeah he won but it wasn't Ali/Frazier. Shit! Stupid media making more of something than it really was.
Regardless, it was a great 30 for 30. Love the Tecmo Bowl reference.
Yeah it's not like BO went Trey Millard/Brennan Clay(OSU OT) on the Boz. The media though probably blew it up more because of the Boz's shit talking leading up to the game. If Boz wasn't a Sooner I'd hate the guy.
The problem was Boz talked an amazing amount of smack leading into that game and Bo had such a spectacular game while The Boz did nothing. Plus it was on Monday Night Football back when everyone watched it. America was getting sick of The Boz and then this happened. They collided between the two and one yard line and Bo carried him into the end zone. It shattered Bosworth's image in front of all of America.
Trivia question: Who did Bo Jackson beat out for the Heisman Trophy in 1985?
^^ Chuck Long ^^
Closest in history, I believe..
Was The Boz loaded on steroids? He sure looks a lot different physically than when he was a player.
I laughed when George Brett said that he would never go to the bathroom when Bo was going to bat. I was in the bathroom at the Royals stadium when Bo hit a home run into the fountains.
The only Oakland As game I have ever been to was at the Royals. I was 13 or 14, and Jose Canseco was my favorite player, Bo Jackson was a close second. Bo hit a homerun into the fountain. It is the only pro baseball game I ever went to with my dad.
Was either Bo or Herchel Walker an Olympic bobsledder?
I was witness to both ends of the spectrum, I was at the '89 All Star game where he hit the mammoth home run and won the game's MVP award and I was at the '91 playoff game between the Raiders and Bengals when he suffered that damn injury.
I enjoyed the show a lot. But really, as me and my friends were watching it, we all came away with saying the same thing about Bo...he seems like an arrogant prick...just the way he talks. I dunno. Maybe you guys have a different view.
Can't argue with his talents though...he is an amazing man.
It's the first 30 for 30 I've watched (not avoiding them on purpose, just always seem to miss them and forget they're on Netflix) but after seeing the first 5 minutes, I was glued to the tv until it was over.
Finally got around to watching it last night. Quite possibly the most gifted athlete ever.
I had to research to see if I ever saw him play live. I never saw the Royals or White Sox come to Arlington when he was with them but I was in Chicago in the Summer of 1994 when he was with the Angels. I remember the World Cup was going on and Chili Davis hit two homeruns and the Angels won in extra innings. The game was easy to find...Bo just happened to have that night off. Never saw him live. /csb
It was the '80s...every athlete or want to be was loaded on steroids
Show will be repeated Wednesday on, I believe, ESPN2.
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I met Bo at a mwr get together in Kuwait. He is a prick. He was trying to sell supplements to every soldier that tried to talk to him.
I certainly don't remember him being considered arrogant back when he played.
What is wild is that Walker, Jackson and and Dupree came one right after the other in '80-'82. There really hasn't been a back like them since. Jerome Bettes comes to mind as far as size but he wasn't near as fast. AD comes to mind as far as running style and speed but he isn't near as big.