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Story of Harlem football squad opens ESPN film series

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I will be writing much, much more about ESPN Films and its participation in the Tribeca Film Festival over the next couple of weeks.

But for now I wanted to alert you to the start Tuesday night of ESPN's series of four world TV premieres of sports documentaries.

The first offering (at 9 p.m. on ESPN2) is "Hellfighters" a story of a high school team in Harlem that I saw at last year's Tribeca festival. I recommend it.

Here is the description from the ESPN release:

Harlem's only high school football team, the Hellfighters, are a long way from Friday Night Lights. The bleachers are empty, practice space scarce, and the Board of Education bureaucracy ruthless, but under the perseverance of coach Duke Fergerson, the Hellfighters are fighting to overcome it all, one touchdown at a time.

(Actually, it's a lot more complicated than that.)

Next Tuesday's film is "The Streak," about a high school wrestling program in Tampa with a record-breaking winning streak. Its executive producers are Kelly Ripa and her husband.

I was invited to a reception and screening where I would have had the opportunity to hang out with Ms. Ripa. But I had to pass.

Insane, I know.

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