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PBS profiles Bob Hurley Sr.; ESPN profiles Paul Westhead

After today I will be taking a few days off to meditate on the meaning of another spring and another baseball opener, so I need to clean up some loose upcoming viewing ends.

Two things:

Wednesday night at 10 on PBS will bring a documentary on coach Bob Hurley Sr. of St. Anthony in Jersey City in which cameras follow his team during the 2007-08 season as he seeks his 25th New Jersey state championship.

"The Street Stops Here" is an interesting look at a high school coaching icon, including behind-the-scenes access to the mind games he plays on a team loaded with Division I talent.

I've known Hurley since I covered high schools in the late 1980s, and it's amazing to see him still at it after all these years, still pushing motivational buttons and winning big.

I found the Hurley show more engaging than the latest in ESPN's "30 for 30" series, this time a look at Paul Westhead in a film called "Guru of Go" that debuts at 4 p.m. Saturday on ABC.

Director Bill Couturie looks at Westhead's famous fast-break approach, especially during his days at Loyola Marymount.

The most compelling part of the show, not surprisingly, is the tragic story of Hank Gathers, recounted in chilling detail.

Overall, though, this episode of the ESPN series is a big step down from the previous one, about Reggie Miller's rivalry with the Knicks in the 1990s.

But maybe that's just my New York-centric bias talking.

Tags: ESPN , PBS

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