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ESPN presents The Bronx is Burning

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Freelance Hack, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Just saw the preview for this eight-week miniseries. Maybe I need to go to bed, but did I really see Oliver Platt as George Steinbrenner?
  2. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    I'm interested in seeing how they do this. The book is phenomenal, it tells you everything you need to know about New York in 1977: the crime, the fear, the heat, the blackout, the rioting, disco, gay culture, Rupert Murdoch's arrival, Ed Koch, and, of course, Reggie, Billy, Thurman and the Boss.
  3. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    I haven't read the book, but if this is true, why is ESPN doing it? And will they gloss over everything else to cook up the sports angle?
  4. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Why is ESPN doing it? It's a good summer filler until the NFL/College Football starts in earnest.

    And yes, that's Oliver Platt as The Boss. John Turturro is Billy Martin.
  5. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    I liked this miniseries ... when it was called Summer of Sam.
  6. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    You know, I always meant to see that, but never did. How good was/is it?
  7. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    As one who lived the summer of '77 and covered Reggie's Game 6 tour de force, I thought the book was sensational.
    I will not miss a single minute of this mini-series just to see if ESPN manages to do the book and the reality a shred of justice.

    And, yes, I can buy Platt as Steinbrener and Turturro as Billy the drunken piece of shit scumbag.
  8. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    That's 1977, Spnited. Not 1877. :D :D :D <----------piece of shit dickhead!!!!!
  9. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    So simple, yet, so effective.
  10. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Hey, there was some good rounders action in New Amsterdam in 1877. Anyhoo, that looks so unlike Reggie Jackson, the commercial made me laugh
  11. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Bubs and GB:

    I loved Summer of Sam (screenplay, by the way, by Michael Imperioli, aka Christopher Moltisanti).
    But there are vast differences in approach to the summer of 1977 between Summer of Sam and The Bronx is Burning.
    Both (as least as far the The Bronx is Burning book goes) are wonderful in their own way.
    I just hope ESPN doesn't fuck this up.

    Footnote: BYH has gone beyond his normal dickhead status into total dickhead troll useless piece of shit realm.
  12. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Why do you have to drag Pube into this?
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