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30 for 30 ESPN - "Big-Shot"


Last night, while I was attempting to rock a baby to sleep, this short film aired on ESPN. As is true with most all 30 for 30 films that I have watched, it was well scripted and moderately captivating.

The story starts off in the off-season leading up to the 1996-97 season. The Islanders were a mess, the team was losing its owner and the teams finances were spiraling the drain. (sound familiar?)

Enter John Spano; a self made Dallas business man who (somehow) put together a persona of a rich millionaire and bought the NHL Islanders.

What struck me about this episode is how close the Dallas Stars came to having this guy as their owner. From what I took away from this episode, Jim Lites (yep, that guy) did his due diligence and smelled the rat.

Do me (and yourself) a favor and watch this episode. Then think for a good hot minute. Think about how different this Dallas team could have been had it not been for Jim Lites saying no to this guy. Woah.

http://espn.go.com/30for30/film?page=bigshot

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9 P.M. ET is the next time this airs on ESPN. Well worth a look, if you enjoy stories about hockey history and you want to see Gary Bettman be a general d-bag in his portions of the interview.

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