18 September 2006

Once in a Lifetime

Maybe I enjoyed the distractions of summer too much, but I've only just caught wind of a new documentary that looks very intriguing - the rather verbosely and unimaginatively titled Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.

The true story of the team that brought Brazilian star Pele to the U.S. It shows the Cosmos' ascent set against the decadent, crime-ridden backdrop of 1970s New York, as well as its decline along with the North American Soccer League in the early 1980s.

I can remember watching Pele's final game and lap of honor, but only the vaguest notion of what it was like to play in that era. The trailer looks interesing enough, heck, the disco tunes and polyester suits alone should make it worthwhile. It airs on ESPN2, Wed. Sep. 20, at 8:00 pm EDT. Set your Tivos.

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