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30 for 30: Roll Tide/War Eagle

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I'm a big fan of the 30 for 30 series.  It has brought some of the freshest takes on sports journalism in a long, long time.  I recommend it to anyone who is interested in sports beyond the mouthbreather Skip Bayless level.

But sometimes the 30 for 30 series gets too interested in peddling the mythology of the thing it's supposed to be analyzing, and then it just feels like a longform sportscenter featurette.  The House of Steinbrenner and Four Days in October both fall into this trap, and now Roll Tide/War Eagle joins that ignominious parade.

This documentary is probably fun if you're an Auburn or Alabama fan.  For the rest of us, it's an examination of one particular brand of fandom.  The film's biggest reveal is that an overly enthusiastic fan poisoned some traditional trees to really sock it to his rival.  Though this story is horrifying, it's also been covered extensively, and done better elsewhere.

As a whole, this is another one to miss.

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