As long as ESPN is already thinking about the long - and occasionally tortured - history of Buffalo sports, here are some other ideas for "30 for 30" documentaries it might want to consider, complete with working titles.
[Read Alan Pergament's preview of the "Four Falls of Buffalo," an ESPN "30 for 30" documentary being screened Dec. 9 and airing officially on Dec. 12]
1) "No Goal: They Took Our Stanley Cup Away"
One school of thought about Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals is that even if the Sabres had won, the chance that they would be able to finish off the Dallas Stars in their building in Game 7, was minuscule. But thanks to Brett Hull, and his skate, and a referee who forgot the rules, we'll never know. [Caution: You don't have to watch the video below if it's too painful.]
2) "The All-Too-Brief Home of the Braves"
Bob McAdoo. Randy Smith. Ernie D. If you were in Buffalo in the 1970s, the names of the NBA's Buffalo Braves were as familiar as Perreault and OJ. But lackluster fan support and financial problems meant the team was gone before the decade was, leaving hoops fans pining for a team just as the league's fortunes exploded on the backs of Bird and Magic and Michael.
3) "The Natural: Hey! That's Us!"
When producers were looking for a place to film a movie based on Bernard Malamud's baseball novel, their eyes fell on Buffalo and War Memorial Stadium on the city's East Side and other city locations. The 1984 film, starring Robert Redford and directed by Barry Levinson, became a classic. Although Buffalo is never mentioned in the movie - the city was a stand in for New York City - it was a high point in civic pride.
4) "1964-1965: When The Bills Were Awesome"
Everyone knows the Bills of the 1990s lost four straight Super Bowls, but in consecutive seasons in the mid-1960s, the Bills of Jack Kemp, Lou Saban, Elbert Dubenion, Billy Shaw and other legendary figures got to the AFL championship game and won it all.
5) "Bob Lanier and St. Bonaventure Basketball: The Original Buffalo Sports Heartbreak"
Bob Lanier came out of Bennett High School in Buffalo in 1966 and put St. Bonaventure basketball on the map nationally. In 1970, he led the Bonnies - then the Brown Indians - into the Final Four and a likely showdown with perennial powerhouse UCLA. But he was injured in the game before the Final Four against Villanova and St. Bonaventure's chances essentially ended.
Did we miss anything? A documentary has already been made about the Home Run Throwback.