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I highly encourage you to watch One And Not Done tonight

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Let me speak honestly about John Calipari’s new 30 for 30 that will air tonight on ESPN, if you will.

When it was first announced, I wanted nothing to do with it. Don’t care. I love John Calipari, but I’ve heard the story that documentary is going to tell me a million times. Super Bowls, changing families, gold standard, one-and-done, etc. — heard it all. Maybe I’ll watch it if I have nothing else going on, I thought.

Boy, was I wrong. One And Not Done is awesome and it was awesome for many reasons, which I will now list for you because we love writing in lists here:

One — it’s not a puff piece. No sunshine pumping here. The film shows the bad with the good and Cal had no control over its message. You’re getting the whole story and I don’t know how much he liked seeing it, but it’s honest (from what I understand is the truth) and still paints him as a good man and passionate basketball coach.

Two — there is a TON of footage from his younger days. Fans will love seeing young Cal at the Five-Star camps and in some of his first jobs in basketball. He looked 12 when he was 25.

C — the UMass stuff is really interesting. Maybe some of you know a lot about Cal’s time at UMass, but I admit I did not until seeing the film. It’s cool to learn more about how he brought the program from absolutely nothing to the No. 1 team in the country while fighting off John Chaney (literally) and getting screwed against our own Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA tournament.

IV — It’s funny. I laughed out loud a handful of times, courtesy of unintentional comedy from Cal being Cal and some good quotes from guys like DeMarcus Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Five — The Kentucky/Hall of Fame stuff will tug at your heart strings. No spoilers here, but if you love Coach Cal and what he’s done for UK, you’ll get a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart toward the end when the cameras followed him around Springfield. I’m afraid ESPN will kidnap me and lock me in an underground bunker if I give away any spoilers before it airs, so let me just say things get emotional. The whole thing is a wide range of emotions.

I better shut up now or I’ll never get asked to preview something again. I’ll wrap it up by telling you to be home on your couch at 8:55 pm with a bowl of popcorn, ready for two hours of excellent television.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

3 Comments for I highly encourage you to watch One And Not Done tonight

  1. david8577
    12:19 pm April 13, 2017 Permalink

    This is going to be awesome. However, if a 30 for 30 was done on anyone’s life, there are going to be downfalls and mistakes. It took guts for Cal to allow ESPN to do it.

  2. DT in DC
    12:58 pm April 13, 2017 Permalink

    One, Two, C, IV, Five. I’m dying here! I do that to my OCD husband all the time when presenting lists. HAHA!

    • runningunnin.454
      8:18 pm April 13, 2017 Permalink

      What else could you want? We have arabic numbers, roman numbers, and a letter; and,
      I think the correct answer is always C.