With the recent success of Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance”, and the recent announcement of a Brady documentary, it makes us wonder what other ones could be made. While it is unlikely that many of these could become reality, here are two future documentaries for each Boston sports team that we would love to see.
Brady will receive his own documentary, and may even have another coming out in the future as well. So why not the other half of the Patriots famed Brady-Belichick partnership? I mean, he may have been even more important to the Patriots success. He also has an aura of mystery around his job, and the impressive way he conducts business.
What would be the most interesting piece of a Belichick doc would be how he built the Patriots when he first arrived. It has been written with varying degrees of detail in books, but not so much on the small screen. How he will be rebuilding/retooling New England after the loss of Brady would be a key part as well. Either way, a Belichick documentary would help fans fill in all currently unknown ways the GM operates.
The most interesting Pats season in recent memory, with unbelievable highs and shocking lows. Why wouldn’t there be a ’07 documentary? Especially with the cast of characters available. You of course have Brady, Moss, and Welker on the offensive end. While on defense, you have guys like Vrabel, Thomas, Green, Samuel, and Bruschi.
Unlike the Bill Belichick doc, which could be a large series, this would most likely last only a couple episodes. It would be great to see the narrative in the moment, and not just what it has morphed into now. From the most overlooked pieces of the season to the most hyped, this would simply be just a fun documentary.
2004 Red Sox
This one is a no-brainer. The team dynamic was perfect, despite all the different personalities spread throughout the roster. And that just makes the team all the better. They had a solid pitching unit, roughly top ten in the league, in addition to the best offense in the game. In fact, it was one of the best Red Sox offenses of all time, behind only the 2003 and 1950 squads. And to top it all off, they broke the curse.
2013 Red Sox
This is personally one of my most favorite seasons in Red Sox history. They were coming off a 2012 campaign which was one of their worst seasons since the 60s. So the front office brilliantly made a few trades and signed a few short term deals. While not all of the acquisitions were great improvements compared to who they replaced, the players on the roster took leaps as well.
The Red Sox went from a top 10 offense to the league’s best offense, while their pitching gave up a full one ERA less. It goes to show that the big names aren’t always what’s most important. The Red Sox this past offseason tried to copy what the 2013 Sox built, but it remains to be seen if they will have the same success.
Celtics “Dark Ages”
Between the last few years of Larry Legend’s reign to a few years into Pierce’s revival, the team struggled to display more than a first round exit. It began in 1989, with Bird only playing six games in the season. McHale and Parish would be the leaders of Celtics for the next few years, getting no farther than the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Then Reggie Lewis became the clear best player on the C’s, even with the older big three still on the team. But the future Celtics star tragically died during the offseason following the 1993 season from a heart defect. This was only seven years after the tragedy of Len Bias, and the Celtics simply couldn’t handle it.
For the next eight years,they missed out on the playoffs in seven of the seasons. Dee Brown tried to take over, but fell off after two years. David Wesley stepped up after Brown, but left to the Hornets in free agency right when he began to take off. Pierce would come in and transform the team, but it would take three years before they started winning. Now imagine all of what I just summed up in a series? Now THAT would be must see television.
There may have been nobody as important to the Celtics success than coach/executive. He was an excellent coach, and possibly the greatest GM we’ve ever seen. The sheer amount of stars that he drafted would be impossible to summarize, and the trades he made would go down as some of the NBA’s biggest trade steals to this day.
Auerbach formed the first dynasty by trading on draft-day for Bill Russell, and drafting Tom Heinsohn and K.C. Jones, all in the same draft. Add that to Cousy and Sharman, who were drafted a few years earlier. Auerbach would coach for nine of the championships before allowing Russell to take over player-coaching duties.
But that success couldn’t last forever, and eventually Red found himself looking to form another dynasty. And he did just that. He drafted Larry Bird in 1978, and stole Robert Parish from the Warriors via trade and drafted Kevin McHale both in 1980. That added a few more championships onto his resume, and would remain a Celtics executive long enough to see the next championship team begin to take shape with the drafting of Pierce. His life was extraordinary, even outside of basketball, and would make a compelling docuseries.
This would be a great docuseries for Bruins fans. There was a perfect mix of veterans and youth. Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Mark Recchi, and Michael Ryder were key veterans. Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, and Brad Marchand were the flashy young stars.
What makes it even better is that four of these ten are still on the team nearly a decade later! As with the 2004 Red Sox, the cast of characters were fun to watch, and this championship broke a championship drought. While this isn’t a documentary that I would necessarily take over the others, a fleshed out documentary would be can’t miss television for hockey fans.
Easily the most talented Bruins player of all time, and arguably the greatest Bruin of all time (either Orr or Bourque). So why not have a show about his career? I mean, the man won eight Norris trophies in a row! Despite his short career, he is still regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
Orr played quite a long time ago, so many who haven’t seen him play should be drawn to the documentary. Age also works against it though, as there is likely limited footage that we haven’t already seen. But this is hypothetical regardless, and all Bruins fans would agree that a Bobby Orr documentary would be pure gold.