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Pony Excess

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In the early 1980's a small private school in Dallas owned the best record in college football. The Mustangs of Southern Methodist University were riding high on the backs of the vaunted "Pony Express" backfield, but as the middle of the decade approached, the program was coming apart at the seams. Wins were the only thing that mattered, as the University ceded power of the football program to the city's oil barons. On February 25th, 1987, the school and the sport were rocked, as the NCAA meted out "the death penalty" on a college football program for the first and only time in its history. Director Thaddeus D. Matula, a product of the SMU film school, chronicles the journey of the once mighty team.

Bonus features include deleted scenes and extended interviews. Condensed Games Include: Texas A&M at SMU 11/1/80; SMU at Texas 10/23/92; Arkansas @ SMU 11/20/82; Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, SMU vs Nevada 12/24/09

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  • Directors: Thaddeus D. Mattula
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040ZN9O0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,560 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 12 Points on December 13, 2010
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I worked at SMU in the mid-80s, and lived this every day in real time. (I even saw myself in one of the press conference scenes.) When it happened, no one believed it would have the impact it did. It's almost surreal to watch this now, remembering how optimistic we were that it "wouldn't be that bad" -- and realizing how wrong we were. This did a terrific job capturing our frustrations, the relentless attacks from the media when they smelled blood, and the anger most of us felt at the time, when we knew everyone was "doing it" but SMU was the one they decided to take down. This documentary also reopens a critical dialogue in college sports that falls in the lap of the NCAA: the unfairness of how wealthy the schools get from the efforts (and at the expense) of these poor football players, who have no freedom to protect themselves or do anything compared to other students. Your typical computer or music majors generate no additional wealth for the university, but they can take jobs, earn money on the side, sign contracts and hire talent agents to protect themselves and their careers. The NFL is also culpable for using colleges as their "farm teams", returning almost nothing to the universities to offset their costs and talent development in exchange. This is a great documentary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Digital on December 19, 2010
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For those who love documentaries and who love sports, the ESPN 30 for 30 series has been remarkable. There have been some absolute gems in the series, including "Without Bias" and "June 17, 1994." However, Thaddeus D. Matula's film "Pony Excess" may have set a new standard in the series.

This is an incredible documentary about an extraordinary time in college athletics. For those like me who remember from the outside looking in what happened at Southern Methodist University during that time period, it is a great look at what really happened, who the main culprits were and how SMU eventually got caught. Matula and his staff did a great job in getting key people to talk on camera and the documentary -- two hours in length -- moves very quickly. Having Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing from the TV show "Dallas") as the narrator was a very nice touch as well.

This film has to be seen to be enjoyed and it is well worth having in any sports film collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Weyer on March 10, 2011
ESPN has been fantastic with thier "30 for 30" documentary series but they saved the best for last. At nearly two hours, this special is a stunning look at the rise and fall of Southern Methodist University, who dominated with arguably the best team in college football of the early 1980's, winning three Southwest Conference titles and constant sellout crowds. But behind the scenes, the success was due to the collusion of the school and alumni (which included the governor of Texas) to pay players, spending thousands of dollars under the table to make sure they got the best high school talent available and forget the consequences. When it came to light after one player blew the whistle, the shockwave in Texas (a state where football is religion) were huge, the scandal rocking the establishment as people demanded the team be punished. Yet no one was prepared for the NCAA to lay down the "death penalty," banning SMU from playing in 1987 and limiting them to only seven games (none at home) the following year. The punishment not only devestated the school but set off a domino effect that would destroy the entire SWC.

The movie is amazing in how well detailed it is, mixing footage of the time with slews of interviews. You get former players, faculty, coaches, news reporters and more, all sharing how the payoffs started and why as SMU felt they needed an edge to compete against bigger schools. The pacing is great with the highs of success going to the crash as the scandal comes to light and the program is destroyed before our eyes. The input is great, showing the reporter who brought the truth out and the SMU folks seeming to think the penalty was far too severe and punished those not involved in the scandal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandy on September 17, 2011
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Fast paced, well researched and exciting documentary. Takes into consideration the politics and personality of Dallas as well as the deadly newspaper wars in the mid 80's between the two daily papers who could "reach out and touch" the nearby players. You also discover why a "cover up" is always the worst option in any scandal as you watch the "caught in the headlights" interview by WFAA TV reporter, Dale Hansen. This film has probably helped recruiting as it reminded us all of the winning days of SMU football and now with a clean program, honorable coach June Jones and motivated players there's hope rising on the hilltop. 2 THUMBS UP.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nater Tater on January 18, 2011
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Still waiting for my copy to ship, but I watched it on ESPN and immediately ordered it on Amazon. I'm an alum and thought I knew most of the details about this period in SMU history, but this video adds many interesting pieces that were new to me. It's actually a sad story, because you can see the destruction coming, but has a relatively happy ending showing how the program has come back. If you like Texas football, college football, or anything related to SMU, it is a must-have.
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