ESPN Films 30 for 30: Pony Excess
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In the early 1980s, the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Mustangs were riding high on the backs of Eric Dickerson & Craig James’ celebrated “Pony Excess” backfield. One of the best teams in the nation, the school was rocked when the NCAA meted out the “death penalty” on a college football program for the first and only time in its history. A devastating verdict, the football team would lack an identity for more than 20 years.
Director Thaddeus D. Matula, an SMU film school grad, chronicles the rise, fall and rebirth of this once mighty team.
Run Time - 249 minutes – 2 Discs
Bonus features include deleted scenes and extended interviews
· Condensed Games Include:
o Texas A&M at SMU, 11/1/80 (22:53)
o SMU at Texas, 10/23/92 (24:35)
o Arkansas @ SMU, 11/20/82 (23:30)
o Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, SMU vs Nevada, 12/24/09 (23:00)
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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!