Friday, December 7, 2012

Bo Jackson documentary airs on ESPN Saturday night

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Finally, ESPN and director Michael Bonfiglio have fixed the greatest shortcoming of American cinema: the lack of documentaries about Bo Jackson. You Don't Know Bo, a film retracing Jackson's career as a cultural phenomenon, baseball player and football player, airs Saturday on the network.

"This film will examine the truths and tall tales that surround Jackson, and how his seemingly impossible feats captured our collective imagination for an all-too-brief moment in time," the film's description promises. My sarcastic opening to this post aside, it is funny to think about Jackson's popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

And there is one question above all others that I hope the documentary answers: Why, why, why were the CPU right-handed hitters unable to hit the curveball when you pitch in the Bo Jackson Two Games in One Hit & Run? It ruins the baseball part of the game because you can throw a perfect game almost every time. Alas, we'll probably never know. Bonfiglio will probably focus on topics like Jackson's choice to play both sports, how he never won a championship in any sport and his relatively short career.

But if we're talking about Bo Jackson, that calls for YouTube clips. After the jump, revel in some videos of Jackson's best moments in the spotlight.

Bo knows cartoons. Here, Jackson stars in a cartoon called Pro Stars. He doesn't have the rocket sneakers of Michael Jordan or the rocket Rollerblades of Wayne Gretzky, but he can pick up logs. That's something. And he says, "Pro bros, looks like we got trouble!" Also, when future generations of historians are trying to piece together what the 1990s were like in America, this clip is all they'll need to see.



And here is a classic Nike commercial, in which he wears a lot of sports equipment. I have no idea who the mustachioed guy is who wanders into the locker room.



Another Nike spot, but this one has Bo Diddley. Some Nike ad executive surely asked himself if America was ready for TV ads with two Bos and a Diddley pun. Thankfully, we were.



Finally, no Bo Jackson video dump would be complete with tape of the former Royals outfielder breaking his bat over his knee in frustration. I cannot explain it to you, but my friends and I (along with every 6-year-old boy in the country) thought this was the coolest thing for a summer or two. There were even highly coveted baseball cards showing him splintering bats. It's such a stupid thing but, in hindsight, it helped fuel his rise to culture-icon status.

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