Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Two Escobars

Today is, more-or-less, the 16th anniversary of a very famous, and horribly tragic, event in sports: the "own goal" of Andres Escobar, the young superstar of the Columbia soccer team, versus the United States, in the 1994 World Cup.

Timed to coincide with the anniversary, ESPN Films have released The Two Escobars, a documentary about Andres Escobar and Pablo Escobar (who have the same family name but were not in any way related).

If you have time, I recommend the film. It is quite well made, very moving, and very interesting. It's not for children, though; it is an important movie about an important subject.

And, lest you think it is ancient history and not worth dwelling on, last weekend provided a frightening reminder that it is still all too relevant.

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