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ESPN's Bartman Film Scheduled For ... October

Coincidence? Or cruelty? ESPN announced today that “Catching Hell”, a film directed by Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”, among other award-winning documentaries), will have its premiere showing as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” film series celebrating its 30th anniversary… on October 26, the day before the first game of the 2010 World Series. Here’s a portion of ESPN’s summary of this film:

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Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney relates the scapegoat compulsion to his own frustration as a Red Sox fan when Bill Buckner was similarly singled out for letting a fateful ground ball go through his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Gibney engages Buckner and his story as a means of exploring what has kept Bartman so silent despite highly lucrative offers to tell his side of the story, and what has led many fans and media people in Chicago to now act as if the whole notorious incident never even took place.

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The Deep Dish isn’t sure if this is because of production delays (the original plan was to have this film air during the month of July) or intentional cruelty towards Cubs fans.