5 Sports “Feuds” FX Should Cover
When it comes to FX anthology series, Ryan Murphy has become the New England Patriots of the network (though I'd be remiss if I didn't say Noah Hawley was giving a run for his money with Fargo which makes its long awaited return!!!)
First striking success with the long running serial series Nip/Tuck, Murphy currently has American Horror Story and American Crime Story to his name, and his most recent, Feud, debuted on Sunday. As you can probably gather from the title, the series will focus on a different well-documented feud from history every season. The premiere season will be focusing on that between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, while the second will take a look on the rivalry between Wales royalty Charles and Diana.
So the first two seasons are covered, but what highly publicized tiff should the series focus on next? We have a few in the sports world we'd LOVE to see covered, documented below...
Shaq and Kobe
Perhaps sports' ultimate feud, the battle between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant seems tailor-made for TV. The feud not only served as a rare negativity during the Los Angeles Lakers' 2000's dynasty, but only continued when Shaq left for Miami. We'd love to see Shaq's epic freestyle reenacted for TV, and the best part is, as an actor on the side, Shaq could probably play himself!
Jerry and Jimmy
The Dallas Cowboys had one of the best dynasties in NFL history during the 1990's, winning three Super Bowls over four seasons. But it could've been so much more, had the rivalry between team owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson not been at irreparable odds after the Super Bowl XXVIII. Barry Switzer coached the team to a Super Bowl XXX win, but it was generally accepted that is was with Jimmy's team.
Billy and George
One could argue that this was already covered in ESPN's original series The Bronx is Burning, but the feud between Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner spanned more than just the 1977 season. New York sports are full of great feuds (perhaps, Oakley-Dolan could be covered too?), but none were more iconic or public as this one between owner and manager.
Mike and the Mad Dog
The radio duo of Mike Francesa and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo were based in New York City, but they soon gained a national following, to the point where an upcoming installment on the popular 30 for 30 series will focus on the pair. It'd be interesting, though, to see these two immortalized in dramatic form, as well as explore the dated, yet still beloved, world of sports talk radio.
Manning and Vanderjagt
It's pretty hard to hate on Peyton Manning, but somehow, someway, Mike Vanderjagt found a way. Making things all the more awkward was the fact that Vanderjagt was the kicker on Manning's Indianapolis Colts. After the Colts bowed out of the 2002 NFL season, Vanerjagt made several comments that were critical of Manning. The normally mild-mannered quarterback by referring to Vanderjagt as the "idiot kicker". The knock against this one is that it would end up being rather one-sided. Manning, as you know, went on to win a pair of Super Bowl and etch his name all over the NFL record book. Vanderjagt became better known for clutch...or not-so-clutch...misses, and was out of football by 2008.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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