ESPN’s 30 For 30 Shorts: Silver Reunion

In addition to the excellent 30 For 30 “Survive And Advance” about the 83 championship team, ESPN has also recently released a 13 minute short about the 1972 Olympic basketball team called “Silver Reunion”. NC State’s own Tommy Burleson was a member of that team that lost the gold medal game to the Soviet Union in controversial fashion (ACC refs have nothing on the officiating at the end of this game). In the video the members of the team reunite, discuss the game and take a unanimous vote if they should finally accept their silver medals after all these years.

Even without the State connection with Tommy Burleson, if you’re a basketball fan and appreciate the history of the game the video is definitely worth your time.

About WV Wolf

Graduated from NCSU in 1996 with a degree in statistics. Born and inbred in West "By God" Virginia and now live in Raleigh where I spend my time watching the Wolfpack, the Mountaineers and the Carolina Hurricanes as well as making bar graphs for SFN. I'm @wvncsu on the Twitter machine.

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9 Responses to ESPN’s 30 For 30 Shorts: Silver Reunion

  1. tractor57 03/30/2013 at 9:27 PM #

    I remember watching that game on TV. Given the issues with other sports and officials from Soviet bloc countries I can’t see this as anything more than intentional and not due to incompetence.

  2. Clarksa 03/30/2013 at 10:10 PM #

    If you haven’t seen :03 Seconds From Gold…it is a great recount of this whole debacle.

    Thankfully after watching this short…I just happened to catch the end of Miracle so I feel a little better.

  3. wufpup76 03/30/2013 at 10:27 PM #

    Team USA’s main problem was that they had a guy from NC State on the team.

    NC State will always get the shaft.

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist bringing NC State Sh*t into this.

  4. jamieinkorea 03/30/2013 at 11:23 PM #

    That was as bad as the ’88 Seoul Boxing cheat where Roy Jones, Jr. got shafted. The only difference is that the hoops game was rule-changing cheating while the boxing was bribed judging.

  5. Dogbreath 03/31/2013 at 6:39 AM #

    Wufpup is right. This was nothing more than a little ole NCStateShit. Hardly worthy of a 30/30.

  6. choppack1 03/31/2013 at 8:08 AM #

    Clarksa..was that the one on HBO a few years ago? If so I agree. Great documentary that will infuriate you.

  7. Adventuroo 03/31/2013 at 8:36 AM #

    I believe one of the referees was Karlsky Hessoskivy. I understand one branch of the family immigrated to the US and somebody from that lineage went to Liberty University and majored in psychology and REALLY needs some therapy himself.

    Happy Easter

  8. Pack78 03/31/2013 at 9:20 AM #

    ^Yeah, and Johan Swoffovsky came out of the stands to render a final judgement in favor of the his favorite Commies…

  9. Clarksa 03/31/2013 at 7:56 PM #

    Yes, it was the HBO documentary.

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