In an upfront presentation on Tuesday morning, ESPN announced that a future 30 for 30 documentary will focus on the early-1990s Buffalo Bills teams that appeared in four consecutive Super Bowls, losing them all.
Upcoming 30 for 30s - Tyson vs Holyfield, Pete Carroll, the Bills' Super Bowl run of the early '90s— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 12, 2015
The working title for Bills' 30/30 is the Four Falls of Buffalo— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 12, 2015
The Emmy award-winning series will complete its second 30-episode volume next month, so it isn't yet clear when the next round of documentaries may begin, though WKBW's Joe Buscaglia is reporting that it'll run in the lead-up to Super Bowl 50. The Bills feature will be included in that next batch of programming.
A typical 30 for 30 feature is a 90-minute deep dive into a specific sports topic, and clearly, that four-year run of Bills football is a rich vein to tap into. Many have attempted to do so in years past, whether it be a written format (like this book that released last fall from an ESPN alumnus, which was not as comprehensive as it could have been, despite its strong points) or visual. Achieving a comprehensive view of those teams - from what they meant to the fan base and the region, to the legacies of the men involved, to the glossed-over underbelly of what might have gone wrong those four years - will not be easy to pull off, but the potential for this documentary is enormous.
Because this was just announced today, further information on the specifics of the documentary, and when it might air, haven't yet been finalized. If and when that happens, we'll cover it here. How excited are you for the best Bills teams ever to receive the 30 for 30 treatment?