ESPN Releases Trailer for Youngstown Boys

By Jason Priestas on December 4, 2013 at 12:20p

ESPN has released a trailer for the upcoming Youngstown Boys, the upcoming 30 for 30 documentary on Maurice Clarett, Jim Tressel and Ohio State.

What if I told you they were undefeated on the field, but under fire off of it?

Youngstown Boys will air Saturday, Dec. 14, following the Heisman Trophy presentation.

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

I cant wait for this to air.

stittracer99's picture

"It would be un-American for ESPN to not replay 'You Don't Know Bo' in this time slot."
- Jay Jacobs

TilstheHun3's picture

I was eating a bowl of cereal when I read this comment and literally shot marshmallows all over my laptop screen, HaHa... great comment STITS

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

cinserious's picture

I've been waiting a long time for this trailer to be released.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

tennbuckeye19's picture

REALLY looking forward to watching this. 

sb97's picture

I am pretty wary of this.  Quotes like "They loved him but they were quick to turn on him" have me very concerned.

stittracer99's picture

I know that at least Ramzy has seen this already, if not the rest of the 11W staff. If they say "you're going to love it", I have to believe them.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

I agree. I'm a little uneasy about this, especially since it's coming from ESPN.

The Ohio State University Class of 2001

BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

3GB's picture

What if I told you it's bout to get a little bit dusty in here?

DefendYoungstown's picture

CAN'T WAIT, only to be shellacked by the Steelers the next week...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

acBuckeye's picture

I have a feeling I may shed a tear watching this. Tressel forever.

gwalther's picture

Cosign. Probably more than one.

Class of 2008

Young_Turk's picture

Tressel forever!


Young_Turk's picture

Here's to God, and football, and ten years from now Street Maurice, good friends living large in Texas Youngstown.  Texas Tressal forever Steet Maurice.  Tressel forever.


SavannahGABuckeye48's picture

Gotta love the Friday Night Lights quote

TilstheHun3's picture

Gotta love Friday Night Lights... great show (i had a big crush on Lyla Garrity)

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

Beat Meatchicken's picture

As I was scrolling the comments this one hit me. Might have to watch this alone the first time. 

Doc's picture

I can't wait to see this too.  Hopefully we can watch it right after Braxton picks up the stiff armed trophy.  No harm in dreaming :/

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Moses Cleveland's picture

For the most part, ESPN has plummeted from the highlight driven, sports centered (no pun intended) network of my youth. – to a knee jerk reactionary, TMZ style clown show filled with pinheads, jerks and blowhards – the 30 for 30 documentaries represent the small portion of ESPN that isn’t “the most part.”

OSUStu's picture

I always thought this "Saga of Maurice Clarett" video set to Springsteen's "Youngstown" was pretty stirring.  Obviously, the song itself is meant to tell a more poignant story.  But I think you could almost consider the Maurice/Ohio State/Youngstown story to be an allegory for the forgotten heritage of Youngstown and cities like it.  The song captures it well.


If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

00Buck's picture

I have NOT seen this before...thank you so much for posting this....  If I have to turn in my mancard so be it, for I CAN NEVER as a BUCKEYE fan repay Mo ! for what he has given me, sure he fell on hard times........ and the only blame was his....... BUT how many times have I awoke in the night with a dream of a heisman for him........ OH !  WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN........ I DO still love you youngman, and would STILL be proud to have YOU as my son....... irregardless of the carnage that has given you such a terrible label........... 1 more......   I Could have missed the pain, but I'd of had to miss the Dance...........   GOD BLESS YOU MAURICE @---->-----

Upon this Rock, I build my house....and Let no man put asunder

rolltribe2015's picture

Can't wait to see this!

GoBucksToledo's picture

I will be very disappointed if they portray Maurice and Tress as achieving the pinnacle of success only to fail in their own, unique ways without their subsequent redemption and lives being put back on the right track.  That would be really lame.
Regardless, I'll be tuned in!  

Frankly Scarlet's picture

My guess is that they will show the rise, fall, and redemption. The 30 for 30 productions are typically very good.

"Buclkle your chinstrap, we're gonna grind meat!" - Woody Hayes  

DefendYoungstown's picture

30 for 30 is one thing that ESPN does well. 

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Joeyfbank's picture

I don't think this going to look positive for OSU 


Timmy_'s picture

Everything I heard/read from those that have seen it is that this is a very well done production that serves Buckeyes proud. As was said above, I know many of the Eleven Warriors staff have had the opportunity to preview this prior to it's release and I have heard no complaints whatsoever from it. Quite the opposite, in fact.

ohhiyo's picture

Championship doesnt count: didn't play an SEC team 

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

I've seen it and you will really enjoy it.

I'm writing two stories next week on Youngstown Boys; one with MC and one with the executive producer of ESPN Films 30 for 30 series along with the directors of the film. You will have all the background and context before you see it.

40 Degrees North's picture

I checked on Twitter to see any reaction from this documentary.

There was one tidbit of information that was interesting. It was from an Anthony Lima, who according to his Twitter is a sports radio/TV guy in Cleveland. Lima said it was clear that Andy Geiger wanted no part of this project.

Of course, there are obvious reasons why Geiger would not participate. First, Geiger and Clarett did not end on the best of terms. At least on a public level, things started going bad in the days leading up to the Fiesta Bowl after Clarett's comments to the media. It is possible there is still bitterness there. Second, Geiger was not happy with ESPN and their coverage of events in 2003 and 2004. This was abundantly clear in the aftermath of the Alamo Bowl. Third, Geiger is an athletic director at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Professionally, it may not be wise for him to participate.

After watching the documentary, did you come away with the opinion that Geiger wanted no part of this?

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

If that's the case, then he made a bad decision. Geiger doesn't come out of this looking good at all and forfeited an opportunity to make his position well beyond the statute of limitations.

AJW_16's picture

I've been impressed with the 30 for 30 series with the exception of Ghosts of Ole Miss. I am really looking forward to this one.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

741's picture

Getting excited now. Watched "The Two Escobars" over the weekend on Netflix to get a sense of the Zimbalist's work.

OSUNEA1986's picture

I simply hope they avoid the stereotypes of Ytown. I grew up there and while it was an interesting experience, it was also the best.
There was and is a great deal more diversity in Ytown than is usually portrayed when the media or Hollywood gets involved.
The story I'd like to see is the era of Mancini-Stoops-Pelini. Great sports, great stories....maybe I'll write that one! 

DefendYoungstown's picture

If you're referring to the Italian mafia, gold chain wearing, shirt unbuttoned past the gold chain, ITAM Club member,  84' Camero driving, pierogi and fish fry Friday stereotype I don't think we'll get that.  What we may get is the crack dealing, gang bangin, low riding 1982 coupe deville, hangin out at the corner liquor mart on the corner of market and kenmore, murder capital per capita 1989 Youngstown stereotype. Either way, I think I covered all the bases for anybody that doesn't know.  I grew up there to and there are things I miss but that place made me who I am and I have no regrets about that. I have been looking forward to this 30 for 30 for a long time.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.