Religion of Sports (The TV Series)Ryan Hedges2019-04-08T21:47:07+00:00
Not only is sports a religion, it is better… Traditional religion requires faith, Sports requires attendance. Show up and miracles happen.
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Religion of Sports S3:E1 – The Space Between
The Isle of Man TT is the most dangerous motorbike race in the world. Hitting speeds in excess of 200 mph, fatalities during the event are a statistical certainty. And yet, each year, the riders come back. What is it about the TT that pulls them in?
Religion of Sports S3:E2 – Ingo The Brave
In 2018, Iceland became the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup. Everyone in the country will be watching their team play. All except one. Because for young Ingo, watching Iceland at the World Cup reminds him of what could have been.
Religion of Sports S3:E3 – We Are The People
In villages around Alaska, young Natives share the same dream as kids from LA to New York – to be an NBA baller. The first step on that path is NABI, the Native American Basketball Invitational, where Team Alaska play other Native teams from America.
Religion of Sports S3:E4 – The Promised Land
The border between Mexico and the US has never been more controversial. So when the Tornillo Coyotes, a small Texas High School team, and the Juarez Titanes, a volunteer team from Mexico’s crime capital, play one another, it’s more than just a game.
Religion of Sports S3:E5 – Rise
Alexey Molchanov is the best Freediver alive. At Vertical Blue, one of diving’s premier competitions, he wants to dominate like never before. But for Alexey, diving isn’t a sport; it’s a means of reconnecting with a mother he lost to the ocean.
Religion of Sports S3:E6 – The Iron Nun
Sister Madonna Buder goes by another name – The Iron Nun. As a Catholic Nun and Ironman triathlete, she’s spent her life inspiring others. On the eve of her 88th birthday, prepping for possibly her final race, she reflects on the legacy of her life.
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Religion of Sports S2:E1 – Here to Stay
St. Pauli is a district of Hamburg, Germany, that recently embraced over 400,000 refugees. At its heart is the soccer team FC St. Pauli, which sponsors a team of refugees, providing them a meaningful place in society and a sense of belonging.
Religion of Sports S2:E2 – Through The Darkness
At San Quentin State Prison, baseball is an escape from the harsh conditions of life behind bars. Three men, at different stages of their journey as inmates, struggle to overcome their past mistakes and cope with the reality of an uncertain future.
Religion of Sports S2:E3 – Hold Fast
Conrad Anker, one of the true icons of rock climbing, has had more than a few brushes with his own mortality. Conrad’s latest challenge comes in partnering with novice climber and cancer survivor Alex Wildman to peak El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.
Religion of Sports S2:E4 – Disciples
In 1984, Peter Westbrook became the first US fencer in generations to win an Olympic fencing medal. Thirty years later, his foundation has created a lineage of Olympians, including Daryl Homer, a student who left the foundation to find himself.
Religion of Sports S2:E5 – Follow That Line
Race Across America is an ultra-cycling event that runs the length of the U.S., clocking in at a little over 3000 miles. Sarah Cooper, a 45-year-old mother of four from Iowa and an ultra-cycling phenomenon, sets out to finish the race in under 10 days.
Religion of Sports S2:E6 – Gods of War
In New Zealand, every boy dreams of joining national rugby team the All Blacks, a team that strives to embrace Maori culture. For young Maori student Pou Sorensen, making the team would be an achievement of both personal and cultural significance.
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Religion of Sports S1:E1 – God in the Machine
Every Sunday, thousands of fans pour into the speedways of NASCAR, including a US Marine with a unique perspective on man and machine, and a 14-year-old female driver who spends her weekends on dirt tracks.
Religion of Sports S1:E2 – The New West
Devout rodeo disciples convene to compete at the prestigious Calgary Stampede, where believers in the Old West struggle to survive in a fast-changing world.
Religion of Sports S1:E3 – Alpha & Omega
MMA fighter Cat Zingano prepares for a comeback fight at UFC 200. The intimate and powerful story behind Cat’s 15 month layoff following her first professional loss and an extraordinary personal tragedy.
Religion of Sports S1:E4 – Perfect Game
There is a a spiritual dimension to baseball in Brooklyn – embodied by a minor league prospect, a Pakistani-American family, an NYPD detective, a TV analyst and the president emeritus of NYU.
Religion of Sports S1:E5 – Birth of a Religion
With parallels to the origin of major religion, a new generation of eSports gamers train tirelessly, compete in arenas and earn sponsors, while a female team fights for recognition among male competitors.
Religion of Sports S1:E6 – Keepers of the Faith
Celtic and Rangers FC are two of football’s oldest teams. Separated by only 6 miles in Glasgow, they have a rivalry unparalleled in the sporting world, with religious, societal, and historic tensions.