30 FOR 30:
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, one of the largest and certainly most devastating earthquakes to hit California in the last 100 years. And thanks to ABC's broadcast of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series (pitting the two sides of the Bay Area against each other, coincidentally), the very first one to be caught live on national TV in the USA.
The latest episode of ESPN's documentary series 30-for-30, "The Day the Series Stopped," looks at that momentous October 17 and the aftermath from the angle of a sports story that became so much more than just a sports story, before reverting back to a sports story that helped start the healing process of the Bay Area. It really is quite a well done episode, just like the vast majority in the series.
I tell ya, I'm a transplant to this area, but that image of the collapsed Bay Bridge popped into my head every time I drove it. I can't even imagine how it must've felt to the people living here. That double decker has since been replaced by a new span (and the collapsed Oakland freeway was completely rebuilt elsewhere, too), but the images remain.
Besides minor shocks here in NorCal, I did manage to catch the 2001 Nisqually earthquake up in Seattle, which was slightly smaller in magnitude than the Loma Prieta (slightly being an understatement, considering it's a log scale of course) but quite a bit deeper and thus less damaging to structures and life. Still, it was an experience and a half. Amazing how quickly your stop-drop-and-roll training kicks in.
FOOTBALL (all times BST):
15.00: 2015 ACN Qualifying: Cameroon vs. Sierra Leone
17.00: 2015 ACN Qualifying: Nigeria vs. Sudan
17.00: 2015 ACN Qualifying: Ghana vs. Guinea
18.00: 2015 ACN Qualifying: Egypt vs. Botswana
20.30: 2015 ACN Qualifying: Algeria vs. Malawi