My Take On The Barry Sanders Doc Bye Bye Barry – Meltdown
Well, I finally had a chance to finish watching the new documentary, Bye Bye Barry. Man, it brought back a lot of memories and emotions.
Let me start by telling you that I had just come to Detroit smack-dab in the middle of the 1995 football season. November 1st to be exact. I was learning about the city, the sports teams, the people, all of it. But there was one thing I didn’t have to learn too much about, and that was Barry Sanders. I was a fan when I arrived. So much so, that I got tickets to a game just so years later I could say that I saw him play live. He WAS the game.
There were many things I liked about Bye Bye BARRY. One was the Fox Theater. A lot of Barry’s speaking takes place on the stage of the famed venue. That place is UNREAL! They even give you a little background and show the famous wall where many acts signed their autograph.
Secondly, is that it spoke to the dad in me. Watching Barry’s dad talk about his son was something I can relate to. Maybe not as much as him, since I only have one, but the overall philosophy of sports and why we play them. He was trying to build a man, not so much a legend, like he did.
And thirdly, watching one of the greatest running backs ever do what he did. He was unpredictable, explosive, a team player, everything you’d want in a teammate. I liked, and still do, how he would bust out a big play, or score, and there were no absurd choreographed dances or anything like that. To quote Jeff Daniels, he acted like he’d been there before.
Oh, and let’s not forget the famous Detroiters past and present sprinkled throughout the show. It was great to see my friend, Jamie Sameulson for a brief moment. Tom Kowalski was another dearly missed sports voice as well. Plus, Eminem, Tim Allen, some of Barry’s former teammates, and more.
I know, people were pissed when he walked away. I get it, I was too. It’s like we felt robbed of watching one of the greats. I won’t give it away, but Barry answers the question as to why he left, in a very Barry way, surrounded by his sons.
This probably doesn’t need to be said, but if you’re a Lions fan, Barry fan, or just a sports fan, this is a must-see documentary. Believe it or not, I’ve never met Barry….one day!