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The Baltimore Sun

HBO's documentary The UCLA Dynasty (which debuted last night at 10, with numerous replays) is so full of wonderful images that it's hard to pick just one, but this might be my favorite: Former players recall how coach John Wooden's attention to detail went all the way down to instructing them in the correct way to put on their socks. Then several of the ex-players interviewed - in their 50s, 60s - take off their dress shoes and demonstrate how they haven't forgotten the exact manner in which Wooden wanted them to carefully unroll the sock over the foot to avoid creases that might possibly produce blisters.

The program attempts to put UCLA's incredible run of success in the context of the turbulent times, where the chaos of the 1960s and early '70s rocked the campus outside the order that prevailed in Pauley Pavilion.


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