Jul
10

Rockets’ Red Blare

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I’m beginning to think that the celebration of Fourth of July with fireworks is carrying on longer than the Revolutionary War itself. In our neighborhood, the pop-pop-pop of things with fuses starts in late-June and is still going on, and this is nearly a week after the 4th. Granted, the pace is slowing, but why [...]

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Categories : Enotes, holidays
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Jul
04

Torres’ Big Hat is the Jacques Plante Mask of Today

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Jacques Plante had had enough. Plante, goalie for the Montreal Canadiens, had taken the last puck off his unprotected face in an NHL game. It was November 1, 1959. Earlier in the season, Plante—who was the most innovative goalie in league history—had been experimenting with a crude form of a hard fiberglass face mask in [...]

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Jul
02

You Couldn’t Better Fretter

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Before the commercial airwaves on television were taken over by ads for prescription drugs, lawyers and car insurance companies, there was the wild and crazy pitchman. Every city had them. The products being pumped were usually electronics, appliances and used cars. The ads were low on productions costs—usually all we saw was the pitchman screaming [...]

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The question, I suppose, was fitting, because Travis Bader seems to like to do things in threes. “They asked me what three celebrities I’d like to have dinner with,” Bader told Al Beaton, Adam Biggers and me on the latest episode of “The Knee Jerks” podcast last Sunday. The “they” were a consortium of NBA [...]

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May
22

Safety in (Recall) Numbers

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The recall of a car seems to be a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” kind of proposition. General Motors is recalling cars almost as fast as they’re making them, but what is worse—recalling cars or ignoring the problem? If anyone knows both sides of that sword, it’s GM. Nearly 14 million GM [...]

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Categories : cars, economy, Enotes, laws
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Stan Van Gundy was less than 30 seconds into his first press conference as the Pistons’ coach and director of basketball operations, and his voice was already hoarse. But that’s par for the course. Basketball coaches always sound like they’ve been screaming bloody murder for days on end. Listening to Van Gundy speak today at [...]

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Someday it won’t be big news that an NFL team drafted an openly gay college player. Someday that player’s name won’t be prefaced with a designation of sexual orientation, just like we no longer use the word “Negro” to describe black players, like the newspapers and magazines did some 50 years ago. Someday the drafting [...]

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Categories : football, Out of Bounds
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Starting on Thursday, May 8 and continuing throughout the weekend, Las Vegas will have nothing on the Big Apple. With apologies to “Guys and Dolls,” 32 high rollers will gather and hold the world’s second oldest established permanent floating craps game in New York. It’s time for another NFL Draft. The interviews are over. The [...]

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Apr
30

Movies No-Longer-On-Demand

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The corner video store has turned into the city video store. Time was that you couldn’t walk much more than 500 feet in any direction without running smack into a joint that rented VHS tapes. Then, you couldn’t walk much more than 2,000 feet without running into a place that rented DVDs. Now, you can [...]

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Earl Morrall spent his entire career, it seemed, encased with a sign that said “In case of emergency, break glass.” If he was a movie actor, he’d be a stand-in. The only part of him that you’d see would be from over his shoulder. Morrall, the quarterback from Michigan State who passed away the other [...]

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