Category Archives: sports

I Rarely Do Baseball Here

But today’s Atlanta Braves win (which was more of a Miami Marlins loss), can best be summed up with this tweet.

It amazes me, that as documented here, “Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson … allowed a career-high seven walks and seven stolen bases in five innings, but gave up just one run in a 7-1 win Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.”

Radoslav Lorkovic on His Music

Radoslav Lorkovic

What keeps me coming back to Cayamo is the opportunity to discover different musicians. This past year, one of the new musicians I discovered was Ellis Paul. Part of Paul’s band was an incredible piano and accordion player Radoslav Lorkovic. Over the next several days of the cruise, Lorkovic also turned up jamming with several other musicians. I meant to conduct this interview immediately after the cruise, but life events delayed my intentions. I was glad to finally conduct the email interview this week. Be sure to visit Lorkovic’s Facebook page, as he is indeed an impressive photographer (as we discuss) in addition to his musical prowess. This interview includes a new Talking with Tim milestone, a musician quoting NFL legendary coach Vince Lombardi.

Tim O’Shea: You are currently touring with Ellis Paul, what attracted you to working with Ellis?

Radoslav Lorkovic: Ellis has been a great friend through the years.  Music is just a natural part of what is really a great ‘hang’  Being on stage is little different than having a drink at three AM in some ridiculous club laughing.  The music, however, is quite serious and precise. It is presented without out the baggage of seriousness.  He also plays everything in C sharp–for me the most difficult piano key.  It’s a massive exercise in a way.

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Frank Sinatra: Photographer?

So, in the New York Times obituary for the late fighter Joe Frazier, I learned a few things. The obituary was far too focused on Muhammad Ali. In 1971, he “became the first black man since Reconstruction to address the South Carolina Legislature”. And at the March 8, 1971, match between him and Ali, entertainer Frank Sinatra was tasked by LIFE magazine to photograph the fight.

In looking to see if I could find the photos in the LIFE archive at Google Books, I found something even better. A former LIFE photographer castigating his former employer for running Sinatra’s photographs. Here’s a snapshot of that letter (please be sure to visit the whole letters page, as it makes for a great time capsule and fun read).

Letter panning Sinatra's photography

News Blooper: Media Pundit Michael Wolff Misidentified as Baseball Expert

Courtesy of a post from Mediaite, I got to see this great news blooper, where the BBC host thought he was bringing a baseball pundit into a live discussion, when producers had accidentally (and unknowingly) switched to a feed of media pundit Michael Wolff, who was waiting to speak about Rupert Murdoch’s current troubles.

Watch and enjoy.


Hell of a Start: Grantland’s Oral History on The National

So Bill Simmons and a few pals (such as Chuck Klosterman) have started a venture called Grantland (named in tribute to sportswriter Grantland Rice), a sports and pop culture news site (owned by ESPN).

I have mixed feelings about Simmons, sometimes he just gets too obscure or pompous or something that rubs me the wrong way. But there’s no way you can dislike a website that dedicates one of its first major stories to a history of the short-lived sports newspaper, The National. It’s a piece that has writers Alex French and Howie Kahn interviewing Frank Deford, Dave Kindred, Tony Kornheiser, Ed Hinton and many many other folks. The number of people represented in the piece is staggering. Plus, as an Atlanta native, I am grateful to Hinton for this: “The Atlanta Journal Constitution staff in the mid-’80s was the best sports staff in the country. We were better than the Washington Post. We took Dave Kindred away from theWashington Post. We took Gordon Edes away from the L.A. Times. Roy Johnson from the New York Times. Van McKenzie was getting anybody he wanted.”

But really, my favorite quote comes late in the story, from Deford (a writer/pundit I have admired for years):

“You’d be amazed by the number of people who stop me, bring me papers to autograph. I give a speech and ask for questions afterwards, this is 20 years on, and somebody always asks about The National. People do remember it fondly. The thing they always say is, “I read every issue.” And I think, “Bullshit.” I know you didn’t read every issue because you couldn’t get every issue.”

Read the whole damn thing, I really wish the story about John Feinstein’s cats was true. Even then, it’s a damn funny fictional tale. And there’s the added bonus of Charlie Pierce’s recollection of his time at The National.

I wish Grantland the best of luck, and I really hope that Simmons succeeds in his effort to get Kornheiser to write again.

Impressive TV Show Pitch: Early Innings

I don’t often check out the videos on Vimeo, and after my latest discovery I feel foolish for that oversight. After recently watching a quirky Vimeo video (sent to me by a friend), I started looking around at other videos on the site. That’s how I discovered Early Innings, a TV pitch created by David Targan and Cinematography & Editing by Rod Blackhurst.

As detailed in the pitch, “In Early Innings we’ll experience the ride of a minor league baseball season with the people whose lives are inextricably bound by America’s Pastime … In year one we’ll follow the Burlington Bees at the lowest level of the minor leagues – Lo-A … Early Innings will ‘follow’ the Bees for an entire season, as 50 or so players chase the ultimate American Dream.”

Early Innings

I do not know if this was a pitch for ESPN or MLB, but the insight I gained in this 10-minute pitch made me want to see more. I would love to embed the video here for you to watch it, but Vimeo prevents me from doing that in this case. That’s fine, however, as I think you gain a great deal more insight when you visit Blackhurst‘s website.