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Remembering Al Davis (1929 – 2011)

Remembering Al Davis (1929 – 2011)

People, Sports
You need to know two things about me to get some context for this post. One, I've been an Oakland Raiders fan for just about 30 years, which means I've seen some sweet highs and a lot of dismal lows. Two, I am not a professional journalist and so I haven't had an Al Davis tribute ready to go for years -- which means these are my unedited, unprepared thoughts about the man in the minutes immediately after I heard about his death at age 82. I'm sure there are other articles and tributes that can properly frame Al Davis's legacy in a way I can't, but it needs to be said -- if you have even a passing interest in the National Football League, take five seconds right now and thank Al Davis. He, along with men like Wellington Mara, Pete Rozelle, and Lamar Hunt, was one of the titans of profess...
Fall TV Preview Madness! (ABC, 1974)

Fall TV Preview Madness! (ABC, 1974)

TV & Radio
In Fall TV Preview Madness, I present a network television schedule preview special from the distant past. We see the good, bad, and ugly for a network's entire upcoming fall slate. This is it folks, the shows everyone will be talking about at the water cooler and the Twitter this fall. Let's get right to it -- it's the ABC lineup for 1974! Good things are coming to ABC in '74! Like their Daytime lineup of General Hospital, One Life to Live, and All My Children. And don't forget The Brady Bunch and wacky game shows like Password, Let's Make a Deal, Split Second, The New $10,000 Pyramid, The Newlywed Game, plus the human drama of The Girl in My Life. On Funshine Saturday it's time for outrageous family fun with Hong Kong Phooey, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Devlin, Korg,...
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days or so: Supposedly this is the first ever designed album cover, designed by Alex Steinweiss for a George Gershwin collection. (It's a Small Web) Remembering the devastation in Hiroshima, Japan, on the 66th anniversary of the atomic bomb explosion (Fans in a Flashbulb) An interesting essay by Neil deMause on the apparent collapse of the sports ticket market, and what it may mean for fans (Slate) LinkedIn users -- learn how to opt out of having your images used for marketing purposes (Boing Boing) Burger King's bizarre 1970s-era attempt to compete with McDonald's by creating the Burger King Kingdom; and you thought The King was creepy before? (Thought Catalog) An absolutely fantastic li
Presenting your 2012 London Olympic medal designs

Presenting your 2012 London Olympic medal designs

Sports
So we've already established that the logo for the 2012 London Summer Olympics is an abomination, but what about the medals? Well, they're half an abomination. See for yourself: The front of the medals feature "the traditional image of the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, stepping out of the Parthenon to arrive in the Host City." Dammit, is there anything Nike can't get their image on at this point? Really it's not so bad. But then there's the reverse side, with that hideous logo staring me right in the face. It's supposed to be a metaphor for modern London. It also contains a portrayal of the River Thames to reflect London, and a square to break up the medal's circular design and “emphasise its focus on the centre.” See, even the designer (David Watkins) knows it's so awful that
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Fantastic batch of color photos from the early 1900s taken by French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn. (Citynoise) An fancy interactive map of heavy metal, with sub-genres I've never even heard of. (Map of Metal) Sports columnist Michael Rosenberg puts the epic fail of the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers into perspective with a look at the worst single-season drop-offs ever. And look, my Oakland Raiders made the list! (CNNSI) Cool bootleg of the week; a reunion show featuring jazz greats Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart (Slim & Slam to fans) at the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival. (T.U.B.E.) An excellent column by Jennifer Floyd Engel on the recent dustup between Peter King and Jason W
The Name Games: Five All-Time Classic NFL Contests You Know by Name

The Name Games: Five All-Time Classic NFL Contests You Know by Name

Listcruft, Sports
NFL history is replete with games that have become so famous (or infamous) and so ingrained into the public consciousness that all you have to do is utter a word or a phrase to a fan and there's an instant recall.  As much as any of the legends that have actually suited up for the NFL, these games are an essential part of this history and fabric of professional football in America.  Let's take a look at just five of the most well-known. The Ice Bowl – Cowboys vs. Packers, December 31, 1967 When you hear someone like Chris Berman talk about "the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field," you can credit this game as the inspiration.  On the last day of the 1967 season, the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys met in a rematch of the previous year's NFL Championship.  The official game-time temperatu
John Shuster, internet darling of the day

John Shuster, internet darling of the day

Sports
Even if you're not a huge fan of curling, you're probably familiar by now with John Shuster's underwhelming performance as captain of the U.S. team at this year's Winter Olympics.  Through four matches, Shuster and the boys have zero wins.  But what makes this year's futility especially painful is Shuster's propensity for coming up short at crucial moments.  Three matches have been lost because he couldn't make his final stone count. Well the mob has spoken and they're not happy.  In addition to the deluge of anti-Shuster Tweets, the captain's Wikipedia entry has undergone some creative editing.  Luckily it's all saved in the article history.  Here are a few choice ones just from today (in addition to the edits that show him as deceased): A personal tidbit - "Shuster failed four tim
Let’s talk A-Roid

Let’s talk A-Roid

Sports
For the past few days I've been mulling over this whole Alex Rodriguez steroids story, and the more I think about it the more I just can't bring myself to care all that much.  It's not that I don't think he's a cheating scumbag and I'm certainly not impressed by his weak defense, which basically relies on the fact that the substances he took weren't banned by Major League Baseball at the time.  So what?  Then why lie about it to Katie Couric? Nor am I bowled over by A-Rod's claim that he doesn't know what substances he took that caused him to flunk.  Barry Bonds used a similar defense, and it doesn't pass the smell test.  Am I seriously supposed to believe that a person whose career depends on their body being in peak physical condition would just blindly take substances without kno