Posts Tagged ‘Frank Deford’


The Tapes have a new meaning this week in light of Fury divulging during the Wednesday NBA podcast that he, in fact, watches tapes of Lakers playoff games rather than the live versions.

What does that mean? That he’s smart, disciplined and probably not a time-traveler.

And, now, our week in review …

* Remember way back when TV wrote about his impending and company-suggested switch to the iPhone? Well, it finally happened. And as he continues to wade his way through a glut of apps, here’s one he should consider: the bird-saving app. OK, so that’s not the official name, but some dude claims he used his phone to play bird sounds that helped him nurse an injured creature back to life.
TV isn’t much into nature, unless you count the time that he briefly covered Chris “Birdman” Andersen when he played for the defunct Fargo-Moorhead Beez. On a related note, he’s facing some serious allegations.

* Sad news for people who like to laugh as NBC shows 30 Rock, Community and Parks & Recreation will all come to an end next season after shortened final campaigns.

* The Atlantic had a great interview with legendary sportswriter Frank Deford, who has a memoir out now. I’m not saying it’s as good as a Fury Files, but it’s pretty good.

* The AP has apologized to former reporter Ed Kennedy for firing him. They fired him in 1945. Kennedy reported that the Germans were going to surrender – proving that it really wasn’t over after they bombed Pearl Harbor – but the AP canned him because the story broke the embargo the military wanted. But the embargo was for political reasons, not to protect soldiers. Kennedy had long sought an apology. Unfortunately he died in 1963. Better late than…eh.

* The Minnesota Vikings on Thursday gained approval from the state legislature to ensure the construction of a new stadium. There was much rejoicing amongst the general public (and much of the media, which was cringe-worthy). Already, the Star-Tribune is asking if the updated digs will translate into more wins.
As a Packers fan I hope it doesn’t. But I’m still glad the Vikes won’t be packing up and moving to L.A. They’re the most followed of the Minnesota sports teams despite their snake-bitten history. The regional sporting scene wouldn’t be the same without the NFL.


Every year my friend John Rosengren comes to New York for the ASJA Conference, and every year we try to make it to a Yankees or Mets game. It’s a chance to watch some big-market baseball, but mostly we catch up and talk about writing and projects and goals and hopes.

Last night we met before the Mets game and stood in line to buy tickets. A young woman approached us and asked if it was just the two of us and when we said yes she asked if we wanted two free tickets. Her friends couldn’t make it. The seats were good, down the first base line, about 25 rows up. We accepted, but then John told a brief story about a friend of his who got arrested for trying to enter a Grateful Dead concert with a counterfeit ticket. Was this part of a big-city set-up? Was this night going to turn into Midnight Express, minus the hashish and Turkish prison?

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My Sports Illustrated arrives on Wednesdays. Last week I couldn’t wait for it to show up in my mailbox. I was anxious, lonely, ready to spend a good half-hour with the magazine. I checked the mailbox at 2 with no luck, then finally found it at 4 p.m.

See, there’s this amazing article by Thomas Lake I wanted to read.

Also, the SI Swimsuit Issue arrived.

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