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'Secretariat,' 'Lombardi,' 'Arli$$'
Hello, friends. Busy, interesting day Wednesday.
It began with me using my new iPad to read Newsday while, um, using the facilities. Why? Because I could.
Then I took a train to the big city and spent a pleasant half hour chatting with Patchogue-Medford High's own Kevin Connolly of "Entourage" fame about his role in "Secretariat," opening Friday, and his passionate Islanders fandom
Then I stopped by SNY's offices because I was in the neighborhood. But everyone was in a staff meeting, so I left.
Then I had lunch with a college friend at whose June 21, 1986, wedding I was the best man.
Then I went to a preview of "Lombardi" at Circle in the Square Theater. I sat next to Robert (Arli$$) Wuhl.
I'm told full-blown reviews are not permitted during previews, so I'll just say Lindenhurst High's own Dan Lauria and Judith Light (who got most of the best lines) as Mrs. Lombardi both turned in strong performances.
Then I came home and started watching YES' Yankees pregame show - until Bob Lorenz said Roy Halladay was two outs from a no-hitter. It was a classy move to alert viewers to something that inevitably would cause them to turn the channel, which I did. I would have missed the big moment otherwise.
Brian Anderson, my choice all along for TBS' successor to Chip Caray on its No. 1 baseball booth, did an excellent job on the call.
Ernie Johnson, TBS' choice to succeed Chip Caray, had some issues during the Yankees game, especially on Curtis Granderson's go-ahead triple. TBS Sports boss David Levy even acknowledged it was a less-than-perfect debut during an interview on WFAN's morning show.
I only heard the call this morning, though. I was feeling unwell last night and fell asleep in the third inning.
I'm going to write a story about Kevin Connolly for the newspaper now.
Enjoy Game 2.