For those of you scoring at home, Jeremy Lin does not appear on the back page of Tuesday's Newsday, ending a 23-day streak in which he was included in some form on the cover of the sports section.
Better luck Wednesday, Jeremy!... » more
As many ratings geeks such as myself anticipated, Sunday night's pizzazz-challenged Oscars telecast was unable to beat the Grammys show from earlier this month in average viewership.
It was close, actually, with the Oscars coming in at 39.3 million, just short of the Grammys' 39.9.
The only other time the Grammys out-rated the Oscars was 1984, when Michael Jackson cleaned up at the music... » more
"Moneyball" did not come away Sunday night with an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor. But the fact the flick got nominated in those categories was triumph enough.
In fact, the movie garnered the second most nominations (six) for a baseball movie, behind only the 11 for "The Pride of the Yankees" in 1942.
Only three sports movies have won... » more
Like everyone who watches HBO documentaries, I have been listening to Liev Schreiber’s disembodied voice since the mid-1990s. Friday, I met him in the flesh and learned of an interesting inspiration for his work as a narrator.
“I am a huge fan of John Facenda,’’ he said, referring to the famed “Voice of God’’ on NFL Films until his death in 1984. “You can’t replace that stuff. It’s just classic.’’
While... » more
Jay Baruchel might be the most knowledgeable hockey fan in the movie business, a guy who when you bring up his beloved Canadiens thanks you for asking, then launches into a disquisition about the team’s history and current roster.
He said he watches the vast majority of the Habs' games each season, but he added doing so has “given me an ulcer like you wouldn’t believe.’’
So he understands... » more
On the Feb. 21 episode of HBO's "Real Sports," there's a segment on the plane crash that killed a Russian hockey team in the KHL last September. Here's a snippet from that segment.... » more
Linsanity has taken over everywhere, including NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The show's "cold open" last night featured a variety of uses for Jeremy Lin's last name.
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Read Gary Carter's obituary here. Or how the Gary Carter trade to the Mets helped win them the 1986 World Series.... » more
Turner Sports had a conference call Tuesday to discuss its coverage of the upcoming NBA All-Star Game, and to discuss other NBA matters.
I called in to ask analysts Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Kerr and Steve Smith about . . . well, do I really need to say?
Apparently I wasn’t alone. The first non-Linsanity question didn’t come along until about 20 minutes in.
Anyway, the analysts had... » more
Team Marketing Report is out with its annual survey of NBA ticket costs, which shows that – no surprise – the two most expensive teams are the Knicks and Lakers, who average $117.47 and $99.25 for their non-premium seats.
The Nets’ average is $37.06, below the league figure of $48.48.
But wait: Many fans are more interested in the going rate on the secondary market, where prices rise... » more