Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Mike Francesa is not normally one to admit to a lack of knowledge about many subjects, but hockey is one of them. The WFAN afternoon host regularly defers to guests or even callers on hockey matters, as it simply is not in his customary sports wheelhouse. That was why I found it interesting Tuesday during an in-studio visit from Bobby Orr that the big guy not only was genuinely impressed to be...Read more »
As far as I can tell, this is an actual thing: Hallmark Channel announced Monday that it will carry the first ever "Kitten Bowl" on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, with John Sterling on play-by-play and Beth Stern, wife of Howard, as host. No, really. I think. Kitten Bowl will be conducted in association with North Shore Animal League America, with all of the participating kittens guaranteed...Read more »
Tuesday night's HBO "Real Sports" features a Bryant Gumbel sitdown with Reggie Jackson, who is promoting his new book, "Becoming Mr. October," in which he weighs in on a number of topics. One of them is the way he was portrayed in the ESPN series, "The Bronx is Burning," back in 2007. Another is his ongoing dislike of Billy Martin. Here are excerpts from the segment...Read more »
Much has been said and written about the awfulness of Monday night's Vikings-Giants matchup on ESPN, what with the teams a combined 1-10 thus far in 2013. Fair enough. But this Monday night stinker has caused me to wax nostalgic about another, similar one back on Nov. 21, 1994, when the Giants visited the Astrodome with a 3-7 record - including a seven-game losing streak - to play the 1-9 Oilers,...Read more »
Undaunted by my mostly negative review last week, the producers of "Bronx Bombers" announced Monday that the show would move to Broadway early next year, with previews starting Jan. 10 and an official opening Feb. 6 at Circle in the Square Theater. The big roster move is a new set of actors playing Yogi and Carmen Berra - the husband-and-wife duo of Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne. There...Read more »
There was a time late in the 20th century when CNN’s “Sports Tonight’’ (hosted primarily by Fred Hickman and Nick Charles) was considered an equal, if not superior, alternative to ESPN’s “SportsCenter’’ for news and highlights. No, really, it’s true, young readers. But CNN has not had a dedicated sports show since “Sports Tonight” was pre-empted – permanently, as it turned out – during coverage...Read more »
It has been six months since “Big Shot,’’ about former Islanders owner John Spano, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with appearances by both Spano and actor/Islanders fan Kevin Connolly, who directed the film. Now, at last, you can see it, too, at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN. It is a must-watch for Islanders fans, and for anyone with an interest in the power of delusion – both of the...Read more »
Pat Summerall touched many lives in his 82 years, which was evident in the diverse, A-list roster of guests at a recent screening in advance of NFL Network’s latest “A Football Life,’’ which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Among them were CBS president (and former Newsday paper boy) Leslie Moonves and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. But even those among us who did not know Summerall personally forever...Read more »
“Bronx Bombers,’’ the latest from the sports-minded producers who brought you “Lombardi’’ and “Magic/Bird,’’ ends its off-Broadway run Saturday night and still is aiming for a Broadway premiere early in 2014. The plan is tweak the show – and add other elements, including video – after what it called its “spring training’’ at The Duke on 42nd Street. Is it worth the effort? Maybe. Writer/director...Read more »
ESPN returns with a new 30 for 30 documentary Tuesday night entitled "No Mas." It tells the story of the 1980 rematch between boxers Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran. Here's a clip from the piece embedded below, and here's Greg Logan's column about the documentary and the fight.
(Newsday's app users can watch the clip at http://es.pn/17rmxa5)
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