By: Phil Mushnick
Among the material possessions he lost - and that includes just about everything - is his '86 World Series ring.
It's downright ghostly; the last update on The Barry Lyons Baseball Academy's Web site reads that applications are being accepted for the "Fall 2005 Baseball Camp." Katrina hit land on Aug. 23.
isn't much call for a baseball academy in
a producer for the "George Michael Sports Machine," traveled to
It's a fabulous photo, taken by Gregory Heisler, and, call me square, but it sure makes for a better feel about the players and their sport - and our sports - than the modern standard sell that finds athletes posed to wear intimidating, mean-street scowls, as if you started it.
Bill Raftery, longtime ESPN and CBS regular and former Nets TV analyst, will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as the recipient of the 17th annual Curt Gowdy Media Award.
"I figure they just ran out of people," Raftery explained to us.
us of when the late Al McGuire was informed that, as the former coach of
How can you stay ahead of a curve that you ignored and indulged for the last 20 years? How can you stay ahead of a curve that vigilant experts have been unable to stay close to, let alone ahead of?
Hey, those Holiday Inn commercials in which Joe Buck is confronted by a bunch of hallway yahoos is genuinely funny, but are we to believe that Buck, whenever possible, stays in Holiday Inns?
If SNY's "Jets' Nation" show is to hold any credibility, the first thing that must be done is to prevail upon panelists, including ex-Jets Greg Buttle and Ray Lucas, to cease referring to the Jets as "we." If they're "we," than we're "us." And then it's We vs. Us. ... ESPN's daily, half-hour "Outside the Lines" show next Monday - and until further notice - moves from (on tape) to weekdays, live at
Frank Hannigan is one of our favorite guys - and favorite stories.
A former United States Golf Association executive, Hannigan was hired by ABC for his knowledgeable, forthright points of view. And then, apparently because ABC was afraid that he'd alienate top players and officials by providing his knowledgeable, forthright points of view, he was buried within ABC's telecasts, as if he had laryngitis.
Hannigan is done with TV, meaning he got his voice back. In a column for the online Golf Observer, Hannigan suggests that on-course TV announcers cease the silly and risky business of predicting where shots seem headed, "because the whole world will know in five seconds, anyway."
Hannigan also pokes at TV's bent toward analyzing shots and swings in tiny detail:
"Jay Haas once said to me that if you froze the swing at impact and told [TV's] technical surgeons to announce where the ball is going, they wouldn't have a clue. Instead, you get, 'That's going right, huh Rog?' That's because the player has recoiled to his left."