Saturday, November 16, 2013
It’s not just incredibly cool, it’s incredibly Billy McCool!
According to Al Yellon at BCB, the very fact that this footage exists, let alone is of a no-hitter, is amazing enough. He says it’s likely the earliest surviving color videotape of a baseball game, and among the oldest color videotape recordings period. And the quality is so good!
Naturally, WGN’s technical capabilities bear little resemblance to today’s broadcasts.
You can see that WGN-TV was using just four cameras in that era. There were two cameras behind the plate (one at field level, one in the upper deck), another in the upper deck behind third base, and the center-field shot. Still, they were able to cover the action quite well. There were none of what we consider staples of today’s telecasts: crowd shots or closeups of players before the action, and virtually no graphics, not even a score graphic. The score was shown by a shot of the scoreboard at the end of each half-inning.
Friday, October 11, 2013
The original pilot had him cooking meth with Lenny Dykstra, but they had to scrap that when Dykstra was arrested.
If you haven’t seen the show, protagonist Walter White has done a lot of bad things. He’s watched a woman gargle to death on her own throw-up and didn’t help because it’d benefit him, blown up portions of a nursing home with an INVALID GRANDPA BOMB and he’s used a potted plant poison children. There was, however, one thing even the writers of ‘Breaking Bad’ wouldn’t let Walt do out of fear that they’d never be able to bring him back from the brink — root for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Thoughtful assessment of some of the reasons that baseball lags other sports in popularity.
But baseball has also failed to sell its young stars to the broader public. There may be a wariness to do so, a sense that “branding” is undignified for our national pastime. It doesn’t help that the game has no pop-culture ambassadors to speak of — no Lil Wayne or Jay-Z. Look at the audience of an average N.B.A. postseason game and you’ll find a gallery of familiar faces; look at one of baseball’s, and you’ll find the strategically placed stars of the latest Fox sitcom.
I’m not sure Mahler has the reason correct, but there’s certainly a lot of truth in this.
Posted: September 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM | 177 comment(s)
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