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RIP Kalas, Fidrych…and Wang's ERA
April 14, 2009 – 10:39 AM | 21 Comments
RIP Kalas, Fidrych…and Wang's ERA

Harry Kalas, legendary Phillies broadcaster, and Mark "The Bird" Fidrych both passed away yesterday. Tough week for baseball, but seeing Nick Swisher on the mound brightened things a bit, at least on this end.
Remembrances/bullpen jokes …

Plane down in the Hudson
January 15, 2009 – 4:55 PM | 33 Comments

From what I see right now on NY1, Circle Line boats have come to the crash site to pull survivors from the water. That's US Airways 1549 out of LGA bound for Charlotte.
Hope everyone's okay …

"Calgon — take me a gay!"
December 10, 2008 – 3:33 PM | 24 Comments
"Calgon — take me a gay!"

"Shhh, Daddy's stories are on."
To all my friends and readers who called in gay today, Lee and I salute you. Don't forget to take a nice hot bubble bath with your favorite boy or girl …

"I want to do my best"
December 3, 2008 – 9:39 PM | 14 Comments
"I want to do my best"

Don't we all, Ms. Yoshida. Don't we all.
Eri Yoshida, a knuckleball pitcher, will play for the Kobe 9 Cruise in a new independent league starting in April 2009. The team selected her last month along …

Two more things, only one of which is embarrassing
November 6, 2008 – 9:29 PM | 30 Comments

The non-embarrassing: you guys, the Newsweek special election report is gripping stuff. All day, I've given myself one page each time I finish something from my to-do list, but a little while ago I gave …

Tiny obscurity
November 2, 2008 – 6:23 PM | 46 Comments
Tiny obscurity

The Daily Beast does a story on the '08 DC Challenge.
A few notes: 1) I did not invent the Blogger Challenge, which is kind of how the story makes it sound. 2) I super-hate that …

Hannah Upp
September 4, 2008 – 10:47 PM | 38 Comments

Many of the locals may have seen this alert elsewhere in their daily online rounds, but just in case, I'll post it again here:
Hannah Emily Upp, 23, has been missing since Friday, August 29, from …

"You have lovely hands. Do you moisturize?"
August 9, 2008 – 10:01 AM | 26 Comments
"You have lovely hands.  Do you moisturize?"

BSD dropped me an email about Bernie Mac's death about an hour ago; the Sun-Times had it, but none of the other news orgs were confirming it, so we were on the phone together looking …

Product Crush: 'Tis The Season
July 24, 2008 – 7:42 AM | 18 Comments
Product Crush: 'Tis The Season

The Times on the Ramapo tomato's triumphant return: "When I hear these young chefs gushing about heirlooms, I wonder: haven't they ever tasted a Big Boy, or an Early Girl?"

The article implies that a big …

All-Star
July 14, 2008 – 10:18 AM | 10 Comments
All-Star

I didn't care for Bobby Murcer in the booth at first — the gee-willikers accent, combined with his almost naïve enthusiasm for everything that happened on the field, got on my nerves.But as time went …