November 2010

R.I.P. Gil McDougald

by M.C. Antil on November 30, 2010

A few thoughts about former Yankee second baseman Gil McDougald, who passed away this week after a bout with prostate cancer: As wonderful a player as he turned out to be, he never should have won Rookie of the Year over Chicago’s Minnie Minoso in 1951.  Taken in light of the cavernous ballpark Minoso called […]

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Echoes of California Past? Best Coast Is the Real Deal

by M.C. Antil on November 22, 2010

I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard some music critic or writer declare that yet another up-and-coming group or singer evokes Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys and/or the rich harmonies and lilting aural textures of Sixties California pop. Either that, or that I had a nickel for every time I’ve subsequently listened […]

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The 10 Most Underrated Beatle Songs of All Time

by M.C. Antil on November 17, 2010

Right off the bat, it’s important to understand that this is not meant to be a list of the greatest Beatle songs of all time.  It is simply a list of the ten songs which, in my opinion, and for some reason or another, either never got their due, or no longer recieve the respect they deserve from music critics and […]

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Selling the New American Dream

by M.C. Antil on November 13, 2010

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the 90’s are now two decades removed. But then again, at other times those Clinton boom years feel like a lifetime ago. In the spirit of those days and all their triple-digit returns, low-hanging fruit, dot com dreams, and day-trading fervor, I offer up these two fabulous TV commercials — two of the […]

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One of the most unexpected and delightful benefits of the MLB Baseball Package is that one gets to hear the hometown broadcast teams, raw and unvarnished — and not just in micro-byte form on some highlight show. That’s why I was especially saddened by the death yesterday of Hall of Fame announcer and Mariner legend […]

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Fun Facts — Joakim Soria

by M.C. Antil on November 10, 2010

Some fun facts to chew on about the single most underrated pitcher on the planet, Kansas City Royals closer, Joakim Soria.  (And keep in mind, while some contend the Royals should trade him this off-season to try to fully leverage his value, his contract is so team-friendly that it would be almost impossible to justify […]

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M.C. Antil’s Song of the Day — November 10, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. Bill Pursell was not supposed to be in Nashville.  If his life had gone according to plan, after graduating from the Eastman School of Music he would have become a world famous composer and concert […]

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Irene Tedrow: Working Actor

by M.C. Antil on November 8, 2010

Unless you’re a far bigger pop culture geek than you should probably let on, you have never heard the name Irene Tedrow.  But regardless of your level of geekiness, you know the woman’s face. I promise you, you know her face.  Irene Tedrow is one of those hundreds of nameless faces you see all the time on television and […]

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Quotable — Adele Diamond

by M.C. Antil on November 5, 2010

It amazes me that politicians continue to refer to issues like crime and the loss of American jobs as problems.  Those aren’t problems.  Those are symptoms.  And for a politician to say he or she is going to address either issue without tackling the root problem; namely, this country’s flagging commitment to public education and our obsession with teaching kids, not so much how to […]

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This season on Mad Men we learned the price of Pete Campbell’s silence when it came to Don Draper’s deep dark secret.  That price was $50K. Now we have the answer to yet another question for the ages: Is there a point at which a woman becomes so mind-numbingly skanky she cannot find a single man […]

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