January 2011

R.I.P. — Gladys Horton

by M.C. Antil on January 31, 2011

Very few people are ever going to hold that Gladys Horton was one of the seminal figures in pop music history, so let me try to make that case on her behalf, OK? Horton, who died peacefully in her sleep last week after suffering a series of strokes a few years back, was a founding […]

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Twins, Rays Primed to Disappoint in 2011

by M.C. Antil on January 27, 2011

Every spring, when I start looking around for teams likely to have disappointing seasons, I look at one thing; the club’s bullpen. Because just as no NFL team can win without a quality offensive line, and no NBA team can win without a solid point guard, I truly believe no baseball team — regardless of […]

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A few years back, Bulls president John Paxson came on board as GM and began laying the foundation for a club that a few years later would find itself fighting for supremacy in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. And during that process, it wasn’t so much what Paxson added that triggered the turnaround, it was what […]

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Gil Meche Gives a Lesson in Leaving

by M.C. Antil on January 21, 2011

Raise your hands those of you sick and tired of spoiled, selfish athletes. Stand up everyone who’s had it up to here with boorish behavior from egotistical, multimillion dollar prima donnas whose inflated sense of their own self-worth is eclipsed only by their insufferable sense of entitlement. Well, you can sit back down now because […]

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The third in a series of five lists counting down the 50 greatest movies set in the City of the Angels. 29.  Die Hard (1988) Yeah, it constantly defies the laws of both physics and probability.  Yeah, it’s got a ridiculous body count.  And yeah, it eventually spawned a series of downright silly and formulaic […]

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Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times is a terrific baseball writer, and covers the White Sox with a thoroughness, energy and enthusiasm you just don’t see much out of beat writers these days. But his recent rant about newly elected Roberto Alomar’s failure to get into baseball’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot was at […]

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R.I.P. — Big Walt Dropo

by M.C. Antil on January 11, 2011

A few weeks ago, just before Christmas, Hall of Famer and Cleveland Indian legend Bob Feller passed away.  The Baseball media, deservedly so, busied itself paying homage to Feller, not just for his performance on the mound, but for his being the first major league player to volunteer for active duty following Pearl Harbor. But […]

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The second in a series of five lists counting down the 50 greatest movies set in the City of the Angels. 39.  Speed (1994) Sure, it’s mindless.  Sure, it relies heavily on Keanu Reeves’ ability to pass himself off as a cop.  And sure, its premise is patently ridiculous.  But it works.  Not only because […]

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(Editor’s note:  This was originally posted the first week of October, 2010.  However, in light of some of this winter’s moves — not the least of which were the Yankees re-upping of Derek Jeter and the Rangers’ signing of Adrian Beltre, while shifting Michael Young to full-time DH — I decided to re-visit it.  If anything, it’s […]

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R.I.P. — Gerry Rafferty

by M.C. Antil on January 4, 2011

I heard today that Gerry Rafferty has died.  For those who don’t know, Rafferty was something of a 70’s sensation, specifically for two songs:  “Stuck in the Middle with You,” which achieved a level of infamy and cult standing almost two decades after its release as the song playing during the horrific and violently surreal […]

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