December 2010

M.C. Antil’s Song of the Day — December 30, 2010 A snapshot of a song you might not know…but should. This may sound utterly preposterous, but I am going on record right now as saying one of the most important songs in the history of recorded music was an infectious but otherwise unassuming little ditty called “My […]


Random Thoughts — The Zack Greinke Deal

by M.C. Antil on December 27, 2010

People say Royals’ GM Dayton Moore was painted into a corner and was forced to trade Zack Greinke.  That may be true, but never forget for a minute that the guy working the paintbrush the past three and a half seasons was Moore himself.  Zack Greinke opted out of Kansas City because over the course […]


On successive nights in December of 2003 I went to see two movies that had just been released.  Each was a Christmas comedy, but beyond that fact, Elf and Bad Santa couldn’t have possibly been more different from one another. I watched the former with some level of amusement, almost all of it owing to […]

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The John Lennon Murder — Cosell and Gifford Revisited

by M.C. Antil on December 15, 2010

One achievement on which Howard Cosell always used to hang his hat was the fact that he  broke the story of the murder of John Lennon.  In fact, on more than one occasion he proclaimed proudly that, given his eminence and standing as a journalist, coupled with his personal relationship with the victim, he was the “perfect […]


A Peek into Santa’s In-Box

by M.C. Antil on December 13, 2010

Around this time every year, I play Santa Claus in phone calls to kids around the country (and, frankly, have been doing so for almost 30 years).  It started out as a friends and family thing, but then about ten years ago, I decided to turn my Santa calls into a business.  I called it […]


R.I.P. — Chris Shea

by M.C. Antil on December 11, 2010

The odds are pretty good you have never heard the name Christopher Dylan Shea. Who Chris Shea is — or I should say was — was a former child actor who passed away a few months ago at the age of 52 at his home in Northern California. And though you may or may not have ever seen his face (he did […]


When Don Meredith died this week, it took me a moment to recalibrate.  Don Meredith?  My God, was he even still alive?  I hadn’t thought about him since…well, since I can’t tell you when.  Where’d he been all these years? And what the hell had he been doing? And that’s when it hit me. That’s […]


Quotable — Ben McGrath

by M.C. Antil on December 6, 2010

I stumbled upon a three-year old profile of Scott Boras in one of my back issues of the New Yorker.  It was written by Ben McGrath, who in addition to writing some of the more entertaining “Talk of the Town” pieces, also covers sports for the magazine. McGrath wrote the following distillation of the power dynamic that […]


Fun Facts — Sal “The Barber” Maglie

by M.C. Antil on December 5, 2010

Even though he had long stopped playing years before I started following baseball, the Giants’ Sal Maglie nevertheless left an indelible stamp on my mind as a kid.  I had read a number of times that he was not merely one of the best pitchers in the game during the Fifties, but one of its […]

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2010 Sox Could Be Offensive…On Defense

by M.C. Antil on December 4, 2010

As much as I love the aggressiveness of Kenny Williams this off-season, and relish the prospect of watching my hometown White Sox next year, especially with the team’s offense at it’s currently shaping up, I truly wonder how the pitchers feel about their new roster.  After all, honesty compels me to wonder aloud if the […]