Quotable — Michael Stipe

by M.C. Antil on January 5, 2012

A while ago, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe was quoted as saying the Beatles had no influence on him.  In fact, he went as far as calling the Fab Four’s music, “elevator music.” Stipe recently sat down with Andrew Goldman for the New York Times Magazine Q&A, and flushed out his “elevator music” comment further, […]


Quotable — Bill James

by M.C. Antil on November 19, 2011

This is not a post about noted baseball historian and stat-geek extraordinaire Bill James, as much as it is a quick tribute to Stan Musial. For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about Musial lately.  Maybe it’s just my growing impatience with so many of the pampered, coddled, limo-riding, entourage-wielding and mind-numbingly overpaid ballplayers we now have running […]


Is there anything more disingenuous than a prepared statement?   Or, for that matter, any written form of the English language (outside of, say, a contract) more about caution and covering one’s ass than it is about truth? Think of how many times you’ve been subjected to a prepared statement from some would-be felon of an athlete […]


Quotable — Gil Scott-Heron

by M.C. Antil on June 11, 2011

By most accounts, the years were not kind to Gil Scott-Heron.  Called the “Godfather of Rap” by many, and widely regarded as a pioneer of spoken word music, the composer of the seminal 1970’s talk-jazz piece, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, apparently spent his final few decades of his life in a withering slowdance […]


By now, most people know of the depth of the fertile Kansas City Royal farm system. This year, we’ve seen farmhands like Tim Collins, Aaron Crow and especially Eric Hosmer (who at 21 years old already might hit harder, more vicious line drives than any hitter in baseball) graduate and make their debuts in Royal […]


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 […]


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 […]


Quotable — Seth McFarlane

by M.C. Antil on November 3, 2010

Sound byte compliments of a Details magazine interview with the whip-smart, often outrageous creator of Family Guy Details:  Speaking of 9/11, you were booked on the first plane that hit the Twin Towers, but you missed the flight.  Does that seem like fate to you? McFarlane:  No. I had missed other flights before.  I’m chronically late […]