minute there, it felt preordained.Sure, the
early going was pretty
powered our way back with five funs in the eighth and by the bottom of the
ninth it was playing out just like old times.Ellsbury
the speedster gets on with a single, itchy legs at the ready to steal his 67th
base and then motor home to tie the game.
There was some speculation, before Saturday night's World Championship Fighting card at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington, that we might see KIMBO SLICE and SEAN GANNON in the same room for the first time since Gannon, a Boston cop, knocked out Kimbo in an unsanctioned bare-knuckle brawl. It was not to be: Gannon, a frequent attendee at WCF events, reportedly had to work that night. And Slice was present only as a spectator -- he was in town on his way to do the Jimmy Fallon show, and deflected questions about his upcoming Ultimate Fighter 10 bout, to be televised tonight.
One suspects that Kimbo's tour of such venues is part of an attempt to get
hardcore MMA fans to take a second look at Kimbo, whose meteoric rise
from street fighter to ESPN Mag cover status/network-television headliner was widely
scoffed at by fighters and the fancy alike. If image-rehab's the plan, it appears to be
working. Should you see an awful lot of Kimbo Slice photos on Facebook this week, it's because every cameraphone in the room was pointed in his direction all evening. As a visiting dignitary, he somewhat overshadowed such ringside luminaries as the Celtics' BIG BABY DAVIS (who's recently taken up a mixed-martial-arts regimen at the same Allston gym that produced JOHN "DOOMSDAY" HOWARD), Extreme's GARY CHERONE, and a bevy of UFC heavies including Howard, legendary MMA trainer MARK DELLAGROTTE, MARCUS "THE IRISH HAND GRENADE" DAVIS, and Ultimate Fighter 4 veteran and Milford native JORGE "EL CONQUISTADOR" RIVERA, who maintains a gym in Framingham and was active in several corners throughout the evening.
Phoenix editor Lance Gould was a fan of Sara Faith Alterman's when she was a staff writer here. (Not in a creepy, stalky way -- just a fan.) Then she decamped for San Francisco to run a comedy Web site, and he was sad. But then she asked him to be a guest editor at Rooftop Comedy, and he was glad again. He picked some funny videos and posted some musings on Qaddafi, Bush, Saddam, and even Omar Bongo.
On September 20, Brian Eno held court at Cal State in
Long Beach, there to discuss his latest installation of "77 Million
Paintings," a glowy showcase of randomly generated digital art whose
title is actually a bit modest: left to its own devices, Eno's
art-generating computer program can whip up distinct image combinations
to the tune of 77 million cubed.
Phoenix contributor Gustavo Turner (who recently raved about two Eno re-releases here) attended the artist's lecture, and brought us back a dispatch filled with Eno gold. A few highlights: Eno on his inspiration for Music for Airplanes"I thought it would be nice to make music that sort of said to people, 'Would it really matter if you died?' "Eno, in response to reviewer's criticism that his music has no melody, beat, or story
"Okay, that's quite a success!"
Eno on the impact of religion on his work"I'm sure my early experiences as a Catholic, prior to becoming a militant atheist, have left their mark on me."Eno on vermiculite"Go, touch it!"Read Gustavo Turner's entire run-down after the jump.
Funny, he seems a bit older than that.
Oh, the wonderful press releases we get here at the Phoenix. Like this one: "The
hilarious Mr. Magoo proves that with a little confidence everything will
eventually go your way. Join Mr. Magoo in celebrating his 60th anniversary tomorrow, September 29th! We invite
you to write about this special occasion."
WARNING: This video can get graphic, though at times a bit blurry.
Three of the kids allegedly involved in this fatal beating of Derrion Albert, a 16 honor-roll student at Fenger High School in Chicago, were arrested and formal charges were filed yesterday, according to the ChicagoBreakingNews.com.
As recently suggested by Boston Phoenix political reporter David S. Bernstein, mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty "needs Sam Yoon's voters (to beat century-long incumbent Mayor Tom Menino), and to get them he needs Sam Yoon."
Well, it looks like that advice was acknowledged. If you squinted and read below the fold in today's Boston Globe Metro section, you might have seen this article about the former rivals teaming up to conquer Hizzoner.
Let Madrid, Rio, or Tokyo have the 2016 Olympic Games. Mr. President, if you love Chicago, you will ask the IOC to spend that summer anywhere but your adopted hometown.
As we predicted last week, yesterday President Obama flip-flopped on traveling to Copenhagen to lobby the Olympic committee. According to the NY Times:
25 MORE PHOTOS: Drew Barrymore meets the Boston Derby Dames
The Brattle Theater is offering a free, first-come first-served screening tonight of DREW BARRYMORE's directorial debut, Whip It, starring Juno's Ellen Page as a "misunderstood small town teenager" who trades beauty pageants for hip-checks.
Since the Boston Police Department arrested renowned street artist Shepard Fairey at his ICA opening this past February, the public has been more aware than ever of the perils faced by Boston graf writers. Not everyone is sympathetic, but at least they know that certain BPD detectives have hard-ons for Krylon vandals.
While Bernie Madoff is sitting pretty in his New York jail cell, a new alleged Ponzi scheme is being revealed halfway across the nation in Minnesota. Currently making headlines is Minnetonka businessman Tom Petters, who has pleaded not guilty to swindling $3.5 billion from investors across the globe.
James Ellroy, the self-described demon dog of American crime fiction, has been pulling the same literary-Crazy-Eddie schtick for years -- he was doing it, for instance, way before Jim Cramer borrowed the act for Mad Money. The schtick is at once a useful mask and, at base, exactly what it appears to be: a meticulously cultivated, nakedly needy, vastly narcissistic self-promotional vehicle whose sole purpose is the further economic enrichment of James Ellroy.
Photo from the Boston Globe
I’ll paraphrase an Adam Sandler line to summarize the important lesson to be learned from today’s councilor-at-large election results: If you’ve been running for office for months, you can’t just up and quit on preliminary day. You get out there and you greet those fucking voters.