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Nate Knows Baseball

By Ed Attanasio, published on Nov 15, 2008

I know major league baseball is on hiatus and that the NFL, NBA and NHL are on center stage right now, but for seam heads like myself, baseballl is a year-round fascination.

I have interviewed almost 50 retired major league baseball players throughout the years and few have made me feel as comfortable as Nate Oliver. A soft-spoken and extremely articulate man, I have talked to him on several occasions after meeting with him initially in early 2005. His stories of his years as a player and a coach are both fascinating and candid.

Nate is the son of Jim Oliver Sr., who had... (more)

Tags: baseball, los angeles, san francisco, jesus, nfl, nba, nhl

Meet The New President: Oprah!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Nov 11, 2008

When Barack Obama made his acceptance speech in Chicago last week, the cameras kept flashing on Oprah leaning on and weeping all over some guy who is now a media star. Everything Oprah touches (I don't need to even mention her last name, that's how famous she is) turns into gold! The woman was glowing like a Chernobyl baby!

After supporting him early on and actually going on the road and campaigning for Obama, Oprah must now certainly believe that she's a president maker, in addition to being the highest paid woman on TV. Will the President-Elect now feel obligated to keep her involved?... (more)

Tags: obama, oprah, obama acceptance speech

Frankly Speaking With A Baseball Legend

By Ed Attanasio, published on Oct 29, 2008

A left-handed hitter who threw right-handed, Herman Franks broke into baseball with the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1932, but he was soon acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals and joined their large farm system. All you really need to know about his playing career was that he played primarily as a backup and finished with a batting average of .199 with three home runs in 188 games over parts of six seasons. In 1949 Franks landed his first coaching assignment, as an aide to Leo Durocher with the New York Giants. He was a member of two National League championship clubs (1951,... (more)

Tags: baseball, new york, san francisco, hollywood

Yuletide Yuckfest 2008

By Ed Attanasio, published on Oct 19, 2008

(I don't usually do this, but seeing as it's my 250th article for Broo, maybe I feel a little entitled? I'm plugging my annual Yuletide Yuckfest, a show I produce every year for Toys for Tots. Any Broo member who wants to attend gets in for FREE. Message me and I'll reserve a seat(s) for you. Hopefully we can have a Broo table. Maybe we can even have a Broo after show bash. I am fully expecting El G and Bill Friday, among others, to make the trek up North for this event.)

Here are the details:

On Sunday, December 7th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Britannia Arms is hosting the 10th Annual... (more)

Tags: music

Can The Dodgers Dodge The Cover Curse?

By Ed Attanasio, published on Oct 8, 2008

I am so excited about the Dodgers being in the National League Championship Series that I can’t even tell you. I have waited 20 years for this to happen and tomorrow it is finally here. I was very hopeful of their chances against the Phillies until I went down to collect the mail this afternoon. When I saw Manny Ramirez on the cover of Sports Illustrated, I nearly lost control of my bowels.

Nothing will kill a team worse that the SI cover curse. You think the Chicago Cubs are cursed? Steve Bartman is their guardian angel and the legendary goat is a blessing compared to the Sports... (more)

Tags: los angeles

San Francisco's Not Feeling Tommy

By Ed Attanasio, published on Sep 30, 2008

We've seen some pretty amusing pieces of legislation out of the Board of Supervisors, but this one beats them all: Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier wants organizers of the San Francisco Italian American parade to boot Tommy Lasorda as grand marshal. And my initial question is: Doesn’t she have any more important things to do? Her district suffers from bad roads, bad drunks and a sagging economy (like everywhere else). Is Tommy Lasorda at the Italian American parade really reside at the top of her list or priorities?

For those of you who don’t know or care, Lasorda is the former... (more)

Tags: baseball, los angeles, san francisco

Rudy The Sequel

By Ed Attanasio, published on Sep 27, 2008

If you have ever seen the film Rudy, then you know that it’s about a kid who wills his way onto the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team against incredible odds. Rudy is a 1993 film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite significant obstacles. It was the first movie the Notre Dame administration allowed to be shot on campus since Knute Rockne, All American in 1940. In 2005 Rudy was named one of the best 25 sports movies of the previous 25 years in two polls by... (more)

Tags: football, movie, reno

The Sinatra Club

By Ed Attanasio, published on Sep 21, 2008

Salvatore Polisi, long time mobster and witness for the prosecution that imprisoned John Gotti, has walked away from Federal Witness Protection to tell his life story of organized crime. Risking possible retribution, Polisi is betting against the odds and performing in a one-man show, called “The Sinatra Club,” the tale of his climb to the top of the Mob and all of the repercussions that came with it. The show runs through September 27th at the San Francisco Playhouse (536 Sutter Street near Mason).

Polisi’s 75-minute performance spans his two decades as a member of the New York organized... (more)


Here's One Marriage He Can't Fix

By Ed Attanasio, published on Sep 10, 2008

The blogosphere is buzzing that Dr. Phil McGraw is splitting up with his wife Robin. It’s been a hot topic for several weeks now and it seems like another one of those stories that people are starting to believe.

Is it true? Well, at first I did not think so, but as they say – where there’s smoke there’s fire. And this story is smokin’! I think it would be comical, ironic and fitting for the man who saves marriages to watch his own relationship disintegrate. I always thought the couple looked plastic together on TV—you know, forced smiles with gritted... (more)

Tags: san francisco, hollywood

Do Not Fall Prey To

By Ed Attanasio, published on Sep 3, 2008

I saw a listing for a site called that claimed they could help get me parts in films as an extra. I have been an extra in a couple movies in the past, including The Incredible Hulk (the first one) and Mad City (with John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman) and both times it was a lot of fun.

Being on a movie set is a blast, the food is excellent and if you're lucky, you might not even get cut out of the film. I got to hang out with some of the actors and for just a moment, I was treated like a star. So, when I saw this thing for, I was intrigued.

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Tags: hollywoodprofiles, scams, scam artists

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