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Jim Carroll Is Now One Of The People Who Died

By Ed Attanasio, published on Sep 14, 2009

... New York City apartment of a heart attack, his ex-wife Rosemary Carroll told the New York Times. He was 60.

I met Jim in 1986, when he read some of his poetry at San Jose State University. Afterward, we shared a beer and some other non-heavy drugs. He was a really great guy--we watched an NBA game on TV and chatted for a couple of hours. Every time I meet a great writer, I go home and write. Jim re-excited me about writing back during a down period in my life.

Carroll also enjoyed success as the frontman for the band that sported his name, with the touching punk rock ode,... (more)

Tags: new york, basketball, nba, movie, music

Long Beach Jazz Festival Ultimate Summer Groove

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Aug 11, 2009

...Friday evening. The crowd was asked to stand in remembrance of our Military veterans as a recording of “America” by Ray Charles were played. Everyone remained standing while Pastor Raymond LeBlanc said a prayer.

This year’s festival was dedicated to the late great NBA player and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale. The program got under way with saxophonist Eldredge Jackson a new rising star on the smooth jazz, Adult Contemporary music scene. Eldredge Jackson (see photo)and Listening Pleasure played a set filled with smooth and funky grooves on “Ain’t... (more)

Tags: jazz, nba, california, music

Back In The Saddle

By Glenn T, published on Jul 29, 2009

...I had lost over 25 pounds and hardly recognized myself in the mirror. I was so embarrassed to be in the gym that I abandoned my evening "rush hour" workouts in a fitted t-shirt for 6 am workouts in a dark ballcap and sweats.Two months after surgery, despite being cleared by my doctor, the NBA folks thought it was too risky to allow me back on the court for the last game of my last season. After a week of feeling truly crappy about it, I went back to the gym. Soon after, my doctor cleared me for light weight lifting and the elliptical trainer. For the next 3 months, I toiled with... (more)

Tags: los angeles, nba

Lakers Deserve Win. L. A. Doesn't

By D. E. Carson, published on Jun 15, 2009

What is it about the Lakers winning the NBA championship that makes the people of L.A. into a bunch of stupid morons?

This time, the Lakers weren’t even in the same time zone as Los Angeles and their win caused the people of Los Angeles to O.D. on stupid. Why is it that you can’t get more than two or three hundred Angelinos together without having it turn into a full-on riot? Is it because the there’s too much crap in the air that they can’t breathe and so they have to set everything on fire and make it worse?

In 2000, the Lakers... (more)

Tags: los angeles, nfl, nba, police

Blue Balls, "straight Boys" And Boobs: Lessons Learned

By john robertson, published on Mar 29, 2009

... months have I started to write again. It’s been a long time since I have been myself, and I have missed myself, and I will never lose my friendship again.

I dunno if JC is straight with quotation marks or not, but our little chat shrunk my boner faster than a white girl jumps on an NBA star. JC said he started blogging to meet new people and force himself to live life too. JC and I declared our strategy a success, and we hugged and we parted ways. We’ll be seeing each other again.

As I got into my car to drive home, I wasn’t disappointed about having blue ... (more)

Tags: football, nba, police, sex

Synchronicity On San Fernando Road

By SUNofMAN, published on Jan 22, 2009

In this piece “Sun of Man (Billboard version)” an interesting evolvement occurs or should I say recurswithin the nature of being human. Back around ‘92 I read a story in the Arizona Republicon the signing of Charles Barkley to the NBA basketball team the Phoenix Suns.In the article they referred to his arrival as the “coming of the messiah” ready toelevate the Suns to an NBA championship. Knowing how humorous and serious (especially in termsof dollars) it can be to elevate sports figures to unpresented heights-into the hyperreal!I found the story intriguing.... (more)

Tags: los angeles, basketball, nba, burbank

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

That's Jazz! At The Hollywood Bowl

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jun 18, 2008

...was spiced up a bit with the appearance of Plena Libre from the enchanting island of Puerto Rico. They had very little trouble of keeping and holding the attention of the audience. Some people were busy texting their friends on their cell phones or blackberry’s to get the score of the NBA Finals match, Game 5 between the Lakers and the Celtics. The majority of the audience was busy dancing to the infectious Latin rhythms of plena and salsa of this exciting band.

KEB’ MO’ kept the crowd up on their feet and in the party mood by playing a crowd pleasing set of... (more)

Tags: los angeles, new york, jazz, nba, hollywood, music

Kobe v. Michael

By Gary Schwind, published on Jun 7, 2008

Leading up to the NBA Finals this week, the topic of conversation in the sports media has been, "Can we start comparing Kobe to Michael Jordan?" And I mean everyone has taken this ball and run with it. The general consensus is that Kobe is not as great as Michael Jordan yet, but he's in the conversation.

Is he really? Let's just have a look.

Kobe is playing for his 4th NBA title at age 30. Michael Jordan retired a six-time champion but didn't win his first until he was 28. So, on the surface, it may look like Kobe is approaching MJ status. But here's the rub. MJ was the NBA Finals... (more)

Tags: nba, kobe, jordan, michael jordan, kobe bryant, steve nash, nba finals, nba finals 2008

It Will Be Lakers Heaven In 7!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jun 5, 2008

Tonight the NBA Championship Series begins. The Lakers and the Celtics, old foes who have not been on top recently, are ready to do battle before the entire world. It’s a story with all of the right characters—from the sage coach (Phil Jackson) to the cagey veteran (Kevin Garnett) to the most talented player since Michael Jordan displaying his incredible skills (Kobe, of course!)

When Los Angeles defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the West finals, Lakers fans were heard chanting: “Bring on the Celtics!” Boston knocked off the Detroit Pistons in six... (more)

Tags: los angeles, basketball, nba, shooting

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