THE NBA REACH – RICH PASCHALL

Kobe Bean Bryant There probably is no need to explain to you who Kobe Bryant was. You probably knew before the tragic helicopter accident last Sunday that took his life and that of 8 others, including his 13-year-old daughter. Even if you did not follow the NBA or the Los Angeles Lakers, you likely knew … Continue reading THE NBA REACH – RICH PASCHALL

LYNN NOVICK: “BASEBALL” – Marilyn Armstrong

This piece was published in Planet Vineyard in September 1998. It was a short-lived magazine. Long on great writing, short on paid advertising. I realized that hardly anyone ever saw this piece. It is based on my interview with Lynn Novick who was the co-producer of "Baseball" with Ken Burns. Since we are watching the … Continue reading LYNN NOVICK: “BASEBALL” – Marilyn Armstrong

OUR PASSING HEROES – Rich Paschall

Deaths Of Our Sports Icons, 2019, by Rich Paschall For many of us, we grow up idolizing our sports heroes. It is an important part of our youth. These people are more significant to us than the movie or television heroes because they are real icons. They are athletes we can watch on television, or, … Continue reading OUR PASSING HEROES – Rich Paschall

DAD WAS *MORE* THAN A CONTENDER – Garry Armstrong

A friend emailed me info about a popular boxer who just improved on his very impressive record. I had to admit knowing nothing about the prizefighter. I'm a self-proclaimed baseball maven but know nothing about professional boxing these days.   I'm not a fan. I don't get my jollies watching two people bashing out each other's … Continue reading DAD WAS *MORE* THAN A CONTENDER – Garry Armstrong

MORPHEUS, YOU HAVE CLAIMED ME – Marilyn Armstrong

Bonnie barked all morning and I fell back into total exhaustion fast. I got up, poured coffee, and promptly fell asleep with the computer in my lap. I woke up eventually believing the patriots were winning their game 287 to 3 (it was just 13 to nothing). Garry brought me a coke and went off … Continue reading MORPHEUS, YOU HAVE CLAIMED ME – Marilyn Armstrong

WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR – Garry Armstrong

If you're reading this today, it's the 29th of September. It's the end of the regular major league baseball season. Two-thirds of the 30 big-league teams, who had April dreams of grandeur, head home to ponder what went wrong. It's "Wait Till Next Year" for the dispirited fans of the disappointed teams. "Wait Till Next … Continue reading WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR – Garry Armstrong

LINING THEM UP – FENWAY AND BEACON HILL – Marilyn Armstrong

Photo Challenge: The Line-Up I've always loved the way entryways to brownstones line up in old parts of the city. These pictures were taken on Beacon Hill, so these are very classy and tidy brownstones. Some of them pay more for parking spaces that Garry and I ever earned in a year of full-time work. … Continue reading LINING THEM UP – FENWAY AND BEACON HILL – Marilyn Armstrong