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On Strippers and Sports Journalism
“Take my word, back in the day it was an honorable profession, to be a stripper; however if you were never lucky enough to’ve seen Tempest Storm or Irma the Body remove her long, lovely gloves, slowly, tantalizingly, one after another, you’d have no idea whatsoever. All you’d have as a modern point of reference would be pole dancing, which is raunchy and without any redeeming grace. I mention this because another fifty years from now when some old man says that, back when he was a boy, he’d read sportswriters in newspapers and magazines- that is: inprint - I hope he speaks kindly of us. Otherwise, no one will appreciate what sportswriting was really like at its apogee. I fear all you’d know would be blogs and/or statistics - the pole dancing of sports journalism.” From Over Time by Frank Deford
“ESPN now collects an average of $4.69 for every cable home –– four times more than any other network. Throw in the various other ESPN channels, plus other sports networks –– like that new NBC Sports –– that your cable provider makes you pay for, and there's $8 for sports on your monthly bill. Or, as the CEO of Liberty Media describes it, "a tax on every American household." Understand: ESPN is an entirely different programming animal than, say, CBS, which dominates prime time –– or A&E, or HBO, or Showtime — on cable. Those networks must create programming. ESPN and the other sports networks are essentially just brokers. They take your subscription money, buy games and then "bring them" to you, pocketing a nice broker's fee. And because games are live, advertisers love it, because you can't fast-forward their commercials. And, hey, you only need to go to the bathroom so many times.”—
Frank DeFord says you’re a hostage of sports of cable sports, whether you watch them or not.
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Puckett wept: 28 years ago today, Kirby Puckett made his major league debut
On May 8, 1984, a chubby, short outfielder who had a habit of swinging at the first pitch made his major league debut.
The Minnesota Twins — and Minnesota by and large — were never the same.
Kirby Puckett had four singles in his first game — batting leadoff! — and also contributed a stolen base in a 5-0 victory against what were then known as the California Angels. (In another interesting note, former Twin Rod Carew started at first base for the Angels.)
From that day, Puckett embarked on a 12-year career that left thousands of dogs named in his honor and thousands more kids who followed his form and hacked at the first offering in their Little League games.
I know I wasn’t the only one.
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Owner
…sports is about the last place where a real rich man can be an owner. Owner — the ultimate plutocrat. Oh sure, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates and the various Saudis and Russian oligarchs can be chairmen and CEOs and majority stockholders. They can be moguls and magnates, but where else in the big time do people still call you an owner except in sports?
- Frank Deford