On The Beach Blog | May 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Frank Deford (1938-2017)

Frank Deford

I can't really say enough about Benjamin Franklin Deford III, so I'll keep it brief: he was an old school sports writer/editor (as well as author of a score of books, not exclusively about sports), and six times voted Sports­writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

Deford's résumé is unassailable: his half-a-century at Sports Illustrated, his 37 years of commentaries on National Public Radio, and his journalism on HBO's "Real Sports" where he always shown above the mediocrity of host Bryant Gumbell and other hacks like Soledad O'Brien and that uber-weenie Bob Costas. More...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jack O'Connell update...

...courtesy, as is her wont, of Mary Fitzgerald:

Jack O'Connell Coca Cola commercial

Yeah, it's a cola commercial... it keeps the lights on... but I take comfort in knowing that the former Club Marakesh doorman and Magic's Pub bartender abides.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday's once again in balance

It's not much of a secret that a feature of my mid-week routine is an egg, sausage and cheese wrap at Eckart's Luncheonette, a repast that's not only tasty but holds me for the day so that I skip breakfast and can enjoy a lighter-than-usual dinner/supper.

Not so, however, the previous two Wednesdays! I had left feeling uncommonly incomplete as the wrap seemed less substantial than usual. More...

Monday, May 22, 2017

If you thought MSNBC anchors...

Shepard Smith

...like Rachel Maddow were biased, the last of the big names on Fox News, Shepard Smith, is right up there with the worst.

Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren have jumped ship, and with the firing of those gasbags Bill O'Reilly and Bob Beckel (and that tinhorn phony Sean Hannity rumored to be on the bubble), with Tucker Carlson still wearing training wheels, Smith is the leading news network's biggest name!

The irony here is that the least antagonistic-to-the-Trump-Administration of the broacast media, now features one of the most openly hostile to Donald Trump anywhere on the airwaves.

For his part, Smith doesn't even try to disguise his con­tempt for the President.

That's going to cause some problems for Fox News.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Never let it be said...

...that the developers of the old bowling alley property on Sunset Avenue and Mill Road are going to let nature stand in the way of their project.

Young tree at risk.

The yellow overlay area indicates the approximate curb cut and driveway apron along Mill Road, with the healthy young tree smack in the middle of it. More...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Robert Yale Lary (1930-2017)

He wasn't in any sense of the word "spectacular," playing the position which has today come to be designated "Free Safety," but Yale Lary, the 5'11" first-team All-Southwest Conference defensive back in 1951 in his third and final year playing for Texas A&M University, was a great one during an interrupted 11-year career for the Detroit Lions, playing on three NFL Championship teams.

Having traded away their picks in the first two rounds of the 1952 NFL draft, the Lions made Lary their first selection, #9 in the third round (#34 overall), ahead of such notables as Pat Summerall (#45 overall) and Jim David (#261 overall). More...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Why I'm reading Dennis Lehane...

...and have been for the past year or so... so many of his books are so good:

"The only thing good Catholics love more than God is a short service. Keep your organ music, your choir, your incense and processionals. Give us a priest with one eye on the Bible and the other on the clock, and we'll pack the place like it's a turkey raffle the week before Thanksgiving."

– "Prayers for Rain," November 1999.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

May Village Board Meeting

The meeting again started late this evening due to Black Sheep Television's tardy arrival with, according to video­grapher Jacques Dittes, a new high definition camera.

(Exactly what that has to with with the 7:10 pm start time was not immediately clear.)

Mayor Maria Moore announced that the June Village Board Meeting would be held June 8 instead of June 1 due to Trustee availability... two of the Board will be else­where engaged on the usual day. More...