An irregular posting from the New York Observer‘s mens’ blog, The Cockpit—in which our manly hero reads the New York Times and realizes Peter Sagal has been utterly unmanned.
The Incident at Comiskey
OK, so I’m reading the New York Times Magazine, and I’m in “The Funny Pages,” which everybody likes to say isn’t Read More
I am a Yankee hater (I grew up in Baltimore). My friend Dan Swanson is also a Yankee-hater, of the Chicago White Sox variety. I polled him on his feelings following the Yankees sweep of the world champions this past weekend in the Bronx:
I don’t worry about it. I barely paid it any attention. Read More
A few years back I wrote a tough piece for the Times Magazine about a Blake Edwards’ show on Broadway called Victor/Victoria. Edwards had let me hang out with the production as long as I wanted. When I wrote the piece, it was tough on the show. The great Robin Wagner was the Read More
Hype is an insidious, all but irresistible phenomenon. It preys on our insecurities, our need to belong to a community, however contrived or flimsy. It’s also there to sell us a bill of goods. Hype was the sole factor explaining the crowds at the Whitney Biennial that just closed. No one visiting the Whitney expected Read More
Media-hyped distractions are as common as politicians under investigation these days, but none seemed more complicated than the Jan. 9 appearance of a former baseball player, Pete Rose, at a Borders bookstore on lower Broadway.
At noon, the line of reporters and photographers was longer than the one for book-buyers as Mr. Rose signed his Read More
Perfect I’m Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball , by David Wells with Chris Kreski. William Morrow, 415 Pages, $25.95.
In the late spring of 2002, those of us who spend our time listening to sports radio while quietly questioning what’s gone wrong with our lives heard perhaps a week’s worth of rants, Read More
Cablevision Systems Corporation founder and chairman Charles
Dolan just keeps on bidding. Although the bidding for the Boston Red Sox closed
formally on Dec. 20, his latest $790 million bid (including $40 million in
assumed team debt) to buy the team, submitted late Monday night, keeps throwing
the talks into disarray. Negotiations among the competing Read More
David A. Kaplan has a 110,000-word manuscript rife with wild tales of millionaires scheming, whining and stabbing each other in the back, all in the name of America’s greediest pastime. The behind-the-scenes stories come from baseball’s last commissioner, Francis T. (Fay) Vincent Jr., and therein lies the problem: Mr. Kaplan, a senior writer at Newsweek Read More