Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Neil Best first worked at Newsday in 1982, then returned in 1985 after a two-year stint covering college hockey for The Anchorage Times in Alaska. From 1985-90 he covered New York City high school sports, then spent five years as Newsday's beat writer for St. John's and Big East basketball. From 1995-2005 he covered the Giants before leaving that beat to become a reporter, columnist and feature writer focused on off-field topics such as sports media and business. His SportsWatch column debuted on Sept. 30, 2005.
Ed Burns’ two favorite sports movies were set far from his hometown of Valley Stream: “Hoosiers’’ and “Rocky.’’
“I’m a basketball junkie,’’ the actor/writer/director/producer said of his love for “Hoosiers,’’ which came out in 1986, when he was a senior at Hewlett High School and “basketball was my life.”
But Burns’ sports flick knowledge also extends closer to home than Indiana or Philadelphia....Read more »
Neil Best here on Thursday, updating, correcting and clarifying the item below that I posted Tuesday.
While it's true that WOR's Mets broadcasts are set to appear on WLIR (107.1 FM) the next two seasons, there is no agreement in place regarding the other four (less important) frequencies mentioned in my original story.
Actually none of it is official yet, but the WLIR part should be...Read more »
SNY announced Tuesday that Gary Apple will replace Chris Carlin as the network's primary studio host for Mets games alongside analyst Bob Ojeda.
Carlin, who had been in that role the previous five seasons, will remain with the network, including as a co-host of the show "Loud Mouths" and as an anchor on SNY's nightly news and highlights show.
Apple has been a member of the SNY staff...Read more »
ESPN announced Michelle Beadle is back after an ill-fated term at NBC, including a return to her old gig as one of the hosts of "SportsNation" on ESPN2.
Beadle will be back effective Monday, and work alongside Max Kellerman and former Columbia star Marcellus Wiley.
ESPN apparently plans to continue using all three personalities moving forward.
“Michelle’s style of delivery has...Read more »
Harold Ramis’ resume is so towering it would dwarf the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. That includes the classic 1980 golf comedy “Caddyshack,’’ his directorial debut, and other sports comedies influenced or inspired by the master.
But Ramis, who died Monday, got his start in oddball sports flicks even earlier than that. Deep within his IMDB catalogue is a writing credit on “Super Bowl,’’ a bizarre,...Read more »
The 2013 year in movies officially grinds to a halt Sunday night with the awarding of the Academy Awards, and none of them will be going to scripted sports flicks.
No surprise there. It was a rather tepid year for movies about sports.
My favorite based-on-truth film was “Rush,’’ about the mid-1970s F1 rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, which left me with a man-crush on actor...Read more »