Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Nicknames are practically synonymous with sports. So much so that sometimes athletes' real names are forgotten. From Chipper Jones to Babe Ruth, can you identify the birth names of 17 athletes? Take the quiz below....Read more »
Now that the basketball and hockey playoffs are over and I am staring at a summer work schedule with more time off than Henrik Lundqvist or Mike Francesa, it is time to catch up on some long-neglected reading.
First up: Greg Prato's "Just Out of Reach: The 1980s New York Yankees," an oral history that features some of the zany stories and characters from a rare championship-free decade for...Read more »
Chris Algieri's comeback win over Ruslan Provodnikov on HBO's Boxing After Dark last Saturday night drew a viewing audience of 1,046,000, making it the third highest viewed bout on cable television in 2014, accordin to Nielsen Media Resarch.
Algieri, from Huntington, rallied from two first-round knockdowns to win the WBO junior welterweight title at The Barclays Center. The Algieri-Provodnikov...Read more »
I never got the chance to tell this story in the newspaper, what with the Stanley Cup Final ending in five games – as I correctly predicted before the series, but that’s beside the point – thus ending my Cup Final “Buzz’’ page.
But God created blogs as a place to unload interesting leftovers, so here goes:
Newfield High’s (and ESPN’s) own Linda Cohn showed up at the Staples Center for...Read more »
The Kings chartered a plane for more than 150 family members that was scheduled to arrive in time for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs - just in case there is to be a celebration late Wednesday night.
If that sounds a bit presumptious of them, it is a common procedure in the NHL to do that sort of thing for potential Cup clinchers.
In fact, the Kings did the same thing in 2012 when...Read more »
Doc Emrick doesn’t get particularly tired calling hockey games, even ones that go into overtime. But NBC’s Stanley Cup Final play-by-play man met his match recently when he and partner Ed Olczyk provided the voices for EA Sports’ “NHL 15’’ video game, which will be released this fall.
“I had not been so mentally tired before,’’ Emrick said of the experience, which took Olczyk and him 150 hours...Read more »
Until the Kings won their first Stanley Cup in 2012, they were relative afterthoughts on the Los Angeles-area scene, including on the sports merchandise market.
Now? “They’ve established themselves as one of best in the league,’’ said Barry Meisel, president and COO of the MeiGray Group, which has agreements with the NHL and individual teams, including the Kings, to sell authenticated items...Read more »
Dave Maloney remembers the Stanley Cup Final being a big deal in 1979, when he captained the Rangers in their five-game loss to the Canadiens.
But compared to what he has seen this time around as the Rangers’ radio analyst?
“It’s overwhelmingly different,’’ he said. “The world has changed a thousand-fold since ’79 in a number of ways, especially with the media and the league.
“Perhaps...Read more »
Sam Rosen has been the Rangers’ TV play-by-play voice for 30 years, making him a newcomer compared to his Kings counterpart, Bob Miller, 75, who has been on the job since 1973.
But they share a common frustration: Because NBC has exclusive rights to the Final, both are limited to postgame studio work rather than play-by-play.
“It’s really tough, because obviously you’re there all year...Read more »
Asking prices for the Games 2-6 of the Stanley Cup Final were averaging more than double the corresponding games in the NBA Finals - $2,310 to $1,076 - as of early Friday, according to the secondary ticket site Razorgator.
Still, the average for tickets to Game 2 of the Cup Final in Los Angeles had fallen 38 percent since Monday, to $898.22.
Tickets to the three potential Cup Final games...Read more »