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Shooting from the lip/Dec. 10th edition



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maz.Once believed lost forever, the complete broadcast of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series has been discovered and will air on the MLB Network at 8 p.m Wednesday. The Pirates beat the Yankees 10-9 on Bill Mazeroski's walkoff homer to lead off the ninth. Bob Costas will host the special, which includes interviews with former Pirates Dick Groat and Bill Virdon, World Series MVP Bobby Richardson of the Yankees and Vera Cle­mente, the wife of former Pirates great Roberto Clemente. The game was originally called by Yankees announcer Mel Allen and Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince. Modern technology has restored the 50-year-old footage and enhanced the audio. But because it was 1960, there are limited on-screen graphics and no instant replay.

* HBO's excellent 24/7 reality series, which usually focuses on boxing, takes to the ice next week in preparation for the Jan. 1 Winter Classic outdoor hockey game between the Penguins and Capitals. The first part of the four-part series, 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic, debuts at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

simmons.jpg* columnist Bill Simmons, also known as the "Sports Guy,'' will be a guest analyst on ESPN's telecast of tonight's Heat-Warriors game at 10:30. Simmons is the author of a New York Times best-selling book, The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy. He will work with play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman and analyst Mark Jackson.

Your Two Cents
jeter.Subject: Poor baby
So poor Derek Jeter is bothered that the public portrays him as "greedy.'' How else could the public possibly portray him? He and his agents managed to extort a three-year, $51 million contract from the Yankees. If the $51 million is divided evenly over the three years, Mr. Jeter will receive $1,940.55 for each and every hour of the three years. It doesn't matter whether he's playing ball, practicing, sitting at home during the offseason or sleeping; almost $2,000 every single hour. To put it a little differently, in one hour, he gets paid an amount equal to what a minimum-wage worker receives for a month and a half of real work. I hope the minimum-wage worker thinks about that when he pays his hard-earned money to sit in the bleachers and watch Mr. Jeter play.
A. T. Barnard
Beverly Hills

Subject: Blackouts
I used to be a Tampa Bay Bucs fan when I could watch them on TV. Now I have gotten to the point I don't even think about them. Out of sight, out of mind. Do the greedy owners actually think they can build a fan base by keeping the games off TV? If I have an interest in the team, I would actually go to a game once in a while even though I live 70 miles away. If I don't see them, I lose interest in them, and that's what has happened. The owners shoot themselves in the foot trying to make more money when, actually, they are destroying the fan base. Typical corporate America mentality.
Ralph Thomas

baldelli.Three things that popped into my head
1. Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman got fined $5,000 for that hit out of bounds near the end of the Falcons game Sunday? I'm not sure that hit was even worth a penalty flag, let alone a fine.
2. There was a time not all that long ago when the Rays outfield was supposed to be set for years with Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli and Josh Hamilton. And if not Hamilton, then Delmon Young. Funny how baseball (and life) works out.
3. Tonight's matchup between the Lightning and Oilers might be a meeting between hockey’s two best teams … in 2013-14.

[Last modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 11:16am]


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