January 26, 2014 |
A baseball fanfest bringing together minor leaguers and some major leaguers from the Los Angeles area to benefit research for a cure to Crohn's disease was held on Sunday at the Mid Valley baseball complex in Encino. Put together by former Harvard-Westlake pitchers Max Fried and Lucas Giolito, the event drew a good crowd of fans who received free autographs from participating players, many of whom worked out on the mound and at the plate. Jon Garland, a Kennedy High grad who pitched for the Dodgers and Angels, dropped by to offer his support.
January 7, 2013 |
Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano has been through a lot this season. After being hired by the Colts during the off-season, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and missed most of the season while undergoing treatment. He re-assumed his head-coaching duties before the final regular-season game, a victory over the Houston Texans, and remained in that role for the Colts' wild-card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, a season-ending 24-9 loss. Still, it was quite a season for the Colts, who had won just two games the previous year and revamped much of the team, opting to draft Andrew Luck as quarterback and trade all-time great Peyton Manning.
January 26, 2014 |
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, ready to resume his All-Star career after a 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug policy, took part in the team's annual fan festival and admitted, "I don't ever know if I could apologize enough for what's occurred. " Braun reportedly received a warm welcome, except for one heckler, when he was introduced Sunday at a downtown Milwaukee convention center during the Brewers On Deck event. Braun had drawn the contempt of many fans and baseball officials because he originally denied using performance-enhancing drugs, beat the charge on a technicality and then proceeded to claim his innocence while taking to task everyone involved in the case.
June 21, 2013 |
As the media frenzy over Paula Deen's use of a racial epithet raged on Friday, a journalist sent a tweet using a hashtag he thought “no one else will ever use”: #TeamPaulaDeen. Turns out, he was wrong. Following the Food Network's announcement that it will not renew Deen's contract , some of her fans weren't shy about expressing support for her on Twitter and the network's Facebook page. As of Friday afternoon, the most recent post on the network's page was a recipe for zucchini casserole.
September 26, 1998
Diane Pucin's Sept. 22 column certainly went out of its way to insult fans of the Anaheim Angels. Monday night's games against the Rangers drew 33,000, which translates into a probable 100,000 ticket holders for the three-game set. To have an imported sportswriter from "Philly" tell us what poor fans we are is disgusting. You had to add a punch line by interviewing a Texas football fan in order to throw a little more dirt on Angel baseball fans. I have been an Angel fan since 1943, Pacific Coast League and American League, and truly resent these out-of-towners telling us how to watch baseball.
April 4, 2010 |
Butler fans had a homegrown party Saturday, about five miles from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and the Final Four. With ribbons tied around trees and street posts, blue-clad students, parents and alumni started lining up outside historic Hinkle Fieldhouse for a viewing party more than 2 1/2 hours before tipoff between the Bulldogs and Michigan State. Several thousand were inside as the game began and they got a thrill as Butler outlasted the Spartans, 52-50. Water fountains on the small campus were dyed blue, and Greek organizations had plenty of signs up. "Let's win this one for all the small schools that never had the chance to get here," read one sign, quoting a line uttered in "Hoosiers" before underdog Hickory High wins the Indiana basketball state title in a movie version of Milan High's victory in the 1954 championship.
January 6, 2014 |
Lady Gaga's "Artpop" is apparently not all she wanted it to be, and in explaining the delay in her "Do What U Want" video, the performer took some time to beg her fans for their forgiveness - even as she slammed the people in her operation who she said didn't have her back. Oh, yeah, she also indulged in a bit of self-aggrandizement, but that's pretty much standard Gaga, right? Part of the show. Regarding the "DWUW" video, she said she was given only a week to plan and execute it, and that time frame didn't work for her. All this tied to an album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in November but dropped off precipitously in sales after that.
April 20, 2013 |
BOSTON -- Hockey fans filled the streets around TD Garden, streaming into the athletic complex as they passed vendors selling T-shirts that read "Boston Strong Never Forget" with the date of the bombings. Half a dozen Homeland Security vehicles lined the front of the adjacent federal building and a handful of U.S Air Force personnel patrolled the grounds. Police were stationed at multiple street corners across the street. An American flag was wedged in the skate of the Bobby Orr statue out front of the arena.
May 23, 2013 |
What does Bruce Springsteen mean to you? That's the basis of a new documentary built around the legendary rocker's influence on his fans. Executive produced by famed auteur Ridley Scott, "Springsteen & I" will feature videos and photographs from fans offering testimony on how the Boss and his music affected their lives. The film will be screened in theaters on July 22. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films In a trailer uploaded to the performer's YouTube account on Thursday, Springsteen can be seen consoling a fan who just got dumped, singing with an Elvis impersonator and dancing with fans onstage.
December 2, 2013 |
The final episode of "The Walking Dead" of 2013 saw a lot of characters' blood shed, including kindly old Hershel, the heart and soul of the group, and Meghan, a sweet little girl introduced just two episodes ago. While many fans expressed outrage and sadness over the passing of those other characters, there was one death that few mourned: the Governor. As played by David Morrissey, the villainous Governor was occasionally sympathetic but largely one of the most hiss-able bad guys "The Walking Dead" has offered up. When he was dispatched by Michonne and his girlfriend, Lily, there was no one to cry. Well, almost no one. Amazingly, the Governor still has his fans.