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April 6, 2009 | Mike Penner
The greatest home run in the history of Canadian baseball doesn't get the attention it deserves, says the man who hit it, Joe Carter. Carter won the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays with a three-run home run against Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch Williams in the bottom of the ninth inning, but when discussion turns to the greatest World Series home runs of them all, Carter's is always listed below Kirk Gibson's in 1988, Carlton Fisk's in 1975 and Bill Mazeroski's in 1960.
November 24, 2008 | Mike Penner
During a timeout in a game last week against the Detroit Pistons, the Boston Celtics entertained fans with a contest on the scoreboard in which a couple of players tried to name all of Snow White's Seven Dwarfs. Ray Allen got five right. Eddie House had three. A fan from the crowd got six. Which did they all forget? Doc. So, how did Celtics Coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers feel about that? "I think we're going to practice on Monday, now," he said, jokingly.
October 19, 2008 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Charles Wang, the Shanghai-born owner of the New York Islanders, has hired announcers to call games in Mandarin. But they're apparently having trouble translating certain words and phrases into the Chinese language. Thus, the Bruins have become the Brown Bears and the Panthers are Black Leopards. Writes ESPN the Magazine: "At least the Far East will get a clear intro to the NHL's best, Sid the Kid," quoting announcer Justin Chang as explaining, "Everyone knows what a Penguin is. " -- Trivia time Who was the oldest jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race, and how old was he?
October 15, 2008 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
An NBA game was played Sunday in London, and the Daily Telegraph noted, "As far as value for money goes, not much can beat basketball. Nonstop on-court action breeds scores that reach triple figures, keeping you entertained every minute the ball is in play. " In other words, it's not the least bit like soccer. Reason to cheer The fast pace notwithstanding, not all British fans were impressed by what they witnessed in the New Jersey Nets-Miami Heat contest. But the sideline show was a different matter.
April 29, 2008
Re "Sleeping with the enemy," Opinion, April 24 The continuously consolidating mainstream media are controlled by conservative corporate owners whose agenda is not new -- or news -- for anyone old enough to remember Pogo's warning. The media have long since opted out of any adversarial role with the powers that be and have become little more than caricatures and buffoons -- witness the recent alleged debate on ABC emphasizing trivia and manufacturing scandal for titillation and viewer share.
September 23, 2007
Please quarantine for a while the words "spa," "luxury resort," "pamper," "body wrap" and "massage," so those of us who travel to experience other cultures are spared such trivia. Michael Ludmer Los Angeles
February 23, 2007 | Sam Adams, Special to The Times
A sweet-faced boy from London's working-class South End, circa 1985, Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) arrives at the University of Bristol with his head crammed full of facts. But although he lives by Francis Bacon's dictum that knowledge is power, "Starter for 10's" Brian has yet to experience the kind of lessons that can be learned only by falling squarely on one's face. Since childhood, Brian's fondest dream has been to appear on the TV quiz show "University Challenge."
February 19, 2007 | Mike Penner, Times Staff Writer
Briefing has been meaning to provide some commentary on Versus' coverage of the NHL, but, you know, the channel is just so hard to find. So we'll have to take Brett Hull's word for it. Hull, now an NBC hockey analyst, told New York's WFAN last week that the NHL's poor ratings for its All-Star game were caused by the league's choice of a cable partner. "I don't even think people know Versus is a station," he said, calling it "a ridiculously bad channel." Hull didn't stop there.
October 26, 2006 | Dog Davis, Special to The Times
YOU live in California and you eat fast food, but how well do you know your California fast food trivia? (Note: If you get all these right, you probably eat too much junk.) 1. Which of these Southern California burger chains is the oldest? A) Tommy's B) In-N-Out C) Fatburger Answer: A) Tommy's opened in 1946, two years before McDonald's introduced the Speedee Service System that historians often cite as the beginning of the modern fast-food era. 2.
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