April 25, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. - Before Michael Lewis' book "Moneyball" hit the best sellers list and before Brad Pitt brought Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane to the big screen in the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, the concept of building a small-market club through shrewd acquisitions, farm system strengthening and an obsession with on-base percentage had already been featured north of the border. Arguably, the first incarnation of the Moneyball concept occurred in Montreal in the early 1990s.
March 28, 2013
Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for The Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right. " In case you forgot (or never knew), let me fill you in on what Mr. Quayle was right about. There once was a popular sitcom called "Murphy Brown. " The title character, played by Candice Bergen, was a news anchor. The show had its moments, but it was also insufferably pleased with itself and its liberalism. At least until the arrival of the Aaron Sorkin oeuvre ("The West Wing," "The Newsroom")
March 18, 2013
Dan Brown fans can get a look at the opening of his upcoming book, "Inferno," along with a free ebook of his breakthrough best-seller, "The Da Vinci Code," publisher Doubleday announced today. The digital two-fer, which marks the 10th anniversary of DVC, will be available until March 24 at e-book retailers, the company said. Fans will also get the prologue and first chapter of "Inferno," which is scheduled for a May 14 release. It's a smart move for Doubleday. It doesn't cost much to offer the DVC download -- everyone in the whole world has already read the thriller.
January 29, 2013
Dan Deacon, along with John Eaton, will host a "fun free dance party" on Wednesday at "The Space Formerly Known as the Zodiac" (1726 N. Charles St.). The party kicks off at 10 p.m., and will include DJ sets from Deacon and Eaton. There will also be a set from DJ Regional Barbecue - which isn't just the greatest DJ name of 2013, but it's also the moniker of Future Islands bassist William Cashion. It's 21+, and again, best of all - it's free. For more details and a look at who could be there, check out the Facebook event . firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/midnightsunblog
January 19, 2013
The Orioles agreed to terms with catcher Matt Wieters on a one-year $5.5 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration in Wieters' first year of eligibility. But Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the organization would like to pursue the possibility of signing Wieters to a long-term deal. Now that the Orioles signed center fielder Adam Jones to a six-year, $85-million extension last season and extended both Duquette and manager Buck Showalter through 2018, the organization's next step to locking up its cornerstones would likely be signing Wieters, who becomes a free agent after the 2015 season, to a long-term deal.
January 15, 2013
Dan Brown, who is know for mixing science, religion and history into his thrillers, announced today that his latest book will focus on "The Inferno," by Dante Alighieri. Brown's latest blockbuster-to-be, "Inferno," follows "The Lost Symbol" and "The Da Vinci Code," which highlighted mysteries behind such topics as the U.S. Capitol, da Vinci's The Last Supper, Masons and Opus Dei. The publisher said the new book will again feature Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and "is set in Italy and centers on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces, Dante's Inferno.