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October, 12, 2012
10/12/12
12:43
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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This week, we had a chance to talk with two very entertaining actors, each with movies opening Friday.

First, the always awesome Bryan Cranston returned to the show ahead of "Argo," based on the true story of six American diplomats forced to hide at the home of Canada's ambassador to Iran during the hostage crisis that began in 1979. (I saw a screening earlier this week, and it's very good.)

CLICK HERE OR THE INTERVIEW. Among the topics of conversation:
  • His memories of the hostage crisis.
  • Ben Affleck the leading man was frequently the object of ridicule. Ben Affleck the director, however, has built an impressive resume. Cranston's impressions after working with him on "Argo."
  • The experience as an actor of tackling such an important part of American history.
  • "Breaking Bad" is nearing an end, with the final eight episodes coming after the first of the year. His feelings on having to soon put Walter White to bed.
  • When Cranston -- a die-hard Dodgers fan -- first came on our show, he expressed interest in taking ownership of the Dodgers in a post-Frank McCourt era. Obviously it didn't happen. Any disappointment? How quickly could he take Ned Colletti's job if asked?

Kevin James opens "Here Comes the Boom," in which he plays a teacher moonlighting as a low level MMA fighter in order to raise money to save his high school's extracurricular programs.

CLICK HERE FOR THE INTERVIEW. Among the highlights:
  • James is a card-carrying member of Gang Green. His thoughts on the Jets and Tim Tebow.
  • James named his daughter Shea, after the now-gone Mets home stadium. Lovely name, but was there any hesitation naming her after a building universally seen as an eyesore? In the process, we learn the name of James' hypothetical autobiography.
  • How difficult was it for James to dive into the MMA world for "Here Comes the Boom?" How good did he get?
  • This is the second time he's worked with Salma Hayek ("Grownups" being the other.) Fair to say she's following him around?

 

Magic Johnson-led group to buy the Dodgers

March, 27, 2012
3/27/12
9:22
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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It's a very happy day for Los Angeles fans, as someone so intricately woven into the fabric of this city's sports culture will be the face of a civic treasure.

Will the new Dodgers ownership group, fronted by Magic Johnson and led on the baseball side by former Braves and Nationals president Stan Kasten, bring L.A. it's first World Series title since '88? I have no idea. Nor is the deal perfect, since it seems like Frank McCourt will have some stake in the parking lots around the stadium (the man likes parking lots).

Still, the evening's news should go a long way to blowing out the dark clouds hanging over the franchise.

Buzzer-beater or walk-off RBI: What's your pleasure?

March, 11, 2010
3/11/10
8:52
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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Jon Weisman, whose excellent Dodger Thoughts blog is part of the ESPNLosAngeles.com family, recently noted how Angelenos may be blessed to find themselves constantly entertained by Kobe Bryant's flair for the dramatic, but Mamba ain't the only sports local bringing the noise. Dodger left fielder Andre Ethier racked 13 game-winning hits in 2009, six in walk-off fashion. Even more impressively, four of those knocks left the yard.

Weisman compared the degree of athletic difficulty in canning a jumper vs. beating a pitcher for victory, plus the ensuing excitement. After heaping praise on both, he concluded "there's something more magical about the baseball walk-off hero – and something more real about the basketball walk-off hero."

Great way of putting it, but at the same time, I could just as easily see the adjectives swapped. It's hard to truly quantify what's the most "magical," "real," or just plain exciting way to secure a nail-biter win, but everyone's allowed an opinion. Thus, I'll ask the same of the Land O' Lakers faithful:

Which do you find most exciting, and why? A clutch bucket with scant seconds on the clock or an RBI to end the game?

Personally, I vote ribbie, which kind of surprises me. I like baseball, but not nearly as much as basketball. Given the choice of nine innings or four quarters, unless the baseball squads are just stellar (or my hometown Cardinals), or option b is something along the lines of Nets-Knicks, I'm considerably more likely to go roundball.

But viewed in a vacuum by itself, that isolated at-bat, a one-on-one battle between a batter and pitcher playing the game within the game, makes an eventual game-clinching knock as compelling as anything sports has to offer. As incredible as it is to watch Kobe stroke cord before the horn sounds, I find the heroics of Ethier and the like slightly more thrilling.

Both feats, however, remain equally remarkable.

Thoughts? And if you're moved most by a game-winning TD in the final seconds, a putt on the 18th hole to win a tourney, or something else from another sport entirely, feel free to offer those two cents.

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