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Another Writing Endeavor: Sports Crab

Posted in misc.blurbs, sports with tags , , , , , on Thursday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

So I’m part of a team launching a new Baltimore-based sports parody site called Sports Crab. Please visit the site and share the link on Facebook, etc. So far I’ve written spoof stories about Brett Favre, Bono Saving the Orioles, Vinny Cerrato wanting JaMarcus Russell, and Pacman Jones being himself. But if you poke around you’ll find my stuff. Make sure to click the DIGG and/or HypeItUp buttons at the bottom of each story to help the site attract more readers.

Please Support My NFL Column

Posted in misc.blurbs, sports with tags , , , on Wednesday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

I’ve been sporadically slowblogging here the last few months. I have some other writing endeavors elsewhere online, but I hope to revive this blog a bit as well.

In the mean time, please support my NFL column over at RealFootball365 by going HERE and then clicking ARTICLES. Check back often, as I usually write about 2 columns per week.

If you dig it, please pass along the above link, or a link to this page. Post/share on Facebook, Twitter and wherever else you share webthings.

Thanks!

Too Bad HBO Hard Knocks Already Committed to the Jets

Posted in sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

They should really send a second-unit crew of HBO’s NFL Hard Knocks out to Oakland for some Must-See reality TV. Interesting report out of the Bay Area: Raiders head coach Tom Cable claims that the conference call that he held with owner Al Davis and newly acquired QB Jason Campbell did not touch on the subject of who would start. Cable says there will be a competition among Campbell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, and Kyle Boller, and JaMarcus Russell.

Wow, look at that list of QB’s one more time. It’s like the Warm-Body All-Stars. Four QB’s cast off by the Redskins, Bucanneers, Browns, Rams (and Ravens), and a former #1 overall pick by the Raiders who’s pushing 300 pounds and pushing Ryan Leaf for biggest bust ever.

Well, at least they’ll benefit from throwing to Darrius Heyward-Bey! Wait….

The Ultimate Super Bowl Book

Posted in books, sports with tags , , , , , on Thursday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

If Bob McGinn hadn’t titled his new book The Ultimate Super Bowl Book, everyone would have called it that anyway.

This fantastic new book is not only a great resource full of facts and stats, it’s also very well written. It isn’t just a bunch of dates and results: it goes beyond those basics we all know and delves deep into each game and how and why it was actually won on the field.

There aren’t any glossy photos or filler in The Ultimate Super Bowl Book. McGinn doesn’t just rehash the most famous moments of only the best games. He retells the story of each and every Super Bowl through his own reviews of the game films and the fascinating interviews with the players, coaches, and assistant coaches involved in the game.

Throughout the book, McGinn also mixes in several interesting Top 10 lists as sidebars. Another great aspect of the book is the fact that he lists the entire coaching staff for each team. We all know and remember the head coaches, but seeing and recognizing countless names among the coordinators and assistants is a useful football history lesson beyond the considerable information found in the text.

It’s incredible to hear the key players and coaches recount not only the big memorable moments but also the underlying strategies and perhaps unseen plays that swung the game one way or the other. Oftentimes they sound as if the game had just been won (or lost) last week and not years or decades ago.

McGinn, a longtime sportswriter for the Green Bay Press-Gazeett and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has been a finalist for the Mccann Award for excellence in pro football writing and was selected as one of America’s Top 20 Sportswriters by Men’s Journal. His expert storytelling and game recaps make this even better than just an exhaustive Super Bowl reference book, though it serves as that too.

I can’t recommend The Ultimate Super Bowl Book highly enough, especially at just around $14 at Amazon. Also available direct from the publisher, MVP Books.

They Should Make the Day After the Super Bowl a Holiday

Posted in casual fridays, misc.blurbs, sports with tags , , on Monday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

It’s so obvious, I’m glad I thought of it. I need to figure out a way to make money off this idea, but I’d settle for just getting the day off.

Here’s the deal: they have Washington’s Birthday or I guess now they sorta combined him with Lincoln or something and made it “Presidents Day.” Third Monday in February I think it is. And the Super Bowl that used to be played in late January, now increasingly falls out on the first few days of February. Not a huge deal, but that puts a bit further from Martin Luther King Day, and it has become a “February” event in our minds. “January football” now means Playoffs and “if you wanna be playing in February” is now a direct reference to making it to the Super Bowl.

So, you see where I’m going with this right? Presidents Day is kinda pointless anyway, right? It’s just some random Monday off. It’s not like we plan family visits or anything. And it usually isn’t really on Washington’s actual birthday, so why not move it back couple weeks and make it the first Monday in February? Like it matters. Jesus wasn’t born on December 25.

But wait…. that’s not all. I’m not proposing the day after Super Bowl be Presidents Day just for the partying factor and being able to stay up late for the game (hey, a new generation of kids/fans/consumers need to be raised, how can they watch the big game if they got school in the morning?). And it’s not to avoid calling in sick, AKA hungover.

This is actually an economic stimulus package that I implore President Obama, enthusiastic sports fan that he is, to embrace and pursue. Presidents Day is usually filled with ridiculous sales on cars and mattresses (two items that are ALWAYS on sale). They drum up these silly commercials with cartoons of Lincoln and Washington to tell us to shop for stuff. Why? Most of us just do laundry that day and wonder what might be open or closed, since it’s not really a holiday but it is. So no one shops. Wasted holiday.

So, once you move it the day after the Super Bowl, Presidents Day will be right after the day/night famous for not just football, but the fact that 10’s of millions of Americans of all demographics gather around their TV’s to WATCH THE COMMERCIALS. Personally I’m all about the game. But a LOT of people come right out and say they are “excited” for the “commercials.”

What an opportunity! Wouldn’t it be awesome if, the day after the Super Bowl, hordes of Americans were off work and school, and heading out to buy the cars and colas and countless other crappy items they saw advertised the night before!

This makes too much sense. And while it might not happen, I think it’s more likely than the NFL moving the game to Saturday. But, until then, just keep callin in sick.

Read Me Elsewhere On The Innerwebs

Posted in misc.blurbs, music, sports, Uncategorized on Sunday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

Sorry I haven’t been updating this blog much lately. Not sure who I’m apologizing to, or why. Anyway, I’m doing album reviews now for Music Emissions, which is a pretty cool site you should check out. That link takes you to my profile where you can see all my reviews.

I’m also writing occasional football columns for RealFootball365.

So check me out and pass my links along to all your e-friends and post links on Facebook and where ever else you share/recommend relatively pointless digital entertainment.

Ricky’s Got Some Splainin to Do

Posted in misc.blurbs, sports with tags , on Wednesday, 2009 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

So now after all the hype, talented Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio is not coming to the NBA for 2 more years.

“Going to Minnesota would have just complicated my life a lot. It was a risk and I didn’t see it so clearly,” Rubio said. “My priority was the NBA and it was impossible for the Minnesota Timberwolves to pay my buyout clause, so I wanted to stay home.”

Really? The idea that getting drafted by a not-so-great NBA team, perhaps in a small market, would be a “risk” that would “complicate life” (along with the fact that teams can only contribute $500,000 to the multi-million dollar buyout clause to free Rubio from his current contract) was ALL well known months before the draft. So why enter the draft?

I don’t really have a problem with him staying in Europe; it will probably end up helping his game and his maturity. It just seems odd that he just kinda woke up at the end of the Summer and suddenly realized all this stuff that was pretty obvious at the beginning of the Spring.

Biting off more than he can chew: trying to eat a basketball is a risk that would complicate Ricky Rubios life.

Biting off more than he can chew: trying to eat a basketball is a risk that would complicate Ricky Rubio's life.

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