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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Just got back from a screening of what is sure to be a contender for Best Picture next February, so I'm in a baseball mood. Plus it's been awhile since I alienated non-sports fans, but there have been some intriguing lists popping up lately from the wide, wide world of athletics. ESPN's Page 2 is trying to determine the World's Greatest Athlete (Rocco Baldelli?) and along those lines they've come up with a list of the 10 Greatest Athletic Feats. Bob Beamon's then-World Record long jump in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics tops the list and there are some very obscure and unusual, but well-reasoned picks.

Also at ESPN, Sean McAdam has made a list of the 10 Best Knockout Pitches from today's hurlers. It's good to see Timmy Wakefield get some props for being the game's remaining full-time knuckler. And speaking of Major League pitchers, did you know that there are only four African-American starting pitchers in baseball today? The only problem with reporting this alarming stat is that no historical reference is given. How many were there in 1990, 1980, etc.? Still, only Dontrelle Willis, Jerome Williams, Darren Oliver and CC Sabathia? Where have you gone Dave Stewart, Bob Gibson, Ferguson Jenkins, Ray Burris, Vida Blue, Dwight Gooden, Blue Moon Odom, and J.R. Richard?

On a better note for the African-American athlete, in this re-examination of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, blacks hold 37 of the 50 spots, including 14 of the top 15. Still, old Lacy Banks of the Sun-Times makes a lot of dubious picks, including Tracy McGrady as the 24th best of all-time (all-time!) And no way KG, Kobe, and Duncan are all top 15, ahead of the Doctor, Zeke, and Zeke from Cabin Creek. And knocking the Ice Man off the list is just plain cold.

For those of you who haven't fled, Premiere Magazine got around to posting its list of the 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time, and Dr. Evil in front of George Bailey is just plain criminal.
Speaking of Canadians, after an extended absence from the land of blogs, Marc Weisblott is back and he's got some interesting things to say about Blender's list of the 50 Worst Songs.

I've been meaning to post these two links for awhile. The Guardian gets a lot of actors and directors to list their favourite films, and Alan Cumming (the man was Nightcrawler) gets the question right by picking "Guffman." And in other Christopher Guest news, "Spinal Tap" makes screenwriter Jeremy Drysdale's list of the 10 Best Films About Music.>
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