Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Excellence of Jackie Robinson

In the documentary Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns, one 40-second segment sums up the popular image of Jackie Robinson. We see archival footage of Robinson earning a walk, and promptly stealing second base. Then we hear from Negro League … Continue reading

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The Success of ‘I Am Sam’

From Tropic Thunder (2008): Kirk Lazarus: Everybody knows you never go full retard. Tugg Speedman: What do you mean? Kirk Lazarus: Check it out. Dustin Hoffman, ‘Rain Man,’ look retarded, act retarded, not retarded. Counted toothpicks, cheated cards. Autistic, sho’. … Continue reading

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The Greatest Game Ever Played and the Growth of the NFL

The Conventional Belief: The 1958 NFL Championship Game – the epic battle, decided in overtime, between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts – “launched pro football into the stratosphere” of popularity. [1] The game, popularly referred to as “The Great … Continue reading

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The Myth of Billy Squier and “Rock Me Tonite”

It is a music video that does not hold up well – if you haven’t seen it recently, click here – but did the “Rock Me Tonite” video in fact destroy Billy Squier’s popularity? That’s a common belief: “Squier blamed … Continue reading

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