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Jerry Kavanagh

Jerry Kavanagh
New York,
April 19
Jerry Kavanagh is a former Assistant Arts Editor at New York Magazine, Editor in Chief at Conde Nast's Street & Smith's Sports Group, and New York Bureau Chief at SportsBusiness Journal.


Tonight’s Sweet 16 game in Indianapolis features a head-to-head match between the last two NCAA champions:  Louisville (31-5), which won last season, vs. in-state rival Kentucky (26-10), the 2012 title holder.


Louisville advanced last Saturday after defeating Saint Louis. A daRead full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 9:14PM

Jim Fregosi

Word came that former Major League Baseball player and manager Jim Fregosi, 71, suffered a series of strokes while on a cruise in the Caribbean with other MLB alumni. He passed away today. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family.

A six-time All-Star, Fregosi was famously traded… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2014 4:01PM

Tiger at the Super Bowl Gates

“The Trojan War will not take place.” The noble, sensible Trojan chieftain Hector says this repeatedly throughout Jean Giraudoux’s sublime play Tiger at the Gates. With his wife, Andromache, pregnant, Hector is determined to preserve the peace between his country and Greece after thRead full post »

JANUARY 26, 2014 4:51PM

The Grammys and Sports

In honor of, or perhaps in spite of, the Grammy awards tonight, we dug into our interview files to recall the favorite music or musicians of these sports and media personalities:
Ernie Accorsi: “The Great Pretender,” by the Platters
Marv Albert: James Blunt, Damian Rice, Sar/… Read full post »
DECEMBER 14, 2013 3:50PM

Remembering "Saturday Night Fever"

The film “Saturday Night Fever” opened in New York City on this date (December 14) in 1977. As assistant arts editor, I had the first read on the original manuscript, “Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night,” written by British journalist Nik Cohn and illustrated by James McM… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2013 1:32PM


The 35-year-old Mozart died on this date in 1791. The greatest tragedy in the history of music,said the distinguished musicologist H.C. Robbins Landon. In the months leading up to his death, Mozart composed a prodigious catalog of swan songs: The Magic Flute, his final piano/Read full post »
NOVEMBER 20, 2013 1:47PM

JFK and Roger Staubach on Life

This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy. The 35th President of the United States was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas. People around the world remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the tragic news that day. One/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2013 9:40AM

Albert Camus at 100

“Politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness,” wrote Albert Camus, one of the indisputably great literary minds of the 20th century.

Born 100 years ago today in French Algeria, the brilliant and eloquent humanist (he refuted the label of existenRead full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2013 10:40AM

Why We'll Miss Mariano

• He never shot an imaginary arrow into the air after the final out.

• Cameron Diaz didn’t feed him popcorn at the Super Bowl.

• He never threw a jagged bat barrel at Mike Piazza.

• He didn’t drink beer and eat wings in the dugout when he wasn’t… Read full post »

“If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses,” wrote Goethe. Contrary to literary theory, the magisterial author of Faust was not alluding to the youngsters’ academic success but to their athletic prowess.

When I first read this,
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SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 8:49AM

All Dogs Go to Heaven?

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson in the late nineteenth century.

Apparently, Stevenson, the author of such thrilling adventure novels for all ages as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, was not a jogger.

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AUGUST 28, 2013 12:49PM

We Interrupt This Lesson...

One thing I learned as a substitute teacher for elementary school children is to be prepared for interruptions—interruptions that start while I’m trying to take attendance before the morning announcements and flag salute and interruptions that continue during lessons, collaborative w… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2013 9:24AM

Gibberish and Journalism

The essay “Politics and the English Language”   (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/orwell46.htm) is as relevant today as it was when George Orwell wrote it in 1946. Within the theme of the essay about the deleterious effects of ugly and slovenly language and thoughts, Orwell offeRead full post »

JULY 17, 2013 12:24PM

Teaching Kindergarten

Given the choice during this past school year between teaching (as a substitute) kindergarten or high school, I opted for kindergarten every time. I’ll take the youthful enthusiasm and innate curiosity of five year olds over the grim indifference and monosyllabic inarticulateness of so many teeRead full post »

The recent release of this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival schedule reminded me of my late friend and former boss at New York magazine, Alan Rich. Mozart, you see, was Alan’s favorite composer. Every January, for many years, Alan would write his annual Mozart birthday article in New York.Read full post »

MARCH 29, 2013 7:03PM


While watching the NCAA basketball tournament last night I learned from the game’s announcers that Marquette has a play called “fuchsia.” This delighted me because only one other team that I know of ever had such a colorful name for a play: my team.

It was about 18Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2013 9:22PM

Tom Gola and La Salle Basketball

With the NCAA basketball tournament ready to recommence tomorrow night with 16 remaining teams, including upstart La Salle University, which first had to survive a play-in game prior to the main event, the Wall Street Journal on Monday (3-25-13) ran a story, “Why La Salle Basketball Matters,&rd… Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2013 5:48PM

Tall Tale

The second graders took turns today presenting their animal projects. Each student had chosen one creature (tiger, elephant, gorilla, cheetah, dolphin, penguin, cat, dragonfly, etc.) and then mounted on posters various photos, illustrations, and information about the habitat, diet, lifespan, and otheRead full post »
FEBRUARY 24, 2013 2:25PM

The Envelope, Please...

With the Academy Awards being presented tonight we dug into our interview files to recall the favorite films of these sports and media personalities:

Marv Albert: The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby

Sandy Alderson: Risky Business

Ronde Barber: The Fifth Element

Billy Beane: It’s aRead full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2013 4:52PM

Making a Spectacle

My eyeglasses have been a topic of conversation more than once among the elementary school children I teach, whether it is the dark shades (which the younger children deem “cool”) or the bifocals with the defined lower lines (which they sympathetically think are cracked lenses). Yesterday… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2013 4:09PM

Stupor Bowl

Thoughts while watching the Super Bowl:

Did I just dream that prior to the game Roger Goodell and Odin held a joint press conference to announce that the waiting period for admittance to the Hall of Fame and Valhalla has been waived for Ray Lewis.

Is the pre-game show over yet?

TheRead full post »

JANUARY 31, 2013 8:33PM

God's Will

God told St. Peter to clear his calendar of appointments for this Sunday, his traditional day of rest, so that he can kick back in his private skybox and root for the team that outprays the other. It remains to be seen how the hagiography of Ray Lewis plays out inRead full post »

I was reunited with the first-grade class yesterday for an abbreviated schedule, which included a read-aloud illustrated biography chosen specifically for the day. I began: “Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Montgomery, Alabama...”

Amanda raised her hand before I coul… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2013 11:29AM

Faint Praise

“Mr. K., you’re our favorite sub,” third grader Nicole offhandedly told me today as she was lying on the classroom carpet during a writing exercise. As I tried to supress a proud smile, Alyssa, alongside her, looked up and amended the compliment: “Our favorite boy sub.”/Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 3:12PM

What I've Learned From First Graders

My heart breaks for the parents of the first-grade children killed in Newtown, Connecticut, a week ago and for the devastating loss to their community of so much innocent and vibrant young life. It’s an unimaginable nightmare for every family. How does anyone begin to cope with such inconsolablRead full post »