Into the Badlands (ITB) takes me back to my childhood when I watched Kung Foo movies on rainy days and would attempt some kicks of my own. Too old and out of shape for those kicks now, I rewind the fight sequences not to compare … Continue reading Pilot Review: Into the Badlands Is Far From Sleepy!
Month: November 2015
Bill Simmons Puts Tennis Front and Center
As the ATP Tour’s top singles and doubles players compete for year end honors at the O2 Arena in London, the majority of the WTA Tour has wrapped their season and are on holiday as are many tennis journalists and fans. However in his recent … Continue reading Bill Simmons Puts Tennis Front and Center
Fan Series: Organizing Fan, Player and Sport Well Being
Unlike football, baseball, basketball and soccer, tennis is an individual global sport without a centralized organization. There are four major tennis organizations: The International Tennis Federation (ITF), Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and United States Tennis Association (USTA). One must also … Continue reading Fan Series: Organizing Fan, Player and Sport Well Being
Fan Series: Accessibility is Not Relegated to Availability
Though tennis continues to lead the pack in long-term participation growth for kids ages 6-17, it still is not a popular sport in America. Tennis can learn much from America’s most popular sports: football (NFL) and baseball (MLB).
Fan Series: Tennis Fandom is Niche and Rabid
With the strength of a boxer, the endurance of a marathoner, the flexibility of a gymnast, and the hand-eye-coordination of a golfer, tennis players must take the court five to seven times to win a tournament. Tennis is as taxing on the body as football, … Continue reading Fan Series: Tennis Fandom is Niche and Rabid
TV Review: Flesh and Bone Fails to Soar
Starz’ Flesh and Bone is creator Moira Walley-Beckett’s elegy to dance. She poetically reflects on the beautiful and troubling world of ballet: fear, anorexia, drugs, sex, and exploitation. The show reaches some great highs, but far too many lows to mark it as a critic or viewer … Continue reading TV Review: Flesh and Bone Fails to Soar
Fan Series: Game, Set and Match
When I started writing this piece, I planned it as a single column examining the sport’s lack of popularity in America. After many weeks, I began to wonder if the sport was satisfied with its niche status or if it was willing to address core … Continue reading Fan Series: Game, Set and Match
Pilot Review: Supergirl Isn’t Super, but it is Good!
CBS’ Supergirl is based on DC Comic’s 1959 Kara Zor-El, who was created to be a female counterpart to Superman as his cousin who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. However, this new show departs from the comic book in several ways: (1) Kara is from Krypton not Argo (2) Kara doesn’t have a close relationship with Clark/Superman. (3) Kara’s parents die. (4) Kara’s mother has a twin. These changes or inconsistencies are not surprising given the many versions of Supergirl. Interestingly, the show bears very little resemblance to Supergirl: The Movie (1984) and is more Superman the movie or TV show and Smallville.