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Comment 24 Jun 2016

Honestly, Chicago's probably one of the few cities that could actually do without blowing up their economy.  They have so much infrastructure already in place for that kind of an event -- kind of like LA did when they hosted.

Comment 21 Jun 2016

Whether he did it on national television or through an exclusive Sports Illustrated article (like he did when he came home) -- or even conventionally -- he was going to rip Cleveland's heart out regardless.  Why not leverage your brand and make someone's life better while doing so?

RE: giving $5m to charity himself - He's doing a whole hell of a lot more than that.  By most accounts, he's one of the most generous athletes out there.

You're completely right on your last point, though; it's all moot now.  

Comment 21 Jun 2016

Was it self-serving?  Yes.  But it also raised $2.5 million for the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, Connecticut and another $3.5 million for James -- who promptly donated all of it to various charities.

It might not have been a massive blue-ball for Cleveland, but it did have a positive impact for some.

Comment 20 Jun 2016

Question on that, though -- cause I'm seriously considering dropping Time Warner for Vue -- how does live sports work on channels like ABC, FOX, NBC, etc?  I'd heard that if you weren't in a major market, basic cable channels are available as "next day recordings" only.

Comment 10 May 2016

[MOD EDIT - POSTING PAYWALLED INFO HERE IS BAD]

Not sure if the entire article was posted or not, but it looked like it was just a snippet that actually made it into the forum post.  I thought snippets/summarizations were kosher?

Comment 05 May 2016

"Well, had the Mexican forces not won the French may very well have intervened in our Civil War"

Are you implying that the Le Mat revolver just appeared in the Confederate army by happenstance? ; )

Fun fact: Britain may well have entered the war for the Confederacy if not for the Emancipation Proclaimation.  The UK freed their slaves in the 1840's, and at the time refused to declare war on another country that had also done so.

Comment 05 May 2016
  • Elvis Presley (showed the world what Rock n' Roll was)
  • Chuck Berry (1955's "Maybelline" featured the first real "rock" guitar solo; rock existed before Chuck, but it would never be the same after him)
  • The Beatles (brought rock back from the dead in the early '60s; a rare example of a band that was simultaneously the most popular and most experimental act of their time)
  • The Ramones (gave birth to arguably the first true sea change in the rock industry -- punk rock -- which would pave way for other "alt-rock" breakthroughs like New Wave and Grunge)

For what it's worth, my top bands are Zeppelin, The Clash, The Stones, The White Stripes, The Black Keys (first four records especially), and The Velvet Underground.  I just think the top four were far more important.

Comment 02 May 2016

Great write-up, Nellie.  Link's one of my all-time favorites.  Chuck Berry may have have provided the foundation, but Link Wray gave us the structure of the rock n' roll sound -- the power chord.  Even today, a song like "Rumble" doesn't sound all that out of place -- nearly sixty years since its inception.

Just gonna leave this right here.  "Rumble" will never be topped, but this nugget makes a valliant try.  

Comment 21 Apr 2016

Ohhhh gawwwwwwd the Sonics!  Another one of my favorite bands!  Absolutely raucus garage rock band from Seattle.

They not only cut the definitive version of "Have Love Will Travel" (dat sax solo doe), their 1964 cover of Little Richard's "Keep A Knockin'" featured a tempo that wouldn't be matched again until the Ramones over a decade later.

Comment 21 Apr 2016

If you want a glimpse into the mind of Mr. Pop, dig on "Punk Rock" by the seminal Scottish Post-Rock band Mogwai.  The backing music is theirs, and the audio is from an interview Iggy did in 1977.