In the late 1980s Brad Pitt guest starred in two episodes of Growing Pains. In one he played Carol Seaver’s latest crush, Jeff. In the other he played Jonathan Keith, Ben’s favorite rock star. Ben won some contest or used one of his parent’s connections and got the opportunity to meet Jonathan Keith. After getting Keith’s autograph and picture, Ben left something (maybe a jacket?) in the backstage area. When he showed up unannounced to retrieve it, he walked in on Keith making out with a groupie and discovered that his hero was a womanizer and a jerk.
Away From the Action
From lessons for parents taking kids to sporting events to defining what "Midwest" means, Away From The Action is Josh Tinley's unique and always engaging take on the off-the-field aspects of sports.
Sixty years ago Wednesday, Tenzing Norgay of Nepal and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. In honor of this historic anniversary Post’s Grape Nuts cereal is running this commercial:
Sports is often a family business. We’ve seen the sports gene at work in the Manning, Earnhardt, Hull, Griffey, and Andretti families. We’ve even seen families like the Hills (Calvin and Grant), Larkins (Barry and Shane), Halls (swimmers Gary Sr. and Gary Jr.), and Joneses (Popeye and Seth) where junior has excelled in a different way than dad.
In all of those families a father passed down his love of sport and athletic prowess to his son. But sometimes the athletic talents and passions come from the other side of the family.
My favorite two months of the sports calendar tip off this weekend with the beginning of the NBA Playoffs.
Fifty years ago, and three years before Texas Western’s historic NCAA Tournament upset of Kentucky, the 1963 Loyola Ramblers went on an NCAA Tournament run that would change college basketball forever.