JULIUS JONES, PAUL HOWELL AND THE DEATH PENALTY

Julius Jones has spent half of his 41 years of life incarcerated, jailed for a crime he has steadfastly maintained he didn’t commit.

He’s been on death row in Oklahoma for 19 years, sitting in a cell alongside 53 others, stacked in…

JULIA HAWKINS — “HURRICANE HAWK” AND DIANE FRIEDMAN — “THE FLASH”

“I wanted less than a minute.”

“I WANTED LESS THAN A MINUTE.”

This seems like a perfectly legitimate request, coming from anyone.

Occasionally, you need just a minute to do — or maybe to finish — something.

What if…

PAT McAFEE

Pat McAfee.

Patrick Justin McAfee.

Lungs as large as his prodigious punting leg — and wrapped in pigskin leather, to boot.

Lungs like John Havlicek, the Celtics great, had.

He never stops.

Never takes a breath.

Not necessary.

But here’s the thing:

It’s not just about his lungs.

SHEILA NEVINS

Sheila Nevins is an institution.

A legend.

An American television producer and head of MTV Documentary Films division of (Viacom-owned) MTV Studios since 2019, the 82-year-old Nevins previously was the President of HBO Documentary Films, where she produced over 1,000 docs.

She is, and remains, one of the…

TABLOID FODDER REDUX: KERRIGAN/HARDING AND DIALLO/HAMRAOUI

Every now and then, we endure a painful reminder of our grossly misplaced priorities in this strange world where we find ourselves living.

It is widely embraced for example, that as Vince Lombardi so famously proclaimed in 1959, “winning isn’t everything; it’s the only…

HARRY AMBROSE — THE SINNER

TV Detectives…

Columbo, Mannix, Kojak, Barney Miller, Magnum P.I. Rockford Files, Monk, Chiklis, Samberg, Braugher, Joe Friday, Castle, Starsky & Hutch, Lennie Briscoe, Helen Mirren — Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, Cagney and Lacey, Miami Vice, NYPD Blue, Murder, She Wrote, Sherlock…

Detective Harry Ambrose…

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR ON AARON RODGERS

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 74 years old.

Born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. in 1947, he has been thoughtful, introspective and cerebral from the very beginning.

Highly intelligent.

He is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points, a six-time NBA champion and the league’s only 6-time…

RON WASHINGTON…NOT DUSTY BAKER

Thank God.

At least one of these fine gentlemen…

FINALLY GOT IT DONE.

AT LAST.

These guys are serious.

To describe them as ‘baseball lifers,’ doesn’t seem to do them justice.

Ron Washington and Dusty Baker have a combined total of 31 years of major league

TERRY BRADSHAW

Coach Chuck Noll and quarterback Terry Bradshaw never really got along.

They won four Super Bowls together, or at the same time, or begrudgingly, in each other’s presence.

Not necessarily company.

But presence.

What an unlikely pair.

Noll was the definition of hard-nosed.

Tough.

Bradshaw was tough too…

THE HYPOCRISY AND THE HORROR OF GARY BETTMAN AND THE NHL

“You just call out my name

And you know wherever I am

I’ll come runnin’

To see you again

Winter, spring, summer or fall

All you have to do is call

And I’ll be there

You’ve got a friend…”

Peter J. Kaplan

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