David Kirkpatrick

June 7, 2008

Saturday video fun — the Celtics’ Gino

Filed under: et.al., Media, Sports — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:25 am

For the NBA finals, here’s the scoreboard favorite from Boston — “Gino” from a 1977 American Bandstand episode dancing to “Shake your Booty” by KC and the Sunshine Band. His moniker comes from the overly tight Gino Vannelli concert shirt he’s sporting.

Sadly for Boston fans, and maybe something of an omen for the series with the Lakers, the Wall Street Journal tracked down “Gino” (probably subscriber only link) and found out his name is Joe Massoni. Sadly Joe died at 34 in 1990 from pneumonia. As it turns out the shirt was so tight because he borrowed it from the tiny chick to his right in this video according to the WSJ story.

But in better days, he was a disco king on Bandstand:

February 19, 2008

Two great ESPN stories

Filed under: et.al., Sports — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:37 am

Here’s links to two great ESPN stories.

This is a bit about Bill Simmons’ experience in the Big Easy (New Orleans for those who don’t know that term) covering the NBA’s All-Star celebration. I love ‘nawlins and Simmons did a great job of re-selling the city as a tourist attraction.

This story might even be better. This is an article outlining Michael Jordan’s advice to the NBA. This bit might as well be a blueprint on how to walk the earth as a citizen to be admired. Not for anything special, but how to just be yourself.

Sound, sane words from MJ. Ought to be required reading for every high school senior in the US. Hell, translate it and make it a must-read worldwide for all ages.