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Broadway’s best

Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris

This may be the best opening number to an awards show (and Billy Crystal had some winners at the Oscars) I’ve ever seen: Neil Patrick Harriswith Mike Tyson — at the 2013 Tony Awards.

The good old hockey game

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Good Old Hockey Game

There’s the National Hockey League season, short as it was thanks to the lockout. And then there is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. a season in its own that will stretch to the end of June this year.

As a Detroit Red Wings fan, I was relieved that the Wings qualified for the playoffs for the 22nd straight season — the first in the post-Nick Lidstrom era (only four more years til his Hall of Fame induction!). So what if they had to win their final four games, including the final game of the season. So what if they lost their series opener Tuesday in Anaheim. The Wings are in the game, and I’ll be spending some late nights awake watching them play.

The “Hockey Night in Canada” folks do great montages from time to time, and the start of the playoffs is one of the best times. Given that Detroit has won more Stanley Cups (four) over the last decade than any other team, I could stand a little more Red Wings footage. But as the song goes, it’s the “Good Old Hockey Game,” eh?

Mr. Hockey at 85


On the occasion of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday. I can say proudly that I have taken a Mr. Hockey love tap (ouch!) to the upper arm! Only Jud Heathcote’s love taps compared.
God bless Gordie Howe.

Twitter is 7


Twitter is seven-years old today (March 21). Does it matter? Really? Is that a question? This is the first day of spring. Twitter was the pathway for the Arab Spring. This terrific video takes you along the path Twitter has taken the world. I trust you’re on that path, too.

The very definition of a Datsyukian deek

Nashville Predators v Detroit Red Wings

I’ve been meaning to post this video of the Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk taking the puck in his own defensive end and skating away from and through the entire Nashville team on Feb. 19 to score a goal. It’s the best end-to-end rush I can remember seeing since a Stanley Cup goal by the New York Islanders’ Bob Bourne back in the early ’80s during the Isles’ four-year Cup run.

Journalism lets you dream big


Why is it that I watch this short video and I think about journalism?
How about you?

When I Grow Up from The Academy on Vimeo.

‘I have a dream’

I like to post all (or part) of Martin Luther King‘s “I Have a Dream” speech on MLK Day. I hope everyone listens to the speech at least once a year just to remember why the day is so much more than some business’s furniture sale or some such thing.
This year, President Obama‘s second inauguration fell on the national holiday. Both men do honor to each other.

‘We the people’

Got about 20 minutes?
Even if you caught it the first time, President Obama’s second inauguration speech is worth another listen — or a first listen if you missed it.
The theme you will hear repeated is “we the people” — decidedly NOT “me the person.”
Listen and see what you think.

In case your forgot

Yahoo! Sport’s Puck Daddy is really Greg Wyshynski, who’s from Lessburg, Va. Greg, a fabulous blogger who’s as much on top of his beat — hockey — as anyone I know, once told me that his only fear was going to bed and missing something!
Here’s a Puck Daddy video that presents 113 things that have changed since last season, which seems forever ago because of the four-month lockout.
But #hockeyisback!

Reporter scoops the GM

Want to see a reporter beat an NHL general manager to the punch when it comes to access to a player? Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic even impressed Coyotes GM Don Maloney with this scoop!

How to do a top-notch (sports) interview

Brian Burke of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs

I’m not all that familiar with the work of The Sports Network’s (TSN) James Duthie, but if you want to view how a good reporter handles an interview, check out this session with outgoing Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke.
No chit chat.
Tough questions.
No commentary.
Just the questions the public was asking.
A good job.



Camps open today, Jan. 13.
The games begin Saturday Jan. 19.
The NHL has a video and a Twitter hashtag (#hockeyisback) to let us know.
There’s not a commissioner, not a negotiator, not a mediator, not a lawyer to be seen in the video.
Just the ice.
Just the players.
Just the way it should be.

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The place to meet on the Fairfax campus

The George Mason statue is kitty-corner to the Johnson Center and the Mason Pond Parking Deck, where guests can easily park on the first three levels (Fairfax campus map). As soon-to-be emeritus faculty, I'm always happy to meet with friends and my former Mason students on campus.

Alum Kevin McCarthy at work

Film critic and GMU alum Kevin McCarthy encouraged students during his many visits to my GMU classes to pursue internships and "get noticed!" See some of Kevin's terrific interviews on his Nerd Tears website.