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Weird Lede

This Boston Globe lede rambles from Twitter to somebody’s nose to coconut water. One question: how could the writer know that “the coldest of suds would not have tasted as good as the electrolyte-filled beverages the Bruins were all downing”?

Shooting the Monster

In Heather Lombardo’s profile of new Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford, the Green Monster, as always, provides a visual that lingers. She shot Crawford outside and inside the iconic landmark, and explains – to E:60 Production Notes – how she approached the Monster with “respect” and a plan.

A 3D Future

I tend to be slow on the technology uptake. But recently, at the ESPN Cafe, I put on a pair of Elton John glasses and watched college hoops in 3D. It took me about 10 seconds to understand that 3D is the future of live action. The viewing is dramatically superior. When a point guard “penetrates” in 3D, you see virtually what he or she sees on the way to the basket.

As for feature programming, the imperative is less obvious. E:60 will debut ESPN’s first 3D feature on April 12, a 4-5 minute piece about a professional knife thrower called “The Great Throwdini”.

Henry Abbott: Survival of the Fittest

On his way to founding the pre-eminent NBA blog, TrueHoop, Henry Abbott lived in a jungle in Ecuador and covered the Ecuadorian elections for CBS radio. But that was then. Now Abbott rules over a different kind of jungle – a network of bloggers in every NBA city that draws more than a million readers every month.

Founded in 2005, TrueHoop was purchased by ESPN in 2007, which makes Abbott an entrepreneurial model for bloggers who claw for scraps in a Darwinian cyberspace. In this interview, Abbott answers one question – about the human side of blogging – with a link to his own network, which not only saved him time, but drove SMG’s massive traffic to TrueHoop. Thus did Abbott demonstrate, with deftness, a practical skill that we can only envy.

Michael Kelly on 'TRBOC'

Michael Kelly, metro columnist for the Omaha World Herald, reviewed “The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central”, and called it “entirely credible” and “well-researched”.

The World-Herald has a pay-as-you-go firewall to Kelly’s columns. So here it is:

Book rebounds to timely topic: hoops, race

Michael Kelly
Omaha World Herald
March 11, 2011

More than four decades ago, a George Wallace speech at the Civic Auditorium ignited race riots and the sudden switch of the state boys basketball tournament from Omaha to Lincoln. This week, the news again was about race.

On the eve of the 2011 tournament, black referees objected Wednesday to the Nebraska School Activities Association board that only two of 22 eligible African -American refs were assigned to tournament games.

Journalist and author Steve Marantz, a 1969 graduate of Omaha Central High, delves into the question of race with a new book, “The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the ’68 Racial Divide.”