A seven game win streak for the Angels erased a 7-game deficit the Angels had on the playoffs when they entered September. It’s now come down to one against the A’s and four in Texas.
Always great to get to the ballpark, and I’ve seen a few bizarre season finishes in Anaheim. Maybe this will be one of those shocking final stretches – in a good way – as the Angels continue to play improved team baseball despite the injuries (closer Huston Street is the latest) that have challenged them to pencil in a regular lineup, top to bottom and on the pitching staff.
If they pull this off, it’l be one of Mike Scioscia’s best career managing jobs.
Though this post didn’t originally get posted here when it was complete, and two dismal losses after three straight wins – starting here – have really soured the feelings, you will find my one-man band recap/post of the Angels Freeway Series finale 3-2 win over the Dodgers on September 9 by clicking below. It was great to run into some old friends, including Eric Geller, Glenn Diamond, Ben Platt, Mark Meyers, Rick Honeycutt and others.
A little baseball… a little giving back…. a fun look at the Angels and Second Harvest Food Bank in OC.
Dolly Parton’s half century rise from Tennessee farm girl to entertainment icon has truly been a “rags to riches” story. And now the little girl who once wore a coat made of fabric squares sewed by her mother has found the little girl to play the part in an upcoming biopic, “Coat of Many Colors” on NBC.
The film is set in 1955, and the actress selected to play the 9-year-old Parton is Alyvia Lind. Though only born in 2007, Lind is already a veteran of the screen, appearing in several television shows including 70 episodes on The Young and The Restless. She recently appeared as Adam Sandler’s daughter in the film “Blended”, also starring one-time child actress Drew Barrymore.
“This is so cool, I’m like still in shock,” Lind said. “I can’t wait to play a little one of this,” Lind said as she pointed at Parton, who had just surprised her with the news.
Parton is Executive Producer on the project, and felt a special connection to the actress when she saw her audition. “The second I saw her I felt her,” said Parton. “I just felt that little spark, that little light, that little life she had inside of her.”
“She’s a great little actress, too,” Parton said. “I was extremely impressed.”
The daughter of actress Barbara Alyn Woods (One Tree Hill) and producer John Lind (Soul Surfer) is the youngest of three acting sisters. Alyvia has already started polishing dolly’s characteristic Tennessee twang.
“The southern accent took not that long because I was born in North Carolina, so I had a little bit of it at first,” said Lind, who started in the business at age two. “Some of the words I didn’t know completely, because I didn’t speak for a long time like that. But actually, it wasn’t that hard.”
The actual “Coat of Many Colors” that inspired the 1971 hit song and the movie title still exists, and is on display in the Chasing Rainbows museum at Parton’s Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
No release date has been announced for the NBC movie, which began production in 2015.
NOTE: The YouTube upload to California Life HDs YouTube channel was “captioned” by computer. Thus, my name (and quite a bit of the captioning) is spelled wrong by the computer – Brian instead of Brent – in the captioning. Ain’t life humbling? They’ll get it right, with all the supers and courtesies, when the story airs.
I’ve been around quite a few locker rooms, and have witnessed more than three decades of change in the way sports are covered. Women in the broadcast journalism world is old news – thank God – because those pioneer battles were fought long ago. Today, I work more frequently with young journalists who just happen to be women, and I tell them there are more opportunities than ever for them in broadcast, but that they must be both one-person-bands AND entrepreneurs. That goes for men and women. Read my book for a couple bucks for more on my thoughts.
So I love it when I see a young talent hustling like the founder of the sports website/brand “Girly Locker Room”, Jackie James. I don’t know how solid she is as a reporter or storyteller because her body of work is still small, but am stoked by what she does after a glance through her site and watching her interview LA KISS owner and rock and roll legend Gene Simmons at a recent AFL game, She has guts, energy and a positive vibe. She digs the game, and to me, the game is the thing. Even if it’s not traditional football – who cares. The fans loved it and she was there to share the energy. I am instantly a fan of this young sportscaster.
So I chatted her up when I saw her gear bag, including a solid Canon X HD cam, outstanding lights and mikes, great logo and the fact she was doing it all her self. Not one, but TWO tripods. One for live streaming and tweeting (she had my butt kicked on that!) and another for more traditional recording of the interviews, footage, etc.
What I loved most, though, was that she looked gorgeous (it is part of the broadcast/visual media game, people) and she was ready to drop the high heels and get dirty.
Check out her quick change photo at the top of this post – so she could drop the heels and go to the flats (which she was wearing) and get the job done. I want all of my students – male and female – to drop their vanity from the ankles down and always be prepared to wear the shoes you need to hustle, even if you need to stash them in your Louis Vitton bag.
Very few of us – even old dogs like me – have the luxury of just standing there and looking good while others do the work. Quite yer bitching and roll up your sleeves. Digital space is “cheap”, so you can shoot as many standup as you need of yourself. Don’t miss a shot of footage because you’re too worried someone will laugh at your shoes.
Kudos to the Girly Locker Room. See you at the next game!