SBD/November 21, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published November 21, 2011
|Obama and Biden served as honorary
grand marshals at yesterday's race
HOF CALIBER: White Sox Vice Chair EDDIE EINHORN yesterday was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball HOF. Einhorn earned the induction "largely because of his vision in founding the TVS Television Network in 1965, which helped catapult college basketball into national prominence." Einhorn "invited friends from all areas of his life in sports to join him" for the induction ceremony in K.C. (MLB.com, 11/20). Also inducted to the NCB HOF yesterday were RALPH SAMPSON, CHRIS MULLIN, EDDIE SUTTON, JOE VANCISIN, CAZZIE RUSSELL, JAMES WORTHY and BOB KNIGHT (K.C. STAR, 11/21).
NAMES: D'Backs President & CEO DERRICK HALL returned home Thursday, nine days "after having surgery to remove his prostate." Hall's doctors are "optimistic that he will make a complete recovery" (MLB.com, 11/18)....Actor SYLVESTER STALLONE has "teamed up with heavyweight boxing legends WLADIMIR and VITALI KLITSCHKO" to create a musical version of "ROCKY." Producers Stage Entertainment said that the musical will "incorporate many of the tub-thumping hits from the film," including "Eye of the Tiger" and "Gonna Fly Now." The musical "will be in German and so far casting has not been finalised." Stage Entertainment spokesperson HOLGER KERSTING said that the Klitschko brothers "will co-produce the musical along with Stallone and train the main actors" in boxing (London TELEGRAPH, 11/21)....76ers Owner JOSHUA HARRIS ran in the 18th annual Philadelphia Marathon, finishing with a "personal-best time" of 3:48. It was his "third career marathon and first" in Philadelphia (PHILLY.com, 11/21)....Maple Leafs President & GM BRIAN BURKE recently opened a Twitter account under the handle @LeafsBB20, and he had about 29,000 followers at presstime (THESTAR.com, 11/19)....Mavericks G JASON KIDD recently put his $1.6M Dallas condo on the market. The condo is located "just a few blocks from the American Airlines Center" (DALLASNEWS.com, 11/19)....Heat F CHRIS BOSH and wife, ADRIENNE, are “expecting their first child, a boy” (N.Y. POST, 11/21).
IN MEMORY: LARRY MUNSON, who retired in '08 after doing play-by-play for the Univ. of Georgia for 43 seasons, died last night at his Athens home from complications from pneumonia. Munson was 89. Funeral arrangements have not been determined. Munson became a household name in Georgia for his calls in his “distinctive gravely voice -- with his unabashed favoritism for the Bulldogs” (ATHENS BANNER-HERALD, 11/21). In Atlanta, Mark Bradley wrote, “He wasn’t the classic radio voice. On purely technical terms, he wasn’t the paragon of play-by-play, either. But such was the power of the mighty Munson personality that none of that mattered” (AJC.com, 11/20).