Names In The News
A California woman died in August as a "result of being hit in the head by a batted ball at Dodger Stadium," according to an L.A. County coroner's report. The report states the cause of LINDA GOLDBLOOM's Aug. 29 death as "acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma." It also states that the injury "occurred when she was struck in the head with a baseball" during Padres-Dodgers on Aug. 25. Goldbloom's daughter JANA BRODY said that she and her family "would not comment on any agreement with the Dodgers or possible legal action," but that she "hopes to have a fund established in her mother's memory to assist victims of such accidents and their families." In MLB's 150-year history, there were "two previous reported instances of fans dying after being struck in the stands by balls that left the field of play" (ESPN.com, 2/4).
PARTY IN THE ATL: After the Patriots won Super Bowl LIII on Sunday night, the team "brought the festivities to the team hotel, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta." Country-rock band OLD DOMINION "kicked things off for the early arrivals -- none of which were players." As more attendees arrived, Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT "took a few minutes to address the masses." THE CHAINSMOKERS played next and "kept the mob energized as Patriots gradually made their way into the celebration." Kraft "later returned to the stage" with SNOOP DOGG, who "performed several tracks" (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 2/4).
NAMES: LANCE ARMSTRONG last month launched a startup investment fund to finance sports-related companies, and has chosen California-based fitness startup PowerDot as his "first investment." PowerDot CEO ERIC GLADER said that the company received funds from Armstrong "well in the seven figures" (SANDIEGOUNIONTRIBUNE.com, 2/4)....Packers QB AARON RODGERS and gamer EDWIN CASTRO, known as "Castro1021," live-streamed several "FIFA 19" matches on Saturday on Castro's Twitch channel, raising more than $80,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project (GREENBAYPRESSGAZETTE.com, 2/4)....The Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert at Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Saturday included performances from Cubs radio announcer LEN KASPER, former MLBer BERNIE WILLIAMS, MLB Network's GREG AMSINGER, Red Sox President & CEO SAM KENNEDY and MLB Network's PETER GAMMONS (BOSTONHERALD.com, 2/4)....Golfer BROOKS KOEPKA was courtside last night in Brooklyn for a "meet-and-greet" with Bucks F GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO during Bucks-Nets. PRESIDENT CLINTON was "also at the game and met up with Koepka" (GOLFWEEK.com, 2/4)....Former Lions GM MATT MILLEN had a “much-needed heart transplant in the early hours of Christmas Eve,” and is now “feeling pretty good” (FREEP.com, 2/3)....Footage during CBS’ Super Bowl LIII broadcast showed Penguins co-Owner RON BURKLE “standing and applauding in a luxury box” with GISELE BUNDCHEN (SACBEE.com, 2/4).
IN MEMORY: IRV BROWN -- a former Final Four referee, Univ. of Colorado baseball coach, ESPN color commentator and sports radio personality -- died Sunday at 83. Brown was a “fixture on talk radio in Denver, working with longtime partner JOE WILLIAMS on shows that spanned four decades.” Brown was in the booth for ESPN’s “first college football telecast, a game between Colorado and Oregon” in '79 (ESPN.com, 2/3).