What’s the most important thing you look for when picking a great band? Is it a charismatic singer? A guitarist who can move seamlessly from blues to rock to jazz ? Maybe it’s the bassist or drummer, who maintain the rhythm while the other two do their thing.
For me, it may be actually be a hall of fame defenseman.
We’re looking at wedding bands now. And since our wedding is in Massachusetts, that’s where most of the bands are located. As a result, a lot of this is being done on the internet. We look at the band’s websites, listen to samples and watch videos.
They’re all basically the same. The band plays. The bride smiles. The young people wave their hands in the air. An old lady dances with her grandson. We watch. We listen. We try to imagine our young people and our old ladies in the same positions.
But one video stood out from the rest. A few seconds in, the bride walks in with her father for their first dance.
“I think that’s Ray Bourque,” I said. Danielle didn’t know the name. I explained his significance. She was still unmoved.
“What do you think of the band?” she asked.
“I think they were good enough for Ray Bourque,” was all I could think to answer.
A few days later, we were telling this story to a friend of mine. She laughed. “Can you imagine if you told your friends you hired a band for the sole reason that some hockey player was in their video?’
“First of all, its not just some hockey player,” I answered, “It’s Ray Bourque. That means it was essentially a high society function in Boston. Secondly, my friends would totally understand if I hired a band based solely on the fact that they played Ray Bourque’s daughter’s wedding.”
“Well, were they good?” she asked.
“I honestly don’t remember. I pretty much stopped listening after I saw Ray Bourque. But, he seemed to enjoy it.”
Apparently, I don’t worry about bass lines as long as my blue line is covered.
Ben Reiter opens the Scorecard section with a piece about the arms race between Dave Dombrowski and Billy Beane at the trading deadline. This year’s was a particularly exciting trading deadline, though incredibly frustrating. I actually left work thinking the Yankees had traded for Marlon Byrd. Because there was some fake Joel Sherman twitter account that told me so. I watched MLB Tonight for like two hours waiting for them to discuss it. The never did. I admit, the fact that it took me two hours to figure it out does not reflect well on me. But, screw that guy for making a fake Joel Sherman twitter account.
King Of Roam by Jack McCallum
McCallum profiles the Cavs’ new coach. David Blatt. I’ll admit, the fact that Blatt is Jewish means I’m going to like him regardless. But, he actually comes off as a pretty interesting guy in this article. And here’s another observation. LeBron, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving is a far more interesting team than LeBron, Wade and Bosh were four years ago, both as players and as people. I’m all in on this Cavs team.
There and Back by Steve Rushin
20 years ago, Steve Rushin wrote what many people call the definitive article in Sports Illustrated’s history, called “How We Got Here.” But, I’ve always disliked Steve Rushin’s writing style immensely. And so, I always refused to read the article. 20 years later, he’s done it again. But, this time, I decided to read it. And I’m glad I did. This is a fantastic read. Spectacular. The writing is amazing. Each disparate story connects with the next to weave a history of modern sports from 1954 thru today. The article is long, maybe the longest in SI history, and it will take some time to read it. But I can’t recommend taking that time enough. Even if you don’t get Sports Illustrated, you should seek out this article and read it. And share it with your friends.
Regrets by SI editors
SI focuses on 60 years of mistakes, bad predictions and otherwise silly ideas. There’s also an apology for the strange dearth of bird watching articles in the first decade or so. This was funny.
Location at 86th and Lex by Modells Sporting Goods
The Modells at 86th and Lex has two racks of Zoilo Almonte Yankees jersey t-shirts. I don’t even know what to say about this. Does Zoilo Almonte work in the stock room at this particular Modells location during the vast majority of the season, when he’s supposedly playing left field for the Scranton Yankees?
Point After by Michael Rosenberg
Rosenberg writes about a guy who has every issue of Sports Illustrated in his basement. He also apparently has a photographic memory and can tell you, off the top of his head, who was on the cover and when. He’s probably on the spectrum, though that possibility is not explored in this column.