Anyone who’s been to Las Vegas over the past 10-15 years surely has heard the name Danny Gans, if for no reason other than that his face was on ads plastered all over the Strip. Sadly, the impressionist and singer who thrilled audiences at the Mirage and Wynn Las Vegas over the past 10+ years died early this morning of unknown causes at age 52.
Gans was never that well-known outside of Las Vegas, but he was one of the top acts on the Strip for years. He was also an all-American college baseball player at Cal Poly-SLO and batted .234 for the minor-league Victoria (BC) Mussels in 1978. Injuries ended Gans’ dreams of playing professional baseball, but before becoming a Vegas legend, Gans would go on to be a part of one of the most famous sports films of all time.
• It was a big day for grainy video of youth football controversy. First, some high school kicker abused the the goal post support, Phil Dawson-style (but didn’t get the call). Then, some youth coach just flat-out abused an opposing player.
• Paraguayan javelin-thrower Leryn Franco is nippin’ out on the runway. She’ll use the photo for her Christmas card like Elaine Benes did.
• Don’t expect a closing baseball stadium to just let you stroll in and scoop up your dead father.
• Brett Favre’s home in Wisconsin has decided it’s time to move on, and is going forward in finding a new owner.
• Lions fans should be pretty excited that they’re still going to go 12-4, according to Roy Williams. The Cubs are also going to be the only team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-five series.
• Just when you thought we’d gotten rid of Kevin Costner once and for all, it’s time for a Bull Durham sequel. Read more…
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There have been plenty of great baseball movies made throughout history, and for a lot of people one of the best ever made was Bull Durham. Personally, I don’t include Bull Durham in my list of the greatest baseball movies because I don’t consider it a baseball movie. In reality it’s just a chick flick disguised as a baseball movie, as it’s more about the love triangle between Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Costner than it is about baseball.
I do realize that there are people who think differently about the flick, though, and those folks are going to be pretty happy to hear this. Apparently there have been plans for a sequel to the movie for a while, and those plans are finally starting to get off the ground.
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• MR. IRRELEVANT finds a classic Redskins hog hat that’s the tops.
Writer/Director Ron Shelton was back around some old stomping grounds on Wednesday, helping celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most well-known sports movies to hit the silver screen.
The movie, of course, is “Bull Durham“, Shelton’s cinematic masterpiece about the lives, laughs & loves in the world of minor league baseball. Ron had returned to Durham, NC, to partake in the celebratory festivities honoring the film.
But during a luncheon, Shelton mentioned the possibility of a plan that’s death to many a memorable movie - a sequel! Read more…