Well, first they changed the name of the film (it's now called "The Miracle Match," maybe in a nod to the powerful pull of awesome alliteration?), and then it was in, ahem, limited release...but soccer fans and St. Louisans who love to support the home team can still catch "Game of Their Lives" fever this weekend. Girasole Gifts & Imports, at the corner of Marconi and Wilson on The Hill, hosts 1950 U.S. Soccer Team goalie Frank Borghi in-store for a autograph session and DVD release party on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 1-4 p.m. Bonus: buy the DVD or book of the team's story, and you can score a commemorative poster for half-price. Call (314) 773-7700 for more info.
The year was 1991. The date, July 2nd. The place, Riverport Amphitheater.
Guns N' Roses was in town on the Use Your Illusion Tour. During "Rocket Queen," Axl Rose became enraged at a fan with a video camera and dove into the audience to take it away. Then he stormed off the stage with the rest of the band, sparking a riot that injured more than 50 people and caused more than $200,000 in damage.
And now, thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can watch it again and again.
That, my friends, is rock and roll. Or criminal stupidity, although the charges against Axl were later dismissed. Or both. And it happened right here in St. Louis (well, Maryland Heights), which prompted Axl to wear a "ST. LOUIS SUCKS" t-shirt in the video for "Dead Horse."
What if the doctor's office scene in Garden State featured "Tip Drill" by Nelly instead of "New Slang" by The Shins? "You gotta hear this one song. It'll change your life, I swear."
On the Pub Def website, Antonio French claims to have trademarked the phrase "Don't Hate the Players, Hate the Game," but according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, no trademarks are registered to Antonio French, Public Defender or Pub Def. The phrase "Don't hate the player [singular] hate the game" is actually trademarked by Benji J. Davis DBA Holy Kingdom Enterprises in Pittsburgh.
This concludes this edition of the blog fact checking report. The truth is out there.
Local 15-year-old rapper Jovan "Jibbs" Campbell made the 10 Artists to Watch 2006 list in the current issue of Rolling Stone. As an amateur boxer, Jibbs won two Golden Glove titles. His brother, DJ Beats of Da Beatstaz, produced most of his debut album.
Jibbs' hit single, the nursery-rhyme hooked "Chain Hang Low," is at #8 on iTunes. The video for the song is at #6 on Yahoo! Music. It shows him hanging at the corner of Osage and Pennsylvania, rocking the Cardinals gear and South Side jacket.
Update: Randall Roberts has a post on the disconcerting origin of "Chain Hang Low's" melody on STLog, the RFT's new blog. Wait a minute, the RFT has a blog? Can't the print (and TV) folks leave a few untouched crumbs for us old-school new-media playas? Still, we like Randall an awful lot. His "Drink of the Week" column is the shiznit.
Other political/economic ramifications notwithstanding (see: did we really have to lose a building for this?), the new downtown branch of the St. Louis Public Library, dubbed "Central Express," opened on Wednesday in the Old Post Office building on Olive St. Its hours are M-F, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and offerings are of the streamlined, mini-branch variety, including popular fiction/nonfiction and DVDs, CDs and books on CD.
As the librarians say, "Check it out!"
James Cook has posted a cartoon on his TOONrefugee site under the heading "Cardinals join a long list of panhandling sports teams."
Via The Onion: "... unto those who wait will come great rewards and monstrous thrills"
Yesterday's email message from Mayor Slay promoting the "Pom-Pom Squad" poll on his site included a nod in our direction:
|ANOTHER INTERESTING SITE: The Commonspace|
We're off to make out with the quarterback under the bleachers.
Last month, the STL Syndicate network of sites got 111,843 banner ad views. For a mere $1,118.43 you could have bought them all, thereby getting your message out to the masses and advancing your plot for world domination. Be sure to check out our newest advertiser, Grove Furnishings. They've got nice furniture and accessories at nice prices. Isn't it time you started living like a grown-up?