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Joe Posnanski Eulogizes Kansas City Legend

Blogging Ellie nominee Joe Posnanski is back with writes a wonderful tribute to Kansas City icon Bill Grigsby who passed away over the weekend. Grigsby’s departure won’t garner nearly the attention of Duke Snider‘s, but the scribe frames his life with perfect eloquence.

Bill Grigsby was an announcer. He was also a salesman. He was a promoter. He was a storyteller. He was a businessman. He was a bar owner. He was an insurance salesman. He was a pool hustler. He was a job recruiter. He was a guy who worked for the Kansas City A’s in the years when they were dreadful and largely irrelevant – this would cover all the years of the Kansas City A’s – and when people would call the office to ask what time the game started, he would reply: “What time can you get here?”

One of the things that makes Joe Poz so good is the joy he’s able to convey in his writing. Clearly, he learned a bit from watching Grigsby attack life.

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The Re-Making of the New York Cosmos

Grant Wahl, America’s best soccer writer, posts a long interview transcript with Terry Byrne, best known as David Beckham‘s former manager and “best mate.” The self-made man has a new gig, however: Helping to bring back the New York Cosmos.

The legendary club featured Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, and other massive names. They were hugely popular in New York, dominating Studio 54 and earning themselves a much-loved documentary. In 1985, they disappeared from the field.

But now, the Cosmos are coming back. Byrne, former Tottenham Hotspurs director Paul Kelmsley, and a few other executives are intent on making the Cosmos Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise in 2013.

In essence, this is a media, marketing, and branding story. How do you transform a franchise that exists in the hearts and minds into one that appears on the field?

Byrne has some thoughts. Read more

NBA TV Pulling Out the Big Guns for Miami Heat Preseason

The Miami Heat – you know, that little squad with Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and a host of other dudes – play their first game on October 5 and NBA TV will be there.

Marv Albert will handle the play-by-play while hall of famer Kevin McHale and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber ride shotgun. Cheryl Miller lands the role of sideline reporter.

The tremendous trio (LeBron et al, not Alberts, etc.) won’t play the entire game, but the world will tune in regardless.

NBA TV, now in its 12th year, is available in 53 million U.S. homes and will feature up to 275 live games this year. Only 270 of them will feature the Heat.

TNT will televise the Heat’s first real game, an away tilt with the Boston Celtics on October 26.