Allen Adams

Allen Adams

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Noted essayist explores the depths of his sporting interests

There has long been an overlap between the world of sport and the literary realm – the names in the center of that Venn diagram include luminaries such as George Plimpton, George F. Will, Hunter S. Thompson and David Foster Wallace (among many others). There are multitudes of gifted writers whose love of sport is well-documented. The words can be downright compelling when these men and women bring their considerable talents into the land of athletic storytelling.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:46

‘Drive’ time

New local sports talk radio show prepares to launch

BANGOR – A new show – with some familiar voices – is coming to the FM dial.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:09

We’re not gonna take it – ‘Taken 3’

Uninspired action sequel lacks impact, coherence

When it comes to sequels, as the numbers following the titles go up, the quality of the film tends to descend. This isn’t a hard and fast rule – there are franchises that have managed to reinvigorate/reinvent themselves on the fly, but they are fairly thin on the ground.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:41

Turing tested – ‘The Imitation Game’

Well-made biopic features strong performances

History is filled with accomplished men and women – people who changed the world – that for whatever reason never achieve the recognition their efforts warrant – at least, not until long after they’re gone. And when their brilliance is finally brought to light, we’re left to wonder about what could have been.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:36

Long walk to freedom – ‘Selma’

Movie tells story of 1965 march for equal voting rights

There are defining moments in history – and defining figures. And filmmakers have been telling the stories of those moments and figures ever since the invention of film.

As last week goes to show, picking the NFL playoffs isn’t always easy. The notion of “any given Sunday” might be a cliché, but in the postseason, it’s an accurate one.

(Any given Saturday as well, I suppose.)

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:26

Weird National Briefs - (01/07/15)

One-man party

KEIZER, Ore. - Police near Salem, Oregon, say they arrested a naked man after he broke into two homes, drank booze and used a hot tub at one of them.

This Wild Card weekend wasn’t particularly wild. With the exception of the Steelers, everyone won who was supposed to win. And aside from Detroit/Dallas, none of the games felt particularly close. Other than that one upset by the Ravens, it was more or less status quo. Andy Dalton lost in the first round. Detroit is no longer in the playoffs. All is mostly right in the world.

And now the league’s best – New England; Denver; Seattle; Green Bay – are re-entering the picture after their bye weeks. They’ve had some time to nurse some injuries and recharge some batteries, though you never know whether the time off could also lead to a little rust.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:17

Four new Hall of Famers

Trio of first-time pitchers, one holdover added to Hall

It wasn’t that long ago that many people were concerned that the flow of new inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame has slowed to a trickle.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:13

Celebrity Slam - (01/07/15)

Sheen shamed

Sometimes, the new year means that things get a little quiet here at Celebrity Slam. The excitement of the holiday season has died down and our favorite famous folks take it down a notch or two and spend their time, well…not being ridiculous.

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