• Anonymous

    Jon, this is utterly off topic, but I’m wondering if you might know anything about Daniel Espinosa, the Swedish director of “Safe House” with Denzel Washington. I can only find skimpy bio info about him, but Espinosa is obviously not a conventional Swedish name and, given his 1977 birth date, I’m guessing his parents were Chilean refugees, many of whom went to Sweden after 1973.

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       Nope, I don’t.

      • Anonymous

        I just found a site called James Bond Chile (http://jamesbondchile.blogspot.com/2011/09/bond-23-chileno-alexander-witt-regresa.html) that, in a brief mention, describes him as “also Chilean”).

        • http://ken.arneson.name/ Ken Arneson

          I read an interview with him in a Swedish newspaper where he says he’s half-Chilean.  And that his father is a physicist.  He got into film after becoming friends with the son of Lasse Hallström.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, Ken. Do you read Swedish, or was that the English-language Stockholm online paper The Local?

          • http://ken.arneson.name/ Ken Arneson

            I read Swedish.

          • http://twitter.com/LasseLenaForum thebowlerhat.com

            That’s true. He told the story on a talk show in 2010 where Daniel met Lasse Hallström and Lena Olin for the first time.

            Don’t know if the pic I’m attaching will show up but it’s screencaps from the actual moment when he tells the story.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    What Would the End of Football Look Like?  http://es.pn/yPv9qQ

  • Onlyatriple

    One of those moments in history:   I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news.  I suppose this is also one of those rare times when what seemed like a personal tragedy for him, and a collective loss for our city, became a teachable moment for the world, and the world actually listened and learned.  20 years later, he is a true leader of our city in business, civic affairs, and philanthropy.  Has there ever been a sports figure who ended up contributing so much to his city after he retired from the field of play?  And perhaps, perhaps, he will end up restoring that other LA team…

  • Anonymous

    Pardon me for not watching that clip. Lived in SoCal then, went to handful of Laker games a year. Locked myself in my room and cried for about 2 days.

  • Anonymous

    With AIDS mortality so very high at the time, I thought for sure that he was a goner. I remember being very angry at him at first because he was the greatest basketball player in history at the time and was on MY team. How could he do this to us? But then I was very sad because the guy was the greatest basketball player in history at the time and was on MY team and we were going to lose him. To this day I see his survival as a miracle and he truly is “Magic.”

  • Anonymous

    I was only 11 at the time, but 07 November 1991 will be a date I’ll never forget.  My dad told me the news when I got home from school, and I remember not really grasping what it meant, only that he was going to die soon.  Fast-forward 20+ years, and he’s in better shape than I am. 

  • Anonymous

    Not trying to be sick or demented but, if Magic were to become our owner and he died. Who would be the owner then. Would we have to go through all of this again or what?

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      Walter O’Malley died.  It’s not like they wouldn’t have a contingency plan.  Plus, Magic wouldn’t be the sole owner by any stretch.

      • Anonymous

        Charles Ebbets died. And then the guy who was his partner (McKeever) died after catching a cold at Ebbets’ funeral.

        • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

           William Henry Harrison was top of mind that day.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Hitchcock/1676059435 Jim Hitchcock

          He caught his cold during the funeral at Ebbetts Pass. During the winter.

  • Phil Gurnee

    Easily the most crushing news related to sports of my life. Sucks getting old, but at least those of us my age saw Magic Johnson from beginning to end………and Kirk Gibson. Suck it whippersnappers. 

  • Anonymous

    The Kansas City Royals are reuniting the broadcast team of Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler. 

    • Anonymous

      Fortunately, they’re out of radio range here.

      • Anonymous

        Time to invest in MLB.tv! Or maybe Extra Innings. But I think you should get the former, so you can watch them anywhere in the world!

        • Anonymous

          Actually, I do get MLBTV, but that doesn’t mean I have to watch or listen to Physioc and Hudler.

          • Anonymous

            You could play it really loudly sometime as a distress signal to alert neighbors that something is amiss. It’s probably cheaper than Life Alert.

          • Anonymous

            In fairness, it’s not as if Steiner and Lyons are much better.

        • Anonymous

          What is the difference between the two?

    • Anonymous

      Wasnt Hurled arrested in KC?

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Mitchell clears waivers, is outrighted to Triple-A atmlb.com/z5zza5

  • Anonymous

    I cried at the Magic news, primary reason why I don’t want him owning the Dodgers is that I never want a reason to hate Magic.  If he owns the Dodgers, that becomes a risk….

  • Anonymous

    In other news – I am so amped about the softball tourney that I am bouncing in my seat.  I WANNA PLAY NOW!  NOW!  

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT

  • KT

    I had just gotten into town to visit my folks as I was PCSing from Norfolk to Guam…I couldn’t believe it and I as others thought that he was a dead man walking…I glad he was only a carrier and not fully infected…He is a great player and person