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|| News Item: Posted 2013-05-09

P.J., Mick and the Reds’ In-flight menu

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter Newsletter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro

Photo by Robert Hanashiro

The Rolling Stones perform at Staples Center during their "50 & Counting" tour on May 3, 2013.
A few notes on the scorecard:

Memories of P.J.
While covering and NBA Finals a few years ago, my USA TODAY colleague Bob Deutsch and I found ourselves in the press elevator with P.J. Carlsemo, who was working at the time as a broadcaster. We had stopped off at a Krispy Kreme on our way to the game and brought a couple of boxes of glazed ...P.J. kept staring at the boxes in Bob's hands, finally smiled and said "You guys wouldn't mind sharing one of those would you?"

He took two donuts…

P.J. Carlesimo recently dismissed as the head coach of the Nets, has always been a favorite of mine since then ...

Stones roll into Laker-land
Who would have thought last November that 70-something rockers would be prancing around Staples Center in May rather than the Lakers (or Clippers for that matter)?

The Rolling Stones kicked of their "50 & Counting" tour in Staples Center last Friday as both the Lakes and Clips were siting in their rocking chairs at home...

"The only reason we're here is to make the Lakers look younger," Stones frontman Mick Jagger quipped during the show in a sort of tip-of-the-hat to the over-the-hill-gang (aka the LA Lakers).

(Shameful self-promotion: USA TODAY gallery from the Rolling Stones at Stapes Center:

They don't have to pay for cokes and peanuts on their flight
I'm not much for Twitter, but I couldn't help but shake my head at the irony of this one sent to me by a friend addicted to news fit into 140-words...

Wife of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos, Dallas, twitted out the menu of the team flight this past weekend ... a day after an airline announced that it would start charging passengers for in-flight soft drinks.

So while we cram ourselves into the ever-shrinking coach section, paying 5 bucks for a Diet Coke, the Reds munched on a selection of:
Pre-flight snacks
Personal pizzas, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, assorted chips, California sushi rolls, and shrimp cocktail.

Photo by
Choice of fried shrimp with macaroni and cheese and grilled haricots verts; chicken stir fry, jasmine rice and stir fried vegetables; baked lasagna; a bleu cheese and spinach entree salad with grilled beef fillet on top; or Angus beef cheeseburgers

And for dessert
Various ice-cream bars, ice-cream sandwiches, caramel corn, fresh fruit and cheese, and candy bars

Here's the kicker: The menu was for a flight from Cinny to Chicago ... about 60 minutes.

Being a pro athlete has its privileges...

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This issue of the Sports Shooter Newsletter features two first-hand accounts of the recent bombing during the Boston Marathon. As any good journalist, Sports Shooter members Kelvin Ma and WInslow Townsend charged into the situation to document the tragedy ... and the heroism. While the Internet and TV were flooded within minutes with shaky, out-of-focus and loose cellphone images and video, Kevin and Winslow --- along with dozens of other journalists --- switched from "sports shooter" mode to "news mode" capturing not only the horror of the terrorist attack but also the bravery of the people that moved in to help the injured.

We also feature a first-person look at covering the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament by Syracuse University student Nate Shron. Several Sports Shooter members contributed to our semi-regular feature on favorite mobile phone apps; Dave Eulitt writes about a fun assignment in "Cool" Gig" and Nic Coury writes about the Nikon D600 in "Photographers Toy Box".

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Fun listening this month includes the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra's "The Nirvana Session" --- a fun/cool chamber orchestra interpretation of the Seattle grunge band's music. ( Reading material: If you're like me, hopelessly stuck in the 60's and 70's, you will enjoy reading "Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories" by former Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive founder by Randy Bachman. A written version of his weekly CBC radio show, this book is like a history lesson on rock from the late 50's through today. This is a definite must-read for any rock aficionado --- 'Nuff Said!

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As always, special thanks to: Deanna & Emma Hanashiro, Brad Mangin, Grover Sanschagrin, Joe Gosen and Jason Burfield.

Thanks this month to contributors: Kelvin Ma, Winslow Townson, Nate Shron, Nic Coury, David Eulitt, Trent Nelson, J.G. McCarthy, Vincent Laforet, Mike Blake and Rod Mar.

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