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Coming to TV: No Friends

(Video Link) This pitch from The Irish Clip Board seems okay, but I don’t see it catching the popular appeal of the original. Upside: no Joey Tribbiani. That alone makes the loneliness palatable. -via Blame It on the Voices

Who Invented the Knuckleball?

RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters/Landov New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, the only active major leaguer who throws a knuckleball, hasn’t allowed an earned run in 42 2/3 innings and recently became the first pitcher since 1988 to throw back-to-back one-hitters. The 37-year-old, who looks to continue his mastery of opposing hitters on Sunday against the Yankees, is reinventing [...]

Cirque du Soleil Pitcher

(Video Link) Yesterday, the first pitch in a game between the San Diego Padres and the Kansas City Royals was thrown by a performer from the Cirque du Soleil: Decked out in a vibrant costume, Gabryel Nogueira da Silva threw out a gravity-defying first pitch that should have John Wall signing up for tee-ball tryouts following his [...]

Hirotada Ototake

(YouTube link) Sportswriter Hirotada Ototake threw out the ceremonial first pitch at yesterday’s game between Seibu and Rakuten in Japan. Ototake was born without arms or legs, but lives a normal life and works as an advocate for the disabled in his spare time. The speech he gives before the pitch is a dedication to the [...]

The Late Movies: Ceremonial First Pitches

Today was baseball’s Opening Day, where everyone has a record of 0-0. So bust out the peanuts and Cracker Jack, pop open a frosty beverage of age-appropriate choice and take a look at some of the best ceremonial first pitches. On opening day in 2007, Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory attempted to toss out the first pitch. [...]

Gene Roddenberry’s Original Pitch for Star Trek

Lee Thomson has a copy of Gene Roddenberry’s March 1964 pitch for Star Trek. There were many changes made before the first and second pilot episodes were filmed. The ship’s doctor, for example, went by a different name, but was still known as “Bones”. Sex kitten Yeoman Rand was called “Colt”, and Roddenberry clearly had [...]

How To Pitch a Blockbuster

If your movie pitch got rejected, perhaps you weren’t using the right buzzwords. Mike Jacobsen of See Mike Draw explains the secret of pitching a blockbuster to Hollywood: Link See also Mike Jacobsen’s T-Shirt designs at the NeatoShop

Narcissists Are Good for Business

Need to improve your team’s business pitch? The solution may surprise you: hire narcissists. Psychologists Jack Goncalo and Sharon Kim of Cornell University and Francis Flynn of Stanford University paired up 76 college students and asked one person to develop and pitch a concept for a movie to the other. The ideas were not stellar; one [...]