Sunday, January 13, 2019

Brad & Kyle - Practicing What They Preach

source: YouTube
L: Kyle Sherman, R: Brad Miller
Among the countless bowling instructional videos I watch on YouTube, there's been a series that I've been watching a lot of lately from PBA bowlers Brad Miller and Kyle Sherman.

Their YouTube page, Brad & Kyle, feature brief, friendly and very informative tips on how to improve your bowling game. I've been working on keeping my shoulder steady the past few weeks, so this one caught my interest:

It's very apparent they must practice what they preach. They're the top seeded team in next week's PBA Roth Holman Doubles stepladder match.

Good luck guys!

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Sandra Oh - First Asian to Win Multiple Golden Globes

source: HuffPost
L: Andy Samberg, R: Sandra Oh
Before her Golden Globe award winning performance as Eve Polastri in "Killing Eve", Dr. Cristina Yang in "Grey's Anatomy" and Thomas Haden Church's girlfriend Stephanie in "Sideways" (directed by her ex-husband Alexander Payne), I first saw Sandra Oh in a 1994 Canadian independent film called Double Happiness.

I immediately became a fan.

In my opinion, she may have had supporting roles for most of her career, but she always had my undivided attention whenever she came on screen.

Congratulations Sandra!

Here's a clip from Double Happiness:

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018 Sports Stories of the Year

source: E:60's ESPN
L: Deland McCullough, R: Sherman Smith

source: Washington Post
L: Lin Wang, Charles Barkley
If you know me, or follow this blog regularly, a BIG part of my life is sports. I don't follow NCAA Division I College and MLB, NBA and NFL as closely as I did as a kid. These days, it's the sports history stories with gripping, memorable programs such as ESPN's SC Featured, E:60 and 30 For 30.

Here are my top sports stories of 2018:
Lin Wang and Charles Barkley
My Twitter feed was blown up about a story from NPR's It's Only A Game. People like Soledad O'Brien and Seth Meyers tweeted at how much they sobbed reading Shirley Wang's essay about her father Lin and his friendship with former NBA standout/current TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley.

I've read the print story at least 3 times, but it was Shirley's voice in the podcast that had me bawling for hours.
Click here to read or hear the podcast.

Deland McCullough and Sherman Smith
Their story has become one of my favorite sports stories ever. Deland is currently the running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Sherman is a retired running backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Deland and Sherman first met when Sherman recruited Deland in high school to play football for Miami (Ohio) University.

Here's the YouTube video:

Wishing everyone a safe, warm and wonderful 2019.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Mookie Betts in 2018

source: ESPN
Mookie Betts
What a year for Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts.

In 2018:
  • American League MVP
  • American League Batting Champion
  • Rawlings Gold Glove Winner
  • American League Silver Slugger
  • World Series Champions
Betts also threw a 300 game on November 12, 2017 in the PBA World Series of Bowling in Reno, Nevada.

Here are his 2018 baseball highlights:

Sunday, December 16, 2018

PBA Tour debuts on FOX Sports

source: Twitter/PBA
L to R: Rob Stone, Kimberly Pressler, Randy Pedersen
UPDATE: Two of my favorites on the PBA tour, Dom Barrett and Marshall Kent made the PBA Clash Finals. Marshall surged back with 4 consecutive strikes (HAMBONE) to defeat Dom 218-215.

Next week, on December 23, the PBA moves from ESPN to Fox Sports. The televised schedule on the PBA website has broadcasts begin next week and go through mid-June.

For this avid PBA fan, this is very exciting. The move to FOX reunites former ESPN PBA sportscaster Rob Stone with Randy Pedersen and Kimberly Pressler.

Here's the promo trailer:

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

source: CAAM
Lately, my Sunday afternoon and evenings have been spent on the Cinema Asian America channel watching films from Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

CAAM is how I found out about Abacus: Small Enough to Jail featuring the Sung family. Last month, I got to see a great sports documentary directed by Ursula Liang called "9 Man". It's a modified street game of volleyball played in Chinatown playgrounds.

The other documentary is from Canadian director Jeff Chiba Stearns called "Mixed Match". The documentary explores the challenges of those with blood diseases of multi-ethnic heritage.

If you don't have Xfinity/Comcast, they are available for viewing on YouTube for a small fee.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

It's A Boy

Li -Chin baby shower
I missed last week's blog post as I was in Sacramento most of the day bowling in the annual California State Senior Bowling tournament.

Four days later on November 15, after 24 hours of labor, my sister-in-law Kat gave birth to a healthy 7 pound, 9 ounce boy. Mom and Dad are home resting comfortably.

Proud dad (my brother Sherman) has been sending Cindy and me pictures almost daily since his birth. And I can't get enough of them. The proud auntie in my saw his latest photo at 10 days old and he already looks like he's 3 months old.

Best part since his birth, he sat with dad watching Ohio State annihilate Michigan 62-39 yesterday. Never too early to begin father-son bonding traditions.

I'll close with a song dedicated to Kat and Sherman, Talking Heads's 1985 song, "Stay Up Late".