(Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e4/38/screwball-mlb-arbitration-060219-ftrjpg_hslfpbp2al4t1a080nynd9t88.jpg?t=369084899&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Could A-Rod, David Ortiz give boost to Clemens, Bonds’ Hall of Fame chances?SN: It was amazing. So let me ask you this: How did you get Tony to be so open? Was he just ready? How did you get him, so this documentary really took shape?CORBEN: We were in touch with him before he even went to prison. We had met a few times, we talked about doing this documentary and then he went off to prison for several years. It wasn’t like we were just meeting him cold. We had the advantage of some familiarity. We were not friends and we didn’t hang out or anything, but at least we didn’t just kind of come off the street and just say, “Hey, let’s do an interview.” So he was comfortable with us. We went to an environment that he was comfortable in to conduct the interview. But I gotta say, I don’t know if it’s because he’s off drugs now, for like four years or whatever it is, so I don’t know if it’s sort of part of his process of coming clean he was working his program or whatever, but he was just staggeringly candid. … For as absurd as this movie is, it is the most meticulously researched documentary we had ever done. We were hyper aware that we were dealing with super litigious, very deep pockets with Alex and MLB, and we wanted to make sure we got the facts straight. And so we were able to access materials that were never released publicly, transcripts of under-oath testimony to corroborate some of the crazy sh— that we were hearing. And then we talked to at least another dozen people, some of whom are mentioned in the doc, are characters in the doc, even though we didn’t interview them on camera, but another dozen-plus people who independently verified all the information. These are not necessarily people who are friends, let’s say, with Porter and/or Tony. These were other people who were on the other side of things who verified, who help to verify, a ton of the anecdotes and the facts. I was told stories from the other side of some of Porter’s scenes that were identical to the dialogue that Porter told us. People who were not any kind of allies of his recalled them identical to the way he recalled them, without having seen the movie. We were just trying to verify as much of this as we could. I’m a documentary filmmaker. People lie to me for a living, that’s what I say. I basically get lied to for a living. So I’m never surprised if people are less than totally truthful. I was pretty surprised … well, not surprised, but impressed and delighted with how forthcoming Tony was with us.SN: There were times that I was a little stunned watching it. You talked about how if you had written this as a script, they would have returned it to you and said, “Get outta here.” But is there one element of insanity that sticks out to you? To me it’s all of this happening because Bosch didn’t repay him the $4,000 — that’s mind boggling. What’s the one that stands out to you as, “I can’t believe that really happened.”CORBEN: To zoom out for a second, I remember when Alfred (Spellman, the producer) was like, “What would be the log line for this? Like, if this were a “30 for 30,” what would be the, ‘What if I told you …’ commercial for it?” And I was like, well, “The career of the highest-paid baseball player of all time effectively ended over a $4,000 debt between a cocaine-addicted fake doctor and his fake tan-addicted steroid patient, because Florida.” That would be it. So, you’re right. The whole thing is, it’s absurd. Specifically, I’ll give you a deleted scene, actually. How about that? SN: Great. Definitely. CORBEN: We needed to tweak the running time, and in order to make it work we needed to do a re-cre for it, a reenactment, but we couldn’t afford it. It was an actual car chase. I swear to God it was an actual car chase that I wouldn’t have believed unless we pulled the police records on it. And we did. And so Porter Fisher was in the South Miami area, not far from his home and spotted these two dudes in a car following him, and he started to act paranoid, as he does. … He would pull into a Winn-Dixie supermarket, they were there, he’d pull around the corner, they were there. He calls up Pete Carbone, who was a few blocks away at the tanning salon and said, “Pete, I think I’m being followed.” And he goes, “Where are you?” He goes, “I’m over the Winn-Dixie.” Pete, who is like a giant dude, for some reason was driving like a SmartCar or a Mini Cooper, a tiny car to where you could almost picture his arms out either window and his head through a sun roof, you know what I mean? Almost wearing his car like an accessory, like a belt buckle around him. It turns into a f—ing full-fledged, balls-out car chase, with Porter, these dudes and then Pete Carbone behind them!SN: Chasing the chasers? CORBEN: Chasing them! And it’s a relatively affluent suburb of Miami, through Pinecrest, which is really a lovely community. A car chase! And the next thing you know, the Pinecrest police were called to the scene. It turns out these guys were private investigators. I don’t know that we were able to narrow it down if they were on A-Rod’s payroll or if they were part of MLB. SN: That’s crazy. The song near the end, when Bosch is getting arrested and everything’s going down, is that a version of “Layla” as a reference to “Goodfellas?” I know Tony mentioned earlier in the documentary he felt a little like he was in “Goodfellas” at times.CORBEN: Well, several things. First of all, it was definitely sort of the end-of-an-era kind of an indicator, but the song is actually “Guantanamera.” We sort of satire’d that arrangement. SN: Ah. I knew it was a little different. CORBEN: But, yeah, you got it. You understood it. OK. Not everybody gets it. So you got it. So it was actually “Guantanamera,” which we use several times throughout the movie to kind of depict, almost as a theme for Tony. It’s an anthem among Miami Cuban exiles. And so we use it, I think, three or four times throughout the movie. That last arrangement is deliberately evocative of its sister scene in “Goodfellas,” which is definitely something that Tony mentioned, the end of the “Goodfellas” with Ray Liota running around and the chopper chase.SN: So having done this documentary, knowing all the stuff you know about A-Rod and baseball, what goes through your mind when you see that A-Rod is not only back in baseball’s good graces, but he’s becoming a featured part of baseball, representing the sport for the London Series and working with ESPN and everything? That has to seem as improbable as anything that happened in Miami.CORBEN: I think this: I think that life in America has turned into the WWE. I think that it’s true of our politics. For sports now, it’s all about storylines. You know, it’s not just the sport, it’s the storylines. What are the storylines? What makes these characters colorful and interesting? Is there trauma? Is there conflict? And so the storyline was when Bud Selig was the Vince McMahon of the operation and this story broke in 2013, the story was Selig needs to retire looking like he did something about steroids in baseball. Which, I mean, in my opinion, he’s the steroid commissioner. I don’t believe that there is anyone who profited more from exploiting, knowingly exploiting, steroids in baseball, than Bud Selig. And that arguably saved this sport, depending on who you ask. And so the storyline was clear. This was going to be a battle of the legacies between Vince McMahon, I’m sorry, Bud Selig against the highest-paid player. Who could’ve been a bigger scalp, you know what I mean? And who was a bigger heel in the history of the game than Alex? He was the villain. So it all just played out perfectly. And then when Selig retired, having mounted the biggest scalp in the history of the game to his wall, Rob Manfred, who was in fact in charge of this insane, botched, allegedly illegal investigation into Biogenesis, he ascends to the throne. He’s now Vince McMahon. Everybody knows the best storylines in wrestling are when the heels become the baby face, when the heels become the heroes. So what better storyline could you ask for then than Rob Manfred, the guy who really single-handedly “brought A-Rod down,” he now embraces him and brings him into the fold. That’s why we use that picture at the end, with J-Lo and Manfred and Alex. That says it all. And to be honest, Alex is pretty good at that job (with ESPN). You know? He’s good at it. SN: Without a doubt. CORBEN: It’s not just like he got it because of who he is. He happens to be good at it. And so I think that this is going to be an image resuscitation the likes of which will be studied in PR courses for centuries to come. I think if Lance Armstrong could drink some of that A-Rod juice, he would do it gladly. Like, “What do I have to do?” It’s wild. But nothing surprises me in this country anymore. Nothing surprises me anymore. I don’t think it sends a very good message to kids, you know, “Lie, cheat and steal and that’s how you get ahead.”SN: No, it doesn’t. The Biogenesis scandal was not a fun chapter in baseball’s history.You’ll remember that news broke over weeks and months and years, even. Different big-name players were connected to the anti-aging clinic in Miami — and denials followed from most of those same players — and suspensions were handed out and wild stories emerged from those connected to the story in South Florida. You probably know Manny Ramirez and Bartolo Colon and Alex Rodriguez were involved, but it’s easy to understand if a person missed some of the details or storylines along the whole convoluted way. SN: So I’ve got to know. The people involved, especially Tony and Porter, what did they think of the kids playing them? Did they know this is how you were doing it?CORBEN: (Laughing hard) They had no idea. So this is a really, really good question. They had no idea. This is how ridiculous Miami is: We shot the whole thing on location in like 10 days. We’ve got kids in wigs with beards and lab coats and police uniforms and pinstripes, running around with electric Tampa orange fake tans, and we’re all over town, in sports bars and nightclubs, on the street and hotels. And nobody looked twice at us. Nobody thought this was the least bit unusual. We did this and basically we hid out in the open, you know? Nobody knew about it. So we put it together and then I’m like, “OK, we’re going to have to show it to these guys, right? We can’t just let it come out.” So we call Tony Bosch. We could not, obviously, put these guys in the same room together, so we call Tony Bosch and we invited him to our office to watch the movie in advance of the Toronto Film Festival, where it premiered last year. He shows up with a friend and with his son, who was like 15 years old. And we’re like, “OK, this is …” I mean, he doesn’t know what this is. He brought his son! So we sit them in conference room and we don’t just press play. I tell him what we did. I say, “Listen, I had this problem, we needed a solution and this was my idea. And you have to admit, you did not act like a responsible adult.” And his son nodded all the way through my pitch. And so we press play and we stepped out of the room and he just laughed for an hour and 40 minutes straight. SN: And Porter? CORBEN: Porter is a little more sensitive, as you may have noticed, with a little less self awareness.SN: Sure. CORBEN: So we called up Tim Elfrink, who was the journalist formerly of the Miami New Times now at The Washington Post, who broke the story, who’s also interviewed, who I think has one of the funniest baby doppelgängers. I think the Baby Elfrink is pretty hilarious with that red beard. So we had him come and sort of prime the pump a bit for us. And I’ve gotta say this: Porter had a fantastic sense of humor about it.Part of his reason for wanting to get involved with something like this was to amplify his message and create a platform to get the story out, and to really ensure that people understood that kids were the victims in this, that Tony had treated high school kids, and that kids perhaps should not idolize these guys. Perhaps they’re not the ideal role models, these men who cheated baseball. And so that was sort of his thing. So I said that I think this concept helps to amplify that message. That’s where we tried to land it in the end.SN: With the kid actors playing baseball on the field.CORBEN: Exactly. Just so you get it, this is what this sort of is about. And, look, not all steroid documentaries, not all doping documentaries are created equal. They’re not all dark and serious Russian conspiracies. They have that doc and it was amazing. This is a different story. My pitch was that this was the best way to amplify the story and your message. And he had a beer, and he might’ve had two beers, and we started the movie. He was a tougher sell, but he got it and ultimately liked it, and he’s now been part of screenings and Q&As all over the world with it. SN: That’s cool. So with the kid who played A-Rod, was your only goal to find someone who had a perfect follow-through on his swing to mimic A-Rod? Because that was spot on.CORBEN: Dude, I got to tell you. First, honestly, it was the light eyes. That’s what got him the part. The light eyes are such a distinct part of A-Rod and his face. So it was the light eyes that really landed him the gig.SN: Gotcha. OK. CORBEN: But then we show up to the baseball field, and he was like, “I’ve been studying Alex’s swing.” That’s what he said. He wasn’t actually hitting a ball on camera. There’s one shot where we added a ball later, in post, but when he’s swinging, everybody was like, “Oh s—, this is weird.” Listen, there’s only so much I felt like I could demand from these kids, and I was juggling a lot of things at the same time. We’re doc filmmakers. We roll up to some place, and on a big day, we have six to eight people. That’s a huge day for us. But to give you some perspective, on the day that we shot the Ritz Carlton and the MLB conference room and the nightclub at Liv, we fed a hundred people at lunch those days. So this was a very large footprint for us, as doc filmmakers. So I was juggling a lot, and I didn’t want to demand too much from the kids, but this kid took it upon himself to sit and watch YouTube for days and practice Alex’s swing, knowing that we were going to do this series of baseball shots, and he nailed it.The kids were so great. It was such a joy working with them. They were so responsible and professional and prepared. As uncanny as that swing was, when he stepped into the MLB conference room for the arbitration in that tan suit and we started to do the scenes where he kicks over the briefcase, starts yelling at Baby Manfred, I remember going up to him like, “Blake, it’s creepy. Today, it’s creepy.” It was like he was channeling Alex. Just the pouting and the belligerence and the lying, I just thought it was amazing. There’s a lot of amazing performances, the young actors in it, and I thought as far as the impersonation goes, I thought Blake just nailed Alex. (Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b1/a/screwball-tony-bosch-060219-ftrjpg_16id4nejiqwl316yt05uppw4hn.jpg?t=369142387&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN“Screwball” attempts to paint a clear picture of the whole saga. Well, as clear a picture as possible. Because, as you’ll see when you watch — the documentary by director Billy Corben is available on DVD, iTunes and other streaming services on June 4 — this is one bizarre, hard-to-believe story. The documentary features extensive interviews with Anthony Bosch, the fake doctor who ran Biogenesis of America, Porter Moser, the tan-addicted Miamian who ratted out Bosch to a newspaper over an unpaid $4,000 debt, Tim Elfrink, the Miami New Times reporter who broke the story, and several other participants in the events. You probably remember Corben from his unforgettable, highly rewatchable ESPN “30 for 30” films on the University of Miami football teams — “The U” and “The U, Part 2” — and “Screwball” is another instant classic from the director. Sporting News spent a half-hour talking with Corben recently about his project, one it’s clear he’s passionate about. (Editor’s note: The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.)SPORTING NEWS: I couldn’t help but notice the Pete Rose cover of an issue from The Sporting News — when he was banned from baseball — that you used in the documentary. That was a big plus in my book right away. How’d you choose that one? CORBEN: We were looking for fun images and looking for things that would be iconic. There wasn’t a lot about about Pete in the doc, but there was enough that you wanted to kind of make the point and move on. So I thought that was fun.SN: Where did the idea come from to use the kid actors? That grabbed me right away, was kind of mesmerizing.CORBEN: Oh, thanks! I mean, listen, we’ve done a couple of the ESPN “30 for 30s.” We did “The U” and “The U Part 2.” And so when you’re doing those, to be candid, there’s just a bit of a formula, you know? You talk to athletes who talk to you about sports games and you go get sports game footage and you put it over the athletes talking about sports games with each other. I don’t want to say that it’s paint-by-numbers, but there is a formula for that. And so this was a little bit different. This wasn’t about sports, it was sports-adjacent, but they mentioned, I think, all of three or four baseball games in an hour and 40 minutes. They mentioned the Kansas City game, which was Alex’s first game back after he started seeing Tony Bosch, where he hit the three home runs, and then there are the games at the end when they started gunning for Alex. SN: When Ryan Dempster hit him. CORBEN: Exactly. That’s what I’m working with. So what do you do the other hour and 39 minutes of your movie? We had that challenge, and we knew we were going to have to do some reenactments, which are very complicated and can be very frustrating. Every time we sort of have a challenge like that with a doc, I try to come up with something a little bit outside the box. The real inspiration, the original inspiration, OG, was Spike Jonze’s 1997 Biggie video, “Sky’s The Limit.” He was doing a posthumous music video and decided to cast 8-year-old kids in a straight-forward, like iconic, Bad Boy-records video. Baby Biggie and Baby Puffy and Baby Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Lil’ Kim. We thought that was such genius and not exactly a device you can use anywhere. For us, Cocaine Cowbabies would not have been appropriate. And this movie was always called “Screwball.” We always knew that we were going to have this sort of Carl Hiaasen/Elmore Leonard/Cohen Brothers-esque take on this story. We knew that, as serious as it was for the people living it contemporaneously, and even dangerous, with the benefit of hindsight, even they could appreciate the absurdity of their own behavior. Because when you start drilling down into it, if you wrote a script about this, you’d get fired on page 15. Nobody would believe that. The notes would be like, “No character would behave this way. No person would make these decisions in real life. This is stupid. You’re fired. You can’t write s—.” SN: It seems ridiculous. CORBEN: But they did all of this stuff. I mean, everybody. And I thought a lot of them, if not all of them, acted like children. And so it struck me that there’d be a good marriage here. We needed footage. We needed to reenact these events that didn’t happen on a baseball field … but rather happened in a fake doctor’s clinic in a strip mall or a bar or a nightclub or a hotel room. We needed to figure out how to create those moments for which there was no footage. And then I was listening to Tony Bosch and Porter Fisher, our two main characters, the fake doctor and the whistle blower.I noticed in watching our radio cut, one of our rough cuts, that they both had this very similar, if not identical, storytelling style. They would tell the story so vividly and so in the moment they would do the dialogue of everybody involved, including themselves. And so they’re doing that, “I said, X, Y, and X” and “He said A, B and C!” Not everybody does that, you know? So I’m watching this and my exact line was, “Oh sh—, we could ‘Drunk History’ this!” SN: That’s amazing. CORBEN: We would have actors on-set reenacting these scenes, lip syncing the original dialogue from the interviews and the actors will all be 8 years old. And that was just … I’m not gonna lie, there was whiskey involved in that decision-making process. A little bit of creative juice involved in the process, a little bit of creative lubrication. CORBEN: That actually happened. I was at a Q&A, and Bryan Blanco, the young actor who plays Tony in the documentary, we’re at a Q&A and someone asked in the audience, “What is the moral of the story? What is the message, the takeaway, that you want the audience to have from this?” And Bryan raises his hand, “Pick me, pick me!” And I’m like, “Bryan, it’s a Q&A. You can answer. It’s your Q&A, too. Just go ahead. You don’t have to raise your hand. We’re not in class.” So he was like, “The moral of the story is lie, cheat and steal, and that’s how you become successful.”SN: Wow.CORBEN: And when you hear it coming from a 9-year-old kid or a 10-year-old kid, it’s a lot different than it is coming from me. And it kind of sucks the air out of the room, you know what I mean? All these adults for the audience were just kind of like, “Holy crap. Like, what have we done? What are we teaching our children?” To me, I feel like “Screwball” is the story of, I call them, the new American values. And that’s what we’re teaching our children, these toxic, toxic lessons. We used to at least pretend to teach our children honesty, integrity, the golden rule. Do unto others, treat others the way you’d want to be treated in return. But now the message is lie, cheat and steal, and you can become the highest-paid baseball player in history. Lie, cheat and steal, kids, and you, too, can be the president of the United States. We’re poisoning generations of children that way. We have no idea what the lasting damage is going to be from this. I just know that I want a MAGA. I want to Make A-Rod Great Again, that’s all I want to do (laughs).
“We had three and possible four players from last year’s team move onto college hockey for next season through McLellan’s efforts.”Leaf treasurer Gord Davis said the Leafs are grateful for the continuous support of the community.But said the new executive will need to look at how to get more people back in the stands.“It was an okay year as we were close to break-even taking the (Leafs) Recycling Centre into consideration,” Davis explained.“(However) fan base numbers has not increased over the past few years and the club will need to focus on that area.”Davis said expenses are increasing although well controlled, adding the Leafs Recycling Centre is the glue that holds the team together, financially.“That’s what keeps hockey operations and game day tickets at a reasonable level,” Davis said, adding Nelson Leafs are always grateful for the support from the community which maintains the club as one of the top teams in the KIJHL.The Leafs recently completed a very successful spring camp that saw players from Burnaby Winter Club and Yale, Edge, Pursuit and Delta Academies to Edge Academy, Calgary AAA as well ass California AAA programs attend.“I can’t recall if Nelson Leafs have ever had a GM that did this much recruiting and is this well connected to Junior A and College programs before,” Martel said.The Nelson Leafs lost out to Beaver Valley in the first round of the KIJHL Murdoch Division playoffs.Leafs begin training camp for the KIJHL season in September.Before training camp, executive members will be attending the KIJHL AGM June 5-7 in Osoyoos. The Nelson Leafs hockey club dug into the “experience vault” to select its new executive that will guide the franchise into the 2015-16 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.The new executive, that includes former Nelson Mayor John Dooley and ex-Nelson Minor Hockey president Tony Maida, was selected during the team’s Annual General Meeting last week at the Nelson and District Community Complex.Wendy Maida and MJ Swetlikoe join Maida and Dooley, who comes with a ton of experience from time in Nelson Minor Hockey and the former Nelson Senior Maple Leafs Hockey Club, as newbies on the Leaf executive.Back for year two of their terms are Lauretta Wilson, Gordon Davis, Gioconda Maida-Gordon and Randy Horswill.“The new board has not met as of yet since both John Dooley and Tony Maida were not at the meeting and were voted in by proxy,” said former Leaf president Larry Martel, who, himself, was not re-elected to the board.Despite not finding a spot in the new executive, Martel is pleased at the direction the Leafs are heading.“I really like the direction the new coach (Dave McLellan) is taking the team,” Martel told The Nelson Daily.“He is a career professional coach and has been doing a lot more recruiting of players that I believe we have ever seen in Nelson before.”
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Antigua have already begun preparations to host a Test during the upcoming India series, in anticipation of getting official word from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).Sports Minister EP Chet Greene said the country had received “verbal information” that the tour would go ahead, and officials at the island’s premier cricket venue, the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, had already started putting things in place.”We are waiting for the official communiquÈ, but the verbal information is yes, the Test series is happening,” Greene told the Observer newspaper here.Preparations have already begun at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to host a Test during the India series.”But even at the level of preparation at the stadium, we have already started the work because we don’t want to get the announcement and then we find ourselves short of time.”FOUR-TEST TOURWICB president Dave Cameron confirmed last month that the four-Test tour would go ahead in July and August, but specific dates and venues had not been announced.The tour had been in jeopardy for some while after the Board of Control for Cricket suspended bilateral relations with the WICB, following the controversial abandoned tour of India two years ago.Antigua last hosted a Test during England’s tour of the Caribbean last year, when the first Test ended in a tense draw.Greene praised the stadium team for its commitment to moving quickly to spruce up preparations.”I want to commend Anthony Merrick and his team (and) Conley Phillip, who heads the stadium staff. We have started the work, but are just waiting on the official communiquÈ from the WICB that the game is happening.”
A mixed match at the Antira tournament, May 2018. Photograph: Peter Boehmer/the Guardian Dance music Share on LinkedIn Metal Facebook The St Pauli flag, pictured at a Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and FC St Pauli in 2010. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images Support The Guardian Topics From the outset, the atmosphere is jubilant, as enthusiastic participants waste little time in introducing themselves to one another, buying rounds and cheering each team (male, female and mixed) equally. I spend most of my time with East London’s Clapton Ultras, who praise the sense of community that they’ve found in this network of politicised sporting groups. “We’ll probably get beaten a lot though,” one player shrugs. “Because some of the other teams are actually … fit.”True, this is hardly the most technically impressive football tournament I’ve watched, but it’s also the only one at which pints of lager are passed along the touchline between substitutes. The setting, though, is exceptional: a manicured Bundesliga 2 pitch in a 32,000-capacity stadium, adorned with progressive slogans (“no human is illegal”, “football has no gender”). There’s a decent showing from British sides: Republica Leeds win the women-only competition, and Bristol’s Easton Cowboys claim the mixed-gender title alongside Berlin’s TeBe Party Army. Yet these victories seem beside the point: at the closing ceremony, each team presents another with a gift, each of roughly equal value.Away from the pitch, the Millerntor-Stadion and the surrounding area play host to a number of non-footballing events, including a workshop at which representatives of each team detail their concerns about the far-right in their homelands. DJs pump hardcore punk, ska, dub and electro through a soundsystem overlooking the pitch, and on Saturday evening, we’re treated to sets from Italian punks Bull Brigade, Connecticut rapper Ceschi Ramos, and Stuttgart ska band No Sports. Read more Each night, after the official Antira events have concluded, I’m whisked off by locals to various other DIY events around the area, further underlining St Pauli’s deep-seated musical connections. I find myself at two techno parties, the first in a cavernous community centre in Altona, and another in Flakturm IV, a former Nazi air defence bunker. A hulking mass of concrete and steel designed to withstand allied bombing, Flakturm IV dwarfs the Millerntor. Once inside, we’re nodded through a back door for a look from the roof of the building, thanks to the bouncers’ relationship with the Ultras leading our group. Apparently FCSP Ultras are often employed as security staff in Hamburg because “they’re intelligent, but know how to fight”.To further add to the team’s punk credentials, their recent off-season American tour included a stop-off in Detroit for a Rise Against show. They’re far from the only band in thrall to St Pauli. Acts from Norwegian metal band Turbonegro and London indie group Art Brut to Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós and New Jersey rock outfit the Gaslight Anthem are vocally supportive. “They were one of the first clubs to not allow racists in, and they’ve been pretty left [wing], and punk rock,” Gaslight guitarist Alex Rosamilia has said. Punk and metal bars across Europe and North America are plastered with FCSP stickers and memorabilia; the team walk out to the strains of AC/DC every home game.There’s a sense of urgency in many artists’s statements about FCSP. “To stand for ideals together with FCSP is a big honour for us,” says Dema, frontman of Italian ska-punks Talco. “Especially to spread antifascist and antiracist views in a society in which the important and real things are brought out of focus.” Rise Against’s McIlrath adds: “Sport can provide sanctuary to a lot of rightwing motivations and hooliganism – FCSP taking a proactive stand against that is exciting.” And as one middle-aged Ultra tells me, FCSP supporters’ musical interests go beyond punk and metal. In the 1980s and 90s, many Ultras eschewed “cheesy German punk” for dub and reggae. His sentiment still holds – many of the younger supporters have little to do with rock and are active in Hamburg’s DIY techno, house and Afrobeat scenes. Facebook Twitter Twitter Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath at Germany’s Rock am Ring festival, June 2018. Photograph: Markus Heine/EPA Hamburg’s FC St Pauli occupies a distinctive position in world football. A bastion of leftwing activism and DIY arts, its supporters, particularly the legendary “Ultras”, are one of the western world’s most politically and culturally engaged fanbases, and the club is particularly beloved of punk and underground music fans. “St Pauli is unlike any other club,” says Tim McIlrath, frontman of American melodic hardcore band, Rise Against. “We went to their stadium, and to see ‘No Football for Fascists’ painted across the stand, to see them encouraging more girls playing football – it’s fascinating. I was looking for a club that transcends sport – St Pauli is a model of that.” Pinterest Share on Facebook Twitter St Pauli Music Ceschi performs at the Antira party at Knust, May 2018. Photograph: Peter Boehmer/the Guardian How a German football club inspired fans in Yorkshire to unite and help refugees Punk Race Share on Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Pop and rock However, this is not an uncomplicated, wholly positive situation. I’m not alone in noticing a disconnect between the tournament’s messages and its demographic; the vast majority of people here are white, more often male than female, and although there may well have been a significant LGBT+ contingent in attendance, their presence was rarely explicit. And this subculture does not exist in a peaceful, progressive bubble. Clashes between FCSP fans and far-right hooligans are commonplace, and the Ultras are famously active in antifascist violence. Furthermore, the Millerntor sits, quite literally, between two problematic issues: the gentrification of St Pauli, which forces its resident subculture away, and the organised crime that’s bolstered by the red-light district around the Reeperbahn. There are real tensions here.Nevertheless, a subculture on this scale, encompassing music, sport and politics, feels refreshing in 2018, particularly given the grassroots work that FCSP does for refugee and antifascist causes. Without this subculture, those good deeds may go undone; without comparable subcultures, who knows what else we’d lose? As Göttlich says, “If a musician is not working closely with his fans, the musician will disappear. A fan community is something to nurture. Our fans don’t always do everything right, but they are what make St Pauli special.” Since you’re here… It’s increasingly rare to see a subculture blossom to this extent, certainly in the middle of a major western European city. Yet it’s writ large across Hamburg, even away from its nucleus in St Pauli. One factor may be the German government’s fiscal attitude to culture: as Arts Council England’s year-on-year budget reduction since 2010 continues with a further cut of £156m by 2022, German culture minister Monika Grütters has proposed an increase to national arts funding of €302m (£256m) a year.Affordable housing plays a part too – in 2015, Hamburg’s local authority became the first in the world to pass a law allowing the seizure of empty commercial properties in order to house migrants. Unlike London’s more covert equivalent, the city’s squat scene is not only well-known, but highly visible, particularly around such landmarks as the Rote Flora. This results in lower rents and far more public land, affording residents more time and space to engage with art, politics and charity. Combined with a port economy that relies heavily on unionised industry, and given a social institution around which to congregate – FC St Pauli – counterculture has thrived. 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As the 2018 World Cup begins, promising to be a carefully orchestrated showcase of Putin’s Russia, this inclusive, DIY contest is an interesting counterpoint to the Fifa pageant. “Everybody in Europe should be concerned about the new far-right movement,” club president Oke Göttlich tells me inside the club’s Millerntor-Stadion. “We are not a party, we only can make our values heard. But we all need to stand strong. If St Pauli can play a little role in that, we are as happy as if we won a football match.” Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNeil Davidson, The Canadian Press Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly packed several careers into his lifetime — sometimes at the same time.But hockey was always at the heart of the things for the smooth-skating Kelly.Kelly won eight Stanley Cups during a stellar 20-season playing career, moonlighting as a member of Parliament as he won NHL championships with Toronto in the mid-60s after starring in Detroit. He then took up coaching, making headlines in 1976 for “Pyramid Power” with the Maple Leafs.Kelly, who died Thursday in Toronto at the age of 91, was both an elite defenceman and centre. “Red was a devoted husband and caring father and grandfather and was tremendously proud of his many hockey accomplishments,” the Kelly family said in a statement. “He was very moved by decades of love and support from Red Wings fans and was humbled to have his jersey retired earlier this year.“We are comforted in knowing that he impacted so many people both at and away from the rink and know that his life will be celebrated.”NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Kelly’s career was “so storied and distinguished that it may never be duplicated.”“Red was the ultimate hockey renaissance man who seemingly could do it all,” Bettman added.The flying redhead spent nearly 13 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings as a defenceman before a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs gave birth to the second half of his career as a centre for the next eight years.Born Leonard Patrick Kelly on July 9, 1927, he grew up on the family farm in Simcoe, Ont.His father wasted little time putting him on skates, and hours spent on outdoor rinks paid off years later for the mobile Kelly. He left home at 16 for St. Michael’s College, a Toronto hockey hotbed that his father had attended.Red Kelly was cut by three teams at St. Mike’s but got a second chance after impressing one of the teachers in a game. He made the midget team as a third-liner and never looked back.He somehow escaped the notice of the Maple Leafs, the team he grew up supporting with one ear glued to the radio and Foster Hewitt. But Detroit, thanks to scout Carson (Shovel Shot) Cooper, scooped up the mobile defenceman straight out of St. Mike’s.After helping St. Mike’s beat Moose Jaw to win the Memorial Cup, he made his Wings debut at 20. Told he would be the fifth defenceman, Kelly didn’t expect much playing time. But Doug McCaig broke his leg that Christmas, opening the door for the rookie.When McCaig recovered, he was dealt to Chicago. Partnered with Bill Quackenbush, Kelly finished the 1947-48 season with six goals, 14 assists and 13 penalty minutes in 60 games. And Kelly soon earned a reputation for his ability to handle the puck, particularly with his skates when his stick wasn’t available, and accurate passing.Once Kelly secured the puck, he would take off toward the other end of the ice.“He was the forerunner of the rushing defenceman,” fellow Red Wing Ted Lindsay told the “Legends of Hockey” biography of Kelly. “He and Doug Harvey.”As a rookie, he was handed a sweater bearing No. 20. The starters wore low numbers and next season he was told to wear No. 4.Summers on the farm kept Kelly in shape. That was good news for the Wings and coach Tommy Ivan, who knew what he had on the blue line and made the most of him.“Whenever he wanted me to go, I went,” Kelly said.While Kelly enjoyed great success on the ice, failure came first. Detroit was beaten 4-0 by Toronto in the Stanley Cup final his first two seasons. Kelly and the Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955. In ’56 they lost to Montreal, the first of five straight Canadiens titles.While a welterweight boxing champion at St. Mike’s, Kelly managed to keep his temper in check. St. Mike’s coach Joe Primeau taught him he couldn’t win games in the penalty box.Kelly took home the Lady Byng Trophy in 1951, 1953 and 1954 as the league’s most gentlemanly player. In 1954 he was named the first winner of the James Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman.Despite the Wings’ success during his tenure, Kelly had lived on a series of one-year contracts. The relationship between the star defenceman and autocratic Wings crumbled and he was told he had been traded to the New York Rangers in February 1960.Rather than accept the enforced trade, the eight-time all-star retired.“I started to work the next day with a tool company,” he recalled in a 2003 interview with Kevin Shea. “But hockey was my whole life. I loved hockey ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper.”His hockey retirement proved to be short-lived. The Maple Leafs talked him into joining them days later, and he agreed to a trade that sent defenceman Marc Reaume to Detroit.Leafs coach Punch Imlach asked Kelly to move from defence to centre, knowing that the road to the Stanley Cup lay through the Montreal Canadiens and Jean Beliveau. Kelly accepted the challenge and flourished, developing a rapport with Frank Mahovlich. Toronto lost to Montreal in the Cup final in his first season as a Leaf. And the Wings knocked Toronto out of the playoffs the next year. But the Leafs lifted the Cup in 1962, their first title since 1951Toronto would go on to win the Stanley Cup in 1963, ’64 and ’67, the team’s last championship.Amazingly from 1962 to ’65, he doubled as an MP — commuting to Ottawa. Lester Pearson had asked him to run and, after the trade from Detroit, Kelly thought he should think of his future.“I told Mr. Pearson I did not think it was possible to combine the two. He agreed!” Kelly told the Canadian Parliamentary Review in a 1989 interview.“But Lester Pearson had a great ability to bring people together and the more we talked the more I liked and admired him,” he added. “I decided I would do whatever I could to help him become prime minister.”He was elected as the Liberal MP for the Toronto riding of York-West in 1962 and again in ’63 when the Liberals defeated John Diefenbaker (Kelly beat Alan Eagleson, whose later fall from grace after heading up the NHL Players’ Association was well-documented, during the ’63 election).The double duty took its toll.During the ’64 Cup final win, Kelly had his knee frozen before the final game and passed out in the shower afterwards. He had to be in Ottawa the next day.Still he had no regrets.“That was a tremendous experience,” he said. “I enjoyed those years. But it was tough doing both things. I thought I had one foot in the grave.”So he opted not to run again.Kelly — who won a fourth Lady Byng in 1961 — retired a winner after his veteran Leafs team beat the Montreal Canadiens to claim the 1967 Stanley Cup. Toronto wanted him back, offering a four-year contract, but Kelly thought the time was right to move on.He finished with 281 goals and 542 assists in 1,316 regular-season games, to go along with 33 goals and 59 assists in 164 playoff games.He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969, with the mandatory waiting period waived.Kelly went into coaching after his retirement, first with the expansion Los Angeles Kings in 1967 and then in 1969 as Pittsburgh’s second-ever coach. After being fired by the Penguins midway through the 1972-73 season, he got a job offer from Leafs owner Harold Ballard, who was in prison at the time on charges of fraud, theft and tax evasion.Kelly spent three years behind the Toronto bench, leading the team to the second round of the playoffs three straight times.He made headlines in 1976 when he unveiled “Pyramid Power” during a take-no-prisoners second-round encounter with the Broad Street Bullies.The Flyers had Kate Smith and her rousing rendition of “Gold Bless America.” Kelly countered with pyramids under the bench, after wife Andra had read of their supposed power — and a small pyramid under the pillow had helped daughter Casey beat a string of headaches.After losing the first two games, the Leafs and Pyramid Power won Games 3, 4 and 6. Looking to deflect attention from his players and boasting owner Ballard, Kelly went pubic with Pyramid Power prior to Game 6.Imbued with something special, captain Darryl Sittler scored five goals and added an assist in an 8-5 Toronto win. But the Flyers ultimately prevailed 7-3 in Game 7 and Kelly’s coaching career was over.His career record behind the bench was 278-330-134 in 742 regular-season games.Kelly ran an international aircraft maintenance company and several other business after his Hall of Fame hockey career.His No. 4 jersey was honoured by the Leafs in 2006. In October 2017, the team added statues of Kelly, Mahovlich, Charlie Conacher and Wendel Clark to Legends Row outside the Air Canada Centre.“I never dreamed about anything like this in all my life,” a 90-year-old Kelly said at the time. “I dreamed about hockey, the greatest game in the world. I dreamed about Stanley Cups and playing in the NHL.”In 1997, the Hockey News had Kelly at No. 22 in its Top 100 Players of All Time.On Oct. 13, 2016, the Maple Leafs retired Kelly’s No. 4, along with the numbers of 15 other players that were once honoured with banners hanging in Air Canada Centre, alongside the two previously retired numbers of Ace Bailey and Bill Barilko.The honour was shared with Hap Day, who wore No. 4 from 1924 to 1937.“For those of us who were lucky enough to have known or encountered Red, we will all miss his sharp mind and keen intellect,” said Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. “He was a gentle man but a fierce competitor.”On Feb. 1, 2019, the Red Wings retired their No. 4 in honour of the 91-year-old Kelly.“I want to thank the fans who backed us and supported us in those years. Even if we lost, they still supported us,” Kelly told the fans at Little Caesars Arena before the Wings’ game against Toronto.
MONTREAL – The TVA television network in Quebec is getting a new CEO effective immediately, as Julie Tremblay retires and resigns her other posts within the Quebecor Media Group.Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Peladeau praised Tremblay’s motivational skills and determination over a 25-year career with the company (TSX:QBR.B).Her replacement as CEO of TVA Group, effective immediately, is France Lauziere.Lauziere has been with TVA Group (TSX:TVA.B) since 2001 and TVA’s vice-president of programming since last year.She will remain head of Quebecor Content, a business unit created in 2013.Quebecor says Martin Picard will become TVA Group’s chief operating officer, to assist Lauziere with her daily management duties.
Kolkata: With the highly anticipated 2019 Lok Sabha elections drawing closer, Trinamool Congress nominee from Kolkata South constituency Mala Roy began her poll campaign on Wednesday. She was accompanied by Subrata Mukherjee, the party’s nominee from Bankura.Roy said that along with door-to-door campaign and rallies, she would give stress on social media as well. “We will approach the people on social media apart from going door-to-door. We will highlight the failure of the BJP government. Narendra Modi has not deposited Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of the people of the country as per his promise before the 2014 election. The note ban had affected common people very badly. The hate politics of BJP has become a major disaster for India. All these things will be highlighted during the campaign,” she added. A veteran politician, Roy had joined the Chatra Parishad in the 1970s. She had worked with leaders like Siddhartha Shankar Roy, Ajit Panja, Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and Pranab Mukherjee. A household name in South Kolkata, she is now the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. It was Roy who had started the fair of foreign birds in the city to create awareness among people, particularly the children and youth. The fair has become very popular in Kolkata and is now being held in most of the wards. “South Kolkata is an important seat and is the focus of news throughout the country. The development projects taken up by Mamata Banerjee have benefitted all sections of people. During our campaign, we will highlight the development work carried out in the city,” Roy said. Roy was watching television at KMC headquarters, when Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee announced her name for the South Kolkata seat. “I am grateful to Mamata di for selecting me for the seat. I will work for the people.” It may be recalled that Roy was a Member, Mayor-in-Council, during the tenure of Subrata Mukherjee as Mayor from 2000 to 2005. The seven segments under the Kolkata South Lok Sabha seat are Kasba, Behala East and West, Kolkata Port, Bhowanipore, Rashbehari and Ballygunge. South Kolkata is the only constituency where six of the seven segments have a minister each. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is an MLA from Bhowanipore. The other ministers are Javed Khan from Kasba, Partha Chatterjee from Behala West, Firhad Hakim from Kolkata Port, Subrata Mukherjee from Ballygunge and Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay from Rashbehari. Sovan Chatterjee, who was a minister until recently, is an MLA from Behala East. Senior party leader Subrata Bakshi, who had been elected from the Kolkata South seat, had won by 1.36 lakh votes in 2014.
Mumbai: John Abraham is set to star in and produce a biker film. The untitled film is currently in pre-production and will be directed by Rensil D’Silva. John said the story of the film revolves around motorcycles, his longtime passion, which the actor first showcased onscreen in the 2004 blockbuster “Dhoom”. “I decided to develop a film on riders and their love for motorcycles in-house two years ago. A lot of research and time has been spent on the subject since then. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I’m happy to have Ajay Kapoor and Rensil on board for this project. I am especially excited that we will film the action sequences in the Isle of Man, the home of racing on real roads,” the actor said in a statement. D’Silva, who directed 2009 film “Kurbaan”, said directing an adventure film on bikes with John is a dream come true for him. “I’ve grown up on films like ‘Days of Thunder’ and ‘Top Gun’ and it’s a dream come true to make an adrenaline pumping, emotionally charged bike racing film like this with John,” the filmmaker said. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Kyta Productions, the banner behind John’s last “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” and his upcoming espionage thriller “RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter)”, is attached to co-produce. Ajay Kapoor of the production house said he is excited to collaborate with the actor’s JA Entertainment again. “I know how passionate John is about motorbikes. It has been a pleasure collaborating with him and his production company so far on all our projects, and it will be an absolute treat to see him play a biker now! We look forward to our other collaborations with him in future too,” Kapoor said. Remaining cast of the film is currently being locked and the film go on floors in July.
Kolkata: AB de Villiers was disappointed not to make it to Friday’s game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) which the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won by 10 runs at the Eden Gardens in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), said skipper Virat Kohli on Friday. Kohli scored a brilliant 58-ball 100, his first in IPL 2019, to help his team post 213/4 which the visitors eventually succeeded to defend. It was for the first time in this IPL that de Villiers was not a part of the playing XI. De Villiers, who has been in sublime form while scoring 307 runs, was not 100 per cent fit before the start of the game and Kohli decided to rest him. Thus, the onus was on Kohli to bat through the innings in the absence of their senior batsman. “It was important to bat along when AB is not here, as a senior player. AB was disappointed for not making it for the game tonight and I told him that I’ll give him a hug if we win tonight,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. Apart from Kohli, Moeen Ali bludgeoned a 28-ball 66 (4×5, 6×6), as the pair added 90 runs for the third wicket off just 43 balls. Marcus Stoinis (17* off 8) also provided a late flourish towards the end as RCB amassed 143 runs in the last 10 overs. “They both showed composure and that’s what you expect from your teammates. Our communication during the second time-out was to get 170-175. We didn’t think we could get 200-plus. It was difficult to put the length balls away,” said Kohli. “Moeen changed the game completely and that allowed me to play my game. Moeen said I am going to go now and I asked him to go for it. He targeted the small boundaries and changed the game in those few overs,” he said while praising Ali. Chasing a stiff 214 for victory, Nitish Rana (79 off 45 not out; 9×4, 4×6) and Andre Russell (65 off 25 balls; 2×4; 9×6) stitched together a 118-run partnership off 48 balls to take the match till the last over. Both of them almost got KKR over the line but Ali managed to defend 24 in the final over. “There’s no point in panicking in these types of situations, you got to leave it to the bowlers to decide what he wants to do. There were few good decisions taken by (Marcus) Stoinis and then Moeen in the end. I think the way Stoinis bowled those two-three dot balls, it was very crucial,” Kohli said of Stoinis’ penultimate over. Kohli also praised Proteas pacer Dale Steyn, who was playing his first match of the season. Steyn removed Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill to leave the hosts reeling at 33 for three in five overs. “Having Dale (Steyn) with his kind of experience gave bowlers like (Navdeep) Saini confidence. Steyn getting those crucial overs was important for us. I think picking wickets in the powerplay is crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of the innings,” he said. RCB, with four points from nine games, are currently placed at the bottom of the table. They will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.