April, 2013


“Method actor”

Jackie Robinson Movie

Jerry Tipton, the long-time Kentucky beat writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader and a member of the USBWA hall of fame, writes one of the most comprehensive Sunday notes columns you’ll read anywhere. He was nice enough to include me on Sunday, April 28, after he’d heard about my small role in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Here’s what Jerry wrote. You can read the entire column here. ‘Method actor’ Sportswriter Chris Dortch, most noted as editor of the Blue Ribbon Yearbook, appears in the movie 42. In an example ofRead More

High spot in draft next chapter in McCollum’s storybook climb

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The broken foot that brought the exemplary college career of Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum to a sudden end in early January may have temporarily derailed his preparation for the NBA, but it gave him plenty of time to hone his skills for what he hopes will become his post-basketball profession. McCollum wants to be a sports writer, and apparently he can handle himself in front of a keyboard and computer screen. From January through March, when his basketball practice was limited to shooting on one leg or while sitting inRead More

42: a good movie that conveys a great message


If I read one more review about how the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 isn’t “raw” or “gritty,” I’m going to bash in my computer screen with a baseball bat. Then again, why take my frustration out on my poor computer? Better to go upside the heads of critics who don’t understand two things: • The enormity of the task director/screenwriter Brian Helgeland had before him in condensing the essence of Robinson’s story to two hours. • Helgeland could have gone all raw and gritty if he’d wanted. This guy wroteRead More

Arizona State’s Felix jumps from unwanted to draft ready

Carrick Felix

Arizona State swingman Carrick Felix was making it up as he went along in the slam dunk championship at the Final Four last week, feeding off the crowd, taking suggestions from players—flying by the seat of his pants, you might say—when inspiration struck, giving him an opportunity to show off his one obvious NBA skill. To pull off the dunk that would earn him a perfect 10 from all four judges, Felix had to recruit Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan, who had competed in the 3-point competition, for help.Read More

Colorado State big man Iverson bets big in chasing NBA dream


Colton Iverson’s college basketball odyssey spanned five years, two schools and three head coaches, and it included a risky transfer that could have crushed his dreams. That it didn’t is a testament to hard work, good coaching and the power of positive thinking. Iverson, a legitimate post man at 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, didn’t hate his time at Minnesota playing for Tubby Smith. For two years, his career seemed on an upward trend: He had 20 points and four assists against Eastern Washington in his freshman season. He put togetherRead More