February 2013

Sam’s Hidden Treasures of Television

By Sam Sigal, Media Relations Assistant

Pitchers and catchers are now reporting to Spring Training, and that means one glorious thing: BASEBALL IS AROUND THE CORNER! While the time from the end of the World Series to the beginning of Spring Training is only roughly four months, at times it can seem to be so much longer. While football and basketball have given my life its fair share of excitement, there has been way too many weekday nights after work humming the lyrics to the Vapors’ early 1980’s hit “Waiting For the Weekend.”

However, thanks to cable television, as well as my little sister’s Netflix password, I recently discovered (or shall I say re-discovered) hidden treasures, the term I use to describe my all-time favorite television shows that, despite their extreme excellence, each got taken off the air way too soon.

Below is the list of five shows, in no particular order, which got cancelled too soon. Shows had to have fit into two catagories for inclusion: 1) lasted no more than two seasons and 2) were awesome.

1)Freaks and Geeks
Seasons: 1 (1999-2000)
Total Episodes: 18
Why it was awesome: It was created and directed by Judd Apatow, and included James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segal and the guy who grew up to play the dorky doctor in Bones. Watching a cast featuring those before-their-prime actors, as well as a consistently hilarious storyline depicting two separate social groups (the nerds, and the outcasts) in an early-1980s, convinced me why this show is always on any and every list of the top shows that ended too early.
2)Sports Night
Seasons: 2 (1998-2000)
Total Episodes: 45
Why it was awesome: It was a comedy about a fictional sports-news show. Just like how NBC’s 30 ROCK hysterically depicted the behind-the-scenes environment of a sketch-comedy show, Sports Night was both funny, and well-written, as the creator and head writer was Aaron Sorkin, the same guy behind the West Wing, The Social Network, A Few Good Men, and Moneyball, not to mention a weird cameo playing himself in a few episodes of Entourage.
Seasons: 1 (2001-2002)
Total Episodes: 17
Why it was awesome: Undeclared portrayed a group of freshman suitemates adjusting to life in college, and is the second of two Judd Apatow-created shows on this list, and just like Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared was absolutely hilarious, featured really funny characters portrayed by actors who would go on to television and movie stardom (Jay Baruchel from She’s Out of My League, and Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy, as well as two guys Apatow kept from Freaks and Geeks in Jason Segal and Seth Rogen).
4)Eli Stone
Seasons: 2 (2008-2009)
Total Episodes: 26
Why it was awesome: The main character, Eli Stone, is a hot-shot lawyer who finds out in the first episode that he suffers from a brain aneurysm. As a result of his aneurysm, Stone has hallucinations that not only features pop-star George Michael singing to him, but also contains signs leading him towards cases and causes that not better his life, but the life of others as well. While this show is the only non-comedy on this list, and I am normally not one for sappy “find yourself for the good of the world” stories, Eli Stone was probably my favorite show during the year and a half it was on the air. It had the perfect mix of sadness with Eli struggling with his possibly life-threatening condition, and happiness with Eli using his hallucinations for good, as well as being serenaded by George Michael in those visions. You can’t get happier than that, right?
5)$#*! My Dad Says
Seasons: 1 (2010-2011)
Total Episodes: 18
Why it was awesome: I love William Shatner. I love goofy old men jokes. Adding those two things together made for 30 minutes of laughing. However, I barely remember what the show was about outside of William Shatner saying funny stuff. That’s probably a solid indicator on why it the show didn’t last.

Honorable Mentions (two shows that just missed the cut, lasting for three seasons)
Star Trek (3 seasons spanning 1966-1969): Due to the fact that Star Trek has become arguably the most successful Sci-Fi franchise, it is easy to forget that the original show failed to extend past three seasons, and that the cult following came years later.
Arrested Development (3 episodes spanning 2003-2006): A very successful show included on virtually every “cancelled too soon” list. Perhaps the most disfunctional family in television history, the Bluth family never strayed far from our minds, as a series of Netflix episodes and a possible Arrested Development movie are both in the works.

Sam enters his first season as media relations assistant with the Crawdads. Born in San Francisco, California before moving to Princeton, New Jersey, Sam graduated from Rider University with a degree in Communications and a focus in Radio Television, while serving as Student Manager for the Men’s Basketball team during his time there. He spent 2012 as an intern with the Trenton Thunder, the AA team of the New York Yankees. Sam enjoys playing and watching sports, as well as hanging out with friends and having a good laugh (or a bad laugh, if there is such a thing).

February Blues

By Teddy Ingraham, Director of Food and Beverages

Sports…February would be even worse without them. The weather is bad and everyone has the post New Year blues. With the Ravens being crowned World Champs last night, the city of San Francisco was denied the jubilation felt in Boston in 2004, when both the Patriots and Red Sox shared the moniker that the Ravens have now. Now football is over and baseball, unfortunately yet to start, it is time to focus our attention on College Basketball. With my Kentucky Wildcats finally seeming to put together a couple of good games, I couldn’t be more excited for the madness that is March to begin. I don’t know if anyone around here was interested in the Michigan – Indiana game on Saturday night, but it was incredible to watch. Victor Oladipo was magnificent and the almost ally-oop that he tried would have been the dunk of the year if he could have converted it. If I had to pick two teams right now that would be playing for the national championship, I would have to pick Indiana and Florida. Those are the two best teams right now, but Michigan, Kansas, Miami(FL) and Duke can also make a strong case. There are some great games coming up and for the most part they are on ESPN so keep an eye on your local listings. The one that I am most looking forward is the Kentucky–Florida game on the 12th in Gainesville. If UK can manage to pull off a win then they will have punched their ticket to the dance, which would be fantastic. That’s what I’m looking forward to leading up to Opening Day here at the ballpark which is April 4th. Until the 4th I’ll have college basketball and my personal favorite time of the year: “Pitchers and Catchers report to Spring Traning” to look forward to.

Until next time,
Teddy Ingraham

Teddy is entering his first season with the Crawdads and second season in baseball. He is from Hebron, Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University, with a degree in Sports Business and minors in Math and Business Administration. In his spare time he enjoys watching ESPN and following his Kentucky Wildcats and Cincinnati sports teams.

Introducing Evan

By Evan Schaffer, Group Sales Assistant

Hi Crawdads Nation! I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Evan Schaffer and I am the new Group Sales Representative for the Crawdads. Here’s a little background information about myself. I was born in Houston, Texas and attended undergrad at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  I got my masters in Sports Management at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. I love working in baseball, and in 2009, I was an intern for the Asheville Tourists, a Minor League Baseball team also in the South Atlantic League, and the following year I was a Video Scout for Baseball Info Solutions in Coplay, Pennsylvania.  I am very excited to be working with the Crawdads and looking forward to a great season in Hickory!

Here are some more interesting facts about myself. I am a huge fan of sports. Coming from a state that loves football, I am a big Texas Tech University and Houston Texans fan. I am disappointed in the 2012 season, but I have a feeling 2013 will be the year for the Texans!  I’m also a huge fan of the Houston Rockets, the only professional sports team in Houston to win a championship.  I also love to travel.  My favorite place to go to is the beautiful Key West, Florida, especially in the winter to get out of the cold and into somewhere warm.

Feel free to stop me and say hello, as I am excited to meet the great Crawdads fans at the ballpark!

Evan is entering his first season with the Crawdads and his second season in minor league baseball. He is from Houston, Texas, graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Sports Management before earning his master’s degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  In his spare time he likes to play the drums and do anything that keeps him active outdoors.