An Hour With George Vecsey

Monday, July 22, 2013

Legendary sports writer George Vecsey in the WNYC studios.

George Vecsey spends the hour talking about his life and times covering sports for The New York Times and his other interests, including music.  He'll talk New York sports, including A-Rod and steroids, and the coming of the Brooklyn Nets, plus his new blog where he suggests a song for Stevie Wonder to sing for Trayvon Martin.  And he'll take your calls at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

Stevie Wonder - "Saturn"

Via YouTube / Panelope Panoply


George Vecsey

Comments [17]

(cont'd from previous post)

Here are just some of any number of individuals who, /at most/, have been afforded far less air time and respect by this show than the establishment hacks and assorted mediocrities (at best) whom we are treated to daily. Many of the individuals listed below have /never/ been on the BL Show (nor, in many cases, on WNYC and in many cases neither NPR):

Ralph Nader (last on BL Show appearance appears to be October 2012, recently out with a new book), John Lukacs (conservative, iconoclastic historian who argues Reagan was anything-but conservative), Richard Wolff (NYC-based Marxist economist), Lew Rockwell ("anti-war, anti-state, pro-market"), Dean Baker, Doug Henwood (Left Business Observer), Dennis King (author of Lyndon Larouche and the New American Fascism, has also extensively exposed the cult-racket of Lenora Fulani and Fred Newman), Noam Chomsky, Thomas Sowell, George Galloway, Andrew Bacevich, Patrick J. Buchanan, or any of a number of other contributors to the The American Conservative ( ),Michael Hudson (leftist economist), John Derbyshire, Bill Weintraub (founder of the pro-homo-erotic but anti-buggery Frot movement; (*Contains explicit, graphic (but serious) content)...

On a lighter, entertainment note, how about Marian McPartland biographer Paul de Barros, for one? (Assuming it is no longer possible to get the 95-year-old Piano Jazz legend herself)

Whatever else one may think of any of the personalities I have listed above, one would be hard-pressed to argue that /at least one/ of the following characterizations would apply: intelligent, substantiative, informative, stimulating, formidable, original, independent, dissident, iconoclastic, witty, entertaining, amusing, inspiring, enlightening, liberating, visionary, revolutionary.

Jul. 22 2013 03:28 PM

(With the caveats/disclaimers that:
- sports is a world unto itself that I do not follow
- I am not familiar with Mr. Vecsey and did not hear this segment with him
- My comments below, therefore, are not directed at Mr. Vecsey in particular)

At 10:02 AM, the first one to post to this page wrote,
"Yet another installment of WNYC's "More Air Time with Someone at the New York Times."
Diversity is key to success!"

At 11:32 AM, "RUCB_Alum" responded with,

"Who would you suggest? A Westboro Church spokesman?"

Oh, please!

Can you really not think of anyone not affiliated with the New York Times, whom you would consider a worthy and appropriate candidate to be given extended air time on this show?

(The stodgy, smug, elitist, gatekeeping, establishment-supporting, war-mongering, culturally corrosive, morally malignant, utterly reprehensible, contemptible New York Times.)

Your response, invoking an entity as completely on the /fringe/ and beyond-the-pale as Westboro Baptist Church, is just absurd.

No less preposterous and utterly inane than anything I have seen from the individual who posts under the name "Martin Chuzzlewit".

Actually, WBC has become such a bogeyman, such a cliché`, that I must ask: How different is invoking it, in the manner you have, from the demagogic, simplistic, immature and reflexive way in which the /right/ often conjures-up the dreaded specter of "Socialism"?


Jul. 22 2013 03:27 PM
Mike from Tribeca

MichaelB from Morningside Heights -- And remember that Jackie Robinson was a life-long Republican!

Robinson was a Rockefeller Republican, i.e., a liberal Republican. In the mid-sixties, he switched to the Democratic Party and supported Hubert Humphrey in 1968.

Jul. 22 2013 12:04 PM
Martha Magee from Love the Alternate Side.. ( yes I am parking my car!)

Anyone who invokes Stevie Wonder in any capacity is automatically at elevated status in my book.

Delightful interview. George Vescey is refreshing in his genuineness.

Please have him back soon!

We need real voices.

Jul. 22 2013 12:03 PM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

For those of us who have played, participated and watched the development of the US soccer (and its national team) over the past 30+ years, it is clear that the US - under Klinnsman - is starting to play a truly international style of soccer.

Jul. 22 2013 11:58 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

And remember that Jackie Robinson was a life-long Republican!

Jul. 22 2013 11:55 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

George remembers Paul from 1960 - wow.

Jul. 22 2013 11:52 AM
Sally from Boerhum Hill

Interesting guest, but a question from a young person: Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Jul. 22 2013 11:52 AM

Mr. Vecsey,
A few questions. What are your thoughts on the new MLS club, New York City Football Club and its potential effects on the New York Red Bulls and the revived New York Cosmos?

What are your thoughts as Klinsmann as the manager for USA?

Thank you

Jul. 22 2013 11:48 AM
Linda Jones from Manhattan

I first encountered George Vecsey after I started following the NY Liberty. George wrote a lovely column about Sue Wicks at a time when the Liberty were getting little attention.

Then there was the 2002 World Cup where George wrote a series of columns -- kind of a soccer tutorial. I read every one and watched every game. George made me a serious soccer fan.

I look forward to his book.

Jul. 22 2013 11:47 AM
Mike from Brooklyn NY

Stevie Wonder has promised not to play in Florida or any other Stand Your Ground state until those laws are gone -- how are Vecsey and Lehrer unaware of this as they talk about a song Wonder "should play in Florida"? Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and Bruce Springsteen and a growing list of artists have joined Stevie Wonder in this pledge.

Jul. 22 2013 11:34 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

@Diversity from NYC

Looking at the time of the post versus when the segment actually aired, I'd say this is MC in disguise.

Who would you suggest? A Westboro Church spokesman?

Jul. 22 2013 11:32 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Thanks to Mr. Vecsey for mentioning the Titans. On the 4th of July, a friend and I were racking our brains over the name of that team, and refusing to cheat by looking it up online. Fortunately, alcohol does wonders for numbing any painful side effects of brain racking.

Jul. 22 2013 11:24 AM
antonio from baySide

Does Mr. Vescey think the reason the 'Left' has not seen a trend in popularity like the 'tea-party' is because people are uninformed/equate it with Totalitarianism or simply we are a right wing country that is slowly making its way to the center.

Who is Mr. Vescey interested in the Mayoral race?

Jul. 22 2013 11:23 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

What does Mr. Vecsey think about Malcolm Gladwell's recent call for a ban on college football on humane grounds?

Jul. 22 2013 11:21 AM
Roy from Queens

Mr. Vecsey graduated from my alma mater, Jamaica High School, in Queens.

Jul. 22 2013 10:11 AM
Diversify from NYC

Yet another installment of WNYC's "More Air Time with Someone at the New York Times."
Diversity is key to success!

Jul. 22 2013 10:02 AM

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