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'Wire' creator takes talents to SI for O's story

David Simon, creator of the much beloved HBO series "The Wire," is the author of last week's Sports Illustrated cover story on the Baltimore Orioles and their surprising season.
The assignment caught Simon by surprise.
"For Sports Illustrated to call the bullpen of Baltimore writers and ask for Simon to get loose is a twisted little joke," Simon writes. "I grew up hating the Orioles. - I am from Washington. And I was born a Senators fan. Does the darkness make sense now? Does it?"
The online version of the article is available only to SI subscribers. However, Simon also did a podcast interview with SI's Richard Deitsch, a University at Buffalo graduate. The podcast is free on
"The city never really had a chance to go crazy," Simon said. "We were all waiting for that summer swoon. There are a couple of seasons in that horrifying quarter-century of losing where they showed really well in May or June and then suddenly you would hit late June or July and the collapse would be complete and dramatic. So we have kind of been there before and we were waiting for it, and then at some point it was August and they seemed to fall apart a little bit but then they would sweep a series. So it's been remarkable."
Simon was also a writer for the police drama "Homicide." He recalled filming a scene on that show at Camden Yards.
"They let us film a murder there, and the only reason they let us do it was because we decided the victim would be a Yankee fan and the killer would also be a Yankee fan. That so appealed to Orioles' management that they convinced the stadium authority to let us do it."

Friedman tees off

Liam Friedman, an assistant club pro at Orchard Park Country Club, is one of 12 contestants on the Golf Channel reality series, "Big Break Greenbrier," which will debut Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Friedman, a Lackawanna native, won the 2011 Western New York PGA Championship. He was also a member of the Methodist University team that won the NCAA Division III championship in 2010.
Friedman told the Golf Channel that he realized in school that he was more suited to fairways and greens than to math and science.
"I decided I wanted to pursue a professional golf career during my freshman year at Drexel University before transferring to Methodist," he said. "I wasn't able to walk on the golf team, and I started to perform poorly in class. As a result of my performance, I would become stressed, and when I get stressed, I play golf. I realized that while I should have been studying, I was playing golf. I knew then that engineering was not for me."

New voice of PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association tour will have a new broadcast voice on ESPN. Lon McEachern, former co-host of ESPN's World Series of Poker telecasts, takes over as play-by-play man when the tour begins 16 weeks of TV broadcasts Dec. 9.
Randy Pedersen, a PBA Hall of Famer, returns as analyst for the broadcasts.
"As an avid sports fan my whole life, the weekends were often filled with watching sports and the PBA Tour telecasts were a can't-miss show," McEachern told "The PBA Tour has always been in the upper echelon of prestigious sports properties and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
McEachern has previously covered the X-Games, the Tour de France, billiards, kickboxing and skiing, among other events.

New home for Rome

CBS Sports Radio last week made it official that Jim Rome and his Jungle will be moving to the new network, which will launch Jan. 2. Rome's show has been syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks since 1996.
The show will likely not move from its daily slot on WGR 550, where it airs from noon to 3 p.m.
A CBS Sports Radio spokeswoman told The News, "We don't anticipate a significant shift in affiliates and will be working closely with the stations that currently broadcast his program."
Rome earlier this year began a daily TV show on CBS Sports Network.