?A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
For those film-goers whose only exposure to crew was Rob Lowe rowing down the Thames in Oxford Blues, first-time director Dominique Derrenger has produced a terrific documentary on the U.S.'s oldest intercollegiate sport. In 1998 and '99, Derrenger shadowed California's crew team and its coach Stephen Gladstone, who was rebuilding the nation's most storied college program. All for One: In the Spirit of the Race, which takes viewers into the Cal boat during the Bears' dramatic drive to the '99 national title, drew raves at the biggest documentary film festival in the country. Derrenger is shopping it to networks. "It's a story people can relate to," says Derrenger, 36. "A group dedicates itself to a common cause and does it all for the pure passion of it."
?LEFTY ON FOX
Mets southpaw Al Leiter hasn't done color for the National League Championship series for Fox; he has delivered an on-air pitching clinic. In Game 4, for example, he grabbed a baseball to show how Chicago's Matt Clement grips his two-seam fastball. Earlier in the series Leiter cogently explained that Cubs reliever Kyle Farnsworth's inability to "waste" pitches leads him to struggle with 0 and 2 counts.
The Democrats might have to battle to woo that new demographic, NASCAR dads. Last week MSNBC's Bill Press asked Winston Cup driver Jimmie Johnson how receptive fans would be to a Democratic presidential hopeful such as Howard Dean. Said Johnson, "I'm not sure how that would go over. [ NASCAR] seems to be Republican-based."