Roll tide

By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 13, 2013

To address fears of the shark-huggers among us, most of the sharks caught are released, unless participants think they have a winner. In 2005, a 1191-pound tiger shark won the prize, but last year’s winner was only a 429-pound porbeagle. (Pity the poor beagle who was found in its stomach.) At any rate, there’s no need to make the children hide under the bed or only wade up to their ankles in the water at local beaches.

About 80-plus boats will likely be included in what is known as the Super Bowl of shark fishing. If only they could find a way to have the sharks eat the clapped-out jocks and jock-sniffing commentators who last competed in real sports in junior high school, who spend seven hours on the NFL’s Super Bowl pre-game shows, we would indeed have a “monster” hit on the way.

And if they don’t use the clip of Quint (Robert Shaw) from Jaws dragging his fingernails across a blackboard at a town meeting as their signature opening A/V logo, the event’s organizers are missing a trick.

Take that, millionaires with wet bottoms who run the now largely ignored and disgraced America’s Cup. Bite us, as they say.

Over the Emmys, Under the Ice

Phillipe and Jorge are proud to note that old friend Sprague Theobald, late of Little Rhody and now of Gotham, won an Emmy from the Lone Star chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his documentary, The Other Side of the Ice, in the category Outstanding Achievement, Best Documentary — Topical. It certainly wouldn’t be Best Documentary — Tropical, since Sprague’s film is a bare-faced, real-life pic about his trip aboard his boat through the Northwest Passage, which nearly led to the crew and Cap’n Theobald killing each other en route.

P&J have recommended this film to our readers before, but its latest recognition should push you further into tracking it down and watching it. It’s worth your time. There’s no better look at what happens to a happy and ambitious Newport family when you give them the “Call me Ishmael” push.

Strike a Chord

A group of musical artists from across Vo Dilun, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, have put together a compilation of tracks to benefit a North Kingstown lady by the name of Joyce Bourque, who is suffering through end-stage kidney failure and desperately needs a transplant. The goal is to provide funding to keep her medication coming and find her the kidney that she requires. This effort is the work of the music/philanthropy nonprofit Strike a Chord and the song compilation is titled For Joyce.

P&J understand that an actual CD will be available in the near future but you can receive information about this project by emailing By joining this effort, you can support local music as well as Joyce. Best wishes to Joyce and thank you for considering helping this cause.

RIP, Mountain Man

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