When Graham Nash stopped by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in mid-July to promote his new book, "Eye To Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash," he also took a few minutes to pose for staffers with the 10-foot-tall Fender Stratocaster he dropped off for the United Way's "Guitarmania II, Encore in 2004" public-art project. The guitar — decorated by Nash with black-and-white photos of his band Crosby, Stills & Nash and the handwritten lyrics to "Teach Your Children" scrawled on the back — will be sold to the highest bidder at a Nov. 6 auction in which all of the oversized guitars that have been on display across the city this summer will also be sold. (Until then, Nash's creation will be exhibited inside the museum.) Seventy-five bucks will get you a standing-room spot for the auction, but choice seats are going for $150.
We win, for once. Sports network ESPN has been celebrating its 25th anniversary with the new cable-channel staple: breaking things/moments/ people into lists. So, maybe it's no surprise that ESPN2's "Cold Pizza" named Cleveland the "Most Tortured Sports City in America." Truthfully, can anyone say Jose Mesa and Game Seven in the same sentence yet without cringing? Still, our morbid curiosity prompted us to inspect the list rather than click on past www.espn.com. Willie Mays' over-the-shoulder catch, which took the wind out of the Tribe's 111-win 1954 season, clocked in at No. 10 and Michael Jordan's "shot" sits at No. 5. Art Modell's hijacking of the brown and orange registers at No. 4, while the Browns' Super Bowl-killing losses at the hands of the Broncos clog No. 2 and 3. And yes, that truly torturous 1997 night in Miami sits at the top of the big, sad heap.