On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
May 25, 2007

WIP 610-AM mid-day host Anthony Gargano is combining his love of sports and movies as the associate producer of the upcoming film “Our Lady of Victory,” which began filming this week in West Chester.

“Our Lady of Victory” is the story of the Immaculata College Mighty Macs women's basketball team, which won the first ladies' national championship in 1972. Carla Gugino, most recently of “Entourage,” plays head coach Cathy Rush, and David Boreanaz plays her husband, Ed Rush. Ellyn Burstyn plays “Mother Superior.”

Gargano, who co-wrote the screenplay with Tim Chambers said: “This is a story about going for your dreams. At the time, women weren't really encouraged to go for their own dreams. Rush was a wife and mother, who also went for her own dream in basketball. She's the godmother of women's college basketball. There wouldn't be a [Tennessee coach] Pat Summitt if there wasn't a Cathy Rush.”

Pat Croce is the executive producer and major investor of the project, which has a budget of $8 million.

Gargano said the film is shooting for a March release date to coincide with the NCAA tournament.

If you would like to be in a crowd scene that will be filmed in Ardmore on June 16 and 17, go to www.heerycasting.com.

Horse Play

Another story about one of the great female athletes of the 1970s will be told in the television movie “Ruffian” June 9 at 9 p.m. on ABC. Sam Shepard stars as horse trainer Frank Whitely, and Frank Whaley plays sportswriter Bill Nack.

CSN anchor out?

Sports industry sources are speculating that Comcast SportsNet and anchor Lance Crawford may be parting ways when Crawford's contract is up in July. Crawford, who joined CSN in 2000 could not be reached for comment. CSN spokesperson Maureen Quilter said the network does not comment on personnel issues.

Sarge in charge

I caught the play at the plate Wednesday night when Phillies catcher Rod Barajas botched the tag. Although Gary Matthews has been criticized this season, he was the only announcer who got the play right. Even though the umpire clearly called the runner safe, Harry Kalas called him out because he thought he should've been out. Then Chris Wheeler chimed in that the umpire shouldn't have called the runner safe. Matthews was the only one who immediately said the umpire made the right call.

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May 25, 2007 6:41 AM