What we're watching (all times EST): Hawks at Bulls (ESPN) at 4. Connecticut at Villanova (ESPN) in men's college basketball at 7. Ohio State at Penn State (ESPN2) in women's college basketball at 7. Capitals at Hurricanes (NBCSN) at 7:30. Celtics at Mavericks (TNT) at 8. Baylor at Texas (ESPN) in men's college basketball at 9. Vanderbilt at Kentucky (ESPN2) in women's college basketball at 9. Trail Blazers at Lakers (TNT) at 10:30.
John Fairfax, apprentice pirate, adventurer: "He crossed the Atlantic because it was there, and the Pacific because it was also there. He made both crossings in a rowboat because it, too, was there, and because the lure of sea, spray and sinew, and the history-making chance to traverse two oceans without steam or sail, proved irresistible. In 1969, after six months alone on the Atlantic battling storms, sharks and encroaching madness, John Fairfax, who died this month at 74, became the first lone oarsman in recorded history to traverse any ocean. ... At 9, he settled a dispute with a pistol. At 13, he lit out for the Amazon jungle. At 20, he attempted suicide-by-jaguar. Afterward he was apprenticed to a pirate. To please his mother, who did not take kindly to his being a pirate, he briefly managed a mink farm, one of the few truly dull entries on his otherwise crackling résumé, which lately included a career as a professional gambler. Mr. Fairfax was among the last avatars of a centuries-old figure: the lone-wolf explorer, whose exploits are conceived to satisfy few but himself. His was a solitary, contemplative art that has been all but lost amid the contrived derring-do of adventure-based reality television." [New York Times]
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