Some people just know how to put on a show.
(leave your ice-picks at home, please)
Monday, March 7
I WAS A TEENAGE QUINCY PUNK
DRESS LIKE A QUINCY PUNK AND GET A FREE QUINCY BUTTON!
If you’re old enough to remember punk rock, then you certainly remember Quincy. And if you care to remember punk rock, then you’ve never forgotten the Quincy Punk Rock episode. Without exaggerating its cultural or historical relevance, it can be said that œNext Stop Nowhere” has remained a kind of inside joke or secret handshake; the term Quincy Punk became part of the vernacular almost overnight. Tonight we celebrate the bastardization of punk rock by clueless TV executives, with a dazzling array of clips including the CHiPS punk episode, the Afterschool special œThe Day My Kid Went Punk and the legendary Quincy episode that started it all. CURATED BY SEATTLE QUINCY PUNK EXPERT ZACK CARLSON.
Big Apple residents should be aware that a costly trip to Korea is hardly necessary if they’re hankering for fried dog. For the 2nd and 3rd times in the past calendar year, some of man’s best friends (and Con Edison’s worst enemies) were zapped while walking city streets yesterday.
Nobody loves the 5 boroughs more than me. OK, that isn’t true. Nobody loves parts of Queens, small portions of Brooklyn and buildings in lower Manhattan that feature doorman security more than me. But no matter how much you (heart) NYC, it’s a disgrace that in ’05 ,a simple stroll with the family pooch might well take Spot’s life.
Manchester United (0) 1, Chelsea 1 (2)
(Chelsea win 2-1 on aggerate)
It’ll be Chelsea and Liverpool meeting in Cardiff next month for that gaudiest of minor trophies, the Carling Cup. What might’ve been an easy passport to Europe for Alex Ferguson’s United is instead, his first loss in 19 consecutive semi-finals, and his fifth defeat in a row at the hands of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Former Metro Stars keeper Tim Howard will not receive more much coverage from US TV newsmagazines after being caught flat-footed on Damien Duff’s decisive free kick.
Tomorrow morning’s edition of the Scotsman is reporting that Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle might be out for the season following an ACL tear.
As tipped late last night, the Mets today acquired 1B Doug Mientkiewicz from Boston in exchange for 1B prospect Ian Bladergroen.
Bladergroen (above)made the Sally League All-Star team last year, hitting .342 for the Class A Capital City Bombers with 13 homers and 74 RBI’s in 72 games. A 44th round pick in the 2002 amateur draft, Bladergroen played first for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2003.
….or there’s no telling how much money he’d have stolen. From the Associated Press :
Tehran, Iran — A man with an uncanny resemblance to Iran’s best-loved Olympic champion has been arrested for making $705,000 in scams by pretending to be the gold-medalist’s brother, a newspaper said on Wednesday.
The Iran daily showed a photograph of a man who looked like “Iranian Hercules” Hossein Rezazadeh.
Hailed as “the world’s strongest man,” Rezazadeh (above) smashed the world super-heavyweight weightlifting record to win gold in Sydney in 2000 and repeated the feat in Athens.
“Investigations showed this man has been introducing himself as Dr. Arman Rezazadeh, the half-brother of the Iranian Hercules,” the newspaper said.
“With this claim, he said he could exercise influence with legal officials and in government bodies,” it added.
(the late Double H, not implicated in the Iranian case)
Thanks to Brian Turner for passing along terrifying footage of what is not only the worst delivery of a weather forecast in television history (from Athens, OH’s WOUB), but also the most desperate exhibition of public speaking since Iann Robinson made his MTV debut.
The Baltimore Sun’s Roch Kubatko, quoting Orioles owner Peter Angelos following the news that the latter’s offer to Carlos Delgado was rejected in favor of that from Florida.
“The [Orioles'] offers, I thought, certainly were generous, and some might think beyond what they should have been,” Angelos (above) said. “They’re trying to improve the club and demonstrate to fans that we’re doing everything we can to make the club competitive with Boston and New York, and we’re heading in that direction.
“But the market needs to be reassessed. The more millions that are squandered, the more fans will have to pay through increased ticket prices and concessions. Major League Baseball has to come to grips with the crisis it’s in.
“These salaries are beyond what 90 percent of the teams are able to pay. It’s a problem that has to be dealt with in the future.”
By 4 p.m. Tuesday, when team officials still hadn’t heard from Sloane, it became apparent that Delgado was headed elsewhere. The news broke a short time later, leaving the Orioles without a player who favored them so much that Sloane contacted them first when the free-agent market opened.
“You can say I’m disappointed,” Angelos said, “but on the other hand, I’m pleased that we’re not party to this financial insanity that has taken hold of the game.”
Though reports out of New York had the Orioles’ last offer at $51 million, team officials confirmed that they held firm at $48 million. Sloane never gave them a chance to respond to the Marlins’ final proposal.
“We talked a couple times [Monday] night,” General Manager Jim Beattie said. “We knew where we stood and he knew where we stood.”
It’s a bit rich for Angelos to criticize his fellow owners considering the money he’s thrown at the likes of David Segui and Sidney Ponson, not to mention his (supposed) willingness to sign Delgado for just $250,000 a year less than than what Florida will pay. Delgado and his agent are making certain they collect every penny they can, no doubt about that. But not only is the former Blue Jay taking a pay cut to play for the Marlins, his decision was completely justifiable from a baseball perspective.
If only his team were this defensive! The New York Daily News’ Frank Isola reports on Isiah Thomas’ appearance yesterday on the Peabody Award-winning Mike Francesca and Christopher Russo Roundtable.
Isiah Thomas once again defended Stephon Marbury for calling himself the best point guard in the NBA.
“I see him as a person and player we can build around and win,” Thomas said on the WFAN Mike and the Mad Dog program. “He’s playing the best basketball he’s ever played.”
Thomas grew increasingly hostile as he defended his job performance after 13 months. Calling it a “damn good year,” Thomas said that when he was hired, the Knicks “had a foot stuck in a hole and had nowhere to go.”
Thomas’ only misleading statement – other than denying that Garden chairman James Dolan was behind the firing of Lenny Wilkens – was to claim that unlike last year the Knicks now have expiring contracts to trade. Last year, Thomas traded Antonio McDyess and Charlie Ward to get Marbury. Dikembe Mutombo, Othella Harrington and Frank Williams – all in the final years of their respective contracts – were traded to Chicago for Jamal Crawford.
The New York Post’s Marc Berman comments on Thomas leaving the country amidst the Knicks’ longest losing streak of the season.
Knicks president Isiah Thomas plans to escape the losing and the snow by heading to Europe this weekend for a 10-day sojourn to Spain and Italy ” his first European scouting trip since taking over.
Thomas probably realizes now that the first-round draft pick he is not allowed to trade under league rules could well turn out to be a lottery pick. One potential lottery pick is Spanish swingman Rudy Fernandez (above), whom Thomas plans to see. Some think 7-foot Australian Andrew Bogut could be the top pick.
From Steve Bulpett in Wednesday’s Boston Herald.
The Celtics were very close last night to a trade involving Walter McCarty, according to multiple sources.
The Celts were said to be awaiting a final word from Phoenix, which will return a second-round pick to Boston if the transaction is completed.
Director of basketball operations Danny Ainge had no comment on the matter, but McCarty (above) confirmed he had heard from the club that the deal had gone well beyond the preliminary stage.
It’s a move Waltah would welcome after more than seven years in Green. With younger players filtering into the Celtics rotation, McCarty has been getting squeezed for playing time – a difficult situation for a player who turns 31 next week. He’d played just 18 minutes in the three games heading into last night’s meeting with the Bobcats and then didn’t make it off the bench.
While Gary Payton is starting and playing well, Ainge may be facing a similar situation with his veteran point guard. Payton has been an exemplary soldier but would like to be moved west to be closer to his family. His mother has been diagnosed with cancer and will start chemotherapy soon. Payton would also like a better opportunity to chase a championship.
Sources say Ainge is looking to see what Payton can bring from other clubs but won’t give him away. It’s possible that a first-round pick would be enough to pry The Glove loose.
From David Lennon in Wednesday’s edition of Newsday :
After losing out on Carlos Delgado, the Mets were on the verge of completing a trade last night for the Red Sox’ Doug Mientkiewicz, the first baseman who caught the last out of Boston’s historic World Series win and has refused to give up the baseball.
The Mets wanted a defensive specialist, and their No. 1 choice is Mientkiewicz (above), who won a Gold Glove with the Twins in 2001.
With Kevin Millar getting the nod at first base, Mientkiewicz is expendable, and the baseball fiasco has made him an unpopular man in Boston. The Orioles, who also fell short on Delgado, were in talks for Mientkiewicz, but the Red Sox think they have a better match with the Mets.
General manager Omar Minaya would say only that the Mets were “close” to getting a first baseman, and he expected the deal completed in the next 24 hours.
Though the words “defensive specialist” and “Mets’ seem to go together as well as “Kaz Matsui” and “shortstop”, Mientkiewicz is the real deal in the field. He’s also, unfortunately, a slight improvement over Jason Phillips at the plate, and with talk that the Rangers are closing in on Magglio Ordonez, the very spectre of Sammy Sosa in a Mets uniform ought to kill much of the optimism generated over the past few weeks. If Fred Wilpon ruled out A-Rod because New York couldn’t tolerate a “24 and 1″ atmostphere in the clubhouse, should the Mets principal owner feel any more optimistic about Sosa and Pedro Martinez as the veteran leadership come Opening Day?
It was fortunate for the Phoenix Suns that interim NY head coach Herb Williams was working with Paul Westhead’s old Loyola Marymount playbook this evening.
(the Suns’ Steve Nash, undaunted by the challenge of the self-proclaimed best point guard in the NBA, Stephon Marbury)
Rejoice, Knicks fans, the dull old days of free personal pan pizzas whenever New York held the opposition below 80 points are forever a thing of the past. And if nothing else, tonight’s loss established for once and all that Jamal Crawford really needs is 70 shots or more a game to really get into a rhythm.
Peter Vescey used this morning’s NY Post column to cast doubt on Larry Brown’s chances of coming to MSG.
From what I hear, the Knicks shouldn’t count on Piston owner Bill Davidson allowing Larry Brown to work somewhere else in the NBA next season, regardless of how much his franchise might stand to profit in terms of compensation, should Brown not want to coach anymore in Detroit.
Why would anybody assume such a thing? Don’t be jumping to conclusions just because Brown tried to package himself in the Elden Campbell-Carlos Arroyo trade.
Sixer chairman Ed Snider permitted Brown to skate away from his contractual obligation, no strings attached, as a reward for a job well done, because he stayed longer than anyone imagined (six seasons) and because he had trusted friend (then-GM) Billy King pleading his case to let him go. Most important, it was in everybody’s best interests.
Think about it ” why would Mr. D turn over one of his team’s most treasured assets to Isiah Thomas? Once they were as close as father and son, but Thomas abruptly plunged out of favor just as Davidson was about to appoint his pluperfect point man to run the Pistons, a fragrant financial deal that included part-ownership.
The story of Thomas’ looming ascension to the throne was leaked to (long since deceased) beat writer Corky Meinke, and Davidson accused Thomas of being its source. That made no sense at all, because he had nothing to gain and everything to lose by it splashing into print. On the other hand, other influential people within the organization, either on the verge of suffering a power outage or in danger of not getting the surge to which they felt entitled, were in the exact opposite position.
Still, if Davidson and VP Joe Dumars were willing to risk their reputations by doing the unthinkable to secure Brown’s hallowed services (it took a sauteed set of onions to dump Rick Carlisle after two straight 50-win, Central Division titles, notable playoff infiltrations) why would they be foolish enough to sign off on Larry’s latest address form ” New York, New Jersey, New Guinea, wherever?
Then again, it occurs to me, why would Brown be remotely tempted to babysit Stephon Marbury?
It’s not as if he vaguely enjoyed coaching him in the Olympics, sponsoring him solely as a favor to Thomas.
Former QPR / Manchester City / Tampa Bay Rowdies striker Rodney Marsh has lost his lucrative TV job. From today’s Telegraph :
Rodney Marsh, the football pundit, has been sacked by broadcaster Sky Sports after making an “inexcusable” joke about the Asian tsunami disaster.
Marsh, appearing on phone-in programme You’re On Sky Sports, is believed to have joked that David Beckham had turned down a move to Newcastle after hearing of the trouble with the “Toon Army in Asia”.
The former Queens Park Rangers, Manchester City and Fulham striker was sacked after bosses reviewed his comments this morning.
A Sky Sports spokesman said: “During the live night-time phone-in, Rodney made comments that were offensive and inexcusable. An apology was made within the programme and Rodney’s comments were edited and removed from later transmissions.”
The frequently outspoken 60-year-old was quick to apologise today for his remarks.
He said: “I apologise unreservedly for any offence I caused by my thoughtless and inappropriate comment I made last night. My intention was to make a light-hearted football joke.”
(Rodney getting the snip after losing a wager that Bradford City couldn’t stay up)
No apologies, presumaby, for David Beckham whose limited intellectual capacity is common fodder for jokes (usually those that scan better than Marsh’s).
Newday’s Jon Heyman is reporting that Florida has reached agreement with free agent 1B Carlos Delgado on a four year, $52 million contract.
Under the terms of this deal under discussion earlier in the day, Delgado would get just $4 million this year, another baseball official told The Associated Press, also on condition of anonymity.
Delgado would get $13.5 million in 2006, $14.5 million in 2007 and $16 million in 2008, and the deal would include a $16 million option for 2009 that would become guaranteed based on how Delgado does in MVP voting and whether he earns postseason MVP awards.
Delgado would need to accumulate 30 points in the next four years for the fifth year to kick in. He would get 10 points for winning the NL MVP award and nine for finishing second and so on under a formula that gives him one point for finishing 10th. He would get 20 points if he’s the World Series MVP and 10 if he’s the league championship series MVP.
If the option doesn’t become guaranteed, Florida would have the right to exercise a $12 million option. If the option is declined, Delgado would get a $4 million buyout.
David Sloane, Delgado’s agent, did not seem to be very fond of the Mets. The agent dumped them Sunday night without the courtesy of a phone call, and despite the club’s offseason makeover, Sloane said in an e-mail exchange that the Mets have no better shot at making the playoffs than the Orioles — a team that shares a division with the Yankees and Red Sox.
(keep smiling Carlos, you’ll need a sunny disposition when Jeff Loria can’t make payroll in two years)
Hitting between Mike Lowell and Miguel Cabrera is a nice place to be for Delgado, though signing a long term deal with a team actively looking for a new home strikes me as questionable. As far as the Mets are concerned, get ready for weeks of dull, hourly updates on whether or not Magglio Ordonez wants to be overpaid by Mike Ilitch or Fred Wilpon.
From the Associated Press :
Police say Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Worrell identified himself as his friend and former teammate, Andreas Lilja, when he was arrested for a traffic violation last month.
Worrell is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest without violence. His attorney, Mitchell Polay, declined to comment Tuesday.
(I dunno about you, but I can’t tell the difference, either)
Lilja was playing hockey in Sweden at the time. He and Worrell were teammates with the Florida Panthers in 2002-03.
Driving an SUV owned by Lilja, Worrell was pulled over at 2 a.m. Dec. 6 in Pompano Beach because the vehicle had an expired tag, according to an arrest report from the Broward County Sheriff’s Department. Worrell repeatedly identified himself as Lilja, Deputy Lionel Davis wrote in his report.
Worrell, at 6-foot-7 one of the NHL’s toughest enforcers, is among the league’s few black players. Lilja, 6-foot-3, is a defenseman from Sweden.
“After asking the defendant several times his name, Worrell continued to deliberately falsify and obstruct my investigation,” Davis wrote. The officer said he cleared up the misidentification when he found Worrell’s passport in the SUV.
The case is the latest in series of legal problems for Worrell, who lives in Coral Springs.
He has had his license suspended twice because of two convictions for drunken driving. In June 2002, he was arrested for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and criminal mischief for kicking a police car’s window off its track. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.
Because of the NHL lockout, Lilja has yet to play for his latest team, the Nashville Predators.
The subject of one of Big Black’s most beloved songs, P Brad Penny has signed a one year, $5.1 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
LA are also said to be inviting Scott Erickson to spring training, which wouldn’t be so terrible if they expected him to mow the lawn rather than pitch.
The White Sox have signed former Daiei Hawks 2B Tadahito Iguchi to a two year contract worth as much as $5 million, pending the results of a physical examination. The 30 year old Iguchi (.333 with 24 homers and 89 RBI’s last season), is a 4 time Japanese League All-Star with 3 batting titles and two stolen base crowns on his resume.
Popular consensus for months has been that Orlando were the winners in the T-Mac/Stevie Franchise megadeal, but what does it say about said swap when the Rockets suddenly have a better record than the Magic, and they’ve beaten the latter twice in a week (without McGrady on the 2nd occasion?).
I’ll leap to the following conclusions :
a) Grant Hill is obviously struggling with his wrist injury
b) Doug Christie isn’t supplying the smothering defense as of yet, but he’s on the lookout for smothering wife Jackie punching out female fans who cheer when Doug checks into the game.
c) Even on a shooting night of Jamal Crawford-proportions, new addition Bob Sura (above) makes a huge difference when he’s driving the lane, ie. he’s very willing to get maimed.
d) Jon Barry is gonna shoot out the lights at least once or twice a season. For another year or two.
Short of George Steinbrenner buying a 2nd franchise, could there be any more influential event in the recent escalation of player salaries than the Mets’ hiring of Omar Minaya? If the Baltimore Sun’s Roch Kubatko is to be believed, New York’s offer to Carlos Delgado has now hit $50 million over 4 years, outbidding the lucrative pacts proposed thus far by Florida and Baltimore. And coming from the perspective of Delgado and agent David Sloane, this makes perfect sense ; if the Mets had to overpay for Kris Benson, Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran, why should Delgado accept a discount?
Fortunate Son Mike Piazza told a conference call of NY reporters that his fractious past with Pedro Martinez will have no influence on their working relationship in 2005. Just to be certain , perhaps Jay Horowitz can take the two superstars out for a bonding session over manicures.
…and Dick Cheney’s no Ed Lover, either.
During the program, Mr. Imus said that some people considered Mr. Cheney to be like Slim Pickens, the actor in the movie “Dr. Strangelove” who rode the atomic bomb dropped on Russia as if it were a bucking bronco. Afterward, Mr. Imus said in an interview that he had gotten “a good vibe” from Mr. Cheney. “And I was surprised at how healthy he looks; his skin tone was good and his eyes were clear,” Mr. Imus said.
Also, he said, “he seems like he can be funny, but he isn’t quite sure whether he wants to be or not.”
Mr. Imus was perhaps recalling a moment in his program when he asked the vice president if, as many critics of Mr. Bush believe, Mr. Cheney is actually president.
“No,” Mr. Cheney replied. “But that was a nice try.”
With a 3rd consecutive season outside of the top flight looming, West Ham United manager Alan Pardew might want to consider his future, having just received the only notice worse than a vote of confidence ; no vote whatsoever.
From the Guardian’s Matt Scott :
Alan Pardew is expected to be in charge of West Ham United for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round match against Sheffield United despite the growing clamour for his dismissal after three successive league defeats.
Pardew (above), who joined West Ham from Reading in October 2003 and had a brief to secure promotion this season after presiding over play-off final defeat last May, saw his side slip to ninth in the Championship after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Derby County on top of Saturday’s games. That left them 12 points behind second-placed Wigan and led to fresh calls for Pardew’s head.
But Paul Aldridge, the club’s managing director, said: “I don’t want to get into a position where we are giving him [Pardew] a vote of confidence because that is the last thing any manager wants.
“We have never put a timescale on our backing for him. We will never say it is until the end of the season or until the beginning of next season. We are in the results business.”
Pardew is privately adamant that he has fulfilled another part of his brief in reducing the club’s wage bill by more than £10m to £23.2m over the 12 months to last May.
Former Lazio, Juventus and Italian national team chief Dino Zoff (above) has been named Fiorentina’s 3rd manager of the season. Zoff, who took the Azzuri to the Euro 2000 final against France (after an upset semi-final win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam), has been out of soccer for the past 3 years. Fiorentina are currently in 15th place in Serie A.
Supposedly the Raptors have struggled to find an acceptable swap for Jalen Rose — who totally burned the Knicks last Wednesday — and the former Michigan shooting guard is taking it personally, writes Slam Sports’ Mike Koreen.
Chuck Swirsky has three jobs — afternoon radio host, Raptors television play-by-play man and personal motivator for Jalen Rose.
With one statement on his Fan 590 AM show, the Swirsk fired up the red-hot Rose.
With forwards Lamond Murray (upper respiratory infection) and Donyell Marshall (sprained right wrist) out yesterday, Rose (above) stepped up and scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Raptors to a 103-92 win over the expansion Charlotte Bobcats at the Air Canada Centre.
“I heard (Swirsky) say a couple of weeks ago Rob Babcock would be the GM of the year if he could find a way to trade Jalen Rose,” the veteran guard said.
“That kind of sparked me to go out and play with a chip on my shoulder and have some fun regardless of what happens.”
“Once again, Mr. Clutch (Rose) came through for us and provided some big plays,” said Morris Peterson, who scored a game-high 26 points.
“Jalen did a good job at carrying us, but guys moved the ball well in the second half and that was also one of the keys of the game. Jalen is our go-to guy. This is his (11th year), he’s been to the NBA finals and we’ll ride his coattail … He’s got something a lot of players don’t have and that’s heart.”
He’s also got the fans on his side. When Rose entered the game, he received a Matt Bonner-like ovation from the crowd of 14,196. Rose also seems to be having fun, as he was waving the Raptors mascot’s arms in the air at one point.
“The crowd always loves me and I give the same love back to the fans,” Rose said. “I think a lot of the things probably said about me in a negative light doesn’t come from the fans. It comes from people who don’t know me or never been around me or never played with me.”
So why do people support Rose?
“Probably because I’m not a hermit,” Rose said. “I’m out moving around, shaking hands, kissing babies … I’m not the type of person you can’t see, can’t touch or can’t talk to.”
From the Just Get It Over With Dept. : Both the AP and WFAN are reporting that discussions between the Mets and Carlos Delgado’s prickly agent, David Sloane, have resumed, despite the harsh rhetoric used by the latter late last night.
Scanning the list of nominees for the 2005 Bloggies, I fail to understand how CSTB wasn’t nominated in every single category. On the other hand, the representation of no fewer than 4 of Gawker Media’s properties is something a of a crowning achievment for that burgeoning web empire, what with nearly $100.00 (USD) in prize money at stake.
In all seriousness, it seems a little screwy that there is no category for a sports-related blog, especially because I was rooting for that college hoops guy who begs everyone to link to his site.