Moribund Franchise Vows To Keep Dopey Name

Posted in Hockey at 3:48 pm by

(David Puddy contemplates washing his face)

From the Associated Press (thanks to Jon Solomon for the tip) :

What chance do the New Jersey Devils give a proposal that would give the NHL team a less demonic name?

Think hell freezing over.

œI can assure you the Devils name will never change, and I think there are more important things to be thinking about than something that will never happen, chief executive officer Lou Lamoriello said. œIt™s who we are and what we want to be.

State Assemblyman Craig Stanley is taking issue with a satanic symbol representing the team, which has won three Stanley Cup championships.

œThis is an age where symbolism is very important, said Stanley, a Baptist deacon whose resolution to rename the team is to be introduced in the Assembly next month. A new name would be chosen in a statewide competition.

Stanley™s legislative district includes parts of Newark, where the Devils are scheduled to move into a $310 million, 18,000-seat downtown arena in September 2007, from the Meadowlands sports complex in East Rutherford.

œI™ve always cringed when people say they™re going to see the Devils, Stanley said. œThe merchandise, the paraphernalia is based on the actual demonic devil. Personally, it causes a little bit of an issue with me.

For more reminders of the days when top-flight professional hockey was played in North America, Newsday’s Pat Calabria commemorates the 25th anniversary of the New York Islanders’ first Stanley Cup victory. Coming in September, an article marking the two year anniversary of the last time the chant “Potvin Sucks” was heard in public.

Piazza Busts Out, Ishii Beats Fish

Posted in Baseball at 12:33 pm by

Kaz Ishii’s first win in 8 months, Mike Piazza’s first RBI’s in 60 at bats, and all of a sudden the same Mets that looked so overmatched against the Braves earlier in the week have won 3 straight and are just 2 games out of first place.

Glowering Tom Glavine is facing the hot tempered Josh Beckett this afternoon, with Mike DeFelice getting the start catching for the former. I look forward to a crazed controversy over whether or not Glavine has a personal battery-mate.

Blood, Sweat And Beers

Posted in Blogged Down at 12:04 pm by

As chronicled in today’s New York Daily News, 60 something Dan Freeman is a man on a mission.

Mushnick In Recycled Lookalike Joke Shocker

Posted in Sports Journalism at 11:15 am by

Phil Mushnick in today’s NY Post :

An NBA playoffs lookalike worth reprising: Steve Nash and actor Jackie Earle Haley, who played Kelly Leak in “The Bad News Bears.”

Hoo ha. Maybe Phil might wanna check out a rarely watched program called “Pardon The Interuption” on the obscure ESPN cable network. If he does so, Mushnick will find no shortage of gags that have been repeated over and over again.


Unprecedented Behind The Scenes Access To Two Bands That Suck

Posted in Cinema, Rock Und Roll at 11:58 pm by

One band is despicable, the other merely loathesome. Can an entertaining, evocative documentary be made about bands that are monumentally untalented? Perhaps. But Ondi Timoner’s”Dig” is far more interesting if you’ve never previously encountered someone who is totally attention starved.

(Gallant, Goofus in happier days)

One of the doc’s slower thinkers describes the Brian Jonestown Massacre as “the Velvet Underground of the ’90′s”. Well, yeah, they wear sunglasses really often.

Saloon Racing Blowhard Bemoans Danica’s “Unfair Advantage”

Posted in Vroom Vroom at 11:36 pm by

From the Associated Press :

Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 and said Saturday he will not compete in the race again unless the field is equalized.

Gordon, a former open-wheel driver now in NASCAR, contends that Patrick (above) is at an advantage over the rest of the competitors because she only weighs 100 pounds. Because all the cars weigh the same, Patrick’s is lighter on the race track.

“The lighter the car, the faster it goes,” Gordon said. “Do the math. Put her in the car at her weight, then put me or Tony Stewart in the car at 200 pounds and our car is at least 100 pounds heavier.

So if you wanna compete against her, lose a hundred pounds, how hard could it be? Ephedra’s legal again, stomach stapling is cheaper than it used to be. Maybe Gordon would like to petition the Jockey Club to have something done about the blatant discrimination in thoroughbred racing — good luck if you weigh 200 pounds.

The Worst Damn Adulterous Relationship, Period

Posted in Basketball, Sports TV at 5:24 pm by

From the Associated Press :

A woman who claims she had an affair with former NBA star and Fox Sports Net sportscaster John Salley filed a lawsuit Friday alleging Salley mentally and physically abused her during the relationship.

The suit, filed in Superior Court, alleges that the co-host of “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” (above)met Laura Azevedo at Magic Johnson’s “A Midsummer Night’s Magic” charity event in 2002. The two began dating the following December after Salley told Azevedo he was going to divorce his wife, according to court papers.

Azevedo alleges that Salley became increasingly jealous and abusive during their affair, until at one point he “began violently pulling and twisting” her left leg. The suit says that Salley paid for Azevedo to undergo an MRI, which revealed a torn knee ligament that required surgery.

Sucking Up With Scott Williams

Posted in Basketball, Sports TV at 5:19 pm by

While the Cleveland Plain-Dealer claims that Pacers assistant Mike Brown is likely to be named the new head coach of the Cavaliers, the paper’s Roger Brown reports on a veteran with championship experience, seemingly desperate to hang on in any capacity.

Former Cavs reserve Scott Williams might be angling for a job as a team broadcaster, but word is he™ll need major repair work if he hopes to replace Mark Price as the Cavs™ cable analyst next season.

The soon-to-retire Williams, who played in just 19 games with the Cavs last season (and none after being put on the injury list in February), has been reportedly lobbying for a job as a team broadcaster. That role is available with Price™s decision not to return as FSN Ohio™s Cavs analyst.

However, Cavs management apparently remains miffed at how Williams asked to leave the team as last season wound down and the club choked away a once-sure playoff spot.

Sources whisper that Williams has been working to soothe the Cavs™ bruised feelings. They suggest that it wasn™t by accident that during a recent appearance as a NBA TV analyst, Williams effusively praised Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and strongly defended Gilbert against criticism that he meddles too much.

SF Treat : Giants Acquire LaTroy

Posted in Baseball at 2:42 pm by

San Francisco have traded Jerome Williams and David Aardasma to Chicago in exchange for reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

At Wrigley earlier today, Derrek Lee (above) continued to do most of the heavy lifting for the Cubs, his 2 HR’s (both of ‘em off Byung-Hyun Kim) leading Chicago to a 5-1 victory over the Rockies.

Harris Enraged By Pedro’s Trash Talk

Posted in Baseball at 12:13 pm by

From the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi.

Still wearing his Marlins uniform, pinch-hitter Lenny Harris stormed into the Mets’ clubhouse after Thursday’s game to complain to manager Willie Randolph about being taunted by pitcher Pedro Martinez and coach Sandy Alomar.

Opposing players rarely enter another team’s clubhouse, but Harris, a former Met, was incensed that Martinez and Alomar yelled “Watch for the bunt!” as Harris batted in the seventh inning.

“They’re screaming out of the dugout, I’m thinking I’m still back in high school. I thought it was hogwash,” Harris said before Friday’s game.

The incident actually started on April 21, when Harris bunted for a single against Martinez in a 10-1 Marlins loss at Dolphins Stadium. That day, both players could be seen laughing at each other on the field after Harris reached base.

“I thought that was the end of it,” Harris said. “But they’re screaming, ‘Watch out for the bunt! Watch out for the bunt!’ and I’m thinking, ‘It was really bothering them.’ I told Willie I didn’t think they’d take it that seriously.”

Harris was so distracted that he stepped out of the batter’s box and yelled back, “Are you done?” before striking out.

“There’s a time to play, but when the game starts it’s serious business. You know a fan is going to heckle you ” I don’t mind if it’s a fan ” but if its a ballplayer, then I want to find out what’s the problem. It kept going on. I thought they took it too far.

Randolph dismissed the situation. “Just chit chat,” he said.

This is genuinely shocking stuff. Who knew Lenny Harris was still playing?