03.25.06

How Can People Wear That Stuff?, Pt. II

Posted in Basketball, Fashion at 12:28 pm by

(last week’s pt. I)

From the Kansas City Star’s Howard Richman.

A new fan base is emerging in Kansas State men™s basketball.

Cincinnati.

GTM Sportswear on McCall Road in Manhattan has received nearly 300 phone calls from people in Cincinnati requesting K-State merchandise. Apparently, they are hot for Wildcats apparel because of former Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins, hired Thursday at K-State.

œWe didn™t just get a coach. We got a whole lot of new fans, said John Strawn, vice president of sales at GTM. œWe™ve got stuff flying off the shelves.

The most popular items just arrived. Those would be purple T-shirts at $16 a pop that are a tribute to Huggins. One reads on the front, œFeeling bad about your SELF? Get a big HUG! The other says, œHuggieville on the front and œGot Huggs on the back.

œWe™ve sold nearly 400 of them since he was named the coach, Strawn said late Friday afternoon.

Ben Schwartz On The Anti-Dusty Movement

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On the subject of Fire Dusty Baker.com, Ben Schwartz writes,

Me, I see some positives in Dusty’s managing. But I gotta say, I respect anyone wants to see the Cubs win as much as this guy, even when he gets hysterical and writes, “Dusty Baker – the Appeaser Manager. Good god, the Cubs hired Neville Chamberlain.”

And Mark Grace — SHUT THE FUCK UP. As long as Sammy keeps denying he juiced, he’s the legit single season home run king. Cub fans gotta take what we can get.

Lt. Dangle Admits To Reading

Posted in Baseball at 11:38 am by

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jeff Kent (left), as questioned by Dirt Rider Magazine. Cover story and profile from Truck Washer Magazine, forthcoming. (link culled from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory)

What’s your riding season like when you have spring training starting this early and a professional baseball schedule that lasts so long?

Well, if we’re not in contention (for league championships) then I’m looking for October 1st. My bike’s already clean and ready to go. I ride from October to the middle of January, maybe February. I’ve got a motocross track, a half-supercross track and a cool 50 track at my ranch in Texas. So, me and the kids, we have a good time riding.

I’ve seen you stir up the press in LA about reading motocross magazines in the locker room. Any truth to that?

Yeah, I wear the motorcycle magazines out. I read you guys every month for six months.

Murder Burger Plot Revealed

Posted in Food, Football, Total Fucking Terror at 10:13 am by

From the New York Daily News’ Ellen Tomposky.

A terrorist from Queens told a British court yesterday that fellow plotters wanted to use poisoned burgers and beer to kill sports fans at soccer stadiums.

Mohammed Junaid Babar, 31, a former pharmacy student from Jamaica, Queens, has become the star witness in the trial of seven men charged with conspiring to make bombs using chemical fertilizer.

Babar pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to terrorism charges in 2004 and has been given immunity in Britain in exchange for his testimony.

Babar headed for Afghanistan to fight Americans right after 9/11, despite the fact that his mother nearly died in the World Trade Center attacks. He said he was in Pakistan from 2001 to 2003.

He said Waheed Mahmood, 34, from Crawley, England, suggested the poison plot.

“He had a mobile vending cart, a van selling burgers … and you could just poison them,” Babar recalled.

Having sampled the fare on offer from the various burger carts in and around QPR’s Loftus Road Stadium, I can vouch for the ingenuity of this scheme. If several dozen fans were to drop dead, terrorism is the last thing anyone would suspect.

And on that happy note, QPR, travelling today to that hotbed of goodwill and sensible behavior, Ninian Park, are tied at 0-0 with Cardiff City after the first half.

Houston, So Unreal

Posted in Baseball, Blogged Down at 12:18 am by

With the steroid revelations surrounding the Sultan Of Surly as a backdrop, The Crawfish Boxes composed the following love letter to Astros owner Drayton McLane.

When Bonds announced that he was filing suit against just about anyone involved with Game of Shadows yesterday, the Giants had no comment. Just as they have had no comment throughout the whole saga. Just as they have turned their backs on all the evidence that has been dug up by the San Francisco Chronicle or anyone else. It has been made plenty apparent that whatever Bonds did, the San Francisco Giants do not want to know about it.

And I just think about the Houston Astros organization, and the man at the top, and the way it’s run, and I wonder whether it’s not so much baseball, but the Giants, who are more to blame after Bonds himself.

I’ve gone to this well before, and I’ll do it again here. At some point (and I don’t think this was team generated), some of the Astros fans have adopted as their slogan “root for the good guys.” It’s a good slogan, and it could work for many teams, but I think it has particular aptness for the Astros. Because it does seem that there is an organization-wide commitment to “doing things the right way” and to simply trying to ensure that as many of the club’s players as possible are quality individuals.

I do believe the Astros are a moral and honest operation and I do believe that those qualities flow from the top downward. Although I wonder about the two years when the post-MVP Ken Caminiti was in the organization, I certainly think Head Trainer Dave Labossiere would not turn his head if he knew an Astros player was using steroids. I’m not saying he would alert the media necessarily, but he would alert others in the organization. And I think you’d then find that that player wouldn’t be an Astro much longer.

I look forward to future entries from this not even slightly delusional gentleman about the existence of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and WMD’s, in no particular order.

03.24.06

‘Nova Survives In O.T.

Posted in Basketball at 9:30 pm by

Villanova 60, Boston College 59 (O.T.)

Not since the day Dave Smalley was banished from the WZBC studios has Boston College suffered such a heartbreaker. Newark, NJ’s Randy Foye (above) came up huge for the Wildcats (29 points) on a night when Allen Ray was ice cold. We’ve all seen the video of the game’s penultimate play — the goaltending call on Will Sheridan’s winning layup — and if the officials were any more right, they’d be named Bob Dornan. How Sheridan managed to get open underneath the basket with 3 seconds left is a little harder to fathom, but full credit to ‘Nova on a tremendous game, and a finish every bit as enthralling as last night’s Texas/W. Virginia, Gonzaga/UCLA climaxes.

I don’t wanna be mean, but somebody has to say it. Gary Poole’s wife isn’t that hot. I honestly think he could do a little better.

Rogers Skates, Red Sox Acquire Choi

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From the Dallas Morning News’ Jeff Moiser.

Former Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers has agreed to take an anger management class, and in return, a pending assault charge would be reduced to the equivalent of a traffic ticket.

Mr. Rogers was charged with assaulting Larry Rodriguez, a photographer for KDFW-TV (Channel 4), before a June 2005 game at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

If Mr. Rogers completes the anger management course by July 28, the charge will be reduced to a Class C misdemeanor, which includes no jail time.

Boston has picked up Hee-Seop Choi, who was waived earlier today by the Dodgers. We can only hope the South Korean first baseman will continue making periodic contributions to Yard Work once he’s firmly ensconced at Fenway.

Deodorant Co. Successfully Brainwashes UK Males Teens

Posted in Lower Education, The Marketplace at 8:12 pm by

Sounds like there’s an ad agency with a lot to answer for.

From the Guardian’s Donald McLeod.

Dozens of teachers have complained to the Times Educational Supplement online staffroom about the menace of the Unilever branded deodorant – teenage armpits doused in the stuff.

Messages indicate that although the habit often starts in primary school, 13-year-olds are the worst culprits.

The potent aroma even drives some staff to open windows when pupils return from PE, because they find it hard to breathe.

One teacher commented: “My son is in Year 9, and reeks of the vile stuff. Is Year 9 when they discover girls?”

Another in her early 20s wrote: “About a year ago I made my boyfriend stop using it because he smelled like a Year 9. It took a bit of persuading.”

However, one man bravely admitted that he still used Africa scent.

“I like it,” he said. “It’s that they use so bloody much of it in one go that causes the choking and gagging.”

Stark Disciplined Over Raft Joke…

Posted in Baseball, Sports Journalism, Sports TV at 7:05 pm by

…providing Orestes Destrade with yet another opportunity to take a shot at Fidel. From the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.

ESPN and reporter Jayson Stark (above) apologized Thursday for his tasteless remark involving the manager of Cuba’s World Baseball Classic team, but Stark said there was no indication he will be disciplined by the network.

In an espn.com piece about Japan’s win against Cuba in the WBC championship game Monday, Stark wrote that Cuban manager Higinio Velez “spent the first inning managing like his raft was on fire, and it didn’t work out too caliente [hot].”

Stark, reached on his cellphone Thursday, said, “I apologize to anyone I may have offended. I really feel badly that I wrote that. I regret it. I will never do it again.”

Stark, who is known for taking a humorous approach in his writing, was referencing the fact that Velez used three pitchers in the first inning.

”The comment was clearly in bad taste,” ESPN said in a statement. “Jayson is aware of it and recognizes his error. It has been removed from the column, and we apologize.”

ESPN analyst and former Marlins first baseman Orestes Destrade, who was born in Cuba and moved to New York at age 6 before coming to Miami a year later, said Thursday that he wasn’t offended by Stark’s comment: ‘He went a little over the top, [but] I wouldn’t feel like, `How dare he?’ He was trying to be cute. He’ll learn a lesson. Velez would be the last one to be on a raft because he’s brain-washed with the Castro regime.”

I don’t mean to shill for MLB’s range of webcast products, but if you’re without access to the Mets’ new SportsNet NY channel, MLB.com’s feed of SNY has already featured the TV debut of Gary Cohen with Keith Hernandez. When SNY goes to commercial, the “is this thing on?” banter between Cohen and Mex is already in mid-season form, so much so that somebody oughta be working on a companion CD for release later in the season.

Paul Allen’s Predecessor On The Blazers’ Mess

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On the same day the Blazers announced the suspension of Darius Miles for blowing off a shootaround, team founder and former president Harry Glickman (above) has a guest editorial in the Oregonian.

Once the Rose Garden opened, there were some pretty good years. Then I started noticing changes in the way the Blazers managed their business. These changes were not only reflected in the poor character of many of the players they brought in, but also in how management responded (or didn’t respond).

Then I began to hear comments from longtime sponsors and business leaders that the Blazers were losing their community connections, which we had spent 25 years building. They were also frustrating City Hall by not advancing the Rose Quarter development. (Paul Allen acquired the Red Lion Inn and other adjacent properties, and received exclusive development rights on all the city-owned parcels adjacent to the Rose Quarter as part of a public/private partnership with the city.)

There were many other examples. It was becoming obvious the Blazers were losing their special place in the hearts of most Oregonians.

Today, we see the inevitable result: The Blazers are near the bottom in NBA attendance. In 1995, I believe we were fourth. There is no more telling statistic than the failure of the Blazers’ most loyal fans to renew their season tickets.

Allen got into this situation because of a series of decisions he made during the past decade or so. If his current financial difficulties are the result of a burdensome loan on the Rose Garden, it must be pointed out that his advisers and attorneys negotiated that loan based on clear criteria that Allen himself set.

Specifically, his only exposure was to be the amount of equity — the $46 million he invested. No other guarantees or collateral were available to secure the loan. Nothing at all was wrong with that approach because Allen and his advisers surely were fully aware of the consequences if he ever wanted to separate the Blazers and Oregon Arena Corp.

As a result, most of the experts told us that borrowing $167 million, without security from the owner, would be extremely difficult.

In spite of the challenges, a consortium of lenders was formed. And, as predicted by the experts, the terms of the loan not only required that all revenues from the sale of suites, club seats and arena advertising must be allocated to the arena corporation, but also that the Blazers must sign a long-term lease to assure the lenders they would always play in the Rose Garden.

Now, Allen and Blazers’ management are calling this the “worst arena lease in professional sports.” But this is not an accurate characterization, because the lease was negotiated between two companies wholly owned by the same person. The allocation of revenues was only a matter of satisfying the lender’s requirements, which were dictated by Allen’s desired financing structure.

Mark’s Graceless Burial Of Sosa

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Now that the cat’s out of the bag, what used to stay in the clubhouse is now pretty much common knowledge. Mark Grace, as quoted on Sporting News Radio yesterday, taken from the Chicago Sun Times’ Chris De Luca.

‘I think you’ll know I’m telling the truth here: I was not a user,” Grace said. “I was not a steroid guy. If you see me, I’m body by booze.

“It’s not just Barry [Bonds]. There were a lot of guys doing it. I saw it with my own eyes. It was pitchers, it was catchers, it was outfielders, it was infielders. There was a lot of it going around. Shoot, looking back on it, I had it offered to me many times.”

On speculation that players such as Mark McGwire and Sosa used steroids: ”Those are the red-flag guys, the guys that just made the sudden big, big jumps. Guys that showed up at the beginning of their career at 170 pounds and left at the end of their career at 235 pounds. A body can’t get that way naturally; it has to be enhanced with something. Sammy’s just one of the guys of many that are red-flag guys. Do we have proof? Nope. But you certainly have suspicions.”

On Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro suddenly being out of the game: ”There’s a lot of guys that are not playing anymore, that are not even good players anymore, ever since they started testing for steroids. There’s a lot of guys, just all of a sudden their recovery time is a little more than it used to be. And all of a sudden they’re hitting those same balls they used to hit — and it’s not just Sammy; there’s a lot of guys — those balls that used to go in the second deck are being caught at the track.”

On staying quiet during his playing days: ”I’m also a big believer in ‘to each his own.’ I don’t worry about what the guy eats for dinner. I don’t really worry about what his off-the-field relationships are. That’s none of my business. If a guy wants to do it and if a guy is willing to pay the price later on in his life, then do it.”

Mariners CF Jeremy Reed is expected to miss 6 weeks after breaking his right wrist last night. Reed hit the wall while trying to haul in a drive hit by the D-Backs’ Johnny Estrada. Since above average center fielders are so easily obtainable a week before the season starts, there’s no need whatsoever for me to make any comment about the Mets no longer having Mike Cameron as bait.

Throwing Dan Monson Down The Gopher Hole

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High graduation rates be damned, University Of Minnesota hoops fans aren’t happy that Dan Monson (above) is keeping his head coaching job, writes the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda and Mary Jane Smetank.

Scott Swanson’s view is different. It started more than 10 years ago, with obstructed-view season tickets in the top row of Williams Arena, where he needed to bend low to see the overhead scoreboard.

He waited three years for those seats, and over the years has moved up to seats where he can nearly see the entire court if he leans a bit.

The Edina resident is uncertain what he’ll decide when the $1,100 bill for two tickets arrives this summer, tickets he has trouble giving away when he can’t use them.

“I was ready for a change,” said Swanson, who works for Best Buy’s financial department. “I’ve enjoyed the games less and less. I might have a hard time convincing my wife it’s something I should be doing.”

Swanson is among a group of opinionated season-ticket holders and fans disenchanted with the decision made about a team that has played one NCAA tournament game in Monson’s seven seasons and attracted only 2,600 fans to a NIT game at Williams Arena last week.

Longtime season-ticket holder Dave Newman called recent events symptomatic of university mismanagement that extends beyond men’s basketball.

“The whole handling of it indicates bigger problems,” said Newman, who said he once sung the Minnesota Rouser rather than lullabies to his now college-aged son. “It’s like the Keystone Kops all over again. I don’t see why we’re not able to compete. I don’t believe we have to cheat to win.”

Burnsville resident Denis Schweitzer said the school’s “being content with mediocrity” makes it “harder every year” for him to renew his Gophers football and men’s basketball season tickets.

“You look at Indiana’s season and [coach] Mike Davis loses his job,” Schweitzer said. “And he has done a lot more there in his career than [Monson]. I don’t understand that. This here is unacceptable.”

Swanson posts opinions on GopherHole.com, a website that asked its participants Thursday the best response to the term, “I’m not going to go there,” which is what Maturi told a reporter Tuesday when asked about reports that Monson would not be back.

The choices:

A. Response from Joel Maturi when asked to verify if Coach Monson is leaving.

B. Response from recruit asked if he’s going to Minnesota.

C. Response from fan asked to buy a ticket to Williams Arena.

“I was celebrating quite a bit,” Swanson said when he heard Monson wouldn’t be back. “I’m still kind of hoping something happens there.”

Giambino Fumes Over Book He’s Not Read

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From the New York Daily News’ Sam Borden.

Jason Giambi reacted with frustration when asked about a published report that stated the new book “Game of Shadows” alleges he used steroids in an effort to please his demanding father. In a strange twist, however, the authors of the book say they made no such assertion in the explosive text, which went on sale yesterday.

When approached before last night’s game against the Astros, Giambi said it was “pathetic” that someone would write that his father’s high expectations had anything to do with him using steroids. “I’ve got issues, but that’s not one of them,” he said.

As it turns out, Giambi’s irritation may have been over nothing. Mark Fainaru-Wada, who co-authored the book with his San Francisco Chronicle colleague Lance Williams, said “Shadows” draws no connection between Giambi’s father and the first baseman’s decision to use steroids, despite what was reported in yesterday’s New York Post.

“The notion that the book said that is not accurate at all,” Fainaru-Wada told the Daily News in a phone interview. “It’s not even close.”

Fainaru-Wada said that the book does mention Giambi’s father but only in passages that give background about Giambi’s rise to the majors. The book says that Giambi wanted to succeed in baseball in part because of his father’s love for the game, but does not say that Giambi’s dad had anything to do with Giambi taking steroids.

“His dad was part of telling who he is and why he was driven to succeed,” Fainaru-Wada said. “The connection about his father being a reason he used steroids was not at all a part of that.”

“I think it’s pretty pathetic they want to drag my father into this,” Giambi said. “I’ve moved on. I mean that’s just sad that someone would try and do that to sell a book.”

Indeed, Jason’s dad has always kept such a low profile, I can’t imagine why his name would’ve ever come up.

Terry Tiffee has homered off Randy Johnson; the Yankees and Twins are tied at 1 through 4 1/2 innings in Fort Myers.

Seton Hall Fires Orr

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From the Newark Star-Ledger’s M.A. Mehta.

Seton Hall fired basketball coach Louis Orr today, the school announced.

Orr learned his fate after meeting with athletics director Joe Quinlan today for the second time this week. The two met on Tuesday, but did not discuss the coach™s future.
“I have evaluated the basketball program thoroughly and discussed it with Louis,” Quinlan said in an official press release. “As a result, we could not agree on critical issues related to the management of the program.

Orr could not immediately be reached for comment.

The school™s decision ends a season-long soap opera with Orr and his tenuous job status as the focal points. Seton Hall did not offer Orr a contract extension and will have to pay off the two remaining years on the contract. Orr was set to make $499,000 per year, how much Orr is due is unclear.

Hofstra coach Tom Pecora could be high on the Hall™s list. Hofstra™s postseason run ended with an NIT quarterfinal loss to Old Dominion on Wednesday.

Another possibility is Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez, who coached with Orr for three seasons, two at Providence and one at Xavier, as assistants under Pete Gillen. Gonzalez has led the MAAC school to two NCAA appearances and two NIT berths in seven seasons.

Panty Providing Would-Be Romeo On Sex Pest Charges

Posted in The Law at 1:00 pm by

Long Island continues to provide way too much grist for the CSTB mill. From Newsday’s Wil Cruz.

A Rockville Centre man was arrested for sending area women sexually explicit letters and panties in the mail, Nassau police said today.

Over the course of 15 months, Harris Roth, 36, allegedly sent out seven raunchy letters, police said. Roth, of 9 Atkinson Rd., targeted women with whom he worked at a catering service in East Rockaway or women he knew from his neighborhood, said Det. John Holland of Nassau’s First Squad.

Roth also sent women’s underwear to two of his alleged victims. It was not clear why those women were targeted with accompanying panties, but a working theory is that he was particularly attracted to those victims, Holland said.

I guess that’s why I could never have become a dectective. A theory like Roth “was particularly attracted to those victims” just never would’ve occurred to me.

Readers Pander To Makeover Mushnick

Posted in Sports Journalism, Sports TV at 12:52 pm by

If nothing else, the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick has his readership well trained.

From Brian Hyland, Ridgefield, Conn.: “The championship game of the World Baseball Classic was truly representative of the great American pastime. It ended at 12:57 a.m.”

That’s 12:57 am, Eastern Standard Time, Mr. Hyland. For the citizens for Japan, home of the WBC champs, the game ended at almost 3 in the afternoon. Given Phil’s long history of complaining that ball games are scheduled well beyond the snoozy hours of schoolkids, perhaps MLB and the WBC organizers are due some credit in this instance.

Mushnick’s typical tunnelvision aside, I am happy to note that the Post has changed Phil’s byline photograph. I’m not sure how the heterosexual women (and homosexual men) of the Tri-State area are expected to cope with this, but I’m sure we’ll see a massive circulation bump the next time the Murdoch property’s figures are revealed.

Pig Slaying Mike Timlin, Pt. II

Posted in Baseball at 11:21 am by

For those with short memories, here’s pt. I.

And if you’re just checking in, Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin (hearts) God, hunting and shares a hard-on for archery with New Weird America poster child Matt Ginter. From the Boston Globe’s Stan Grossfield (link supplied by Repoz of Baseball Think Factory).

‘With archery, you have to visualize where you want the arrow to go,” he added. ”It’s the same thing with pitching. I don’t look at Varitek’s glove. I look inside his glove. It’s a focus control. His webbing is real loose. Light will show through sometimes, or a lace. So that’s a smaller area. If the kill zone on a pig is the size of a football, I aim for the laces.”

Timlin explains the ground rules to a photographer, who only shoots photographs.

”Pigs see kind of bad, but their hearing is excellent,” he says. ”Don’t shoot until after I shoot. Then if we hit one, we don’t go after it right away. We’ve got to track ‘em.”

Some feral hogs can run 200 yards after they are wounded and the surrounding area is swampy.

Timlin wants to harvest the meat. ”You have to look and listen after the shot,” he says. ”I don’t condone shooting things and leaving ‘em laying in there. They’re as fast as deer, they’re tough. If wounded or cornered, they are nasty.”

Timlin says using a bow and arrow is more exciting than a gun.

”When you shoot a gun, you point it at a target and never actually see the bullet. With an arrow, you can actually see the arrow leave and get to the target, but you have to be a lot closer.”

Timlin remembers a special takeout request.

”David Wells asked me to bring him back some for breakfast,” he says. ”And I’d like to get some sausages made up in Fort Myers. That sounds good.”

Checketts To Purchase Blues, Angry Cityhawks Fan Resorts To Mormon Baiting

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Not content with his starring role on HBO’s new “Big Love”, former MSG president Dave Checketts is coming back to the NHL in a big way. From the Salt Lake Tribune’s Michael C. Lewis and Michael A. Anatasi.

Not even two years after diving into sports ownership by bringing an expansion soccer franchise to Utah, millionaire entrepreneur Dave Checketts has landed one of the most storied franchises in the National Hockey League.

The Bountiful native and part-time Utah resident leads an investment group that has agreed to purchase the legendary but foundering St. Louis Blues – the team will have its record streak of 25 consecutive playoff appearances snapped this year – from Wal-Mart heirs Bill and Nancy Laurie for $150 million, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.

The deal also includes the Savvis Center, the arena where the Blues play in downtown St. Louis, and will cost Checketts far less than the $250 million that sources said the Lauries initially wanted for the franchise.

Writing as someone who was once asked by security to “quiet down” during an AFL game for screaming at Checketts (apparently, his Garden employees liked him as much as I did — note that I wasn’t thrown out of the building), my heart goes out to all Blues fans. Short of Will Leitch replacing Mike Shannon, this is the worst possible thing that could happen to the city of St. Louis ; only the recent world-record stupidity of James Dolan’s stewardship of the Knicks and Rangers could obscure the lasting damage Checketts did to both franchises.

When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Get to SxSW Overnight

Posted in Get Out Of Jail, The Law, The Morning Commute, Total Fucking Terror at 10:45 am by

I went to Austin last weekend, obstensibly for SxSW, but mostly to have fun with my friends who live there. That said, if I had to miss a flight, it doesn’t make much sense to do what Cat Chow did (from NBC-5, Chicago):

A Chicago woman accused of stowing away on a plane to attend the South by Southwest Festival faces a federal charge.

Catherine “Cat” Chow, a 33-year-old artist, was on the standby list for a flight from St. Louis to Austin, booked through American Airlines. When she found out the flight was full, Chow snuck past gate agents, boarded the plane and hid in the bathroom, authorities said.

Chow told authorities she “knew what she did was wrong, but wanted to meet with her friends in Austin . . . to participate in the South by Southwest activities,” documents said.

Airport police said they found marijuana and six antidepressant tablets without a prescription label.

Chow was charged with boarding an airplane without permission, a federal crime, and two state misdemeanors, possession of marijuana and possession of a dangerous drug.

Chow was being held in the Travis County jail on a $3,000 bail.

On the one hand, I feel sorry for Cat Chow as she seemed like a cool person (disclaimer: met her once or twice when I lived in Chicago, saw her play with Plastic Crimewave Sound a couple times) and a good artist/designer. On the other hand, sheesh, what a bad idea.

03.23.06

Texas, UCLA Secure Elite Eight Status

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Texas 74, West Virgina 71

In which Kenton Paulino becomes the greatest human with that last name to have never appeared on a Real Kids album.

UCLA 73, Gonzaga 71

Congrats, CBS. Not only will further attempts at televising simulated teen sex be dealt with harshly, but you’ve lost JJ Redick and Adam Morrision for the rest of the tournament!

Spare a thought for the Zags’ Derek Raivio, who will be applying Fred Biletnikoff-brand Stick’em to his hands for the rest of his days on this mortal coil.

Was The Word He Was Looking For “Coup”?

Posted in Racism Corner, Radio at 10:27 pm by

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jake Wiseman.

A local radio personality was kicked off the air Wednesday after using a racial slur when talking about U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Dave Lenihan (above), who was in his second week as a morning show host on KTRS (550 AM), was fired almost immediately after saying “coon” while describing why Rice would fit well as commissioner of the National Football League.

“She’s been chancellor at Stanford. I mean she’s just got the patent resume of somebody that’s got some serious skill,” Lenihan said, according to a recording provided by KTRS. “She loves football. She’s African-American, which would kind of be a big coon. . . .”

“‘A big coon?’ Oh my god,” Lenihan said during the morning broadcast. “I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that. OK? I didn’t mean that. That was just a slip of the tongue.”

The remark prompted an on-air apology 20 minutes later from the station’s president, who said “there are no excuses” for what was said.

“There is no place for anything like that in this world,” KTRS chief Tim Dorsey said. “There is enough hate. And we certainly are not going to fan those flames.”

Dorsey said he decided to fire Lenihan after listening to the broadcast several times.

“I don’t know what is in Mr. Lenihan’s mind. I know what I heard,” Dorsey said. “I know it was reprehensible.”

The Post-Dispatch’s Real Audio clip of Lenihan’s remarks isn’t working, so it’s hard to speculate about his intent. Either way, this unfortunate incident is yet another excuse to showcase a photograph of Mr. Met touching himself while staring at the Secretary of State.

Duke Deposed

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LSU 62, Duke 54

In what has to be the biggest moment for LSU hoops since the Dale Brown/Shaquille O’Neal era (or the premiere of Nick Nolte’s “Blue Chips”, take your pick), no. 1 Duke were knocked off earlier tonight at the Georgia Dome. The All-Universe G JJ Redick scored a mere 11 points on 3 for 18 shooting ; LSU’s Tyrus Thomas (above) had 5 blocks and F Glen Davis scored 8 of his 14 points on frequent trips to the foul line.

Texas is leading West Virgina, 39-27 at the half. LaMarcus Alridge has been unstoppable (16 points on 8 for 8 shooting), and the Mountaineers absolutely ice cold from within the 3 point arc. As tempting as it might be to say the Longhorns have a clear path to Indy with Duke out of the way, the tandem of Thomas and Davis are going to present a challenge for whoever faces them on Saturday.

Gonzaga are up, 35-20 over UCLA with about 4 minutes left in the first half. Adam Morrison just made barbers and Bruins fans across the country very glum with a nice drive to the hole along the baseline, splitting two defenders. Not literally — the FCC won’t let CBS get away with teen sex, so disembloweling is most certainly off limits.

Man Attends First College Basketball Game

Posted in Basketball, Blogged Down at 8:28 pm by

Philebrity’s Jersey Dan was lucky enough to score tickets for last weekend’s NCAA Men’s basketball 1st and 2nd round action at the Wachovia Center. We’re even luckier to read his account of said proceedings, all of which qualfies as mind-blowing stuff, particularly if you’ve never seen any college hoops in person. (link courtesy Maria)

This was a total sausage-fest. Most sporting events have this disease, but it was out of control. The few women who were there were oogled like a cupcake at fat-camp. Girls who would normally rank as a 5 (of 10) automatically jumped to a good, solid 7.5. Any real lookers that would rank as a 6 or higher automatically looked like FREE DRUGS.

The Friday afternoon games might as well have been played in a boardroom. Every dude over the age of 30 with a real job (that they clearly called out of to get to the games) was constantly playing with their mobile email devices or on their cell phone. Fucking put them away dude, you are at the closest thing to spring break you™ll ever be on again!

Everyone here dresses like they are about to do yard work. College t-shirt, blue jeans, sneakers. Men, women, children, all in a uniform. If you were wearing a collared shirt you were mistaken for a fashionista. Also, some advice here: If you didn™t go to one of the schools playing, don™t wear your alma mater shirt to the games. No one gives a shit that you went to Merrimack College.

Sultan Of Surly Plans Suit Over ‘Shadows’

Posted in Baseball, Sports Journalism, The Law at 7:38 pm by

Reuters’ Adam Tanner is sorry to tell of an uneasy time when all is not well.

A lawyer for baseball slugger Barry Bonds, who is accused of using steroids in ‘Game Of Shadows’, said he would seek a court restraining order and disgorgement of profits from the high-profile volume.

In a letter to the agent of authors Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, attorney Alison Berry Wilkinson said her firm would file the legal action in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday.

“Our client, Barry Bonds, will seek an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against them, as well as Gotham Books/Penguin USA, Sports Illustrated Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle,” she wrote in the letter, a copy of which was posted on the Chronicle’s Web site.

“This injunctive action will be brought pursuant to California’s Unfair Competition Law … to obtain, in summary, disgorgement of any profits related to or derived from the publication and distribution of the book.”

ESPN’s Pedro Gomez approached the Sultan’s employers for comment and came up with this :

“The Giants have no response. This is Barry Bonds’ personal issue.”

Much as we all love watching the arrogant Bonds taken down a notch or two, there’s something screwy about Peter Magowan or Brian Sabean getting a free pass from the court of public opinion. Barry will be booed this April, perhaps even by some in San Francisco, but I doubt his enablers will face nearly as much criticism.

Will Leitch, perhaps troubled there are investigative reporters that do something besides scan USA Sports Weekly for their scoops, suggests that Bonds is wasting his time going after Fainaru-Wada and Williams’ profits. “Anyone who thinks you get rich writing books has clearly never written one.” sniffs Will, perhaps unaware that ‘Game Of Shadows’ initial print run is about a quarter of million more books than the combined sales of ‘Catch’ and ‘Life As A Loser’.

Colin Cowherd, Thief

Posted in Blogged Down, Sports Radio at 3:23 pm by

Y’know, people get fired from newspaper jobs and lose book publishing deals over less.