11.30.07

Whitlock Thinks He’s Caught Sean Taylor’s Real Killer

Posted in Hip Hop, Sports Journalism at 6:46 pm by

The Miami police, it seems, should be trying to track down an organization Jason has dubbed “the Black KKK”. From Big Sexy’s latest Fox Sports.com column :

Let’s cut through the bull(manure) and deal with reality. Black men are targets of black men. Period. Go check the coroner’s office and talk with a police detective. These bullets aren’t checking W-2s.

Rather than whine about white folks’ insensitivity or reserve a special place of sorrow for rich athletes, we’d be better served mustering the kind of outrage and courage it took in the 1950s and 1960s to stop the white KKK from hanging black men from trees.

But we don’t want to deal with ourselves. We take great joy in prescribing medicine to cure the hate in other people’s hearts. Meanwhile, our self-hatred, on full display for the world to see, remains untreated, undiagnosed and unrepentant.

Our self-hatred has been set to music and reinforced by a pervasive culture that promotes a crab-in-barrel mentality.

You’re damn straight I blame hip hop for playing a role in the genocide of American black men. When your leading causes of death and dysfunction are murder, ignorance and incarceration, there’s no reason to give a free pass to a culture that celebrates murder, ignorance and incarceration.

Of course there are other catalysts, but until we recapture the minds of black youth, convince them that it’s not OK to “super man dat ho” and end any and every dispute by “cocking on your bitch,” nothing will change.

Does a Soulja Boy want an education?

I don’t claim to be an expert on crime or race, but I’m still having trouble getting past the proliferation of guns having something to do with people being shot to death. Of course, I do realize handguns and hip-hop were introduced at exactly the same time, and without the latter, the former would cease to exist — as would all other social problems!

The Newest Member Of The New York Mets Is Not An Anti-Semite…

Posted in Baseball, Religion at 6:34 pm by

….he’s just curious. From CSTB, September 20, 2005 :

From the Associated Press :

The Washington Nationals on Tuesday suspended clubhouse credentials for a prayer service leader after a flap over comments about Jews.
Club officials said Jon Moeller (above) will not be allowed access to the locker room while the team investigates. Meantime, the Nationals have asked the Christian ministry Baseball Chapel, which oversees clubhouse prayer services, to provide a replacement.
An article published Sunday in The Washington Post described outfielder Ryan Church asking Moeller if Jews are “doomed” because they do not believe in Jesus ” to which Moeller reportedly nodded.
In a team statement issued Tuesday, Church said, “I am not the type of person who would call into question the religious beliefs of others.”
Team president Tony Tavares said the reported remarks “do not, in any manner, reflect the views or opinions of the Washington Nationals franchise.”
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, who leads Washington’s oldest Orthodox synagogue, Ohev Sholom Talmud Torah, said, “The Nationals did a good job about bringing hate into the locker room.”
Herzfeld said he met with Tavares for about 30 minutes Tuesday after denouncing the reported remarks at a news conference outside RFK Stadium. He described the meeting as productive, but said he would continue to follow the situation.
Another Jewish leader, Rabbi Ethan Seidel of the Tifereth Israel synagogue, said, “Yeah, no one likes to be told they’re going to hell, but Christians have been saying that for thousands of years.”
The offending passage in question from Sunday’s Post :
The players not only pray, but they also discuss personal matters — marital tension, addiction issues, family illnesses, financial stress — drawing sometimes surprising lessons. (Ryan) Church was concerned because his former girlfriend was Jewish. He turned to Moeller, “I said, like, Jewish people, they don’t believe in Jesus. Does that mean they’re doomed? Jon nodded, like, that’s what it meant. My ex-girlfriend! I was like, man, if they only knew. Other religions don’t know any better. It’s up to us to spread the word.”

Dean Of American Sports Blogging Dismayed By The Younger Generation

Posted in Blogged Down, Will Leitch Sucks at 5:22 pm by

David Colon of The Gil Meche Experience has already noted the heavy irony of Deadspin’s Will Leitch tisk-tisking over his alma mater’s sports page going all TMZ on the likes of Jake Peavy.

And funnily enough, Will parlayed his experience at the Daily Illini and the Sporting News into a full-time job reposting drunk athlete photos.

Today’s no-good kids aren’t cutting their teeth on serious journalism like Will. They’re just going directly into drunk athlete pics. I wonder where they got the idea this might be a fun or lucrative thing to do?

In the meantime, the biggest, most widely-read chunk of the sportsdude blogosphere is almost entirely dependent on sub-FHM (or in some cases, copped from FHM) visual stimuli in order to generate any traffic whatsoever. If you’re waiting for Leitch to take a bold stand against such lazy minds, don’t hold your breath.

Much the way Leitch thought the kid who got the OJ interview scoop for ESPN was worthy of ridicule, he’s awfully selective in these instances.

In any case, Kyle Orton should be thrilled to know someone is standing up for higher standards.

A True American Hero, Sadly Outlived By George Hamilton

Posted in The World Of Entertainment, Vroom Vroom at 4:18 pm by

From the AP :

Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose exploits made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.

Knievel’s death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs.

Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.

Not A Bad Drummer, But He Was No Tim Toms

Posted in Free Expression, History's Not Happening, Rock Und Roll at 3:07 pm by

Hot Shit College Student writes, “I typed in “chicago” and searched by date, hoping to find something poking fun at the Kerry Wood signing, or the Bulls sucking, etc. Turns out youtube is turning into CSTB lite, because I ended up with a clip of GG Allin shitting on stage and throwing it at the audience.”

Though I understand HSCS’s analogy between the Cubs bringing back Wood and the Bard Of Hookset flinging his own poo at paying customers, that still didn’t fully prepare me for this clip.

Wally Matthews Won’t Have Lastings Milledge To Kick Around Anymore

Posted in Baseball at 2:04 pm by

So much for the thought Da Edge might be a crucial component in a Joe Blanton deal. From the New York Daily News’ Roger Rubin.

The Mets dealt outfielder Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church on Friday.

Schneider, a solid defensive catcher, is now the likely starter. Ramon Castro, who was recently re-signed, is the likely back-up. Johnny Estrada, recently acquired for reliever Guillermo Mota, could be used in a deal or non-tendered.

Church had 15 home runs and 70 RBI this past season. He, along with Carlos Gomez and Endy Chavez, will compete for time in right field and occasionally spell Moises Alou in left field.

Rubin’s a quality reporter and was no doubt in a hurry to compose the above item. So he can be excused for failing to mention that Omar Minaya was abducted yesterday and was replaced on an interim basis by Frank Cashen.

This Is What The D-League Looks Like At 11am Central Time

Posted in Basketball at 12:23 pm by

A little early for me to be doing this, to tell you the truth. And perhaps a little early for the Toros, too, currently trailing Sioux Falls, 62-50 at the half. Recently demoted from the Spurs, Darius Washington has 4 points so far in his D-League debut, while former Syracuse standout Damone Brown has 16 for the Skyforce.

If Quinn Snyder doesn’t have to wear a tie to the game, then neither do I.

(UPDATE : Toros 114, Skyforce 109. Washington finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, and was easily the most talented guy on the floor.  He’s unlikely to cost Tony Parker much playing time in the near future, but there’s at least one team playing in midtown Manhattan that could use a PG this competent.)

Smush In A Rush

Posted in Basketball, The Law at 11:22 am by

And suddenly, Kwame’s birthday cake robbery seems dignified by comparison. From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Michael Cunningham :



Heat coach Pat Riley said guard Smush Parker (above) would be inactive while the team investigates an allegation that Parker twisted a woman’s arm during an argument over a valet parking fee.

Yomara McKenzie, 41, told police Parker injured her left arm Tuesday morning at a condo building at 355 Biscayne Blvd. According to a Miami police report, Parker was told he owed a $12 fee but said he paid the night before. The valets could not find a ticket for the car.

McKenzie’s attorney, Ron Guralnick, said he would file a complaint with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office this morning. Guralnick, a personal injury attorney, said he also would file a civil suit against Parker “for assault and battery, seeking compensatory and punitive damages.”

Parker’s agent, Bill Ceisler, couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. On Wednesday, Ceisler said Parker, in a hurry to make Heat practice, didn’t have cash on hand and couldn’t find a working ATM within walking distance.

Police said Parker, denied his keys until the debt was settled, knocked over a podium out of frustration. McKenzie then told Parker he would have to pay for damaging the podium, the police report said.

Parker, 24, tussled with McKenzie in an attempt to retrieve the keys, according to the report. Guralnick said McKenzie went to the hospital Tuesday and was treated for “severe scratches” on her left arm, reported a “tingling sensation” in her fingertips and also complained of back and neck pain.

Messin’ With Sasquatch : Vancouver 2010′s Mascots

Posted in olympics at 10:58 am by

Decent stuff as Olympic mascots go, but without wishing to tell the Vancouver 2010 organizers how to do their jobs…what, pray tell, happened to the fourth member of the above gang, the guitar-wielding, spoken-word reciting Shithead? Surely an effort to recognize British Columbia’s rich cultural heritage is incomplete without him?

Lisa Loeb Is Turning Over In Her (Career) Grave

Posted in Baseball, Rock Und Roll at 10:19 am by

Though Kuff & The Buttheads’ musical salute to Xavier Nady did eventually grow on me, I’m sorry to say I’m just a little underwhelmed with the above homage to John Maine.

On the bright side, these guys have yet to unveil a song about Brian Lawrence.