An Ontario teen who lost his volunteer video gig for fraternizing with CBC bigmouth Don Cherry is hoping the shy, retiring fashion plate takes the former’s case to the nation tonight. From the Canadian Press :
Earlier this month Billy Steele, a volunteer camera operator with Rogers TV, was reprimanded for snapping a photo of Cherry and conversing with him at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ont.
Steele is now crossing his fingers that Cherry will speak to his defence Saturday night before a national audience during the commentator’s Coach’s Corner segment on CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast.
“Don Cherry’s the man — love that man, he’s awesome,” Steele said Friday. “I never miss Coach’s Corner. Now I’m hoping he’ll say something on Coach’s Corner. He probably will.”
“(I hope he says) GMC should be letting that kid back in, and shame on GMC.”
After interacting with Cherry twice in the course of two days, an employee of Global Spectrum, which runs the arena, said Steele was no longer welcome.
“This young man seems to not want to adhere to our procedures,” Vince Vella, general manager of the city-owned facility, said in an email.
“He has been counselled numerous times and doesn’t seem to want to comply with our practices and procedures. He continuously fails to comply.”
Barry Bonds didn™t kill anyone, he doesn™t smuggle cocaine into high schools, or rape little girls. He used something to make himself better at what he does for a living. He took steps to improve himself. Regardless of whether you think it was right or wrong, whether you believe that it is the government™s job to tell us what is legal or illegal to take to make us happier, stronger, faster or just plain high; what Bonds did is in no way commensurate to the level of money being spent, and quite frankly, laws being broken, in chasing him down.Make no mistake, standing by and watching our government do this without a word of protest will haunt us. This is a targeted witch hunt, a black man who is being taken down because a government employee “a man whose salary is paid for by you and me“ IRS Agent Jeff Novitzky, decided he wanted to take him down because he was an, œarrogant asshole.
Not to mention, this investigation, costing between $30 and $50 million while our economy is crashing like the Hindenburg, is the height of absurdity. Twenty federal agents raiding the home of a 60-year old woman, in an effort to pressure Greg Anderson to testify? Really?
Perricone makes an excellent point — if our government can use unlimited resources to punish a universally beloved sportsman like Bonds with no sign of public outrage, who will object when they come to take away Roger Clemens?
“It is time to move on, and time for a new set of eyes and ears to keep tabs on ESPN.” So states departing ESPN ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber, who granted The Big Lead an illuminating chat regarding her one year tenure as the Worldwide Leader’s in-house watchdog (h/t : Jason Cohen).
I discovered sports media blogs in those first weeks when I was deciding whether to take on the job. One of my concerns was that I was too far removed in sensibility from ESPN™s core demographic to represent them. How could a gray-headed ombudsmarm speak for all those sports-obsessed young men? But when I started my intensive ESPN-watching and noticed someone or something that seemed off-base to me, I would plug a few key words into Google and up came the sports blogs. The way bloggers expressed themselves was worlds apart from me, but I was often in sync with the gist of what they were saying (minus the cheap shots and personal attacks, and yes that™s a cheap shot at sports media blogs from the ombudsmarm).I didn™t yet have access to the ombuds mailbag, so blogs were my first clue that I had more in common with young male sports fans than I imagined. Or maybe I should say that was my first clue that age or gender didn™t matter much among people who really cared about how something was covered. When I started posting columns, the mailbag reinforced that, so I stopped worrying about being the old gray lady of sports.
Q: In your first column, you wrote, œWho are these people and why are they shouting at me? Do you feel ESPN has done anything to tone down the volume on its army of shouters?
I think that column made ESPN more self-conscious about the shouting, but it™s hard for me to say if the volume has been toned down, because over-exposure to the noise induced a degree of immunity in me and perhaps hearing loss.
Joe Namath’s guarantee of a Jets victory over Baltimore in Super Bowl III, “tipped off a new era of bravado and became two of the most famous sentences in sports,” gushes AOL Sports’ Lisa Olson the afternoon before Arizona & Pittsburgh do battle. “Please, for those of us who hold dear the Super Bowl and all its glorious gaudiness, won’t someone mouth off just a bit?
“This Super Bowl could use a Namath clone, more than ever. There’s very little juice emanating from Tampa (hold the Mons Venus jokes), and the weak economy can’t take the entire rap. If the most controversial Super Bowl story revolves around the Phoenix mayor doing mean things to Terrible Towels, then that tells us two things:
* the mayor and outraged Pittsburgh fans are idiots
* and the actual contestants in Sunday’s contest really need to step up their game.
Of course, guarantees might and often will backfire. Of course, the player who dares voice an audacious declaration will be treated in most corners as an egomaniac. But aren’t sports all about taking risk? And aren’t all professional athletes automatically equipped with more ego than the average Joe or Josie?
Instead, we get Cardinals defensive back Antrel Rolle calling Arizona “beyond average.” Not better than good, which the Cardinals surely are, and not great, which only a fool would suggest. But as long as Rolle and the rest of the Cardinals have defied reasonable expectation and haven’t much to lose, why not make the adventure even more interesting by expressing bodacious proclamations?
I’m with Lisa on this one. We’ve only got a few more hours for Brenda Warner to remind us that Jesus wants to see Big Ben writhing in pain.
“It is almost 40 years later,” he said. “Why in the world anyone is still talking about the sanctity of the clubhouse is beyond me. Baseball and the Yankees should feel lucky that this book is generating so much attention in January… there is no job hitting a ball with a stick unless a lot of people are convinced it’s important.”
Bouton was also amused that any player would feel violated by the book. “These guys have voluntarily gone into a business where people know that everything that they do or say is subject to being written about. They act as if they’re surprised when somebody tells what they do. Roger Maris always wanted to be a private person. Well, get into the shoe business if that’s what you want.”
And to anyone offended that unflattering accounts of his behavior landed in a book, Bouton offered simple advice: “Books are going to be written. Therefore, don’t act like a jerk.”
œMy friend said, ˜Oh my God, it™s Gene,™ and then he bolted ” he just left, said Ross Janzen, who was manning the booth for the Faction Collective. œI turned around and it was Gene. People were standing three-deep around him. I was completely dumbfounded. He™s an imposing figure.
Faction took up about a dozen square feet, making it a blip on a convention floor occupied by more than 820 brands, 445 exhibitors and 3,479 booths. The four-day show, which ended Friday, drew 18,000 people ” one of whom happened to be Simmons.
Surrounded by an entourage of barely clothed women, Simmons was there to promote a snowboard and ski accessory line called MoneyBag, a label he runs with Jason Dussault.
œIf you™re a bootlegger, and you think you™re going to get by and put something out illegally, it will cost you more to defend that than simply getting a license, Simmons said in a telephone interview Friday. œThey think they can get by being a nuisance, just pests, until they meet Gene Simmons, who kills pests dead.
Janzen offered to give Simmons the skis. Instead, Simmons gave Janzen his lawyer™s contact information.
Bill Byrne, who runs a public relations firm in San Diego and works for several outdoors brands, said: œGraphic take-offs or blatant use of a brand™s likeness without consent is one way a lot of brands build product awareness or controversy. The downside is, there could be some unanticipated legal issues.
œGene is known for going after people that use his likeness. My guess is that ski guys think they are under the radar enough to do it. What are the chances that Gene Simmons is going to walk through S.I.A.? Does he even ski?
Darkhorse rookie Jonathan Squibb bested the likes of Glutieus Maximus, Obi Wing, Da Disposal, Frank Da Fraud and Hank the Tank to win this years “locals only” Wing Bowl yesterday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA – Jonathan Squibb, a skinny 23-year-old from Winslow Township, N.J., is the new Wing Bowl champion.
Super Squibb, as he is known, tore through 203 wings – 23 more than second place finisher Not Rich and 50 more than third place eaters Hank the Tank and Da Disposal – while chomping his way to glory and a brand new Mini Cooper automobile.
Going into the competition, the Rutgers University and Winslow Township High School graduate was ranked with 9 to 1 odds by 610 WIP talker Al Morganti, who created Wing Bowl at the sports talk station 17 years ago as a diversion for sports fans mired in a pro sports championship drought.
œNobody believed in me but my family, but I knew I could do it, said Squibb, who is œin career transition.
He planned to celebrate tonight with family and friends. What was his secret?
œIt™s more up here than down here, he explained, pointing first to his brain, then his stomach.
Baltimore radio host “Nasty” Nestor Aparicio (above, right), a longtime thorn-in-the-side of Peter Angelos, was famously described by the Washington Post‘s Leonard Shaprio as “a shameless and relentless self-promoter who really can get down and very dirty on and off the air with anyone who might happen to disagree with him”. Alas, Shapiro failed to mention that he’s an aspiring anti-semite / Latrell Sprewell impersonator as well. Dallas Sports Fans.com provides details of this morning’s brawl in Tampa, FL at what’s called “Radio Row” for Super Bowl XLIII.
Apparently, Gordon Keith went over to Nasty Nestor Aparicio with a wireless microphone to attempt to bury the hatchet between the two parties, when Nasty Nestor became angry, grabbed Gordon Keith around the throat and attempted to strangle him. The two were then separated and the police were called.
This is not the first incident between Nasty Nestor and the Ticket. In 2008, at the Super Bowl coverage, Corby Davidson went to Nasty Nestor to make peace. Nestor Aparicio began swearing at Corby Davidson and accused him of having a hidden mic, to which Corby responded, œI swear to the good Lord I do not have a microphone. Nasty Nestor then allegedly called Corby a œ(Explitive)-ing Jew.
In the latest incident, Gordon Keith did have a microphone, but it is clear from the audio that he was not trying to provoke Nasty Nestor. Keith is now considering whether or not to file charges against Nasty Nestor. Anyone who was recording the live webcast of the incident, which was broadcast on the Ticket™s webcam, is encouraged to contact the Ticket immediately.
[First Cub Fan ex-Governor Blagojevich might still be in office had Wrigley voted on his impeachment.]
Your Cub Update stands still for a lot (I have a choice?), but seeing Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich impeached today was too much. Jeez, the Senate even handed Cub Fan #1 a shut-out: 59-0. But I have to speak out: Why is it a Cub fan Democratic office holder who lies, abuses power, and defies Federal investigators is impeached, yet GOP Cub fans like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Henry Paulson retire with dignity and mountains of money? Possibly this has something to do with our Sox fan President’s first official gaffe in office (I’m not counting the oath) when he attended the Commander’s Ball last week and asked several members of the Illinois National Guard serving in Iraq, “Cubs or Sox?” What was Obama thinking? Of course the Commander in chief was humiliated, and today’s news indicates he’s still smarting. The Daily Herald carries a nice Inauguration wrap-up of Bush’s exiting office to a classic Sox fan “Na-na-na, na-na-na, hey hey, good-bye” thru Obama’s tarnished moment in front of the troops.
A twitter post from the Sun-Times Gordon Wittenmyer (a twittermyer?) says “Report from Baltimore: out-of-options, lost-in-space Rich Hill headed to O’s for PTBNL once Balt. GM MacPhail juggles roster.” Indeed, with Kerry Wood and Hill gone, the on line wait for training room jacuzzi time will be seriously cut down in 2009.
And finally, right-handed pitcher Aaron Heilman is leaving his beloved Seattle Mariners. After spending nearly six-weeks there (including his first Seattle Christmas), we can expect Heilman in Cub pinstripes Opening day, unless a loophole is found in Jake Peavy’s contract. All I know of Heilman is that he was a key player on the Mets 2008 season. Is he an all-star waiting to happen on a contending team or just good on a so-so team? How will he adapt to Wrigley? For insight, I turned to CSTB’s own Gerard Cosloy, a noted Mets enthusiast. Says Gerard: “I can only assume his Notre Dame lineage will make him an instant fan fave. The real loser in the deal? The Joe Strummer estate. If Heilman’s a starter, Tannoy play of ‘London Calling’ drops dramatically.”
(Bulldogs react poorly to the news they’ll be under intense scrutiny later this evening)
Gonzaga and St. Mary’s collide tonight at 11pm eastern (ESPN2) and your viewing of said contest can be enhanced with the Twitter magic of Jason Cohen. Please chime in — the WWL’s advertisers get a raw deal, while Jason’s enjoyment is hampered by looking at his cell for much of the night.
“I did curse…” admits Dallas TE Martellus Bennett, referencing his since-removed YooToob clip that managed to rhyme “Romo” with “homo”. “…but I didn’t steal a hearse.” And with that, I think we can agree that a) Bennett has not been accused of stealing a hearse, and b) the sports blogosphere and the producers of several ESPN programs that feature men shouting eagerly await the day he does steal a hearse.
Former Steelers RB Franco Harris, perhaps thinking of those unlucky enough to miss the Derrick Coleman estate sale, has unveiled his “Immaculate Collection”, much to the delight of Brand Freak‘s Kenneth Hein.
The first piece is a “generously proportioned” chair conceived by Helen Hoey, who partnered with national lifestyle designer Barclay Butera. There will only be 500 chairs made, and they are numbered and autographed by both Harris and Hoey. Thus, Harris will achieve every football player’s other dream”of having his autograph next to that of someone who’s also famous for luxury linens.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Yankee official said yesterday that some members of the front office staff already are required to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to protect “proprietary knowledge of our business model.” The proposed clause is intended to ensure that future books about the Yankees are “positive in tone,” and “do not breach the sanctity of our clubhouse.”
Confidentiality agreements, some with meticulously spelled out rules and stipulated monetary penalties for their violation, are standard equipment in most contracts between celebrities and their hired staffs, as well as between corporations and their CEOs. The Mets are believed to have included similar clauses in their contracts with former manager Willie Randolph and former pitching coach Rick Peterson. Up to now, the Yankees never have included them in the contract of a player or manager.
“Up to now, we have always operated our employer-employee relationships on a basis of trust,” the official said. “But we never expected what we got from Joe. We may have to get a little tougher on this issue.”
The 29th place Ottawa Senators (quick, name the other 28 teams!) were defended after Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to New Jersey by owner Eugene Melnyk with what the Sun’s Don Brennan diplomatically calls “an inadvertent choice of words in a war-sensitive time.”
“Anybody that says we should blow up this organization should get their own bomb and go blow themselves up,” Melnyk said, flanked by 30 Grade 4 students, at a press conference to announce new fan initiatives.
“This is not an organization that is completely crippled,” he said. “It needs fine-tuning, it needs some tweaking, it needs a player here, a player there, a few good bounces and that’s it. But we are nowhere near that type of environment.
Melnyk did declare “the excuses are over” and that it was now-or-never time to salvage the season.
“To tell you the truth, it is hard after a game like (Tuesday) night,” Melynk said when asked about remaining upbeat. “On the other hand, you hope it’s just a blip. Going into (the Devils) game there was tremendous optimism. We played a few great games and then we had the all-star break and then we came back, and unfortunately enough was said by Craig, and that’s all I can tell you.”
Asked if he had made any decisions on the future of the team’s management and coaching staff, Melnyk offered some ominous words.
“As far as the hockey organization is concerned, I leave the hockey operations to the hockey people. I’ve always done that,” he said. “And we are going to continue doing whatever it takes to put a winning team on the ice. As far as I’m concerned right now, we are at a crossroads. This is it. We have to win 26-27 games, it’s got to be done.”
Don’t ask how we got on the subject this morning at shootaround, but Kyrylo Fesenko’s decision to show up to the Rocky Mountain Revue with blond hair was revisited. As he did then, Sloan insisted Tuesday that he had no problem with Fesenko’s look.
“I told him exactly that,” Sloan said. “I said, ‘If you need attention, son, go get 20 rebounds. There’ll be people lined up to shake hands with you, that want to talk to you in the press, everything.’ I don’t know why it works that way.”
The New York Times’ Michael B. Schmidt is reporting federal prosecutors getting ready for the Sultan Of Surly’s perjury trial believe they’re sitting on damning evidence the greatest offensive player of the modern game used performance enhancing drugs. Besides, y’know, before and after photography.
A person who has reviewed the evidence said that the authorities detected anabolic steroids in urine samples linked to Bonds that they gathered in connection with their investigation. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The evidence could be significant because questions have been raised about whether the œclear, which like the œcream was created to avoid detection in drug tests, was technically a steroid under federal law when Bonds testified before a federal grand jury in November 2003.
The urine-sample evidence could also have implications for another statement Bonds made before the grand jury, in which he denied ever being injected with any substances by his former trainer, Greg Anderson. Bonds said he never received injections from anyone other than his doctors. Most steroids are administered through injections.
Meanwhile, the authorities continued their efforts Wednesday to gain Anderson™s testimony about Bonds™s suspected use of banned substances. Early Wednesday morning, 20 federal agents raided the home of Anderson™s mother-in-law, according to one of Anderson™s lawyers, Mark Geragos.
Bonds was indicted in November 2007, and the authorities have since targeted Anderson™s mother-in-law, Madeline Gestas, and Anderson™s wife, Nicole Gestas, in an effort to put more pressure on Anderson to testify. The authorities have focused on the finances of Madeline Gestas, a California businesswoman who has been the subject of tax liens. Nicole Gestas is also under investigation in connection with her own finances.
œEven the Mafia spares the women and children, Geragos said in a telephone interview in discussing Wednesday™s raid. œThe government is obsessed with trying to get Greg to testify about Barry, but he never will.
Bynum threw a blatant elbw and hip-check to keep Wallace from reaching the basket in the fourth quarter. I get it that every play in that quarter mattered “ it did go to overtime, after all “ but there were many things Bynum could have done to avert Wallace dunking. Most of them would not have involved Wallace going to the hospital.
Hopefully, this was about youthful indiscretion, not malicious intent. Because as talented as Bynum is, I™d hate to think his destiny is to end up a hockey goon.
The new stadium at the former location of the Orange Bowl in Little Havana is a clear break from the œretro ballpark designs of the past. The design by HOK has the roof retracted to one side, much like the Mariners™ Safeco Field in Seattle. The design renderings appear to have the ballpark in white. With the roof closed, many see a modern, nearly œspace ship like quality to it.
Field dimensions in the site plan show the following: 340 to far left, 384 to left center, 420 “curved section” to straight-away center, 416 and 392 to right center, 335 to far right.
In short, this could be the biggest economic boon to Little Havana since Chuck Norris cast extras for “Invasion USA”.
If you think the persons responsible for the above stunt were industrious, how about management of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch? They’ll sell you an framed print of the above photograph for a mere $49.95.
If you were to make a major motion picture about the life of say, Larry Brown, would you choose to make his brief tenure as head coach of the New York Knicks the film’s primary storyline?
That’s the question that comes to mind after watching a trailer for “The Damned United” (above, opening in the UK March 29), a film that tells the story of Brian Clough’s ill-fated 44 days in charge of Leeds United during the Autumn of 1974. Clough’s squad earned just one win and one draw over the season’s first 6 matches, and while that might be considered a career detour prior to wild success at Nottingham Forest, it probably makes for a more interesting script.
37 year old Sugar Shane Mosely “brought the pain to (Antonio) Margarito, stood his ground like a man™s man™s man, and pretty much fought a flawless fight all around,” gushed No Mas’ Large in the aftermath of Saturday’s welterweight title fight at the Staples Center. “(Mosely) is a consummate professional “ always in tremendous shape, always fighting with intelligence and urgency, and always going for the throat when the opportunity presents itself,” continued Large, hailing an achievement that’s all the more impressive considering Maragarito might’ve had the benefit of illegally doctored gloves eariler in the fight, as the New York Post’s George Willis reports.
The California State Athletic Commission is examining two pieces of harden gauze that were part of Margarito’s hand wraps.
Should the CSAC see and hear enough evidence to warrant a suspension or fine of Margarito and his team, it would taint the Mexican’s legacy and all but ruin his chances of reaching the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Clearly, this decision is the most important of his career.
“He’s tainted everything he has done,” Hall of Fame trainer and HBO broadcaster Emanuel Steward said yesterday. “Now you’ve got a situation where every fighter that he has fought is wondering, ‘Did he do that to me?’ I hate this happened because it makes it where there are questions about everybody he has fought.”
Now the question is whether Margarito had loaded wraps for that fight, too. “Now the biggest victory of his career is being questioned,” Steward said.
Margarito’s dominance over Miguel Cotto was one reason a record crowd of 20,820 fans filled the Staples Center for the Mosley fight. But after the two hardened blocks were discovered by Mosley’s trainer Naazim Richardson, Margarito had no chance against Mosley, losing by TKO in the ninth round. Coincidence?
“I don’t think anybody would have beaten Shane that night,” Richardson said, “but with that plaster in there, it might have made it a little rougher.”
I watched Jeff Kent’s tearful, endless retirement press conference last Thursday afternoon while on a flight between Austin and New York, waiting patiently for the thank-you to Barry Bonds that never came. While Dangle couldn’t acknowledge the role Bonds played in shaping the most inflated numbers of the former’s career, he did manage to remind the public he wasn’t a baseball fan in a somewhat unfocused address that was more awkward and creepy than genuinely moving.
Amongst those unimpressed with Kent’s outpouring, naturally, was longtime sparring partner T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times, whose farewell to “some lip-biting, mustache-soaked sob sister” posed the question, “the cold shoulder lives his entire baseball life, every other macho sentence beginning, “I don’t care what anyone thinks,” and so now we’re supposed to care what Kent has to say?”. From the January 25, Times :
The whole thing is out of whack, sports at its lost perspective worst, the wrong guy blubbering at the microphone and the line extending from here to New York now with folks more deserving than Kent of such attention.
Where’s the spotlight and appreciative crowd for SteveDilbeck, the Los Angeles Daily News sports columnist, who like so many others in recent weeks has been told they will no longer be paid to do what they do so well?
Kent is 40, and although he maximized his God-given talent to play baseball, the Dodgers paid him $9 million last season on top of millions already earned. Now he will oversee the golf country club and three motorcycle shops he owns until he becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame.
And he’s trying not to cry.
Dilbeck, as upbeat and engaging as Kent is sour and aloof, is married, father of three, including a son requiring shots for diabetes every day, and now at age 56 looking for work in an industry hellbent on becoming extinct.
Kent controls his fate to the end, while an unseen bottom line changes the course of Dilbeck’s life. But, oh, how we care about our athletes, what they are feeling and what might be next for them.
The second baseman earns $55,555 for each Dodgers game, which means two games into the year he’s probably earned more than Dilbeck. And some might argue Dilbeck was more on top of his game than Kent last year.
No question Kent was as bright as they come, a wonderful departure from Gary Matthews Jr. and Kevin Brown, the stern demeanor a mask to hide the beating heart, but in the end not enough to disguise the brooding contempt he had for folks who did not look, act or think like him.