03.30.09

O’s Radio Station Declared Their Own Rain Out

Posted in Baseball, Sports Radio at 7:38 pm by

The Mets’ Grapefruit League loss to Baltimore Sunday afternoon wouldn’t ordinarily be a big deal back in Charm City, but it might’ve attracted less attention than usual. As the New York Post’s Bart Hubbach explains, O’s fans following the contest on the radio might well have believed the game was rained out (link culled from Baseball Think Factory)

The Orioles’ flagship radio team of Joe Angel (above) and Fred Manfra quietly left the stadium here today during a 90-minute rain delay and didn’t come back for the final eight innings, telling their bosses at 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore that the game had been canceled.

“Yes, the rest of the game was not on the air back home and we don’t know why,” a baffled Orioles PR rep said later. “We looked over during the game and they weren’t there.”

What if, for example, All-Star reliever George Sherrill — who ended up pitching this afternoon when the game resumed — had hurt himself?

All you would-be announcers might want to get your resume tapes ready, because there could be an opening or two in Baltimore very shortly.

The Baltimore Sun’s Ray Frager took the time to contact Angel, who insists the decison to vacate the premises was made by his radio paymasters (“Fred Manfra and I would much rather have preferred to stay and finish
the broadcast after the rain delay”).  Angel’s version of events has been corroborated by Dave Labrozzi of CBS Radio, so perhaps those audition tapes Hubbach refers to might well be sent elsewhere.

The World’s Most Dysfunctional Arena : Where Dignity Goes To Die

Posted in Basketball, New York, New York at 4:19 pm by

The New York Knicks have 3 home games remaining in the 2008-09 season.  While the club is lottery-bound, the basketball product isn’t nearly as shameful / desperate as Cablevision’s continued attempts to give the Garden all the ambience of a suburban U.S.A. shopping mall and/or middle school assembly.

If You Want the 2018 World Cup…

Posted in Football, politics at 2:38 pm by

…why not hire the guy who has ordered covert assassinations and/or secret bombing campaigns in half the world’s countries to coordinate your efforts? At the very least, Henry Kissinger is a recognizable brand — one that kills your democratically elected leader and installs a junta of crypto-fascists backed by fruit corporations or whatever, but a brand nonetheless. And considering that Alexei Lalas was probably in the running for some advisory role or other, maybe Hammering Hank’s role on the committee seeking to bring the World Cup to the U.S. in 2018 or 2022 makes some sense? And, to be fair, Kissinger was a part of the committee that actually brought the ’94 World Cup to the U.S., so maybe…no, actually it’s still pretty offensive. The AP, via ESPN, reports:

“I don’t think we have a huge chance in 2018. I think it will probably go to Europe,” Kissinger said Monday. “We’ll certainly contest for it. And just as ’86 guaranteed that we got it in 94, so I think bidding for 2018 will give us a great chance for 2022.”

…FIFA’s executive committee will vote on the 2018 and 2022 hosts in December 2010, and many think the 2018 vote will come down to England or Spain. Kissinger thinks Russia, which has never hosted soccer’s showcase, will get strong consideration. Next year’s tournament is in South Africa, and Brazil will stage the World Cup in 2014.

“I think Europe will probably get it in 2018,” he said. “Our best shot is ’22, but I hope we can get it in ’18. But it’s hard to believe Europe will let it go three times in a row.”

Kissinger received FIFA’s order of merit in 1996, with the governing body saying his “support for football from the high-profile position of his public office has contributed greatly to raising its visibility and credibility in the United States.”

Kissinger grew up in Fuerth, Germany, and still pays attention to Germany’s national team, die Deutsche Nationalmannschaft. “I follow them and I wish them well, but I don’t feel about them like I do about the Yankees,” he said. He also roots for Juventus, because he is friendly with the Agnelli ownership group, and Manchester United and Arsenal.

He also roots for the oppressive crypto-corporatist Chinese government, because he is friendly with its leaders, and resigned his spot on the 9/11 Commission because he preferred not to reveal the extent to which his consulting company does business with essentially every bad government in existence. Of course he loves the freaking Yankees. Thanks to Brendan Flynn for the link.

High Anxiety : Detroit Docs Dispute D-Train Diagnosis

Posted in Baseball, Medical Science at 12:24 pm by

The Tigers placed SP Dontrelle Willis on the 15 day disabled list yesterday with what the club is calling an anxiety disorder, Said move raised the suspicions of the The Detroit News’ Lynn Henning, who took the time to quiz the area’s mental health professionals.
“I can’t speak of the specific situation, but to the best of my knowledge, you cannot diagnose an anxiety disorder by a blood test,” said Hiten Patel, a psychiatrist at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. “Most psychiatric conditions cannot be diagnosed by blood tests, and anxiety disorder cannot be diagnosed in such a way.”

Agreeing was Taft Parsons, medical director of the Kingswood Hospital, the in-patient psychiatric facility at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

“There’s no anxiety disorder, no psychiatric disorders, which are diagnosed by blood tests,” said Parsons, who explained that anxiety might be a symptom of a medical situation identified by blood work, such as a thyroid condition. “But (anxiety) would not be the disorder itself. Only a symptom.”

Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers president and general manager, was careful about providing details of Willis’ health, citing confidentiality laws. But he said: “It’s something that our doctors have discovered, and we’ve been working on it for a while to try to make sure exactly what this is. The doctors discovered that.”

GM Dave Dombrowski declined comment Sunday after being informed of the psychiatrists’ response.

The Tigers owe Willis $22 million through the 2010 season. But if he were to spend the bulk of this season or 2010 on the DL, insurance policies that are routine for highly paid players would likely be responsible for as much as 50 percent of his compensation.

Calipari’s Pitino Emulation Hits New Heights

Posted in Basketball, College Spurts, General at 11:51 am by

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal‘s Dan Wolken reports University Of Memphis head basketball coach John Calipari held a team meeting this morning and strongly hinted to the squad that he’ll be coaching Kentucky next season.

While Calipari did not say explicitly what he planned to do, players left the meeting convinced that Calipari would take the job. According to the source, Calipari told the team that Kentucky was the Notre Dame of basketball.

Meanwhile, ESPN.com reported Monday morning that Calipari met with Kentucky officials over the weekend to discuss an outline of a deal to replace Billy Gillispie.

A source told The Commercial Appeal on Sunday that Calipari had expressed interest in the job and could meet with Kentucky this week but that a meeting was œnot definite.

Memphis officials, according to multiple sources, had no direct knowledge of a meeting between Calipari and Kentucky if one indeed took place over the weekend. Kentucky still had not asked Memphis for formal permission to speak with Calipari as of 9:45 a.m., according to sports information director Lamar Chance.

Either way, Memphis is expected to make a strong bid to keep Calipari with a financial package that would make him the highest paid coach in basketball, according to another source.

While it’s hardly too early to wonder where Memphis might turn if/when Calipari’s hiring in Lexington becomes official, let’s consider the real victims of the Wildcats’ likely coup ; Memphis’ returning players Jeff Caple and Travis Ford, who are both denied the opportunity to extract greater compensation from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, respectively.

03.29.09

When A Cringeworthy Advertisement Is Inevitable, Relax And Enjoy It

Posted in Basketball, Video Games at 6:50 pm by

Honestly, I don’t know what’s more surprising — that the new Guitar Hero ad featuring The General, (Sick Boy) Roy Williams, Rick “Matt from Tyvek Isn’t Walking Through That Door” Pitino and Coach K isn’t being financed by the opposition to make Rock Band look cool by comparison…or that the General is so willing to poke fun at his lousy reputation. Can a Bill Belichick spot for Ashley Madison.com be far off?

Funny Video Coverage Comes To Those Who Wait : The Re-Emergence Of An NBA Icon

Posted in Basketball at 6:37 pm by

Sure, his team is just playing out the string, but we know it’s a huge morale boost for one of the East’s also-rans to witness a team leader, nay,  the face of the franchise, returning to the hardwood after a long absence.

But enough about Eddy Curry, I hear Gilbert Arenas played some basketball last night, too.

Lou Saban, Dead At 87

Posted in Gridiron at 5:29 pm by

Lou Saban, a head coach in the NFL, AFL and NCAA for more than 40 years (as well as a former New York Yankees club president) passed away earlier today in South Carolina at the age of 87.  From the Buffalo News’ Mark Gaughan :

Saban (above, seated) had two successful stints as Bills head coach. The first came from 1962 to 1965. He built the Bills in to a powerhouse, and directed the AFL title teams in 1964 and 1965. He left the Bills after that second crown to coach at the University of Maryland. But he returned in 1972 and helped catapult O.J. Simpson to NFL stardom.

Simpson became the focal point of the Bills’ offense once Saban arrived, and in 1973, he set the NFL single-season rushing record with 2,003 yards. Saban directed the Bills to the playoffs in 1974. He resigned during the 1976 season.

Saban alienated Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Jr. by quitting twice and he has never been added to the team’s Wall of Fame.

He finished with a record of 68 wins, 45 losses and four ties, according to the Pro-Football-Reference Web site.

Saban cited heart problems in quitting his most recent coaching job, at tiny Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., in 2002 at the age of 81.

But four years later, he told a Buffalo News sports columnist that he would be interested in coaching again.

“If I coach again, fine. It not, who cares? I can’t force anything. When I mention my age, they say I’m too old. I can’t battle it. I can’t in any way cover up my age. I’d like to test myself again. That sounds selfish, but I’ve proven myself, and I’m alive. There’s nothing the matter with my brain,” Saban said in the 2006 interview.

Recession Be Damned, New Yorkers Want Their Shack Burgers

Posted in Baseball, Food, The Marketplace, Ugly New Stadiums at 3:59 pm by

Pic lifted from clr‘s Twitter feed.  The Mets charged a mere $5 to see St. John’s & Georgetown play the first competitive game in Citi Field history, while the Shack Shack charges $6.75 (at their Manhattan locations, anyway) for a Vanilla Creamsicle Shake.  Of course, said shake is “blended with David Kirsch Vitamin-Mineral Orange Super-Juice”, which undoubtedly makes it an important part of Livan Hernandez’ training table.

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One (A Thousand Times) Before : The Widow Cobain Accused Of Online Trash Talk

Posted in Free Expression, The Law at 10:47 am by

In which recording artist/Judaism expert Courtney Love provides the rest of us with great inspiration the next time we receive a bill we cannot or will not pay.  From Page Six’s Paula Froelich :

In papers filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Dawn Simorangkir, who runs a sportswear line called Boudoir Queen, says Courtney Love asked her to create a wardrobe for her, but then got angry when the designer sent her an invoice.

Love then hatched a “plot to destroy Simorangkir,” writing “malicious and false statements” on the Internet, claiming the designer “sold drugs, is a drug addict, has a history of selling cocaine, has a history of assault and battery, has a record of prostitution, has committed grand theft . . . was deemed an unfit parent, lost custody of her child, is a racist and homophobe . . . [and] is a danger to society,” the suit states.

In addition, “Love publicly made the menacing and disturbing statement that Simorangkir will be ‘hunted til your [sic] dead,’ ” according to the suit. “Whether caused by a drug-induced psychosis, a warped understanding of reality, or the belief that her money and fame allow her to disregard the law, Love has embarked on what is nothing short of an obsessive and delusional crusade to terrorize,” the suit claims.

It also states that Love’s vicious missives refer to Simorangkir as a “vile horrible lying bitch” and “the nastiest lying person I have ever known . . . [a] total scumbag.”

Apparently, if you read TMZ or any number of sub-Golden Fiddle sites, this dispute is pretty old news (well, by 3 days anyhow), but as someone genuinely saddened at the way so many have tried to bilk Ms. Love out of her hard earned fortune, the above item seemed newsworthy enough for a Sunday morning.