04.29.09

Someone At Ticketmaster Hasn’t Quite Forgotten Giambi Or The Rocket’s Tenure In Pinstripes

Posted in Baseball, The Marketplace at 6:49 pm by

Facebook user Benjamin Shaykin tells visitors to his wall the above image wasn’t altered in any fashion.  If he’s telling the truth, it’s a hell of a way for the nation’s No. 1 ticket seller to acknowledge incredible generosity on the part of the Steinbrenner family.

Playboy Buddy Rose, RIP

Posted in Portland, Professional Wrestling at 6:03 pm by

Paul Perschman aka “Playboy” Buddy Rose, was found dead at his home in Vancouver, WA Tuesday. A longtime fixture on the Pacific Northwest wrestling scene, Rose was 56 years old. From the Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Eck :

During his heyday in the 1970s and ™80s, the rotund Rose was the ultimate example of not judging a book by its cover. Despite his flabby physique, Rose was actually a gifted worker. He could deliver a nice dropkick, was a proficient bump-taker and cut good promos.

Rose was the top heel for a number of years in the Portland territory, where he had legendary feuds with Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka. I first saw Rose wrestle in person in the early ™80s during his stint in the WWF. He and champion Bob Backlund had some entertaining matches together. I remember how surprised I was that Rose could keep up in the ring with Backlund, who was in incredible shape.

In 1985, Rose became the answer to a trivia question. Wearing a mask and billed as The Executioner, he wrestled in the very first WrestleMania match, losing to Tito Santana.

Rose came back to the WWF later in his career and worked as an enhancement guy. Severely overweight at that point, his gimmick was that he demanded to be announced as weighing 217 pounds. Fans from that era probably recall the campy œBlow Away Diet infomercial spoof that Rose did.

Whitlock : The Sultan Of Surly Is The New Ali

Posted in Baseball at 11:03 am by

OK, that’s not exactly what Big Sexy wrote. But in today’s Kansas City Star, while pledging “this column is in no way an attempt to divert attention away from Zack Greinke™s bid for history”, Jason Whitlock insists those free-spending K.C. Royals oughta sign Barry Bonds.

“While virtually every other steroid cheater continues to play the game without incident or much backlash, America™s home-run king is being treated like a heavyweight champion with the audacity to conscientiously object to the Vietnam War.” Or, if you prefer, a really old guy whose pathological behavior may or may not be mitigated by his appeal as a designated hitter.

Barry is serving the second year of what his critics hope is a lifetime banishment from the game that milked his home-run power when it made good business sense and discarded him when it needed a poster child for steroid abuse.

I wish the Royals had the courage to reinstate Bonds. He could help their anemic offense and potentially lift the Royals into the playoffs. Tuesday afternoon I milled around the Royals clubhouse asking players what they thought of Bonds and whether they™d have a problem playing with the all-time great.

Surprisingly, I couldn™t find a Bonds critic inside the clubhouse.

œI™d feel honored to play with him, Royals catcher John Buck said. œYou can™t take away what he™s done in the game.

Billy Butler added: œI wouldn™t have a problem at all. I™d work with him. If he™d help our team win, I think it would be good for our team. Whatever is good for Kansas City.

œI have no problem playing with anybody, said outfielder José Guillen, who was briefly in trouble for suspected steroid use. œWhat is the problem with playing with Barry Bonds?

Mike Jacobs and Butler DH and play first base for the Royals. They™re young and under contract. The Royals already have a defensive liability in their outfield, José Guillen. Working Bonds into the lineup would be difficult and maybe even a little painful.

It would be worth it. Greinke is bidding for a nice piece of history tonight and the new K will be half full. That would not be the case with Bonds in uniform.

I asked Dayton Moore if Bonds™ baggage would prevent the Royals from signing the slugger.

œNo, he said. œNot for me.

Can Bonds still be a productive player?

œI don™t know, Moore said. œI can™t answer that.

Neither can Whitlock for that matter. But nice work, Jason, for failing to ID any member of the superstar-packed Royals roster willing to pull a Turk Wendell and trash the greatest offensive player of the modern era.

How Dearly Does Dwight Howard Deserve A Game 6 Suspension Against Philly?

Posted in Basketball at 10:49 am by

Even Rajon Rondo thinks Superman oughta sit the next one out. But did the Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi really have to run a pic of Dusty Rhodes’ and the American Dream’s Bionic Elbow? All these vintage wrestling references are a little played out, don’t you think?

04.28.09

CSTB Endorsed Gov Candidate Sir Charles Makes Huffo Today (Alcohol and Oral Sex Not Involved)

Posted in Basketball, politics at 8:24 pm by

I don’t have a whole lot to add to this except that it seems all you have to do in the modern show business of politics is declare an interest in politics and you’re a politician.  In the wake of the Arlen Spector swtich to a three-digit IQ party today, CSTB endorsed Alabama gubernatorial candidate Charles Barkley made a slideshow of pols who switched parties.  A list Barkley made, but not Ronald Reagan?  Still, Barkley finds himself right between decorated war hero and Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb and President Theodore Roosevelt.  He could also make political lists of sportscasters turned politicans (with Reagan);  athletes turned politician (Gerald FordGeorge Bush, Sr.; Bill Bradley; and that guy who used to pitch for the Phillies); and politicians in search of oral sex … which is too long a list for this space.   The difference “ Barkley hasn’t even been elected to anything.  I hope his political career is better than his hoops life, and he at least makes it out of the primaries.

Green’s Suspension That Wasnt : John Tortorella’s ‘Just Farr A Laff’ Or ESPN’s Haste To Claim A Scoop?

Posted in Hockey, Sports Journalism, Sports TV at 5:58 pm by

USA Today’s A.J. Perez writes that ESPN was fooled by a caller posing as a Washington Post staffer into reporting the suspension of Washington D Mike Green (above) prior to tonight’s Game 7 between the Capitals and Rangers.

“I was on my way to the rink this morning and my buddy called me and was a little upset I was missing Game 7,” said Green, a finalist for the Norris Trophy given to the NHL’s top defenseman.

“I had no idea what for. It kind of caught me off guard.”

ESPN SportsCenter hosts Josh Elliot and Hannah Storm relayed that Green and teammate Donald Brashear were suspended under a “Breaking News” banner Monday at 9:52 a.m.

Within a half hour, ESPN retracted the story.

“We didn’t follow our own fact-checking procedures and mistakenly reported the story” said ESPN spokesperson Dan Quinn.

“We apologize for the error.”

There’s No Place On Television For Matt Vasgersian’s Casual Racism…

Posted in Baseball, Blogged Down, Racism Corner, Sports TV at 4:01 pm by

….and that’s because he oughta save it for a blog. And not just any blog, mind you.  You see, MLB Network’s Matt (above)  is taking no shortage of abuse today for his ill-advised, wildly off-topic remarks last night comparing an unidentified,  dark-skinned  EMT worker to Donovan McNabbDeadspin‘s Dashiell Bennett was quick to note Vasgersian’s “poorly executed brand of ‘humor.’”

I’m not entirely clear how Vasgarian’s unfunny observation was altogether different from Deadspin’s founding editor giggling over Aaron Neville’s alleged resemblance to Cleveland from “Family Guy“. Unless it’s a all a matter of context (ie. Matt Vasgersian’s transgressions are more mock-worthy because he’s not handing out any links).

Blazers’ McMillan To Refs : Call It Both Ways, Please

Posted in Basketball at 3:46 pm by

Not one to let Houston’s Rick Adelman do all the campaigning thru the media, Portlant head coach Nate McMillan yesterday risked a likely NBA fine when discussing officiating during the Blazers/Rockets series.  From the Oregonian’s Mike Tokito :

“I don’t want Stu (Jackson) to be calling me or anything like that, but if you look at the stat sheet and you look at the way the calls have gone the last couple games, it’s not consistent,” McMillan said.

McMillan is particularly unhappy with the fouls called against his centers, Joel Przybilla (above)  and Greg Oden, who have the already-challenging task of trying to contain Yao Ming, the Rockets’ 7-foot-6 All-Star center.

“Our guys, Greg and Joel, are getting called for touch fouls against Yao, and Artest and Battier are riding Brandon Roy every time he runs or he penetrates to the basket,” McMillan said. “I’m just saying that it needs to be called both ways.”

Officiating was a major topic for the Rockets after they lost Game 2 in Portland as Houston coach Rick Adelman complained Thursday that the Blazers had been allowed to manhandle Yao.

“In the first six minutes, they must have called seven or eight fouls on both teams,” Adelman told reporters. “Hand-checking, everything else. Then it was like, ‘Let’s don’t call anything else the rest of the game.’ They literally put their hands on him from outside the free-throw line all the way down.”

McMillan said he was well aware that Adelman had used the media to get this point across.

“No doubt, no doubt,” McMillan said. “He’s talked about that, (then) our guys have been whistled for those calls. What I’m saying is, if you’re going to call it on one end, then call it on both ends.”

On Sunday, the Houston Chronicle’s Richard Justice wrote a column in which he reflected Adelman’s contention that the Blazers were manhandling Yao, writing, “When did basketball become mixed martial arts?”

An Important Moment In Broadcasting History

Posted in Cinema, Radio at 1:52 pm by

Martin Short (above) will be Tom Scharpling‘s guest tonight on “The Best Show On WFMU” (8pm-11pm). Tom is promising much discussion of the 1994  classic “Clifford”, but please keep in mind they’ve only got 3 hours.  There’s no way Mr. Short can answer every question on that topic.

SF’s Brian Wilson : God Only Knows How I’d Tweet Without You

Posted in Baseball, The Internet at 12:38 pm by

Giants pitcher, Brian Wilson (above) was amongst the millions worldwide who’d fallen for the Twitter craze, but learned the hard way this weekend such free expression is under considerable scrutiny.  From the San Jose Mercury News’ Andrew Baggerly :

Wilson posted some twitterings late Saturday night in which he said (paraphrasing from memory) œScottsdale is fun but overaggressive males are not, leaving the impression he was out on the town potentially getting into fights past 1 a.m. The Giants played a day game Sunday and Wilson blew a three-run lead in a 5-4 loss. A reporter blogged about it Sunday night, but didn™t accuse Wilson of anything. Wilson tweeted back, saying he was eating room service hamburgers. Later today, Wilson deleted all of his tweets prior to Sunday morning.

I went up to Wilson this afternoon and asked him one simple question: Is there anything you want to clarify to the fans?

œI just can™t believe anyone would question my character. What about all the positive media and things we™ve done? Sure, things happen in the offseason, everybody celebrates or whatever, but I™m not one to take my job and throw it down the drain. Especially based on how hard I work out, and the meal plan I try to stay consistent with.

œThis Twitter crap, I™ve obviously got to stop because people are taking it too serious. My aspect of that is I write a bunch of stuff that™s not true. It™s made up. Obviously I™m not doing things like going toe-to-toe with a ninja. Find me a ninja, for one.

œObviously, it™s my fault for making up a bunch of stuff but I know for a fact most of those followers know I™m not being serious. They just like hearing funny stuff. Some people don™t understand, but I™m not an idiot, so obviously, I™ve got to stop.

Just to clarify, I asked if Wilson was out late Saturday night.

œNo, I wasn™t out at all Saturday night. I was playing video games. But you know what, people will believe what they want to believe. That™s fine, I guess. The last thing I want to do is have people think I don™t take my job seriously.

True to his word, Wilson’s Twitter account, twitter.com/brianwilson38, has been deleted.