How might a Bill Bellichick or Eric Mangini react if two of their charges were photographed looking as dignified as Spurs’ Peter Crouch and Jonathan Woodgate (above)? The Tottenham pair made headlines with their Saturday dance party antics after a 2-1 win at Portsmouth, resulting in the following sage words from boss Harry Redknapp, as supplied by the Guardian’s David Hytner :
Redknapp does not mind their having a few quiet drinks; what the manager cannot tolerate is their “rolling out of nightclubs at three in the morning”. He has spoken of the need for them, as “highly paid athletes”, to ensure they are always in “great condition”.
The players, who were with their wives and girlfriends, maintain that they did not drink to excess and are dismayed at the perception they are not allowed a night out. Redknapp has some sympathy, particularly for the goldfish-bowl existence in which they can be snapped constantly by members of the public on camera phones. Yet Redknapp feels the weekend’s episode only reinforces why his players should avoid late nights out at all costs.
In recent weeks, head coach Bobby Hauck (above) has publicly belittled Kaimin reporters at weekly news conferences, and followed through with an earlier threat of shutting the students out of interviews. Now, the football athletes are no longer speaking to the student reporters either – a silence the Kaimin believes Hauck ordered.
At a recent weekly news conference, a Kaimin reporter asked Hauck whether he was going to continue rotating quarterbacks.”You want something from me now?” replied Hauck. “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
A Missoulian sportswriter immediately followed up with the same question, to which Hauck provided an answer.
At the following week’s news conference, the Kaimin reporter again asked a question – this one on how the Grizzly defense would defend against the speed of an opposing running back.
Hauck’s reply: “I’ll give you this, you’re persistent. Who’s next?”
After a recent practice, a student reporter asked a question of a player, who replied that he “wasn’t allowed to talk to the Kaimin,” the school newspaper reported.
Hauck refused to be interviewed for this story when contacted by the Missoulian.
Hauck and his assistant coaches earn more than a combined half million dollars a year. It’s kind of amazing to think one of the state’s more high profile educators considers his program so above reproach, there’s no obligation to engage in a dialogue with the same students whose tutions are (partially) paying his salary.
Leaving aside for a moment the matter of Joe Girardi outsmarting himself, Rev. Halofan of Halo’s Heaven has reviewed the above video clip of Mariano Riveras’s appearance in the 10th inning of last night’s 5-4 win for the Angels and protests, “this is pretty conclusive evidence of why Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is able to throw only one pitch that has unpredictable, yet precise movement.” Fackyouk, however, is not quite convinced.
“Do these hacks really think that’s been the key to throwing the cutter all these years? Spit directly on the ball and hope no one notices? FOR FIFTEEN YEARS? If it was his super-secret method, don’t you think he’d be a touch more discrete about it?.”
I’m not nearly as outraged as F.Y., mostly because this smacks of a stunt more than say, a thoughtful, thorough presentation. And besides, what would the Good Reverend like MLB do in this instance, have the Yankees forfeit a game they lost?
I’d heard in passing last week that former Mets starter / current SNY broadcaster Ron Darling was being chased by the IRS and the states of New York and California over back taxes and penalties. Said tibdit, while slightly newsworthy, places Ronnie in a pantheon of Americans that one time or another has included Willie Nelson, Chuck Berry and uh, Leona Helmsley.. There could be any number of mitigating circumstances in Darling’s case, but that’s tough fuckin’ luck in the eyes of The Detroit News’ “Tax Watchdog”, Robert Snelll, who preaches, “every year, about $345 billion in federal taxes are either late or unpaid, , ripping open holes in budgets and shortchanging schools and public safety. That forces taxpayers to cough up more than their fair share.”
Snell failed to get an explanation from Darling why a guy who earned nearly $18 million in his big league career couldn’t pay his taxes, but perhaps Ronnie can’t comment if there’s pending litigation? The place to negotiate a settlement or fight a dispute with a powerful government agency isn’t in the pages of the Detroit News. That said, so long as we’re shining a bright light on the importance of paying one’s share, perhaps Snell would be kind enough to upoad a PDF of his 2009 federal and state returns? (Thanks to David Roth for the link)
Given his incredibly costly 9th inning error during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodger, now might seem a curious time to tout free agent OF Matt Holliday as “a complete player”. But agent Scott Boras (above) is not the type to let one isolated incident stand in the way of one of the off-season’s few back-up-the-truck moments, as the LA Times’ Bill Shaikin outlines.
Scott Boras threw out the ceremonial first pitch in free agency today, comparing Matt Holliday to Mark Teixeira in the impact the agent believes each player can have on a club.
“These guys are blue-collar superstars,” Boras said. “They don’t hit 50 home runs, but they’re complete players. They can give you something without swinging a bat.”
“There are differences between hitters and complete players,” Boras said. “Matt Holliday is a complete player.
“There is, frankly, no one like him in the market.”
Holliday spent last winter in Orange County and has expressed interest in the Angels, who could use a big bat to replace Vladimir Guerrero. However, as last winter’s Teixeira talks showed, Boras’ marathon negotiating style clashes with owner Arte Moreno’s approach of making a first and best offer and moving on if that offer is not quickly accepted.
The Yankees could use Holliday as an upgrade to Johnny Damon, who also is eligible for free agency. The New York Mets could use Holliday as an upgrade over any of the nine players they used in left field this season.
While Holliday would certainly represent an upgrade in left for the Amazins, let me be the first to suggest Omar Minaya signing him to a $180 million contract would create an instant 24-and-one scenario in the Mets clubhouse, though not the sort Steve Phillips warned of with A-Rod so many years ago. Holliday would be the only member of the 25 man roster the Wilpons would attempt to pay in Mets Money, redeemable only at Citi Field concession stands.
œI still feel like I am the quarterback of this team and this is my team,” Colins said. “I give us a chance to win when I go out there.™™
œI know this: We are all responsible for this loss and for the past couple of losses,™™ Collins continued. œI know there are things we can all do better.™™
It is an indication of how bad a blowout this was that the Titans had to answer questions after the game about whether the Patriots ran up the score on them.
œI didn™t think they did, defensive tackle Tony Brown said. œThey just kept running their plays and it just so happens that they were working. It™s up to us as a defense to stop them and we just couldn™t get them stopped when we needed to.
Jeff Fisher noted that the Patriots stuck with their offensive scheme.
œThat was their plan going in. Why are they going to change their plan? he said.
Probably not, but there’s no harm in trying (and it’s not like he’s gonna be a starting point guard in the NBA, either). N8′s diplomacy skills were callled upon Sunday afternoon at MSG when Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv head coach Pini Gershon refused to leave the court after being hit with a pair of technical fouls during the fourth quarter of an exhibition loss to the Knicks. Newsday’s Alan Hahn described the scene thusly ;
Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, who is the founder of the game’s charity, the Migdal Orh orphanage, and spent halftime leading the crowd of 14,602 in singing Hebrew songs, stepped onto the floor and spoke with the coach and the officials.
Grossman said he tried to convince the referees to forgive Gershon, a legendary coach in European basketball known for having a hot temper, and allow him to stay on the bench.
“I said to , ‘This is not a regular game, this is a game for the children and the children are watching and I don’t want the children to see a picture of a fight. I wanted the children to see a picture of peace’,” Grossman said. “The kids are watching and it’s very important that they see he is forgiven . . . But he said this is the law. And you must leave. What can I do? I tried. I tried to make peace.”
During the bizarre 10 minute delay, Nate Robinson wandered over to the opponent’s bench and eventually was arm-in-arm with Gershon.
“I was asking him, ‘What’s the outcome gonna be? Are we either going to play or are we going home?’” said Robinson, who had 20 points. “Of course he wanted to play, so it turned out for the best.”
Taken from Meech One‘s Twit-pic collection. Kind of astonishing to think the Sixers had the foresight to mark Shawn Bradley’s historic NBA debut in such fashion — did the Nets bother to do anything similar when the late Yinka Dare made his first professional appearance?
….for the New York Post’s Marc Berman. Which other NBA quote machine is likely to make Berman his personal diarist? On Friday, Marbury slammed Mike D’Antoni, sneered at the Knicks’ chances of signing LeBron James in 2010, and compared his upcoming year out of basketball to a Michael Jordan-esque sabbatical. Upon seeing Marbury’s comments greeted with something less than reverence, Berman took to his Post blog to defend his good buddy.
(above : Stephon, engaged in iChat with Berman, suggesting a third column to further explain the former’s point of view on Sunday)
It is fascinating that Marbury is not allowed to bash the team but everyone else in the continental U.S. can.
Marbury realizes the Knicks are a rebuilding team and doesn’t see LeBron James joining a rebuilding situation, especially once that doesn’t reek of promise (see: Danilo Gallinari).
Marbury feels the real reason they went this route “ cutting their payroll monstrously “ was to save James Dolan money on salary and luxury tax. If they are going to be mediocre, let them be mediocre more cheaply. And his point is, why should fans pay full price for this season’s product.
His remarks about his own career, you can laugh at if you want. Push comes to shove, I think he regrets turning down Boston’s early-July offer of $1.3M to return. When Boston got Rasheed Wallace, they were less interested.
Marbury, without an agent, didn’t see the horrendous economic climate. But then again, neither did veteran agent, Mark Bartelstein, representing David Lee.
“When you talk about the Blazers,” insists Portland GM Kevin Pritchard, ” you can’t help but talk about Bill Walton and his legacy.” And while that legacy includes the Blazers’ sole NBA Championship, there’s also the matter of the injury-prone <strike>SLA sympathizer</strike> Deadhead’s somewhat contentious exit from Portland, just one of the topics addressed by Walton yesterday, making his first public appearance since undergoing spinal fusion surgery. From The Columbian’s Blazer Banter :
Walton directly apologized to Blazer fans, stating he regretted not being a better person and a better player while with the team. He expressed remorse for the multiple injuries that slowed and eventually ended his once-remarkable career. And he said he was ashamed of the circumstances surrounding his departure from Portland ” Walton sat out the 1978-79 season in protest after the Blazers failed to grant a trade request. He joined the San Diego ” now Los Angeles ” Clippers in 1979.
“I just wish that you could do a lot of things over, but you can’t,” said Walton, a two-time NBA champion who resides in San Diego, Calif. “And so I’m here to apologize. I’m here to try to make amends. I’m here to try to start over. I’m here to try to make it better.”
Walton’s post-playing career has been wrecked by an unending series of medical operations. The former UCLA standout and No. 1 pick in the 1974 NBA Draft said he has undergone 36 orthopedic surgeries.
Walton recalled a recent low point by stating, “I was lying on the floor, a pitiful, helpless ball of flesh, that could not walk, think, talk, sit, stand, sleep, do anything.”
He described “unrelenting, excruciating and debilitating” nerve pain that ranged from his chest to his knees.
And Walton ran through an injury report that sounded like a personal nightmare: He has two surgically-fused ankles; knees, hands and wrists that do not work; at least 11 metal bolts in his body; and is forced to wear a protective brace.
Walton stated that he went from standing on the edge and thinking his life was over, to seeing light finally appear on the horizon and having “dreams of a better tomorrow.”
Guess who was a no-show at Yankee Stadium tonight? Other than Juan Rivera and Tori Hunter (a combined 1 for 7 and two costly errors in LAnaheim’s 4-1 loss to the Yankees), that is? Famed bore vocalist Ronan Tynan found himself on the Negative Guest List for Game One of the ALCS after the following incident hit the New York papers, as described by WNBC.com :
The trouble began on Thursday when the 49-year-old Tynan bumped into a Halstead Property real estate agent showing an apartment on his floor to a potential buyer, a pediatrician from NYU Medical Center.
The real estate agent said to the tenor, famous for his association with Yankees, œDon™t worry they are not Red Sox fans, according to the apartment-hunter, Dr. Gabrielle Gold-von Simson.
To which Tynan replied, “I don™t care about that, as long as they are not Jewish,” Gabrielle Gold-von Simson told NBC New York.
œWhy is that? asked a flabbergasted Gold-von Simson of the singer.
And Tynan responded that Jewish ladies had been looking at the apartment before and they were “scary,” according to Gold-von Simson.
Tynan for his part said it was just a œbig misunderstanding.
œI™m not anti-Semitic and I have never been in my life, Tynan told NBC New York. œThere are three members of my band that are Jewish. And I love them like brothers. I call them my brothers from another mother.
Despite ripping off the “brothers from another mother” line from the Dudley Boyz, it’s not all bad news for Tynan this weekend, however. He’s still the front-runner to provide entertainment at Steve Lyons’ 50th birthday party next June.
Haldeman & Ehrlichman. Seitrich & Doskocil. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. You can add to that pantheon of dynamic duos Mike Francesca and former partner in rhetorical crime, Chris Russo, who according to Newsday’s Neil Best, are getting the band back together, if only for a day (link courtesy Maura Johnston)
With the Yankees back in the ALCS, just like old times, the buildup to tonight’s Game 1 will include a nostalgic media touch: a mini-reunion of “Mike and the Mad Dog” on WFAN.
Just after 1 p.m., Chris Russo is scheduled to visit Mike Francesa’s “Mike’d Up,” Russo’s first appearance on his old station in the 14 months since he and Francesa parted ways, ending a 19-year partnership.
Francesa is to return the favor at about 6:30 p.m. with a guest appearance on Russo’s “Mad Dog Unleashed” on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
The joint appearances won’t be the first for the old duo. Last night, Francesa called in to Russo’s show as a surprise guest as part of the celebration of Russo’s 50th birthday, which is Sunday.
The two spoke for 12 minutes, mostly about the baseball playoffs, falling comfortably into their old pattern of sports banter. The only reference to their changed circumstances came about a minute in, when Francesa took a gentle poke at Russo’s lower visibility among New York-area fans, saying, “What happened to you now that you’re 50?”
Russo laughed and said, “That’s a good point. Where did I go?”
And incredibly, the person’s name was not Manny Acta. After the first 10 or 12 defeats, wouldn’t the writing be on the wall? Unless you’re planning to fuck, marry or kill Cristian Guzman (above), is there any excuse for this sort of behavior? The Wall Street Journal’s Carl Bialik considers the case of Nationals fans Stephen Krupin, who recently told DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg he’d witnessed 19 Washington home games in 2009 and hadn’t seen a single victory (links swiped from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory).
Suppose that the Nats had a 40.7% chance of winning any given home game. Then the probability of seeing 19 straight losses would be 48/81 to the 19th power, or one in 20,800. Or suppose that the Nats™ 33-29 performance in the 62 games Krupin missed was truly indicative of the team™s quality. Then the probability was an infinitesimal one in 1.86 million.
œThey are two slightly different calculations. [One in 20,800] is the chance of seeing 19 straight occurrences of an event that happens with probability .6. [One in 131,204 is] the probability of happening to choose 19 losing games from 81 with 48 known losses among them, Hal Stern, a statistician at the University of California, Irvine, said. œThe second is a nice retrospective question (given this series of outcomes how could someone have been so unlucky). The only caveat to either number is that they are essentially asking the probability that a specific person sees 0-19, not the probability that someone in Nat Nation would have this experience. You need to know how many Nat fans went to 19 or so games, which makes it not so unusual. (This is akin to the difference between a person winning the lottery twice in a year and you winning the lottery twice in a year.)
A late strike by substitute Mario Bolatti gave Argentina a 1-0 victory over 10-man Uruguay yesterday, punching the former’s ticket to the 2009 World Cup Finals in South Africa. Afterwards, the Guardian’s Marcela Mora y Araujo observed, “the Argentinian press has been more and more candid about its reservations…criticisms are dealt out more readily and severely, and the personal gets mixed up with the professional.” Never more so than in the case of shy, retiring Argentina manager Diego Maradona.
“You lot take it up the arse,” were Maradona’s words to the press immediately after the match. It was almost adding injury to the insult when he scanned the room and added, “if the ladies will pardon the expression”. Looking increasingly Botox-ridden, the angry yet victorious Argentina coach was somehow able to raise a nervous chuckle from those on the receiving end of the abuse.
He wanted to dedicate the triumph to the fans back home and especially those who bothered to cross into Uruguay, to his girls Dalma and Giannina, and to his squad, who worked like never before for the 1“0 result. “But certain people who have not supported me, and you know who you are, can keep sucking,” he added.
Grotesque and undignified, Maradona then grabbed his genitals with both hands, signalling some sort of manly insult to the TV cameras in the tunnel outside the dressing room.
Following up on a session initially put together by Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Beasley found himself responding Tuesday night to a posted comment relating to his substance-abuse issues this summer.
As he read the comment on the live video feed, teammates Daequan Cook and Mario Chalmers, who were in his room participating in the live Internet stream at the time, grew quiet.
In response to a snarky comment of knowing how to hide his stash, Beasley playfully responded about how true that was. Comments from those viewing the stream followed ripping the initial commenter about trying to lure Beasley into such a response.
Before Wednesday’s game, when asked if he would have been better off simply avoiding a reply, the second-year forward acknowledged with a smile, “you’re right.”
The above clip was posted here a while ago to commemorate Captain Lou Albano’s 76th birthday. Sadly, that’s the last one he’ll celebrate, as the legendary wrester, heel manager and Col. Tom to NRBQ‘s Elvis shuffled off this mortal coil yesterday. “People may remember him from the Cyndi Lauper videos and Super Mario television show,” eulogized The Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer, “but he was the key manager in the (WWF) promotion and was very often as important as anyone in some of the big crowds the company drew.”
During the period after Bruno Sammartino stopped being a regular, there are people within the organization who felt the heat Albano brought as manger of the top heels was the biggest factor in drawing crowds during the Bob Backlund run. Albano generally was put with the nutty types of contenders, and almost always with the tag team champions.
He would dress like his proteges to a degree, and eventually became known for the rubber bands all over his face. He was a major part of the wheel of success for Vince McMahon Sr., far more important than anyone who didn’t closely follow the promotion would be able to understand. Albano was the key component in making Jimmy Snuka into the hottest wrestler in that part of the country when the two split up and Snuka went babyface.
The lack of financing for a project of this scale in this economic climate”the largest development since the birth of Levittown in the 1940s and ™50s”may be reason enough for Wang to pull the plug, says the source. Using the deadline may have been a tactic to enable him to gracefully bow out of the controversial project.
Wang bought the Islanders in 2000. Since first being proposed in 2003, the Lighthouse has undergone intense scrutiny from environmentalists and politicians, reaching a fever pitch in recent months with allegations that Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, Murray and former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D™Amato have all played key roles in stalling progress.
There is simply no greater social standing in sports than the great white quarterback, and Donovan McNabb can only nail two of the three criteria. So the question becomes:
What does Brett Favre think?
Favre™s voice could have a social impact like no other sports figure. He is football™s most iconic active player, and is also a country-boy born and raised in Mississippi “ a state whose ugly racial history is well-documented. Would Favre use his voice to œreduce the hate at a time where mass racial hatred is as publicly visible as any time since the 1960s? Or would he be more concerned that œracists buy Wranglers too?
What does Tom Brady think?
As a member of the Republican Party, he is in a prime position to throw his greatest pass. By denouncing Limbaugh™s ownership bid, Brady can prove that Rush does not own him ” unlike the congressman in his party. Brady can make an incredibly powerful statement that racism and Republicanism do not have to share the same bed, and that hatred and bigotry should never be reduced to a œpolitical issue alongside alternate viewpoints on deficit reduction or campaign finance reform.
What does Kurt Warner think?
Warner “ who once led the St. Louis Cardinals to its only Super Bowl “ is also a well-known devout Christian committed to spreading the principles. Does Rush Limbaugh reflect those principles? Warner™s words could send a much-needed message to fellow Christians that Limbaugh™s racism is an anti- Christian perversion of his religion.
“Not many D-I schools in this nation have a Hall of Fame baseball coach,” Palm Beach Atlantic University President Lu Hardin said yesterday, neglecting to mention that not many persons were even aware PBAU was a Division One school. The occasion, as covered by the Palm Beach Post’s Rachel Ulrich, marked the unveiling of former Mets/Expos C Gary Carter (above, left) as the new manager of the Fightin’ Sailfish :
Admitting that he hates to lose “even at Monopoly, even at cards,” Carter takes over a team that went 24-67 in its past two seasons. He’s getting started early, holding his first practice today.
A longtime Palm Beach Gardens resident, Carter, 55, managed the Mets’ Class A St. Lucie team in the Florida State League in 2006. He spent the past season in New York coaching the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League and the previous year coaching in California.
When the opportunity to coach near his family – daughter Kimmy Bloemers is the PBAU softball coach – he didn’t hesitate.
“I’ve always had a dream and a desire to be a manager or a coach, and this has now been fulfilled,” Carter said. “It doesn’t have to be in professional baseball, because these are now going to be my professionals.
With apologies to Peter Gammons, until Chip Caray finally records his cover of Big Black’s “Fists Of Love”, the above recording will probably be the most disparaged baseball-broadcaster/musician CD this year, regardless of the actual contents. “If I don’t listen to the critics of my baseball broadcasting,” McCarver tells the Philadelphia Daily News’ Stan Hochman. “Why would I listen to the critics of my singing?” Take your best shot, Pitchfork.
“My father was a huge Sinatra fan,” McCarver explained the other day. “He loved the music, the history of the music. I was 8 or 9 listening to Sinatra, listening to the Harry James band.
“In ’61, I was 19, playing in Puerto Rico in the International League. Dean Stone, lefthanded pitcher, was a big Sinatra fan. After games we’d carry this 120-pound hi-fi set up on the roof. Bring a case of India or Corona beer. I remember the case cost about $4.80. We’d drink the beer and listen to Sinatra.”
He handles the venomous darts the way he handled Steve Carlton’s slider. Talks too much?
“There was a time when I did, when I first started,” McCarver said. “I remember [legendary producer] Don Ohlmeyer told me in 1980, Phillies-Kansas City World Series, ‘If you have something to say, you never talk too much.’ ”
That he favors one team over another? “Laughable,” he said. “You can go back to ’86, Vince Scully and Joe Garagiola, lambasted for being fans of the Mets. Scully wasn’t even a fan of the Dodgers.
“If Boston is involved, and you [the announcer] don’t carry that Red Sox banner, they rip you. It’s inevitable. It’s unavoidable. But that doesn’t make it right.”