08.25.10

Manchester City, Redefining “Elite”

Posted in Football at 4:04 pm by

“If there’s one thing worse than being told you’re not good enough,” mused The Guardian’s Rob Smyth and Paolo Bandini, “it’s being patronised.” Remarkably, they’re not talking about a former Mets utility man being dubbed “‘Super’ Joe McEwing”, but instead Manchester City’s referring to their reserve team as “The Elite Squad”.

Rebranding was only the start of the humiliation. “City’s [You're All Winners To Us XI] gave a battling performance against a Manchester United side packed with … almost £50m worth of talent,” tootles the club’s website this afternoon following last night’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United’s Reserve Militia, yet a cursory look down the team-sheets showed the visitors hadn’t even bothered to field their most talked-about summer signing. Bebé set United back £7.4m over the summer and had been expected to get his first run out in front of Lord Ferg before the manager had a late change of heart.

Scurrilous rumours today suggest Bebé had simply not been playing well enough in training, but surely the truth is that Ferg was simply employing his infamous mind games, implying the Special In Their Own Way Selection put out by City were so poor that the midfielder was not even required. Or could it be that the one thing worse than telling someone they’re not good enough, is admitting that you were wrong to tell everyone that they were good in the first place?

Of the Elitist approach employed by City, Red Force Rising opines, “you™ll be happy to know that United™s reserves team is still known as ‘The Reserves’ and not œ’the Supreme Second String’ or ‘The Best Team After The First’”.

Dan Shaughnessy Just Can’t Believe Anyone Would Prefer Detroit To Boston

Posted in Baseball at 1:04 pm by

(Damon, waving to the CHB in the Fenway press box in 2005)

Of Tigers OF Johnny Damon rejecting a proposed wavier deadline return to Fenway Park, the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy sneers, “his decision to stay with the Tigers is downright idiotic . . . or there is some larger force at work.” And with that, the columnist who routinely questions the character of players who’d love to stay in Boston forever, takes a dagger to one who’d prefer to stay away.

Were the Sox that insulting? Did they look Damon in the eye and tell him that they thought Coco Crisp was a better player? Did John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino tell Damon he was lucky when he hit those two homers in Game 7 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium? Did Shonda Schilling say something insulting about Michelle Damon™s scarves?

Think about it: For the next five weeks, you could live in downtown Boston and your wife could shop on Newbury Street. Or you could live in downtown Detroit, amid the boarded-up buildings and the proverbial skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets. Is this really a tough call?

Maybe it is.  Damon’s already got two rings and helping the Red Sox erase a considerable deficit to Tampa or New York might not be the biggest thing on his mind right now. And if you’re gonna measure Boston vs. Detroit in terms of Newbury Street shopping vs. “boarded up buildings”, then you might just as well applaud Damon for picking the home of Tyvek over the big DYS reunion this weekend.

The Most Obscene Wilpon Money-Dump Not Named Oliver Perez, Delayed Indefinetly

Posted in Baseball, Professional Wrestling at 11:42 am by

Pro Wrestling Insider’s Mike Johnson reports the newly formed Florida-based Worldwide Wrestling Promotions (aka WWP), a partnership between Milton Wilpon and R. Sean Pascoe (aka Sean Davis, above)), has scrapped plans for an Autumn 2010 launch. The promotion, said to be targeting talent from a succession of independent organizations, supposedly was promising medical benefits despite no television deal in place.

In the email, which PWInsider.com acquired from numerous sources, Davis wrote that “the financing side” of the company told the wrestling side, “our original time table is not at all feasible. While we were all committed to launching in October we know now that has become an impossible goal. Our new goal is to start operations in the first part of the new year however we do not as of today have a firm date. That unfortunately means that contracts will have to be changed to a new starting date.”

Pascoe went on to explain that while he “fought this decision KICKING AND SCREAMING (literally)”, that the “corporate side of the company” feels the delay has to happen. He warned the roster that “unfortunately it comes down to either this move is made or this company does not move forward.”

Pascoe told the wrestlers and staffers that they would be issued contract addendums drawn up by WWP’s attorney and if the talent didn’t wish to sign them, he understood. Pascoe told those emailed, “You will still be welcome to come back to work for us in the future once we are up and running in the early part of the new year. For those of you that sign the contract addendums you will be receiving extra shares of company stock and the addendums will also spell out our full health and benefits plan that will be made available to you.”

Pascoe noted that the company has been hit with “more than our fair share of bumps”, blaming it on “many forces in the wrestling business.” Pascoe wrote these forces were “doing whatever they can to sabotage everything we are trying to do and doing everything in their power to make sure that this company will never launch. I can promise you though that no matter how many hurdles we have to jump over that there are people here dedicated to doing everything they can to make sure this company WILL launch and we will be a long time player in this industry.”

08.24.10

August 24 In Tweets : Plenty Of Good Seats Available At Citi Field Tonight (And Lots Of Lousy Ones, Too)

Posted in twitter twatter at 8:20 pm by

  • Brett Myers, God Of Blunder http://bit.ly/bpNQMS #
  • "Jordan Rides The Bus" outtakes – Oakley carrying bag of bats, rushing the mound when MJ is brushed back, etc. #
  • if we're gonna crucify Bautista for a Brady Anderson-eque career year, can we at least punish Anderson first? #
  • if you're looking for visual evidence Bautista's not on PED's, be very careful with your spelling using image search http://bit.ly/b8fTEH #
  • Robin Yount, wearing pajamas in public http://yfrog.com/myqalp #
  • given the difficulty of finding such stories in 2010, understandable it took YES so long to mention Clemens indictment http://bit.ly/cQfrIH #
  • Selig statue unveiling, live on MLB Network. Love those state senator intros #
  • Dibble is killing multiple mediums RE http://bit.ly/bJHy5x #
  • I keep looking for audio of the allegedly super defensive Michael Heisley interview. This is the best i could do http://youtu.be/1PaGdpRY5FQ #

The End (Of The Washington) Times : Moonie Paper Can’t Survive Sans Sports

Posted in non-sporting journalism, Sports Journalism at 5:49 pm by

(above : former publisher Sun Myung Moon, shown lambasting Thom Loverro for his failure to make quota selling flowers by the side of the highway)

Less than a year after eliminating their entire sports section, the deeply conservative, Unification Church-owned Washington Times is preparing to cease publication write the Washington Examiner’s Katy Adams and Nikki Schwab :

DCRTV.com reported Monday that Preston Moon, son of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon who runs the paper, planned to break the news via press release on Friday that he planned to shutter the paper.

In DCRTV’s report, the closure was halted due to a last-minute offer from an unknown bidder to purchase the conservative newspaper. Preston Moon and his family have long been fighting over the future of the former daily. DCRTV’s unnamed source told the Web site that Preston Moon has had it with the paper and isn’t interested in making a deal.

“It is now about showing Daddy Moon who has the bigger cajones,” the source told DCRTV. “If this offer — and it is a reasonable one — is rejected, the paper could close its doors this week, just shy of 30 years in the nation’s capital.”

The source continues, “The paper has large debt load but there is a buyer. Normally, this would be a good thing for a seller. In the zany world of the Moon family, and the son’s disregard for the family’s wishes, it looks like the final edition is imminent.”

When You’re As Cool As Ralph Kiner, Socks Are Optional

Posted in Baseball, Sports TV at 2:24 pm by

As noted over the weekend, SNY.TV has recovered old footage from the Mets’ old WOR postgame show, “Kiner’s Korner”, koupling the klips with kontemporary (sorry) konversations between Kiner and Ted Berg. Via MetsBlog, here’s one such webisode, featuring a 1986 chat with Tom Sizemore tribute artist Pete Rose.

Busted In Memphis : Grizz Owner Flips Wig On Radio

Posted in General at 1:17 pm by

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley addressed the progress or lack thereof of talks with first-rounder Xavier Henry on Memphis Fox 730 yesterday, a condescension-heavy chat with host Chris Vernon that CBS Sports’ Matt Moore described as “an abject trainwreck.” Though you really need to hear the entire thing, the portion in which Vernon grills Heisley on the latter’s familiarity with the CBA, is nothing short of squirm-city, particularly when the latter loses his shit. “I don’t understand why you’d want a college player on draft night praying he doesn’t get drafted by the Grizzlies,” sighed Vernon, though the same question could be applied to any future free agents taking note of the Memphis owner’s tone and temper. The Memphis Flyer’s Chris Herrington finds the entire episode disheartening (“It seems like Heisley thinks his bluster is charming ” or maybe he just doesn’t think about it at all”), in slight contrast to his colleagues at the Commerical-Appeal, who had nothing to say on the matter whatsoever.

Intimate knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement may not be a prerequisite for NBA owners, since, typically, general managers and other executives are charged with that. But the problem here, again, is that Heisley has appointed himself the de facto president of basketball ops. Owners always have the final say on major decisions, but this has become something a little different from that norm. And if Heisley is going to be directly driving much of the day-to-day operation of the team (down to something as ostensibly minor as negotiating rookie contracts) then it is not okay that he knows less about the contents of the CBA ” essentially the league’s team-building rule book ” than I do. Have I read the CBA? No. But I’ve read pretty much all of Larry Coon’s essential CBA FAQ. Many who cover the NBA and even many fans of the sport appear to have a broader working knowledge of the league’s rules than the primary decision maker of the Memphis Grizzlies. Make you feel good, Grizzlies fans?

A Prominent Publication Weighs In On A Possible Wizards Name/Uniform Change (Sort Of)

Posted in Basketball, Fashion at 11:55 am by

Guandong 7-footer Yi Jianlian has yet to play his first for Washington since being traded to the Wizards this past June, but learned the hard way recently that his team’s colors are considered outré in the fashion world.  Jianlian is inexplicably featured in a September Vogue pictorial, one in which he’s shown donning a generic NBA jersey rather than than a Wizards gold top.

08.23.10

It’s The Summer Of Rob Dibble

Posted in Baseball, Sports Radio at 8:05 pm by

It’s been some kinda baseball season for MASN’s Rob Dibble (above, left). When the Nationals analyst hasn’t been blocking critics from following his tweets or comparing dick sizes with Ray Knight, he’s made blogosphere headlines for suggesting lady-persons at a Nats game were chit-chatting about shopping.. And believe it or not, that might not have been the dumbest thing to have emerged from Dibble’s gigantic mouth in recent days. Of the forearm woes experience by Washington mega-phenom Steven Strasburg, Dibble told his XM Radio audience, “when I was 12, my arm hurt. When I was in my teens and I would throw and walk off the mound when I was a starter, my arm would throb. I couldn’t even hold a glass of water. And you know what? I loved it.” From DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg :

“Ok, you throw a pitch, it bothers your arm, and you immediately call out the manager and the trainer? Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can’t have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow.

“I mean, excuse me. There’s guys I played with that had screws holding their elbows together. Chris Sabo played two weeks on a broken ankle. I put a steel plate in my wrist so I could be back in five weeks instead of three months. So, this is your choice. You can either suck it up and be a man at 22 making $2 million a year [with] a $15 million contract, or every time you get an ache and pain you can go out of the game and say I’m gonna let down the other 24 guys right here and possibly end up forfeiting the game.”

“What Mike Rizzo and Jim Riggleman do, that’s totally different,” Dibble said. “They have to think of the long-term ramifications of what they’re doing right now with this kid’s career. As far as this kid? Stop crying, go out there and pitch. Period. “

August 23 In Tweets : Let Me Be The First To Suggest That Elin Nordegren Can Do Better Than Jay Mariotti

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Flame On! – Kwame Brown’s D-League And/Or European Debut Delayed Indefinetely

Posted in Basketball at 5:28 pm by

During his spell in charge of the Washington Wizards, Michael Jordan selected high schooler Kwame Brown as the no. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, taking a pass on the likes of Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Jason Richardson and Tony Parker in the process. We all know how well that turned out, if not for Jordan, then certainly for the Lakers, Grizzlies and Pistons, all of whom hoped against home that the oft unmotivated Brown would bounce back from being slurred by a pair of Hall Of Famers. And who better to assist Brown, than one of those very legends? From the Charlotte Observer’s Ron Green :

Brown, 28, has signed a one-year deal with the Bobcats, giving the team owned by Jordan a shot-blocking presence inside to offset the loss of Tyson Chandler.

œWe think this is a critical year for Kwame to get his career turned around and headed in the right direction, Brown™s agent, Mark Bartlestein, said Monday.

œThe challenge of going to Charlotte and playing for Michael again and getting to play for Larry Brown, a great teacher, will be good for him. They spent a lot of time recruiting him.

Jordan™s decision to make Brown the No. 1 pick in the 2001 draft has often been cited as one of the biggest draft blunders in recent years. In his nine NBA seasons, Brown has averaged just 6.7 points and 5.4 rebounds while playing for four teams, most recently the Detroit Pistons.

œMost people would think (Brown) would run away from going back to play for Michael again. That™s not the case. Kwame welcomes it, Bartlestein said.

Kwame Brown will fill a needed role for the Bobcats, who lacked a strong defender and rebounder in the middle since Chandler™s departure. Brown is not primarily a scorer and he will supplement a roster that includes Nazr Mohammed, Erick Dampier and DeSagana Diop inside.

œKwame is one of the best post defenders in the league, everyone agrees on that, Bartlestein said. œIs he going to average 20 points a game? No, but he can be a terrific starting center in this league.

Never Mind The Majors : Tiger’s Lost The Respect Of A NASCAR Author

Posted in Golf, Sports Journalism at 4:41 pm by

(left to right : whatshername, Satan)

No, really. THE Jeff MacGregor. The divorce between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren was declared official earlier today, and while financial arrangements weren’t made available to the media, ESPN.com’s MacGregor declares Monday “the day on which the zombie sporting press can stop pretending to care about Tiger’s wife and kids (what were their names again?) and get back to worrying about his hand action and club selection.”  Of course, MacGregor’s no mere zombie.  He’s a moralistic zombie.

I’d like to wish him well. I would. But I cannot. He’s been given everything, been touched by every celestial gift, and in return has found a way to corrupt everything he’s ever touched. In the months and years ahead, when he shovels money at his children and calls it love, I won’t be there to transcribe the lie.

With me or without me he’ll get at last, as must we all, whatever he deserves.

Because at the end of things — with records broken or records unbroken, with families broken and families unrestored — who that he might care about will be left to care about him?

Who that he might care about will be left to care about anything he’s ever done?

And who, pray tell, gives a flying fuck about Jeff MacGregor’s opinion of Tiger Woods, The Person or Parent? MacGregor’s own biography claims “he has done many things, most of which he chooses to keep to himself”, and presumably, not bearing the burden of being one of the 4 or 5 most famous persons on planet earth, there’s relatively few people concerned about the journalist/author’s sex life or whether or not he’s a man of integrity.  It’s a massive stretch to say Woods has ruined his children’s lives or that his infidelity — something hardly uncommon within the hallways of ESPN — is on the level of some sort of war crime.

Hawk Harrelson : An Advocate Of Putting The Big Hurt On Cowboy Joe West

Posted in Baseball, Sports TV at 3:04 pm by

White Sox cheerleader Ken Harrelson’s status as an unapologetic homer is well established, but during Chicago’s struggles Sunday with KC’s Zack Greinke, the Hawk went from mere bias to suggesting arbiter Joe West be intentionally injured.   Hardball Talk’s Aaron Gleeman provides the details :

Harrelson talked about the umpiring for literally innings at a time and his broadcast partner Frank Thomas, who was subbing for a vacationing Steve Stone, frequently chimed in to agree.

After every close pitch that was called a ball for a White Sox pitcher or a strike for a Royals pitcher, Harrelson launched into another monologue about the umpires conspiring against the White Sox. He frequently used words like “disgusting” and “disgraceful” to describe the situation, and called it a “travesty” that West was even allowed to work White Sox games after his incident with Mark Buehrle earlier this season.

At one point Thomas noted that “back when I was playing” the catcher and pitcher would intentionally get “crossed up” on a pitch and let it hit the umpire, which seemed to be mostly a joke because a) Thomas laughed, b) “back when I was playing” was all of two years ago, and c) that rarely, if ever, actually happens. But then Harrelson liked the sound of Thomas’ “idea” and suggested the White Sox actually do it to West.

After Jason Kendall’s walk-off RBI single won the contest in the 10th inning, Thomas burnished his broadcasting credentials with the following analysis ;  “this really sucks.”

08.22.10

August 22 In Tweets : Is There Really Such Thing As A “Mild” Case Of Rhabdomyolysis?

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  • Not even Beirut! RT @RobertJamis: I think they didn’t really want to sign Bay, and got caught in their bluff when no one else wanted him #
  • if you have to pay Perez, ok, DAMAGE DONE. But don’t compound it by having a guy on the roster who can’t contribute in any fashion. #
  • As long as you’re willing to pay MLB prices for AAA talent RT @GeekSoapBox “Owning a stadium/cable net, the Mets will rebound from Madoff” #
  • if giving Barajas to LA is a smart move because it gives Thole more AB’s, how about doing something w/ Perez’ roster spot? #
  • and aside from Bay, those $$ commitments were all pre-Madoff. RT @GeekSoapBox Fifth highest payroll in baseball. #
  • Uh huh. See Lackey, Figgins, Molina, Sheets, Hudson RT @GeekSoapBox The Wilpons, for good or bad, have never shied from spending money. I #
  • @GeekSoapBox, Hessman’s 32 years old. Carter turns 28 next month. Feliciano is 31. That’s some youth movement. #
  • you and I have been watching a diff. Mets in 2010 RT @GeekSoapBox  The Wilpons, for good or bad, have never shied from spending money. #
  • @GeekSoapBox “‘l’ll never trash the Mets over $$$” That’s good. Because they apparently don’t have any left. #
  • @ProFootballTalk says Sage Rosenfels is the disgruntled Vike /source for this story http://yhoo.it/92Ea6p #
  • in honor of Matt Stairs setting the career MLB mark for pinch hit HR’s http://youtu.be/KdLQcstORRM (best watched with the sound off) #
  • neither Mets or Dodgers are mathmatically elminated from WC consideration ; If LA’s not a rival, what are they? Pals? #
  • @GeekSoapBox wouldn’t “call LA a rival”? Dodgers began day 7 GB Phillies, Mets, 7.5. Fred Wilpon likes your way of thinking. in reply to GeekSoapBox #
  • everytime i see Bobby Jenks I think I’ve mistakenly flipped to the undercard of a TNA PPV #
  • much traffic to the rhabdomyolysis wiki http://bit.ly/dkRqkp #
  • Pirates postgame show on FSN : Lastings has mastered the art of the generic, guy-on-struggling team soundbyte. #
  • Francoeur, free-swinging box office poison RE http://bit.ly/9ZwSzq #
  • failing a 9th inn. comeback, Santana’s line today : 8 IP, 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 walk, 9 K’s, 109 pitches, LOSS. Maybe a contender wants him? #
  • Tabata, solo HR off Santana. Johan, getting pounded by non-sluggers #
  • @StevePopper there’s lots of great things to do in Milwaukee. For starters, you can drive to Chicago in reply to StevePopper #
  • that’s cold : McFarlane’s Donovan McNabb action figure comes with CHOKING HAZARD warnings http://amzn.to/dg8yeY #
  • I’ve got Kyle Orton’s xmas stocking stuffer already picked out http://amzn.to/8XiyNE #
  • ahem. Die Kruezen, Frogs, F/i, Couch Flambeau, Chinese Telephones RT @StevePopper: Milwaukee has no good songs. #

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Coupon-Shopper Editor : Please Refrain From Lynching Local Child Abuser

Posted in Gridiron, Leave No Child Unbeaten at 7:48 pm by

“One of the downsides of the instant information age is that we increasingly expect and demand instant explanations, before all of the information is gathered and processed.” So testified the Yamill Valley News-Register’s Carl Dubois, a day after it turned out a further 3 McMinnvile High School (OR) players were hospitalized after a prior 7 kids were admitted for medical treatment.  Of the furor over coach Jeff Kearin “total immersion” football camp (and resulting procedures to drain toxic fluids from the boys’ arms), Dubios warns, “In the instant information age, there is a rush to post, a rush to be first, a rush to tell and a rush to judgment.”   As such, I feel much better about being really late with this story.

In high school athletics across the country, coaches ask a lot of their players. Parents place a lot of trust in the coaches. And the three-way relationship can break down at any of a number of points along the way.

The reality is that teenagers aren™t under supervision 24 hours a day, at least not most of the year, so parents and coaches have to hope the young people in their family and on their team are doing the right things when they™re on their own.

Are they eating a diet appropriate for high-stress and high-level football camp? Are they hydrating often and extensively enough? Are they getting enough sleep?

Are they, away from those with the wisdom of experience, drinking or consuming anything that offsets their hydration schedule? Combined with strenuous exercise and hot temperatures, could that tax their kidneys?

Mac High football has been mediocre or worse for a long time.

The new coach is trying to change the culture to one of winning, and that™s often a painful process.

The Most Important NFL Workplace Poster Since “All Giants Stadium Employees Must Wash Their Hands”

Posted in Gridiron, Medical Science at 12:08 pm by

From CDC.gov :

Beginning during the 2010 season, a poster on concussion in sports will be displayed in every NFL locker room nationwide. The poster, developed for NFL players, is the result of a joint effort between the NFL, NFL Players Association, CDC, Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, and the NFL Physicians Society and describes the importance of recognizing a concussion, taking time to recover, and not returning to play too soon.

CDC encourages you to talk with your coaches, parents, athletes, and others about concussion in all sports and the steps to take to help prevent, recognize, and respond to this serious injury.

Remarkably, the above poster is appearing in NFL locker rooms at the same time one franchise seeks to publicly humiliate a player who is complaining of dizziness and nausea. Such a practice is only slightly mitigated by virtually everyone on the planet not named Albert Haynesworth siding with the Redskins.

08.21.10

Vincent : Selig “Wants To Please Everyone”

Posted in Baseball at 8:11 pm by

The Cincinnati Reds recently sought and obtained permission from Major League Baseball to honor the banned-from-organized-ball Pete Ross on the 25th anniversary of his setting the all-time career hit record. Though the actually event took place on September 11, 1985, Rose has a prior engagement at a casino that day, and rather than appease CSTB readers by booking Tom Sizemore, Cincy plans to hold ceremonies on September 12.  Sought for a quote by the New York Post’s Fred Kerber and Phil Mushnick, former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent pulled no punches in his assessment of Bud Selig allowing Rose to appear at the Great American Ballpark.

” ‘When the keeper of the Rules does not enforce the Rules, there are no Rules,’ ” Vincent wrote in an e-mail to The Post. “That was the quote from John Dowd [Thursday] when we discussed what Bud had done. John is correct.

“I totally disagree with the Selig position. Either enforce the Rules or reinstate him. Bud is trying, again, to please everyone,” wrote Vincent, who was succeeded by Selig. “He did the same thing when he let Rose be honored at the [1999 World Series] — hence the Jim Gray interview — and his decision caused much confusion about a Rose reinstatement. I do not believe Selig wants to bring Rose back. But he wants to be loved in Cincinnati.”

August 21 In Tweets : There Goes Mariotti’s Moral Authority

Posted in twitter twatter at 8:05 pm by

  • 9 runs in their last 14 innings for the Mets’ high octane offense ; HoJo must feel pretty good about all the offseason job offers #
  • What are the public schools like in Reno, NV? http://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/21787779869 #
  • RT @Neil_Hamburger PLEASE retweet this if you have ever killed another human being! #unsolvedcrimes #
  • ESPN radio’s Freddie Coleman says the Giants’ OL “almost got Eli killed last week”. Coleman’s Brandon Jacobs’ favorite announcer. #
  • having a bad day? need to feel superior to others? check out the audience reaction shots on “CenterStage”. You’re welcome! #
  • @ebertchicago, not above kicking former Sun-Times colleague Mariotti when he’s down RE http://bit.ly/cDhLfF #
  • Mets’ alleged hitting coach blames pupils, card-playing. http://bit.ly/9Oev3O #firehojo #
  • 2nd prize is 4 tickets to “Last Play At Shea” RE http://bit.ly/a1y13L #
  • oh, and Angelos is a meddlesome jerk. That too. #
  • Grace on O’s woes : “they’ve been playing in the AL East for years” True, but advent of YES and NESN are contemporary disadvantages. #
  • Mariotti arrest is on ESPN’s lower screen ticker ; might as well delete my letter to the ombudsman #
  • Fraschilla on D. Rose’s fancy passing ; “worry about the lob when you’re up 20″. #
  • fair enuff. Mets were prob. gonna drop ‘em, too RT @AdamRubinESPN: Word is Fox likely to drop two upcoming Saturday games involving Mets. #
  • much conjecture over Buzz blasting the Redbirds, but maybe he’s right? http://bit.ly/a7bsjp #
  • FBI investigations of Bear Bryant, ‘Bama program deemed unworthy of mention in today’s Birmingham News. at least the web version #
  • last time QPR won their first league matches : 1947 #
  • behind a pair of neat passes from Adel Taarabt, QPR’s 2-0 defeat of Scunthorpe puts the Super Hoops at the top of the table. Rubbing eyes. #
  • Wigan 0, Chelsea 6 (FT). Chelsea on pace to score 228 goals this season. #
  • Stoke striker Mamady Sidibe, probably done for 2010-11 after tearing his achilles tendon vs. Spurs earlier today #
  • dunno about you but I can’t wait to see the Russell Branyan plaque in Monument Park next year #
  • Vazquez’ poor location cited. Indeed, he’s standing on the pitcher’s mound #
  • Marlins-esque amont of empty seats for Coventry City v Derby Co. earlier today. Acres of empty sections for Wigan v Chelsea right now. # Read the rest of this entry »

Can Ollie & K-Rod’s Salaries Be Re-Directed To The SNY Archival Department?

Posted in Baseball, Sports TV at 2:36 pm by

(bad news no. 1 :  there are no “Kiner’s Korner” klips on YouTube.   bad news no. 2 : the above phone number to identify the Foamy Famous Face has been disconnected)

The ascents of Jonathan Niese , Angel Pagan and R.A. Dickey aside, the most positive Mets story of 2010 might well have appeared in this morning’s New York Times, as Richard Sandomir reports the Wilpon-owned SNY plans to make old episodes of “Kiner’s Korner” available online.

Starting Tuesday, SNY.tv. will post the first of nine weekly webisodes that combine clips from Kiner™s postgame interviews and new chats between him and the host Ted Berg for the Mets network™s dip into nostalgia.

The footage that will be seen is about all that is known to have been rediscovered. Only some of it is usable.

Nearly all the œKorners are gone, tossed out or taped over at a time when few local stations, networks or teams understood the value of a video archive of their history and broadcasts.

The guests on the SNY webisodes are Pete Rose, Bobby Valentine, Johnny Bench, Richie Ashburn, Ed Kranepool (a two-parter), Eric Davis, and Johnson and Tommy Lasorda (also in two parts). In a clip from the 1980s, Rose and Kiner discuss why Rose™s continuing to play would delay induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The interview with Ashburn leads inevitably into a discussion of the 1962 Mets, when Kiner was calling the games with Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy, and Ashburn was in the outfield and batting .306.

Kiner recalled that guests received $50 or so for appearing on the show, but in the early days, they could instead choose merchandise from a catalog as compensation. One year, Kiner said that he balked at an offer to be paid $75 a show. He missed a couple of shows (Murphy filled in) while he bargained for more money.

Eventually, Kiner relented and took the $75.

œMy first holdout, he said.

Presumably, This Isn’t How Jay Mariotti Imagined Making His TMZ Debut

Posted in "Wife Beater" Is Not A Fashion Statement, Sports Journalism, Sports TV, The Law at 1:36 pm by

And to be truthful, I figured it would be a lame cameo (as himself) on “Entourage” before this. Mariotti’s former employer, the Chicago Sun-Times, provides a few details, as reported elsewhere :

Former Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti was arrested in Los Angeles overnight for an alleged domestic disturbance involving his girlfriend, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

LAPD sources said Mariotti and his girlfriend initially began arguing at a Santa Monica club.

The argument continued at the couple’s Venice apartment, where the verbal confrontation escalated to a physical altercation, the L.A. Times is reporting.

Police were called to the apartment, and Mariotti was arrested and ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the 77th Street station.

I don’t know what sort of war chest AOL has to bail out their columnists, but Mariotti could well be in serious danger.   Inner city jails / holding tanks are chock-a-block with disgruntled bloggers, “Around The Horn” viewers and other sociopaths who’d love an opportunity to settle scores real or imagined with Jay.   We can only hope that the legal system is allowed to do-it’s-thing and Mariotti is judged by a jury of his peers (ie. other mascara wearing sportswriters) rather than subjected to the bloodlust of an angry mob.

08.20.10

Having Rid Their Clubhouse Of Booze, Might The Cardinals Consider A Similar Ban In The Broadcast Booth?

Posted in Baseball, Sports TV, The Law at 8:35 pm by

Rick Horton and “The Mad Hungarian” Al Hrabosky are working tonight’s Giants/Cards tilt without the assistance of Dan McLaughlin. Fox  Sports Midwest’s regular play-by-play announcer for St. Louis is taking some much needed time off, as the Post-Dispatch’s Dan Caesar explains.

Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin was arrested Monday night on suspicion of drunken driving, according to police.

Chesterfield police Lt. Steve Lewis said McLaughlin was pulled over about 10:45 p.m. on eastbound Highway 40 (Interstate 64) after an officer responded to a report of an erratic driver.

The officer suspected McLaughlin had been drinking and requested McLaughlin take a breath test. McLaughlin refused and was arrested, Lewis said. He was taken to Chesterfield police headquarters and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was released on bond at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Chesterfield police.

Fox Sports Midwest said in a statement that McLaughlin is taking time off for “personal reasons” and is expected to return for Monday’s telecast in Pittsburgh.

Is there an institutional drinking-and-driving problem within the Cardinals organization? McLaughlin’s arrest comes 3 years and change after Tony La Genius’ own DUI escapades, and nearly the same amount of time after St. Louis pitcher Josh Hancock died in what one of Casear’s own colleagues claimed was an alcohol-related traffic fatality.

August 20 In Tweets : KC Radio Presents “Whitlock : Raw”

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  • just another boring day of Kansas City sports radio http://bit.ly/cgIWPE #
  • Chris Carter is clearly the answer for the Mets’ cleanup spot. The one playing for Oakland, I mean. #
  • diamond-encrusted? RT @HPbasketball: Just so everyone knows, this is even better on television, with Whitlock in a Ball State jersey. #
  • Gravelface recovery. don’t say, “I’ll drink to that” RE http://bit.ly/buGTKX #
  • way too ready for his closeup RT @RoscoeBedBugDog: Watch for me today Friday on the 5 oclock news on WABC Channel 7! http://bit.ly/bHZJKk #
  • @95Sports i’m well aware of the Troy rumor(s), it’s been mentioned before. best of luck w/ your own time travel http://bit.ly/aD9BmV in reply to 95Sports #
  • if @TonyGwynnSexTap and @GaryCarterRaw are being composed by the same person, I’d suggest outsourcing. Yr spreading yrself too thin #
  • takes a while, but essentially this blogger-with-balls says Troy Aikman is something that rhymes w/ Romosexual http://bit.ly/dASZjA #
  • don’t wanna scapegoat HoJo for all #Mets failings, but after two years of anemic offense, is there no one else more qualified to do his job? #
  • @SurfingTheMets if firing HoJo is pointless, his job description is senseless. #
  • @dhm or manager of the Texas Rangers. in reply to dhm #
  • A day after learning Lou Gehrig didn’t have Lou Gehrig’s disease, turns out the San Andreas Fault is at fault. Often http://bit.ly/dBQhKR #
  • if Tyson Gillies could’ve just exercised a bit more self control, he could’ve scored off a member of the Reid family #
  • Bayless’ reaction to “Scott Pilgrim”, identicial to mine after seeing the S Club 7 movie RE http://bit.ly/bnihIY #
  • proving he’s down w/ pop culture in 2010, Post’s Mushnick throws a Lucy Ricardo/Ethel Mertz reference into today’s column #
  • Jets’ CB Cromartie claims HBO asked him to feign foggy memory of his kids’ names. A better actor than Jerry Ferrara! http://bit.ly/aWHmWz #

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The Only Thing Keeping The Wilpons Solvent Is NYC’s Last Line Of Bed Bug Defense

Posted in Baseball, Dogs, non-sporting journalism, The Marketplace at 6:22 pm by

Congrats to Bell Enviromental’s Roscoe — recently misidentified by the usually unflappable Jerry Seinfeid (perhaps recalling a Beefarino chomping horse) as “Rusty” – on making WABC’s evening news tonight. With production values not seen since the last season of “Tim & Eric”, Bell Environmental’s frequent spots on SNY Mets telecasts not only coincide neatly with New York’s current bed bug infestation, but without these commercials the paychecks of such hardworking professional athletes as Oliver Perez, Francisco Rodriguez and Jeff Francoeur might bounce!

The 2010 Pirates Have Outdone Themselves

Posted in Baseball at 5:55 pm by

Entering play this evening at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, the Pirates trail the first place Reds by 30 games ; 28.5 games separated the Bucs from the Wild Card leading Phillies. As such, writes the Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic, “those holding tickets for the series opener tonight against the New York Mets can see history made.” Unpleasant history, but history nonetheless.

This one would have its own niche, too: It would be the earliest point for loss No. 82 in any of the 18 consecutive losing seasons, roughly a week earlier than the previous earliest, Aug. 27, 2001. And that, of course, is a sign that this is the worst of any of the seasons, on course for a 53-109 finish, worst since 1952.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” first baseman Garrett Jones said of all the losing, three of four in this series, 10 of the past 11. “You’re just looking for something to go your way.”

The Pirates’ overall record is 40-81. Since the All-Star break, they are 10-23. Since the Fourth of July, they are 10-29..

They pitch sporadically.

They hit rarely, held to two or fewer runs in eight of those past 10 losses.

And, promising rookies or not, high-priced teenaged acquisitions or not, the current outcomes on the field look as bad as ever, worse in some ways.

Perhaps the one plus for the Pirates of late is that the public appears to be tuning them out: Crowds for this four-game series, of which the Marlins took the past three, were 13,396, 14,156, 12,242 and the 15,783 Thursday.

Raissman : Rex Critique Wasn’t Dungy’s First Ride In The Intolerance Rodeo

Posted in Gridiron, Religion, Sports Journalism, Sports Radio, Sports TV at 1:02 pm by

“Tony Dungy has a history of passing judgment on others and criticizing their life-styles,” writes the New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman in response to the recent firestorm over the former Colts head coach taking umbrage at Rex Ryan’s liberal use of expletives when addressing his squad. “Using the cover of his religious beliefs, he’s preaching intolerance and inequality,” argues Raissman, reminding us of Dungy’s support for the anti-gay marriage movement.

Dungy and the rest of the NFL coaching brotherhood (many who choose not to wear their religion on their sleeve), serve as generals in the cutthroat culture of NFL violence. Please, sir, don’t curse, but do go out on the field every Sunday and try to cripple the guy on the other side of the line. It’s cool. You’re doing this on programming that’s G-rated.

Dungy was part of that culture. A culture that also condones cheating on many different levels. Does Dungy actually believe God alone “blessed” those defensive linemen with freakish, super-sized bodies?

Come to think of it, what’s worse? Encouraging violence or telling someone to go f— himself?

Dungy’s criticism of Ryan comes wrapped in a blanket of hypocrisy. It’s ridiculous, laughable. Still, there ain’t many folks snickering, not many calling Dungy out or ridiculing him. Other coaches with a low tolerance for cussing have been hammered. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t have Dungy’s cachet with the media