Philately Will Get You Somewhere : Demands For The Big Dipper Stamp Pick Up Steam

Posted in Basketball at 5:49 pm by

In what might be a pleasant diversion from today’s start of an NBA lockout, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Jensen reports the US Postal Service is responsive to a Philly-based initiative to commemorate the insane promiscuity live and times of Wilt Chamberlain on a postage stamp.

A committee sends 20 to 25 suggestions each year to the postmaster general, from “thousands of suggestions annually,” said Roy Betts, manager of community relations for the Postal Service. According to Betts, stamp selections will be announced in August, but the committee, which meets four times a year, also is talking about possibilities for the next few years. A campaign started by Philadelphia Tribune sports editor Donald Hunt resulted in a steady steam of Wilt supporters, including NBA officials, contacting the Postal Service.

Why hasn’t Wilt been on a stamp already? Turns out you have to be dead five years to be eligible. The Overbrook High great, considered by many to be the greatest basketball talent in the game’s history, died in 1999.  Hopefully, it happens before the Postal Service itself dies and there are no more stamps.

Assuming there’s a limit on the number of basketball-related stamps the USPS can approve, a Wilt stamp would all but certain cock-block an as-yet-unformed campaign to honor Pete Maravich in a similar fashion (though if you had to pick which player is the bigger icon, there’s no contest)

PETA Picks One Heck Of A Way To Say Lambert’s Is The 5th Best Barbecue In Austin

Posted in Food, Going To The Zoo at 4:59 pm by

People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals, perhaps wishing to avoid an actual crowd (like those lined up at Franklin Barbecue), have the following demonstration planned for tomorrow at noon, in front of Lambert’s on West 2nd Street :

Hoping to inspire residents to realize that a corpse is a corpse—whether fish, fowl, or even Frank!—PETA protesters will “cook” a nearly naked PETA member on a grill in Austin tomorrow. PETA’s point? That all animals are made of flesh, bone, and blood, just as humans are, and that eating meat entails eating the corpse of an animal who was an individual with feelings, a family, and a distinct personality.

“We are challenging people to really think about what meat is,” says PETA campaigner Lauren Stroyeck. “Flesh is flesh, and animals feel pain and suffer just as humans do. What revolts people about the idea of eating other humans should also apply to the idea of eating other animals.

I fully take Ms. Stroyeck’s point, however, unless PETA is prepare to actually cook a human corpse (and without an actual mob ready to devour him or her), it seems like, y’know, a waste of food.  And they’ve not specified who this nearly naked person is supposed to be (though I’m happy to provide a shortlist of qualified candidates if asked).

Get It Straight, Folks : Lance Berkman Cannot Play For Team Israel, But Ian Kinsler Can

Posted in Baseball, Religion at 2:18 pm by

Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Anthony Andro that if he’s not invited to play for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, he’d consider turning out for Israel, who will face a 16-team qualifying round in 2012. It’s hard to choose which is harder to find, a Jew in Arlington, TX or someone who is already looking forward to the next WBC.

“It would be cool to play in the World Baseball Classic,” Kinsler said. “Israel really has nothing to do with me.”

Kinsler, who is Jewish, wasn’t even sure how he qualified to be on the roster for Israel.

The WBC allows teams to field players who are eligible for citizenship, even if they are not citizens. If that’s the case, that would clear the way for Jewish major leaguers like Kinsler, Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman, Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Boston’s Kevin Youkilis.

That would give Israel a solid offense at least.

“It would be OK,” he said. “I don’t know if we would have a bullpen.”


Amazing Innovation Promises To Make The Internet A Less Edgy Place

Posted in Baseball, The Internet at 10:39 pm by

Rob Spectre’s Jeter Filter, “quickly and carefully scours the Internet for signs of Derek Jeter and removes him while you browse, making Jeter disappear… right before your very eyes .” And while Google Chrome is required to make this Anti-Captain Fist-Pump Filter work properly, though Newsday’s Mark LaMonica — painfully aware that his paper’s paywall is a filter of different sort, adds a word of warning ;

Of course, who knows what else that will do to your browser, your computer, your personal data and your various other whatnots.

If you’re gutsy enough, go to jeterfilter.com and read more. There are some drawbacks, such as this: If you’re looking at player stats on yankees.com, for example, it will remove the entire widget of information, not just the numbers on Jeter.

Skull-Safety Advocate Paul Kariya : Far Too Accomplished To Be Called Ryan Church On Skates

Posted in Hockey at 5:01 pm by

15 year NHL vet Paul Kariya announced his retirement earlier today after sitting out the entire 2010-11 season while recovering from the latest of multiple concussions he’s suffered. The former Ducks LW/C — who tallied 108 points for Anaheim in 1996 — angrily tells the Globe & Mail’s Eric Duhatschek, “the thing I worry about is that you’ll get a guy who is playing with a concussion, and he gets hit, and he dies at centre ice.”

“If you want to get rid of it, I’m a believer that you don’t go after the employees, you go after the employers,” said Kariya. “The first concussion I had, on a brutal, blindside hit, the guy got a two-game suspension. That was in 1996. The last one, from (the Buffalo Sabres’ Patrick) Kaleta, was exactly the same play, and he doesn’t get anything.

“If you start at 10-game suspensions and go to 20, that sends a message to the players. But if you start fining the owners and suspending the coach, then it’s out of the game.”

Kariya went on to say that every hit that ever knocked him out came as a result of an illegal hit.

“Every single one,” he reiterated. “I’m not saying you’re going to ever eliminate concussions completely because it’s a contact sport, but if you get those out of the game, then you eliminate a big part of the problem.

“A two-game suspension? That’s not enough of a deterrent.”

This Saturday In Austin : A Benefit For Waxeater’s Elliott Turton

Posted in Austin, Internal Affairs, Rock Und Roll, Tourism at 3:08 pm by

As you might’ve read elsewhere, Elliott Turton (above) of the touring Indiana band Waxeater was hospitalized this past Sunday night after suffering a severe electric shock while onstage at Austin’s Beerland.  As of this writing, Turton is conscious and hopefully on the way to a speedy recover at Brackenridge Hospital, just a stone’s throw from Beerland.  The venue was given the all-clear by electricians on Monday, reopened for business last night and is hosting a fundraiser for Turton this Saturday afternoon at 2pm.


Contributing artists include Denton, TX’s Wiccans, whose fantastic new LP, ‘Skullduggery’ is out this week, local duo Air Traffic Controllers (guitarist looks familiar but I can’t quite put my finger on it), breatherholes, the new project helmed by former Wild American vocalist/guitarist Lew Houston, Quin Galavis (whose new Threadpull LP, ‘Should Have Known You’ is an early frontrunner for Austin Album of 2011) and Eric Static.  If you can’t attend, donations are being accepted via Paypal (TurtonBenefit@gmail.com).


LAT’s Dilbeck : Aiding McCourt Is A Boneheaded Business Move

Posted in Baseball, The Marketplace at 6:14 pm by

Noting that embattled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt (above, left)  is hoping to accept a $150 million bridge loan from J.P. Morgan Chase, along with inviting future TV rights bidding from Time-Warner and Fox, the Los Angeles Times’ Steve Dilbeck warns the above business that anyone offering comfort to McCourt will rue the wrath of LA’s sports fans.  Contrary to the arrive late/leave early reputation held by Chavez Ravine patrons, Dilbeck argues, “they will exact a cost from anyone or thing that attempts to aid McCourt.”

Any company that comes to McCourt’s rescue puts itself at financial risk. The people of Los Angeles are genuinely angry McCourt has dragged the Dodgers into the darkest moment in franchise history.

Chase could feel a bigger loss than $4.5 million if members start pulling funds and placing them in the local credit union. Time Warner best remember there are satellite companies that can provide the same service. Fox has to understand it is only one of several alternatives.

McCourt thought he had plenty of empty seats at Dodger Stadium before? He hasn’t seen anything yet. Dodger fans are heartbroken and angry and in no mood for anything that perpetuates his ownership.

I’m not familiar with this particular newspaper encouraging a public boycott of specific corporations, but if that’s the road the Times would like to go down, d’ya think there’s a small possibility that some of their past or present advertisers might be in business with persons or firms who’ve done as much damage to the world as Frank McCourt?

North Korea’s Kim Kwang Ming Raises The Bar For All Excusing-Making Coaches

Posted in Football, Natural Disasters at 3:34 pm by

The U.S. defeated North Korea, 2-0, earlier today in Dresden, vaulting the Americans to the top of Group C in the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Though the post game press conference by North Korea coach Kim Kwang Ming (above) wasn’t broadcast live by ESPN,  The Guardian’s John Ashdown was on hand to hear the former cite a number of uh, mitigating circumstances.

“On 8 June our players were hit by lightning. More than five were hospitalised.”

“‘The strength of our players not sufficient so our strategy could not be implemented’ bcos 4 (or maybe 5, 6 or 7) hit by lightning ”

“The goalkeeper and the four strikers were most affected and some midfielders as well”

“The doctors said players were not capable of participating in the tournament, but until the very last minute they gave their best.”

David Haye Promises To Execute Robot

Posted in Boxing at 2:43 pm by

IBF / WBO champion Wladimir Klitchsko defends his belts this Saturday in Hamburg against David Haye, and with all due respect to the following account of  yesterday’s press conference in The Daily Record, neither fighter is quite as skilled on the microphone as CM Punk.

At yesterday’s press conference ahead of their unification world heavyweight clash Haye said: “”This is going to be the most brutal execution of a boxer that you’ve seen for many, many years. I’m going to go out there and absolutely destroy him, really quickly.”

But Klitschko has vowed to teach Haye some respect. He said: “I’m a very lucky person in that I am healthy enough to perform. No matter what, it is disgraceful and disrespectful for a man to wish to damage your health.”

“This game, this sport, is very intense and unfortunately there have been a lot of cases where people have been handicapped and people have died during and after fights.

“I felt embarrassed at the way David Haye acted in the press conference. Because it also casts a shadow on the sport.

“I just feel an obligation to give him some rehabilitation on July 2 because it will make him a better person.”

Avery To Bettman : Where’s The NHL Support For Same Sex Marriage?

Posted in Hockey at 12:31 pm by

Having appeared in a high profile PSA supporting the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act, New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery describes himself as “embedded in the issue” (“you don’t have to be gay to know when something is fundamentally not right”), and suggests to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks that perhaps it’s time for the entire National Hockey League to address the matter.

“I understand that the NHL represents 30 different owners who come from different backgrounds and hold different viewpoints, but I think it would be meaningful for Gary [commissioner Bettman] and the Board of Governors to open themselves up for conversation about this issue,” Avery told The Post yesterday.

“The support I received from the Garden, Mr. [James] Dolan, Glen [Rangers general manager Sather] and [president of MSG Sports] Scott O’Neil meant everything to me, but it was a little disappointing not to have heard from anyone connected with the league,” Avery said.

The NHL has never had an openly gay or bisexual player. This might be 2011, but Avery doesn’t believe the environment in the industry would tolerate it.

“There would be so much to overcome, I don’t think it’s practically possible,” Avery said. “If I was gay or bisexual, it would probably be easier for me to come out than anybody else, because how much more could there be on me than there is already?

“I’m sure there are a number of players around the league who think I am gay or bi, and maybe more now since I got involved in this, and even though I’m not, I have no problem with that at all.”