Rovell’s Tebow Analysis : Pointless, Simplistic

Posted in Gridiron, Religion, The Marketplace at 3:14 pm by

“Hatred For Broncos’ Tim Tebow Is Fascinating, Complex”, reads the headline for CNBC business reporter Darren Rovell‘s piece on the (allegedly) widespread animus aimed at Denver’s 24-Year-Old-Virgin. A day after the former Heisman winner narrowly defeated the worst team in the NFL, Rovell attempts to determine why anyone might dislike the saintly QB and he comes up with a whopping two conclusions. a) they’re jealous, and b) Tebow is overexposed.

It seems like haters do come out stronger than those that love him on days like yesterday, where he played horribly for the first 55 minutes of the game. Bill Glenn, the managing director at The Marketing Arm, which runs the Davie-Brown Index, thinks it starts with jealousy.

“They probably hate because success breeds contempt,” Glenn said. “He’s kind of like the goody two shoes you knew in high school. Nobody’s perfect but he seems to be. He wins BCS titles in college, the Heisman and goes to prisons and speaks.”

There’s also disdain because of the perception that he gets more time than he deserves by the media.

Rovell, who prefers taking polls via Twitter to say, 5 or ten minutes of actual research, conveniently neglects to mention Tebow’s role as an anti-abortion activist Jeff Pearlman has characterized Tebow’s missionary work as “going to poor outposts to peddle a particular (historically questionable) vision of Godliness to the ‘savages’”. Suffice to say, Tim’s humanitarian efforts in places far flung do not extend to handing out free condoms. So the weariness over all the Tebow fawning isn’t simply resentment over his success. Some of us would would be sick of the guy even if he was 3rd on the Broncos depth chart.

Daughter Of Drunk Skipper References Ron Washington’s Case Of The Sniffles

Posted in Baseball, twitter twatter at 2:26 pm by

If you hoped tonight’s World Series Game 5 could feature a story more compelling than postseason underachiever CJ Wilson in a mound duel versus St. Louis’ big game savior Chris Carpenter, well, this isn’t it. Yahoo Sports’ Big League Stew reports Tony LaRussa’s daughter Devon (who knew the La Genius family were such Dudley Boys fans?) tweeted the following remark (since deleted) last night ;

I saw a crack head doing “The Wash” today. Coincidence? I think not..

Surely all fans can agree that making light of Washington’s brief episode with controlled substances is a low blow best reserved for poorly-trafficked sports blogs, particularly when the Rangers manager rebounded from said incident in spectacular fashion (not unlike the fellow seated directly to the right of Nolan Ryan).

D’ohlan The Dove

Posted in Basketball, The Marketplace at 10:40 am by

While SB Nation’s Andrew Sharp has done terrific work in summarizing the atrocity exhibition that is the ongoing NBA Lockout (“the greatest indictment against David Stern may be his inability to wrest control of his league from the likes of Dan Gilbert, Robert Sarver and Peter Holt”), I today find myself in the unusual if not uncomfortable position of presenting James Dolan in a somewhat favorable light. Players Association VP / Knicks G Roger Mason tells the New York Post’s Marc Berman the Straight Shot’s normally hapless frontman is one of the few people on earth who can understand a word Joe Walsh is saying level heads amongst NBA owners.

“You can look at it and say the majority of owners don’t want a deal,” Mason told The Post yesterday from his Los Angeles home. “But there are owners eager to get a deal done. At this moment they are overshadowed by a contingent of owners who are trying to get everything they want in a new CBA.”

Asked if Dolan is one of the owners in the minority, Mason said: “Definitely. You feel excitement in the city. I know Dolan sees that, hears that. He’s definitely one of the owners who’s ready to get back to work.

“There are a committee of owners, and their voice is going to be as one. But you know [Dolan] has put a lot into renovating the Garden and put a lot into the team. He had a lot of tough years and there’s a lot of promise now. He wants to get back out there.”


One Brave Man’s Attempt To Block Crowd Shots Of Brenda Warner Deemed Criminal

Posted in Gridiron, Sports TV at 10:03 pm by

(image courtesy the CSTB Cinema Archives)

OK, I admit the above headline is a bit misleading, but it beats “Independent Films & The NFL Don’t Mix”. Multichannel News’ Todd Spangler — no doubt thrilled he’s not stuck toiling for Single Channel News — -reports a 39 year old Cox Communications employee has reached a plea agreement after charges he inserted porn footage into the local NBC feed of Super Bowl XLIII.

Comcast Tucson receives the KVOA feed through an arrangement with Cox. Cox’s Arizona subscribers were not exposed to the porn. On the Comcast system, only the standard-definition version of the KVOA feed was interrupted during the Feb. 1, 2009, broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII.

Frank Tanori Gonzalez left Cox shortly after the Super Bowl incident. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 1, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

In the wake of the porn broadcast, Comcast offered a $10 credit to its 80,000 subscribers in the market whether or not they saw the porn.

The clip reportedly was from Wild Cherries 5, a movie on the Shorteez hard-core pay-per-view adult channel owned by Playboy Enterprises. The video showed a woman unzipping a man’s pants to expose his penis, followed by a graphic sex act between the two.

The porn popped up on the Comcast system immediately after Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald scored a touchdown on a 64-yard pass, giving his team to a 23-20 lead over the Steelers with less than three minutes left in the game. The Cardinals ultimately lost, 27-23, after Pittsburgh drove 78 yards in the waning seconds and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes for the winning TD.

Tim Johnson, George Lynch Move Over : Cleveland Sports Radio Host Is The Resume Embellisher Of The Year

Posted in Gridiron, Sports Radio at 5:17 pm by

“The Bad Guys Won” author / former SI columnist Jeff Pearlman’s been taking considerable heat over his best-selling Walter Payton biography,”Sweetness : The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton” and a recent appearance on WKRK’s “Kiley & Booms” show earlier this week was no exception. Presumably unhappy with his treatment on the show, Pearlman took to the interweb and discovered the program’s host, Kevin Kiley, is credited on the station’s website with having been “a former NFL linebacker”. At a previous stop on the radio career ladder, Kiley — while co-hosting a show with Michael Irvin — allowed ESPN Dallas 101.3 FM to claim he’d “played college football at the University of Wyoming and professionally in the NFL and the World Football League.” Trouble is, as Pearlman found out, Kiley’s NFL history is something less than modest.

Kevin Kiley never played in the NFL. Not one single regular-season game. He was, apparently, in Jets camp until final cuts in 1974, and that was it. Hell, go to any of the Pro Football databases. No Kevin Kiley. Not a single mention. And, as anyone will tell you, attending camp with a team does not, under any circumstance or definition, make you a “former” NFL player.

Which doesn’t even matter. I don’t know Kiley, but I doubt he’s trying to lie—perhaps merely exaggerate his credentials a tad. But does he have the right to question another’s integrity? Especially the integrity of a person he doesn’t know? For writing a biography he hasn’t read?


Szczepanik To EPL Owners : Emulate NFL-Style Parity At Your Own Risk

Posted in Football, Gridiron, We Aren't The World at 8:21 pm by

(above : the face of the American Communist movement)

With the NFL making their annual visit to London tomorrow —- Chicago vs. Tampa, 6pm local time — the Independent’s Chris Szczepanik likens the American football league to “an almost communist system that is designed to ensure competitive balance.” And that’s not a system he’s like to see imported to Premier League soccer, especially if the England F.A.’s top flight did away with relegation.

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last appeared at Wembley, in 2009, they were one of the worst teams in the NFL and were lucky to escape with a 35-7 drubbing by the New England Patriots. But despite finishing at the foot of the NFC South that season, they knew they could rebuild without having to descend into a lower league, with no guarantee of a return.

Today they are a vibrant side on the way up, led by the quarterback Josh Freeman, one of the most exciting young players in the game. Could, say, Wigan Athletic do something similar if the Premier League were a closed shop? The trouble with using the NFL as a template is the difficulty of comparing like with unlike.

Instead of having to sell Freeman to survive, by finishing last Tampa Bay guaranteed themselves an early pick in the annual draft of college graduates in 2010, enabling them to strengthen in weak positions. And their fixture list became easier, as they played more teams who finished in similarly low places in other divisions.

Nor did they have to worry about matching the wages offered by more successful teams. The television revenues that fund player wages are split evenly between the 32 franchises, and a salary cap ensured that the Buccaneers could not be outspent by teams from bigger markets.

The New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl in that 2009-10 season, a year after finishing bottom of Tampa Bay’s division. But whereas an NFL team can go from worst to first, in the free-market capitalism of the Premier League the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Wigan would be free from one worry in a Premier League with no relegation but, unlike the Buccaneers, they would not be helped to challenge Manchester United and the rest by the League’s structures. No wonder Dave Whelan, the Wigan owner, threatened to pull his club out of a Premier League that banned relegation. Take away the fight to stay up and half the teams in the top tier would have nothing left to play for.

Dez Bryant : Providing Bulletin Board Material…For The Entire World

Posted in Gridiron at 3:59 pm by

(above : a Dez we can all get behind)

“Once we learn from our mistakes, the sky’s the limit,” boasted Cowboys WR Dez Bryant in a chat with teammate Tashard Choice on a new episode of “Inside The Huddle”. The Dallas Morning News helpfully quotes Bryant’s further brilliant observations — could this be the first time Mercury Morris feels threatened by a 2-3 team?

“I like to keep my personal goals to myself. As far as the team, I like our chances. I feel like, it may sound crazy, I think we are unbeatable. I think the losses, we lost those games ourselves.”

When Choice questioned Bryant about the difference between pros and college, the former Oklahoma State receiver saw the NFL as the easier of the two.

“I really think the pros is much easier. The reason I say that is because in college I didn’t see too much man, too much 1-on-1. I always got double-teamed and a lot of zone coverages. When I see that 1-on-1 in the league, my eyes get big. I start visualizing what I’m going to do after the play.”

What Took ‘Em So Long? Mets Finally Address Citi Dimensions That Are Killing David Wright’s Trade Value

Posted in Baseball, Ugly New Stadiums at 2:42 pm by

“I think there is some sense that the park is a little more overwhelming to a team that spends half its time there,” is Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s very diplomatic way of seeing Fred & Jeff Wilpon’s half-full Monument To Avarice & Greed, aka Citi Field, has successfully fucked with the heads of his club’s power hitters. And as such, after a summer full of rumors, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, citing an unnamed Mets source, reports Citi will be slightly configured before the start of the 2012 season. Left unanswered, however, is the following ; if Mo Vaughn was such a bust with the Mets, why’d they name an entire Zone after him?

The 16-foot wall in left field will remain because it is structural, but a new 8-foot wall will be erected in front of it, a team source said.

The new left-field wall will not be constructed exactly parallel to the old wall. That would make it too close down the left-field line. Instead, a more modest reduction in depth will occur at the left-field foul pole, with a wider gap between the new and old walls in left-center.

Additional seating is expected to be added between the new and old walls, although there cannot be the same number of rows added throughout that area because of the different space between the walls in the corner versus in left-center.

In right field, where the “Mo’s Zone” nook currently exists, the fencing will be moved closer to eradicate that crevice.

A dramatic change will occur in right-center, which had measured 415 feet from home plate. The new depth is expected to be 390 feet — a 25-foot reduction. That should particularly benefit third baseman David Wright, whose natural power is to right-center.


Of All The Nerve(s) : Revis Leaves Francesa Hanging On The Telephone

Posted in Gridiron, Sports Radio at 5:23 pm by

With apologies to Jack Lee for the above headline, the hard-hitting interview tactics of New York’s #1 rated afternoon sports yackmeister, WFAN’s Mike Francesca, found considerable disfavor with J-E-R-K-S CB Darrelle Revis and a suddenly famous member of Gang Green’s media relations department. From the New York Daily News’ Kevin Armstrong :

Jared Winley, the director of public relations, told Revis to hang up on Francesa when the radio host repeatedly questioned Revis about the non-penalty after a play last Monday against Miami. On the play, Revis intercepted a pass by quarterback Matt Moore that was intended for wideout Brandon Marshall, and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. Marshall stumbled during his route, and Revis seemed to grab him. No flag was thrown.

Francesa said the All-Pro cornerback was “the only one in the world who doesn’t” see the play as a penalty. Francesa also said he would donate to the charity of Revis’s choice if the cornerback was right.

“I can say whatever I want to say,” Revis said. “It’s not a penalty.”

Can Our Society Survive Albert Pujols’ Galling Lack Of Accountability?

Posted in Baseball, Sports Journalism at 12:48 pm by

Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols’ mishandling of a relay throw by John Jay in the 9th inning of last night’s World Series Game Two allowed Texas’ Elvis Andrus to take second base after his single moved Ian Kinsler to third. A pair of sacrifice flies later, Texas had taken a 2-1 lead and hung on in the home 9th for a series-tying victory, circumstances Pujols wasn’t available to discuss afterwards. That rush to the parking lot strikes Yahoo’s Jeff Passan as a tad gutless. “St. Louis manager Tony La Russa empowers Pujols to do what he pleases, right or wrong,” raged Passan, “even if it’s the equivalent of ordering the lobster-stuffed filet and sticking the minimum-wage worker with the bill. He will face no discipline. He never does.”

It’s all a little too much for The Score’s Dustin Parkes, who asks, “would any real human being lose a wink of sleep without a post game quote from Albert Pujols?” Other than Jeff Passan, presumably.

Are sports fans today not savvy enough to get by without the cliche riddled musings of a professional athlete following a game? What exactly was Passan going to discover by speaking with what likely would’ve been a distraught Pujols? That he was, I don’t know, upset about the loss?

I’m not suggesting that media access should be curbed. I’m just questioning the ridiculous dependence on athlete quotes for game summaries. In the age of media training for players, what insights are ever gathered from this dated process? I would hazard a guess that the only time the vast majority of readers take note of a quote is when the athlete reacts like a bear that’s been poked with a stick once too often. In these instances though, the media themselves are the catalyst for the response.

It’s as though a template was formed long ago, and reporters and editors continue to complete it to the point of dependence on the no-brainer items with which they fill that template. All the while, they’re completely ignoring how uninformative the quotes that they’re collecting actually are. At some point, quotes from baseball players stopped being about attempting to support an idea proposed by the writer, and became an easy way to fill column space.