08.31.12

Houston’s Royce White – A BIgger Square Than Gregg Popovich

Posted in General at 10:25 pm by

(OneRepublic, slightly embarrassed at being deemed, “classic” — they’d have settled for, “an edgier Quiet Company”)

Though he draws the line at Stephen Jackson’s unspecified CD collection (“once I started hearing what they were saying and everything I just gave them back,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich tells NBA.com readers his musical faves include “Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Led Zepplin, those kind of guys”. You may or may not want to take age into account when judging the musical acumen of Houston F Royce White, who tells Rockets.com’s Jason Friedman he’s got a slightly different playlist in mind than Pop’s.

JCF: What have you been immersing yourself in musically of late?

RW: I’m really doing a lot of my own things right now. I think you’ll hear this from other people who are very creative: I’m really focused on blocking out all the popular things so that they don’t influence you and that you don’t just become another piece of the pop movement. Of course if your things are successful then they become popular, but it’s important to have your own identity. So I’m really trying to create my own identity without having too much influence.

I definitely listen to a lot of OneRepublic. Maroon 5 is one of my favorite bands and they just came out with a new album. Even though they have a new band member, he’s fantastic and it’s just a different Maroon 5. And I’m still into the Beatles. I’m really trying to go back and find unheard Beatles material now – that’s what I’m really into: the under the radar stuff; who was writing with them; who was helping them. So I’ve been trying to find that stuff out and then going to listen to those people’s music as well.

So I’ve just been digging, getting into music history – that’s what I’m into. But OneRepublic is always classic and Maroon 5 is obviously pretty good, too.

L’affair Gillispie : Texas Tech Administrators Can’t Decide Who They Miss More, Mike Leach Or Bobby Knight

Posted in Basketball, College Spurts, Leave No Child Unbeaten at 6:01 pm by

Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie was hospitalized earlier today, just after reports surfed a number of his former Red Raiders players — since transferred — have accused him of violating NCAA rules governing practices.   Some of the charges against Gillespie, as reported by CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman, have vague echoes of accusations against Rich Rodriguez or Mike Leach, so full credit to Gillispie for making both of those educators seem downright reasonable by comparison.

“We practiced two hours, then he told us to leave and go shave because he didn’t like the way we looked,” said Kevin Wagner, who is now at McClellan Junior College. “Then we came back, practiced two more hours before he told us to get a haircut. Then we came back and did about four more before he kicked us out.”

Another ex-player, who did not wish to be identified, estimated the entire November practice lasted a total of 10 hours.

“We used to go more than four hours all the time,” added Nash, who transferred to North Dakota after last season. “I remember that day when we went almost all day. We didn’t leave until 9 p.m. or so. It was pretty bad. A lot of guys were really hurt after it. One guy had a stress fracture in both legs.”

“If you were hurt, he told you that you had to stay in the training room all day — from 6 or 7 in the morning until 10 at night,” Wagner said. “Stay in there and get treatment over and over and over. We couldn’t leave. My mom had to come and bring me food.”

Both players also said that it was commonplace for Gillispie to hold two hour, full-speed practice only hours prior to games. “Guys were worn out and sleeping by the time the games started,” said Nash.

Pittsburgh TV News Anchor Helpfully Describes What It Means To “Do A Tim Tebow”

Posted in Gridiron, Leave No Child Unbeaten at 5:47 pm by

Shame on you, if you thought it mean urinating in someone’s mouth. Also, they’re having some kind of wild week at Channel 11 if the item above is only the 2nd most fucked up story of the week.

Hunter Pence, Caveman (Dieter)

Posted in Baseball, Food at 3:36 pm by

(isn’t the above clip of the late Jimmy Castor a better use of space than say, a jpeg of Hunter Pence casting a grim view at the SF Giants’ clubhouse spread?)

“If you happen to randomly bump into Hunter Pence reading labels in the aisle of a Whole Foods in Chicago this weekend, don’t be surprised,” writes CSNBayArea’s Andrew Baggerly. Not simply because Pence is one of the nation’s 1% economically secure enough to patronize Whole Foods regularly, but also due to the Giants outfielder recently embracing the paleo diet.

The basic premise: Only eat foods that were available when the greatest artists in France were experimenting with the charcoal-and-cave wall motif. That includes fish, grass-fed meats, fruits, vegetables, roots and nuts. No grains, dairy, refined sugar or processed food. And no processed oil.

“I have to buy a certain kind and I put it on kale,” Pence said. “And I eat it.”

“I don’t know how you can eat that stuff,” Brandon Belt sneerd from an adjacent locker. “I don’t go too much into vegetables.”

Pence was introduced to the diet by his brother, and after just a few days, he began feeling less sluggish.

“This time of year, I know when I wake up it usually takes me a little while to get going,” Pence said. “Now I’m waking up and feeling pretty good.”

A keen student of nutrition and human history, Bob Brenley was read the above story during today’s Giants/Cubs tilt and wondered, “did the caveman have bourbon?”. Surely a broadcaster who learned at the feet of Dr. Jacob Bronowski could answer that question for himself?

Evan Grant To Josh Hamilton : Nice Knowing You

Posted in Baseball at 3:13 pm by

The last time the Texas Rangers invested $200 million or more in a position player, Tom Hicks ended up losing control of his franchise and Alex Rodriguez went on to win an elusive World Series ring….with another team.  And with that history firmly in mind, the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant warns that with Josh Hamilton’s contractual commitment to the Rangers coming to an end this autumn, saying farewell to the born-again outfielder might be the smart bet.

Q: If the Rangers win the world series this year would it make it easier for them to cut bait with Josh Hamilton and let someone else give him $100M?

Evan Grant: It’s never easy to walk away from a talent of that magnitude. But let’s face facts, Hamilton is going to be looking at $150 mm if not $200 and the examples of the LA Angels and Detroit Tigers this year should be cautionary tales to anybody who wants to jump in the boat with $20 million per year players. Unless you go to the Yankees level of payroll, you simply can’t spend on those players and fill out a deep roster. It would be tough to let Hamilton walk, but it might be the better business decision, not because I have any doubts about Hamilton’s ability, but I have doubts about how the Rangers would be able to sustain a consistent contender with that contract at the center.

08.30.12

Sympathy For The Devil : NY Priest’s Take On “Poor” Jerry Sandusky

Posted in Leave No Child Unbeaten, Religion at 10:45 pm by

Much has been written over the past several months of the predatory acts of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and the school’s inaction towards his crimes, but I’ve yet to see anyone suggest that Sandusky’s victims were, y’know, asking for it. Until now, anyway, as Father Benedict Groeschel (above, right), director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, took to the Catholic Register with the following hypothesis ; “suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.” If only Father Bruce Ritter had encountered this sort of empathy. (quotes courtesy The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan)

It’s not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own — and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.

Here’s this poor guy — [Penn State football coach Jerry] Sandusky — it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn’t anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn’t break the ice.

It Wasn’t Easy, But CSTB’s Research Dept. Found A Vocal Performance Worse Than Taylor Hicks Doing “Taking It To The Streets”

Posted in Basketball, Sports TV, Technical Difficulties at 9:34 pm by

Ladies and Gentlemen, the karaoke stylings of TNT’s Charles Barkley (link via CBS Sports).

Q : What Time Does The Orioles Game Start? A: What Time Can You Be There?

Posted in Baseball, The Marketplace at 3:54 pm by

(pic taken from Summer Of Dreams)

The overachieving Orioles beat the White Sox today, 5-3, in front of ten thousand or so witnesses at Camden Yards earlier.  The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck is quick to point out preparations for the Grand Prix Of Baltimore have created traffic issues in the neighborhood, but that aside, “the tiny crowds are just another symptom of a fan malaise that is going to take more than one exciting season to cure.”

Even though the Orioles have raised their national stature and are on track to have their first winning season since 1997, they obviously have a lot more work to do to get fans back in the habit of coming to the ballpark. Getting to the playoffs for the first time in this century would help a lot, but it might take another year or more of winning baseball to put a big dent in the hard-earned cynicism of Birdland’s silent majority.

If the Orioles continue to win, they will most certainly come, but never in the numbers that passed through the turnstiles of the ballpark when it was still an architectural revelation in the late 1990s. The opening of M&T Bank Stadium took a lot of entertainment revenue out of the market, and the arrival of the Nationals drew away a significant number of Washington area O’s fans. And, with the way the Orioles played over the past 14 years, it wasn’t too hard to convince them to go elsewhere.

Rosenbloom : Crime Pays At South Bend

Posted in College Spurts, Gridiron, Sports Radio at 3:26 pm by

(l-r : Lou Holtz and a member of the criminal element)

The IMG Notre Dame Radio network will be without the dulcet tones of Allan Pinkett for this weekend’s season opener against Navy in Dublin. Pinkett, who opined earlier this week that the Fighting Irish needed “a few bad citizens on the team” (“that’s how Ohio State used to win all the time. They would have two or three guys that were criminals, and that just adds to the chemistry of the team”) has been temporarily removed from his broadcasting duties, a situation the Chicago Tribune’s Steve Rosenbloom finds fault with. “This is embarrassing,” writes Rosenbloom, “when you’re representing the sanctimonious hucksters in South Bend.”


There is a lot of truth to Pinkett’s idea, either in actual criminals or in the spirit of lawless, reckless players. You know, crazy guys. Because you have to be crazy to play a game that includes criminal acts on every play.


Yeah, it’s a cynical view, but there’s a history of national champions and contenders with rap sheets.

Like, I don’t know, Notre Dame. Like, when the oily Lou Holtz refused to suspend quarterback Rick Mirer and linebacker Demetrius DeBose after their arrests at an off-campus party just before the 1991 opener.

And don’t forget how much NCAA trouble the Irish faced in the wake of Holtz’ reign. So, there you go: The Irish produced good teams when breaking laws and rules.

Kind of makes Pinkett’s point, doesn’t it?

08.29.12

Someone In The Big Ten Fails To Find Humor In Child Rape

Posted in Fashion, Gridiron, The Marketplace at 11:15 pm by



The New York Daily News’ Justin Tasch
reports an the above shirts have raised the ire of an OSU alum, Molly Litfin, the person responsible for an online petition calling for their removal from the marketplace.

As a parent, a human, and a graduate of The Ohio State University, I am beyond sickened that this shirt has been allowed to be produced. I know that it’s not only OSU that has used this nightmare as some kind of sick joke, but since it’s my alma mater & my hometown, I’m asking the officials at The NCAA, The Big Ten, and The Ohio State University to step up and be the first university to call for an immediate halt in production & destruction of these horrible, offensive shirts.

There’s one small hitch : there’s no evidence (not that I’ve found anyway), to indicate these shirts were licensed by the NCAA or Ohio State, much less any hint the school itself is guilty of having “used this nightmare as some kind of sick joke.”