09.27.12

Jayson Werth – Mirthmaking Scamp Or A Giant Fuckhead With Questionable Hygiene?

Posted in Baseball, Leave No Child Unbeaten at 3:13 pm by

Hey, far be from me to criticize a guy who is mean to kids. Unless he’s got some irrational desire to destroy the American razor industry (THANK G-D SOMEONE ELSE CARES). The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore quotes Nats OF Jayson Werth on last night’s bit of ball-toss fakery that further enraged Phillies fans, many of whom are already inclined to hate his guts.

“Earlier in the game, I flipped a ball in the right field seats to a fan. It bounced off her hands and landed on somebody’s lap. A guy reached over, a Phillies fan, reached over into her lap, grabbed the ball and then threw it back on the field.

“So in the ninth when I got the ball, I was going to flip the ball. There was a group of kids. Behind the kids there were these unruly middle-aged men that to me appeared to be snarling. It’s the ninth.

Who knows. I kind of got the sense that maybe they were intoxicated. I was going to flip it to the kids, and then I thought, maybe I shouldn’t, because of the people right behind the innocent little children there.

“So I just flipped it in the dugout. Evidently, that rubbed some people the wrong. After the events in right field, I felt it was better to maybe not throw it in the stands.”

It begs the question: did those innocent kids ever get a ball?

“I looked in after I was on first base, and Mikey [Morse] was feeding what seemed like the whole bag of balls,” Werth said. “I think he made up for it for me.”

09.26.12

Re : Buck’s Artie Lange Impersonation : Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Joe

Posted in Sports TV, The World Of Entertainment at 4:31 pm by

….on second thought, go right ahead. Feel free to click on the link if you’re dying to know why Joe Buck quit Twitter, surely the biggest blow to new media since Dino Costa abandoned his own website.

Don’t Tell Heath Bell That Terrestrial Radio Is A Dead Format

Posted in Baseball at 1:45 pm by

(Bell would rather be listening to The Eat.  And so would I!)

Marlins reliever Heath Bell had little positive to say about manager Ozzie Guillen earlier this week (“it’s hard to respect a guy that doesn’t tell you the truth or doesn’t tell you face-to-face”), and when a competing Miami radio outlet pressed Guillen for a reply, Bell’s teammates weren’t satisfied merely sending him a link. the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer :

As Bell sat in front of his locker before Tuesday’s game in Atlanta, unidentified teammates cranked the volume on Guillen’s weekly radio call-in show on 790 The Ticket to force him to listen to their manager answer questions about the controversy.

Asked if he still respected Bell, Guillen replied, “As a player, yes. As a guy, I don’t know.”

Guillen also said that Bell had a habit of throwing others under the bus.

“I am the No.?10 guy he’s talked about this year,” Guillen said in answer to another question. “This kid has been saying so many things all year about a lot of people. It was my turn this week.”

Reporters walked in unknowingly on the awkward clubhouse scene before being detected by players and ushered back out by Greg Dobbs. But sources said the point was for players to show they supported their manager and to humiliate Bell.


And Bell acknowledged later that, in the aftermath of his incendiary comments ripping the manager, his teammates probably had little respect for him anymore.


“Yeah,” Bell said, “I’ve pretty much lost all that.”

The Mailbag : In Which GQ Asks, “Why Should The Bleacher Report Have All The Fun”?

Posted in Sports Journalism at 12:27 pm by

Hey Gerard,

Hope all’s well with you. Since everyone is still buzzing about the blown Packers-Seahawks call, I thought you might like a story that appears in GQ’s October issue… It’s a list of the XVIII Worst Decisions in Sports History by GQ’s Drew Magary. It covers more awful decisions, including some MLB-related ones like Bud Selig deciding to call the 2002 All-Star game a tie and the Cleveland Indians hosting a ten-cent-beer-night in 1974. It’s a funny and interesting read. I’ve included some more info below, including a couple excerpts from the list. Let me know what you think! Thanks for checking it out.

Best,
Carl Baker (xxx_xxxx@condenast.com)

Dear Mr. Baker,

The 19th worst decision in sports history was you writing to me about anything having to do with a list compiled by Drew Margary. If I’m on some sort of mailing list, please, I implore you — please remove me at your earliest convenience. Thanks.

09.25.12

NJ Pol Seeks To Ban Replacement Refs From The Swamp

Posted in Gridiron, politics at 7:20 pm by

In the aftermath of Monday’s night’s monumentally blown call (ie. the Golden Tate TD Catch-That-Wasn’t), Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has proven to be a fine spokesperson for The NFL Referees Association, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker found himself in the unusual position of supporting a labor union.  Hoping to avoid future incidents closer to home (ie. East Rutherford, NJ), New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney  (above) claims he’ll introduce legislation banning professional sporting events with replacement officials in the Garden State.  Not at all influenced by the fact he’s a Packers fan, Sweeney is citing workplace safety for the grandstanding gallant endeavor.   From The Gloucester County Times’ Jarrett Renshaw :

“This past weekend in the NFL has not only made a mockery of a great sport, but shined a very bright light on how important fully trained and professional officiating is to player safety,” Sweeney said in a statement. “We wouldn’t allow a factory or construction site to operate without fully trained supervisors on hand to ensure the safety of employees. Why should we do anything differently when the job site is a playing field?”

Sweeney said that replacement officials also lower the quality of play, devaluing the often large investments fans have made in tickets.

“Whether the sport is football, soccer or baseball, when referees don’t know how to properly enforce the rules, there is a real chance for unnecessary and serious injury,” said Sweeney. “If the NFL insists on putting replacement officials on the field, putting players at risk, then the state shouldn’t be playing a part in that.”

Let The Following Serve As A Cautionary Tale For The Chicago Bears

Posted in Gridiron, History's Great Hook-Ups, The Internet, The Marketplace at 3:23 pm by

When I first saw the above clipping via The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Peter Mucha, I thought, “this is an awful lot of effort simply to bait Dino Costa”.  As it turns out, Darren Cleveland of Cowboys.com’s ownership group insists his dating service is merely about bringing guys together…as opposed to extracting some kind of ransom from Jerry Jones.

The National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys had a winning bid of $275,000 on the domain name back in 2007, but, according to the news release and a Domain Name News report, a mixup kept the deal from being completed (sort of like some fourth-quarter Tony Romo passes.)

Previously, the site sold western apparel and rustic decorations.

The site basically lay dormant for the last five years before emerging with its current theme.

The ownership group operates thousands of websites with all sorts of themes, and the direction of Cowboys.com grew from research into what people searching for “cowboys” online were looking for.

Will The Last Remaining Guilty Pleasure In Josh Hamilton’s Life Please Turn Out The Lights?

Posted in Baseball, Medical Science at 1:55 pm by

While Deadspin helpfully suggests the real problem might be herpes, Rangers OF Josh Hamilton insists his recent vision issues are entirely related to overuse of caffeine.  The Dallas Morning News’ Gerry Fraley likens Hamilton’s ocular keratitis to “Highway Hypnosis” (“Hamilton and long haul truckers have something in common”) and the more I think about that analogy, the more likely we’re gonna come back to STD’s again.

The condition is a drying of the corneas, usually brought on by excessive intake of caffeine and stimulants found in over-the-counter sports drinks. The main symptom is an inability to adjust the field of vision. Hamilton described the sensation as his eyes “being stuck … hard to get off a spot.”

Hamilton markedly increased his use of caffeine after he stopped using smokeless tobacco in midsummer. Hamilton has begun decreasing the caffeine intake and taking eye drops at all times to counter the condition. He had been taking the drops only before day games.

If you’re keeping score, we’ve now been alerted to Hamilton’s struggles with substances including but not limited to heroin, jello shots, whipped cream, champagne,  chewing tobacco, beer and now caffeine. If you’re thinking the track record of recidivism makes Hamilton a bad investment for Texas or another team going forward, I’d argue otherwise.  He’s put up pretty impressive numbers throughout the recent backsliding and just imagine what he’ll do he ever gets a hold of drugs that actually enhance performance?

ATTN : Potential Customers Of HollywoodIsCalling.com – Leon Spinks Is Indisposed

Posted in Boxing, The Marketplace at 1:00 pm by

That’s right, neither Leon or Tom Candiotti are available today.  BAD NEWS, lonely people with $20 to burn.

09.24.12

Killing The Messenger Dept : Jays Fans Vs. Gregg Zaun

Posted in Baseball, Sports Radio at 8:59 pm by

(above : former catcher Gregg Zaun.  Not shown, Jermaine Clement, Bret McKenzie)

Following Toronto’s less than impressive press conference to announce Yunel Escobar’s apology for brandishing a homophobic slur on his eye-black stickers, The Fan 590′s Gregg Zaun eviscerated the organization for everything from their failure to monitor Escobar, Moises Sierra’s inability to wear the right flip sunglasses to Brett Lawrie’s baserunning gaffes. “I’ve been watching  guys making idiot mistakes trying to run to third base on a ball hit in front of them, trying to do things they can’t do… then using the excuse of a consequence-free environment,” raged Zaun, an opinion seemingly not shared by the Blue Jays faithful, or at least those who chime in on the Globe & Mail‘s website, as Bruce Dowbiggin explains.

There was plenty of approval for Zaun but also much criticism. Most of it was that old: Where does a journeyman player such as Zaun get off ripping anyone? “Zaun was the worst position player in the history of the Blue Jays and now we have to listen to him spout his total crap on TV,” commented Amac, summing up the who-does-he-think-he-is meme. Regster wrote, “As a baseball player [Zaun] could barely hit for average or play tremendous defence … For you to bash these young bluejays saying there making to much idiot mistake is foul.”

Spelling and grammar aside, why can’t a journeyman player criticize? We don’t insist that music critics be virtuosi or that political commentators run an election campaign. Yet the sports world is slavish in its deference to the opinions of the chiefs. The status quo needs challenging, and Zaun’s credentials were more than enough for that job.

Having A Tough Time Keeping Track Of NBA Player Movement?

Posted in Basketball, twitter twatter at 4:37 pm by

If so, don’t sweat it.  Kyrylo Fesenko won’t hold it against you.