Happy 64th Birthday, Ric Flair

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On this happy occasion, at least we get to see the Nature Boy doing what he loves most ; avoiding process servers greeting his loyal fans.


Mushnick : Twitter Pissing Matches Are A Gateway To Gunplay

Posted in Gridiron, social crusaders, Sports Journalism, twitter twatter at 4:56 pm by

The ongoing Twitter feud between Seattle’s Robert Sherman and the Jets’ easily offended Darrelle Revis is in the words of the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick, “a pathetic boast and putdown-filled dialogue, one that reveals both to be stuck somewhere deep in both childhood and a dangerous neighborhood.” Though that summation is not completely out to lunch, Phil would have you believe that every Twitter entanglement (or at least those between highly paid athletes who in this instance, don’t happen to be white) is a prelude to murder.

Yep, someone dissed someone and now two all-pros are acting as if they’re auditioning for the leads in an updated, Glock-inclusive reprisal of West Side Story. Problem is, they’re both too self-smitten to be embarrassed.

“My season stats looking like Revis career stats,” Sherman, a Stanford man, posted on Twitter as part of a sustained self-promotional campaign loaded with conceit and gratuitous insults of Revis.

“I never seen a man before run his mouth like [a] girl,” Revis, a University of Pittsburgh man counter-tweeted. “This dude just steady putting my name in his mouth to get notoriety.”

This is the kind of dirty-look, bad-ass challenge dialogue now commonly found in junior high lunchrooms, high school hallways, among gang-bangers, gangsta rappers and, increasingly, young professional athletes straight out of our colleges.

And increasingly such mindless garbage-talk and stare-downs are followed by the appearance of guns, from which is followed the appearance of blood and then body bags, followed by the explanation by the homicide detectives that the whole thing began with nothing more nefarious than perceived “disrespect.”

Curiously, while Phil seems to have it in for the Twitter medium, he neglected to mention that Sherman took his campaign to the NFL Network’s “NFL AM” show on Thursday morning. Though I’m not willing to embrace the Mushnick POV in this instance (ie. Guns Don’t Kill People, Twitter Kills People), if he wants to campaign for the abolition of all cable sports talk shows, I might finally find myself taking his side.

Loria To Miami : Have Some Faith In A Proven Winner (ie. Me)

Posted in Baseball, The Marketplace at 4:09 pm by

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria purchased full page ads in 3 Southern Florida newspapers Sunday, and it is sort of amazing to you consider the region has that many daily print publications left.   Though New Times was on the outside looking in of this advertising windfall, Loria’s gesture accomplished two important goals :

1) reminding the public that no matter how big a failure the 2012 Marlins were, he’s still got more money than Fred Wilpon
2) having earned the biggest fluke World Series trophy in modern history, who would know more about winning on the cheap.


        It’s no secret that last season was not our best — actually it was one of our worst. In large part, our performance on the field stunk and something needed to be done. As a result of some bold moves, many grabbed hold of our tough yet necessary decision only to unleash a vicious cycle of negativity. As the owner of the ballclub, the buck stops with me and I take my share of the blame where it’s due. However, many of the things being said about us are simply not true. I’ve sat by quietly and allowed this to continue. Now it’s time for me to respond to our most important constituents, the fans who love the game of baseball.

        THE ROSTER

        Losing is unacceptable to me. It’s incumbant upon us to take swift action and make bold moves when there are glaring problems. The controversial trade we made with the Toronto Blue Jays was approved by Commissioner Bud Selig and has been almost universally celebrated by baseball experts outside of Miami for its value. We hope, with an open mind, our community can reflect on the fact that we had one of the worst records in baseball. Acquiring high-profile players just didn’t work, and nearly everyone on our team underperformed as compared to their career numbers. Our plan for the year ahead is to leverage our young talent and create a homegrown roster of long-term players who can win. In fact, objective experts have credited us with going from the 28th ranked Minor League system in baseball to the 5th best during this period. Of the Top 100 Minor Leaguers rated by MLB Network, we have six — tied for the most of any team in the league. We’ll evaluate this roster and possibly bring in additional talent based on our assessment of what we need. The very same naysayers who are currently skeptical once attacked us for bringing Pudge Rodriguez to the Marlins in 2003. More than any other, that move contributed to our World Series Championship.


      The ballpark issue has been repeatedly reported incorrectly and there are some very negative accustations being thrown around. It ain’t true, folks. Those who have attacked us are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. The majority of public funding came from hotel taxes, the burden of which is incurred by tourists who are visiting our city, NOT the resident taxpayers. The Marlins organization also agreed to contribute $161.2 million toward the ballpark, plus the cost of the garage complex. In addition, the Marlins receive no operating subsidy from local government funding. The ballpark required that all debt service is paid by existing revenue. Furthermore, many are attacking the County’s method of financing for its contribution, but the Marlins had nothing at all to do with that. The fact is, with your help, we built Marlins Park, a crown jewel in our beautiful Miami skyline, which has won over twenty design and architecture awards and will help make us a premiere ballclub moving forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Probably Not Coming To Kickstarter Anytime Soon : “Let’s Save Ace Frehley’s House”

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I apologize to Yo La Tengo for the above headline.  The Journal News’ Ernie Garcia reports former Kiss guitarist / best-selling author Ace Frehley has been accused of mortgage firm U.S. Bank National Association of not making payments on his Yorktown, NY in nearly two years.

In its Feb. 15 foreclosure filing, the bank asked the court to order a sale of the home to pay for the outstanding principal of $703,581.48 plus interest, late charges and other expenses.

Frehley, 61, borrowed the money in 2006 for the one-family home at 1347 Spring Valley Road that sits on 3.01 acres. The 2,441-square-foot house has two floors, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

According to Yorktown records, Jendell Productions bought the home on Nov. 17, 2000, for $650,000. The company then transferred ownership to Frehley in 2004 for no money.

Jendell is the name of the fictional home planet for Frehley’s extraterrestrial “Spaceman” stage character, who wore silver face paint and black lipstick.


Smiling Jeff Francouer Would LIke To Thank You For The Constructive Criticism

Posted in Baseball at 8:10 pm by

“I went back and watched some film and you know what? I did. I don’t think my legs were where they needed to be last year. I don’t think I was strong enough. I took a step back and said, ‘You know what? They’re right.’ ” So confesses Royals OF Jeff Francoeur (above, right) to the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton, with the latter figuring that if he’s dubbed a horrible human being baseball’s worst everyday outfielder, “I want to take that criticism, accept it and let it drive me to be a better baseball player.”   So if you’re planning on abusive 2am phone calls or keying Francoeur’s car, rest assured, “”I don’t take it as, ‘This person hates me.’ If he’s a true fan, he’s going to want me to have a good year to help this team win.” (link swiped from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory)

“The criticism this offseason when we traded Wil Myers – why the heck did we do that? – I sit there and say, ‘As a fan, looking from the outside, I’d lead that criticism.’ For fans, looking from the outside, I don’t blame them,” he said.

“I had a terrible year. Last year was so disappointing for me in so many different ways. First, obviously, the team and the way we performed after having expectations. Then myself. I just never did it. Never.”

Francoeur is vowing a big comeback year after sabermetricians – and fans – dubbed him the worst everyday player in baseball.

“I’m at that age, 29, where I should be getting into my prime. Not going the other way. That has fueled me and driven me a lot this off season, and it’s been a good drive.”


Happy 63rd Birthday To Dr. J., High Flying Thespian

Posted in Basketball, Cinema at 8:08 pm by

With all due respect to J Mascis and Marcus Camby Black Francis, Julius Erving. remains the most beloved UMass product of the modern era. In spite of this, it should be said that the above excerpt from “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh” reveals the good Doctor to be the cheapest date of all time.

Szczerbiak : Pissing In Our Mouths And Telling Us It’s The Official Beer Of Madison Square Garden

Posted in Basketball, Sports TV at 3:27 pm by

Based on his Knicks postgame autopsies this season, I am very hesitant to call former Timberwolves star-turned MSG mouthpiece Wally Szczerbiak the worst pro basketball analyst on television. Mostly because I’m starting to think he’s the worst sports analyst in any medium. After the Knicks were routed Wednesday night by the host Pacers, Szczerbiak demonstrated that his range is not merely limited to empty platitudes and painfully banal observations. He’s also adept at being an apologist for a team phoning it it. From the New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman

At Woodson’s postgame press conference, Tina Cervasio, MSG’s Knicks reporter, immediately asked the coach about his pregame “sense of urgency” comment. “(Are you) shocked you didn’t see it?” she asked.

Woodson said he was very shocked. “I thought we had a good practice (Tuesday) before coming to Indiana,” Woodson said. “Nothing carried over.”

That “good practice” line was heard often at Rex Ryan press conferences this season. The media mocked it. So far, Woodson has steered clear of Ryansville, especially with guys such as MSG studio analyst Wally Szczerbiak running interference for him. After saying he didn’t know “how many excuses” you could make following the Indiana fiasco, Szczerbiak made one, saying the Knicks were operating with an All-Star break hangover.

“Some players (were) on vacation, some guys had a lot of stuff going on at the break,” he said. “Tyson and Melo went down to Houston, had to travel back, practiced and came here.”

Even Woodson wouldn’t buy that excuse.

Alleged Inventor Of The Wrap Sandwich Finds Another Sports Job

Posted in Baseball, College Spurts at 2:52 pm by

The Connecticut Post reports that former Stamford, CT director of public safety Bobby Valentine will soon be named the new Athletic Director at Sacred Heart University. While SHU’s choice will no doubt be ridiculed in some quarters, I prefer to dwell on the positive. For starters, at least they didn’t hire Isiah Thomas. And perhaps Bobby V’s new career path can serve as a crowbar for a former associate? Now would the perfect time for SHU’s WHRT to reach out to the suddenly-unemployed Glenn Ordway.


Welcome The Once & Future Phony Tough Guy To Broadway

Posted in Basketball at 9:29 pm by

A day after blown being blown out in Indianapolis, the New York Knicks signed 13-year professional veteran Kenyon Martin to a ten day contract in the hopes the former Nets/Nuggets F can compensate, if only slightly, for the unavailability of fellow senior citizens Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby.

Martin, rumored to be on the Knicks radar for some time, will probably find that few fans at MSG recall the following dispute during the 2004 Easter Conference playoffs, when Knicks F Tim Thomas took exception to K-Mart’s flying elbows. From ESPN.com, 4/22/04 :

Thomas saved his most caustic comments for Martin, repeatedly calling him “fugazy” — a slang term for fake used in the mafia movie “Donnie Brasco.”

“Just knowing his character, he’s a fugazy guy. I read a comment that Jason Richardson said nobody wants to mess with a pit bull, but I’ve never seen a pit bull who picks and chooses who he wants to bite,” Thomas said.

“He’s fugazy as far as the whole tough guy role. You get techs and you get fines and that makes you tough? Because your game is wild and crazy, that makes you tough? When a scuffle breaks out, you have 13 guys that can protect you. When it’s you and someone else, what happens then?

“Somebody call Don King and hook it up for us.”

Does San Jose Really Want An MLB Team That Trades In Such Dubious Imagery?

Posted in Baseball at 8:03 pm by

Major League Baseball issued guidelines to Oakland A’s ownership earlier today for a possible move to San Jose, CA.  Putting the San Francisco Giants’ territorial rights aside for a moment, it remains to be seen if San Jose will welcome the franchise with open arms after Decibel Magazine dubbed the A’s, “The Most Metal Team In Baseball”.

The above image was circulated this morning by MLB.com, and I am sure I’m not the only person who finds it as disturbing as it confusing. Given the allusions to the occult, church-burning and drop-d tuning (especially drop-d tuning) it is imperative that Billy Beane — a close personal friend of that great patriot, the late Johnny Ramone — make some sort of public statement about exactly what the A’s believe, when they started believing in, and how much can we expect them to believe in it during the dog days of August.

On the bright side, Bartolo Colon (3rd from left) appears to be in the best shape of his career.