Dear Phil Mushnick : Can You Find It In Your Heart To Accept My Apology?

Posted in Sports Journalism at 11:15 pm by

FYI: For the past few years, a photo of me frequently has appeared on the Internet — cut, paste, perpetuate. The Internet’s great, that way: It can run forever with whatever anyone chooses. One small problem with that widely distributed photo: It ain’t me. Oh, well. – Phil Mushnick, “Equal Time”, NY Post, 12/1/2013

“Cut, paste, perpetuate.” Does Phil have my number or what? In all seriousness, even though most of the photos of Phil that I’ve used over the years were knowingly taken from a rather disreputable Internet source (ie. the New York Post website), it never occurred to me they might not actually be Phil.

In the interests of actually chasing down a story like a real journalist, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally uncovered a genuine photograph of the real Phil Mushnick. I don’t know if he can forgive my past transgressions, but I do pledge that going forward, I’ll only use this picture :

Cumbucket Media’s Entertainment Division Prepares For A Holiday Gala

Posted in 12XU, Austin, Internal Affairs, Rock Und Roll at 10:06 pm by

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The region’s 117th most influential record label presents a FREE holiday show featuring some out of town ringers, the DJ stylings of Johnny Vomitnoise and many of your friends doing the awkward Austin-people-in-winter-clothes thing. Full details after the jump : Read the rest of this entry »

The Closest Thing Andrei Kirilenko Has Seen To Public Activity Of Late

Posted in Hip Hop, The World Of Entertainment at 4:58 pm by

All things considered, Ice Cube is taking being pipped to the post by Killdozer in rather good humor.


Pelini : My Record (Of Losing 4 Times For Six Consecutive Seasons) Speaks For Itself

Posted in College Spurts, Gridiron at 6:48 pm by

There was plenty of tension to go around during Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini’s postgame press conference after losing by 21 to Iowa at home. As you’ll see from the above clip, Pelini considers open speculation about his job status harmful to the team and holds the notorious, ferocious journalists of Lincoln, NE responsible for the disappointing results.

So if Pelini didn’t have enough problems already, now he’s dissing Deadspin by omission.

Spurs’ Villas-Boas To Mouthy Fan : Do I Come To Where You Work And Knock The Blow-Dryer Out Of Your Hands?

Posted in Football at 6:01 pm by

OK, that’s not really what embattled Tottenham manager  André Villas-Boas said to a heckling Tromso supporter during Spurs’ 2-0 Europa League victory Thursday night.  But the following story, culled from The Guardian’s David Hytner, suggests Villas-Boas might’ve been no match for Robin Ficker.

Villas-Boas snapped during the Tromso tie when he heard Reidar Stenersen Jr taunting him over his job prospects. Stenersen, a 29-year-old hairdresser who supports Manchester United, directed the chant at Villas-Boas in the early stages of the game. When he did it again at half-time and Villas-Boas pointed at him, he found himself removed by security.

Stenersen was told that he could return to watch the second half from the stand on the opposite side of the ground but he declined and retired to the pub.

“I first sung after five minutes that he would be ‘sacked in the morning’ and he looked at me,” Stenersen told the Norwegian newspaper Nordlys. “At the half-time whistle, when it was still 0-0 and I started the same song, he pointed at me and suddenly the security came and threw me out.

“I know he is under a lot of pressure so I think my words hit him, even though I am only a little guy in little Tromso. He was being a bit petulant. This is the same thing that can be sung by 60,000 at the Emirates Stadium or other grounds.”

NMA Recognizes The Iron Bowl Is At Least As Newsworthy As Steven Slater Or Anthony Weiner

Posted in College Spurts, Gridiron at 2:01 pm by

Though the above clip is certainly up to NMA’s high standards, I cannot be alone in feeling disappointed Harvey Updyke Jr. was not immortalized in cartoon form.


On This Special Day, Let’s Give Thanks (For Low Chlorine Levels)

Posted in Professional Wrestling at 10:58 pm by

Lest anyone think I’m simply relying on Ted DiBiase’s old gimmick for easy content this Thanksgiving, I prefer to consider this a helpful gesture towards my dear friend, Fred Wilpon. In the event the Mets are offered $500,000.00 in order to let Virgil throw out the first pitch Opening Day, they should be advised the money isn’t real (kind of like this stuff)


Ed Reed’s Diagnosis : The Jets Cannot Thrive Without An Annoying, Self-Styled Mascot

Posted in Gridiron, Mob Behavior at 10:56 pm by

9-time Pro Bowl S Ed Reed was recently acquired by the Jets after being discarded by the Texans, and days before making his Gang Green debut in the Swamp, the likely Hall Of Famer offered a somewhat curious take on his new team’s chances against Miami, as the New York Post’s Brian Costello explains :

“That guy with the hard hat on, is he still here? What’s his name, Fireman Ed?” Reed said. “I need him getting the whole stadium crunked.”

“Fireman” Ed Anzalone quit a year ago after the Jets were humiliated on Thanksgiving by the Patriots 49-19 in the game famous for Mark Sanchez’s “buttfumble.” Anzalone stooped leading the “J-E-T-S” chant after that game.

Reed joked that maybe Anzalone would come back.

“He retired? I can’t believe it. We need to bring him out of retirement,” Reed said.

Costello is careful to point out the Jets are 4-1 at Met Life Stadium this season since Anzalone quit to do, well, whatever he fills his Sundays with.  Hopefully something more dignified. But with that stat in mind, Reed clearly has no idea what he’s talking about   ; what the Jets really need is a signed agreement confirming Fireman Ed is forever banned from the building, if not the entire state of New Jersey.

Ryan Braun Starring In “My Dinner With Dino”

Posted in Baseball at 8:55 pm by

Brewers OF Ryan Braun emerged from exile Wednesday, taking part in a Miller Park charity food drive and answering some (but hardly all) questions about his state of mind and attempts to mend fences with the urine sample collector he so blatantly smeared. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Todd Rosiak :

“I have not made any payments to (Dino Laurenzi),” Braun said. “I’ve had some really productive and positive conversations with him. The Laurenzi family was actually gracious and kind enough to have my fiancée Larisa and I over to their house for dinner last night, and we had some really good conversation.

“We’ve made amends, and I think we’re both excited to be able to move forward and put this behind us”

Braun was asked twice for more details about his dinner with Laurenzi.

“I’m not going to get into too many details other than to say it was an incredible experience,” he said. “It was extremely kind and gracious of them. They’re really special people and I appreciate them giving me the opportunity to go to their house and have a conversation in person.

“I wish that I could change it. I wish that I hadn’t said anything about him. I wish I knew more at the time I said what I said. But he was really a special person and his family was a special group of people.”


Jim Irsay Has Something Or Other To Get Off His Chest

Posted in Gridiron, twitter twatter at 9:29 pm by

“7-4,2 game lead,5 to go with our injurIes n schedule is something we’d take 3 months ago/But the play n last 10 out of 12 quarters-ALARMING”

“In Golf you’re allowed 14 clubs..but if you’re playing with 9 clubs..U got to hood a 8 iron n hit like a 4 iron! Improvise n find a way!”

“Must find a way 2 win Division,no excuses,no explanations..hide weaknesses,accent strengthens/We gotta get our heads out of r butts-WAKE UP!”

“I didn’t break the bank,millions cash over cap/Load Brinks Truck,only to be hijacked n stormed on the way 2 stadium by machine gun MANIACS!”

“We’ll close ranks n stick together n BELIEVE! We’ll get it fixed n earn our Div/Camp Hats/Failure is not an option!! How Bad Do WE Want It!”

collected quotes from the November 26 Twitter feed of Indianpolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.