01.31.14

WIng Bowl ’14 : In Which An Arena Full Of Men Stare At Matt Stairs

Posted in Baseball, Beer, Food at 8:54 pm by

(pic and twitter screen grab courtesy The 700 Level)

Sincere congrats to Nebraskan mom Molly Schuyler, whose consumption of 337 chicken wings earlier today at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center set a Wing Bowl record.  Though Ms. Schuyler still stands a small chance of being overshadowed in the sporting pantheon this weekend by such minor figures as Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, she deserves massive credit for not only capturing the 22nd Wing Bowl title, but also for generating more internet traffic than Matt Stairs, shown above engaging in public conduct unbecoming a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall Of Fame.

Introducing The Least Likely Toy To End Up Under The Dino Costa Family Tree Next Xmas

Posted in Cinema at 4:32 pm by

(YouTube link courtesy Joe Gross).

The Dissolve’s Noel Murray
considers the ficticious Ramjack Toy Co. a neat bit of film criticism, albeit decades late, accusing “Cruising” director William Friedkin of “trivializing a gay subculture,” and “(making) gayness itself into a cartoonish villain.”

He’s not entirely out to lunch, but you might also say that any film featuring a roomful of people (of any gender) dancing wildly to Willy DeVille has no claims to believability.

01.30.14

Nizhny Novgorod Exec To Luke Babbitt : Thanks For The (Deeply Offensive) English Lesson

Posted in Basketball at 7:35 pm by

(not actually Luke Babbitt)

The services of former Blazer F Luke Babbit are coveted by the New Orleans Pelicans.  Trouble is, he signed in the offseason with Russian club Nizhny Novgorod, and they’re not impressed with attempts thus far to buy Babbitt out of the deal.  From Eurohoops’Lefteris Moutis :

In a brief interview of Sergei Panov, former Russian national team player and general manager of Nizhny, which was reproduced in the official site of the team, it’s clear that Nizhny at this point will not let Babbitt return to the NBA. As Panov said: “They made us an offer, which didn’t satisfied us. Now we will negotiate through agents, attorneys and lawyers. I learned some new English words after this incident like ‘spit in the face’ and ‘shit on your soul’”.

At this point, if Nizhny and the Russian basketball federation refuse to send the letter of clearance of Babbitt to the States, he will not be able to sign anywhere else until the end of the season according to the FIBA-NBA agreement.

Rockets GM Morey : When It Comes To Wasting Top Draft Picks, I’m #1

Posted in Basketball at 12:07 pm by

Houston Rockets general manager Darryl Morey submitted to a question and answer session with season ticket holders last Friday, and touched on a number of subjects including but not limited to the fate of C Omar Asik, the Rockets’ playoff chances and his decision to select F Royce White (above) with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft. On the matter of White, Clutch Fans.net provides this excerpt from Morey’s comments :

“I take some sort of pride that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever. He’s the only one that never played a minute in the NBA that wasn’t just a foreign guy staying in Europe. It just shows we swing for the fence.”

Though it’s hard to argue that Morey shouldn’t have opted for White, this might be ultimate diss to Kwame Brown (if not LaRue Martin).

01.29.14

The Schmoozer Goes MIA, Richard Neer Copes By Oversharing

Posted in New York, New York, Sports Radio at 10:04 pm by

I realize that Richard’s a big Springsteen fan, but there’s a time and place for emulating the Boss’ never-ending memory-lane-banter. The occasion of Steve Somers being trapped in an elevator is NOT IT.

(Water-Dunkin’) Deion Sanders : Doing His Best To Take The Heat Off Michael Grimm

Posted in Gridiron, Sports TV at 5:07 pm by

Bad news for anyone hoping Seahawks CB Richard Sherman would provide any Super Bowl Media Day fireworks ; instead, it was a retired defensive back, the NFL Network’s Deion Sanders, who provided the day’s sole memorable moment after going toe to toe with….a Meadowlands publicist?



The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman
reports that Giants PR rep Pat Hanlon (above) ran afoul of Sanders after the former’s sneering response to Rich Eisen congratulating the latter on landing an interview with the reclusive Marshawn Lynch :

“Prime got him,” Hanlon said smiling. “Hey, they said Prime didn’t tackle anybody (when he played). Well, he just ‘tackled’ Marshawn Lynch… Sorry to bring that up. I’m a Giant.” While Hanlon was delivering the word, Faulk — who was taking this whole Lynch thing way too seriously — glared at the PR man.

“I’m about to go into Beast Mode (on Hanlon). Name one game when you didn’t see me (make tackles) — especially against the Giants. Show me the tape,” Sanders seethed. “See, I get offended when people say that.”

“When I think about you, I think about you breaking (kicker) Brad Daluiso’s leg (in 1999) returning a kickoff,” Hanlon said.

“Let’s not get off the subject,” Sanders shot back. “Name me one game… One game when you ever saw me cost my team anything? That (Deion Sanders) hit reel is 59 minutes long. If you want to be the last minute on that hit reel, you can.”

“We can replay the tape,” Hanlon said. “I didn’t say you didn’t tackle. I said THEY said you didn’t tackle.”

“Good, that’s a good way to get out of it,” Sanders said sarcastically. “Well done. That’s a good answer.”

(Probably) Coming To A PA Courtroom : The People Vs. Jimmy Snuka

Posted in Professional Wrestling, Sports Journalism, The Law at 2:31 pm by

Last June, The Allentown Morning-Call successfully revived the cold case of  the death Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s paramour, Nancy Argentino, who perished in 1983 under what could diplomatically be called suspicious circumstances.  On Tuesday, the paper’s Adam Clark and Kevin Amerman reported a grand jury would investigate Argentino’s demise, with Lehigh County District Attorty Jim Martin, “reaching further into the past for an indictment than he ever has before.”

Martin’s announcement comes seven months after he assigned a chief deputy to take a “fresh look” at the cold case. That decision to re-examine the case came less than three weeks after The Morning Call published an investigation raising questions about Argentino’s death and revealing a never-before-seen autopsy report that labeled the case a homicide.

Snuka, now 70 and living in Waterford Township, N.J., originally told at least five people, including the responding police officer, he shoved Argentino earlier that day, causing her to fall and hit her head, according to police interviews obtained by The Morning Call. He later told police those five people misunderstood him, and said Argentino slipped and hit her head when they stopped along the highway to urinate.

Argentino, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died May 11, 1983, at Lehigh Valley Hospital of traumatic brain injuries consistent with a moving head hitting a stationary object, according to the autopsy.

Autopsy findings show Argentino suffered more than two dozen cuts and bruises — a possible sign of “mate abuse” — on her head, ear, chin, arms, hands, back, buttocks, legs and feet.

Snuka could not be reached for comment Tuesday. In his 2012 autobiography, he maintained his innocence and said Argentino’s death ruined his life.

“Many terrible things have been written about me hurting Nancy and being responsible for her death, but they are not true,” he wrote. “This has been very hard on me and very hard on my family. To this day, I get nasty notes and threats. It hurts. I never hit Nancy or threatened her.”

Irvin Mushnick, who investigated the story for an (unpublished) 1992 Village Voice piece notes in today’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, “as so often happens with celebrity suspects and nobody victims, Snuka skated accountability at the time. But not before Vince McMahon rushed back down from Connecticut, carrying a briefcase (as Snuka himself would describe the scene, without evident self-awareness, in his 2012 autobiography).”

01.28.14

LaLa : Reports Of My Private Parts Being Compared To A Popular Breakfast Cereal Were Highly Erroneous

Posted in Basketball, Love And Basketball at 7:13 pm by

It’s been quite a week for former MTV fixture / Carmelo Anthony spouse LaLa Vazquez, who yesterday made sports headlines with the claim her husband is unlikely to leave the Knicks after exploring free agency this summer. On Tuesday, Mrs. Anthony’s debut tome, “The Love Playbook” hit bookstores, and addressed the rather public disagreement between her husband and former Celtics agitator Kevin Garnett that received so much scrutiny roughly a year ago. Excerpts courtesy the New York Post’s Marc Berman :

“I wasn’t ever going to bring up the Honey Nut Cheerios incident again. But, since I’m writing this book, I might as well set the record straight for good,’’ LaLa wrote in her book “The Love Playbook’’ released Tuesday. “Kevin Garnett in fact had never said that I tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios. I tried to figure out how this big lie was turned into a media firestorm. I still can’t answer that one. … Melo and Kevin are cool today. And now it’s nothing but a faint memory.’’

“I did notice during the game Melo and Kevin were jawing a lot at each other,’’ she wrote. “But that’s basketball, the heat of the game. I really didn’t think anything of it. But when Melo went to have words with him, I knew it had to be more than an in-game beef.

“I asked Melo about it and all he said was that Kevin said things you shouldn’t say to a person you have a friendship with or respect for. [Melo] told him, ‘I’m not some rookie. We’ve been in this league a while together so don’t treat me the way you’d treat a rookie.’ I’m sure the words were a little stronger than that but that was the gist of what Melo said back to Kevin.’’

The New York Times.com’s Unmoderated Comments – Making YouTube’s Look Pretty Good By Comparison

Posted in Free Expression, Rock Und Roll at 4:54 pm by

Anne New York City  :
What is the procedure for deciding which musicians get to use this column to promote their songs and albums for free? I mean I learned nothing from this except that some guy with a fake/joke Korean name was a Led Zeppelin fan (along with 100 million other people) and recorded an album that references one of their songs. Why are you even tagging this “Led Zeppelin.” – “The Song Remains the Same (and Kind of Blue)”, Mark Kozelek, NY Times, 1/28/14

01.27.14

Carlos Zambrano’s Temper Knows No Off-Season

Posted in Baseball at 9:34 pm by

Though he’s since issued an apology for coming off the bench to instigate a major brawl during Saturday’s Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional final, let’s try to keep an open mind about this. No sane person can condone an interloper entering the field of play to cause mayhem, but at least Big Z wasn’t dressed as garishly for the occasion as Greg Anthony.