05.31.16

The Spitter’s Good : MLB’s Camo Fixation Honors No One

Posted in Baseball, Fashion, The Marketplace at 10:46 pm by

(above : despite an impressive rebound from his recent pitching struggles, Matt Harvey disrespected America’s fallen heroes yesterday by failing to wear camo sleeves)

As you probably noticed, all 30 Major League Baseball clubs donned camouflage caps and jerseys with camo lettering during Monday’s Memorial Day contests. Aside from the obvious aesthetic atrocities (not nearly as bad as Randy Myers modeling for the Cabela’s catalog, but too close for comfort), The Spitter’s Keith Good finds the camo choice, well, inappropriate.

The camo-splashed designs ignorantly disregard the spirit of Memorial Day. Dating back to the Civil War, families set aside a day to commemorate those who died in service of their country. Nothing in MLB’s camogasm costumes commemorate the fallen.

The uniforms instead fall back on the tired trope of blind military glorification. Memorial Day isn’t about glory but the somberness of men and women who left families and never returned. If baseball truly wanted to Memorialize fallen soldiers, their caps and jerseys would feature traditional memorials like poppies, gold stars, and black ribbons.

The truth is a tasteful cap, embroidered with black and poppies, probably wouldn’t move as much merch for Dick’s. Camo is a proven, profitable design. Yes, MLB is donating the profits from their camo caps to charity, but what about the countless sales partners?

Miami Sportscasters : You Want Marlins Coverage, You Got It

Posted in Baseball, Sports TV at 9:02 pm by

Marlins pregame host Craig Mierveri went on something of a Twitter tear last week, suggesting his colleagues in Miami sports media weren’t doing nearly enough to trumpet the accomplishments of the city’s 3rd place baseball team. New Times’ Ryan Yousefi responds, “What Minervini either misses or is incapable of seeing through his Marlins-employee goggles is that the baseball team should be thankful it gets any coverage at all. The Marlins should kiss the ground that each fan walks on,”(“the Miami Marlins as a franchise are a disgrace to the city of Miami, and most people that don’t directly work for them would much rather go about their day simply forgetting they exist.”). WPLG sports anchor Will Manso, as you can see from the video above, shares some of those sentiments.

One Man’s Anti-Liverpool Sentiments Unleash An International Furor

Posted in Football at 12:07 am by

From The Guardian :


A 50-year-old man has been charged with a public order offence after he was seen at a pub wearing a T-shirt mocking the Hillsborough disaster.

Paul Grange, from Worcester, was charged by West Mercia police with displaying threatening and abusive writing likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

A police spokesman said Grange had been bailed to appear at Worcester magistrates court on a date in July.

The West Mercia force launched an inquiry on Sunday after a man was seen wearing a T-shirt suggesting the 1989 disaster, in which 96 Liverpool football fans died, was “God’s way of helping” a pest control firm.

Pictures were posted on social media of the man, who was asked to leave the Brewers Arms, in the St John’s area of Worcester, by the landlord.

A photograph showing Grange wearing another shirt bearing the slogan, “SCOUSERS shouldn’t you be at home f****** your kids” has been making the rounds as well. It’s created probably a little more notoriety than Grange was planning on. In addition to facing criminal charges, there’s an ongoing campaign to deliver items including but not limited to a “mini-horse”, “£2500 in takeaway” and a “male prostitute” to his doorstep. OK, but shouldn’t Grange’s opponents send him something useless and unwanted, too?

05.30.16

Couch Slouch : Toronto’s Jurasic Park Is For Losers

Posted in Basketball, Mob Behavior at 11:34 pm by

Though Norman Chad’s Sunday syndicated column was ostensibly meant as a series of apologies to the nation of Canada for a succession of offenses (Dwayne Wade disrespecting “O, Canada”, MLB pulling the Expos out of Montreal, Stephen A. Smith taking the Raptors lightly), the “Hold On, Honey, I’ll Take You to the Hospital at Halftime” author draws the line at the scenes of Raptors fans congregating in what’s come to be known as Jurasic Park :

There is one area in which otherwise sensible Canadians confound me: this whole notion of gathering outside Air Canada Centre in Toronto to watch the Raptors on a video screen in a plaza. Uh, do you really want to stand around for several hours surrounded by strangers eating and drinking to excess, all in close quarters? If I desired that, I would just go on a Carnival Cruise and take in “Mamma Mia!”

I mean, you either buy a ticket and go inside the arena or you stay at home and watch the game on TV; if you don’t have a TV, you can order one on amazon.com and have it in your living room within 24 hours. Who drives to the arena and then watches the game on a video screen outside the arena? I would have more respect for you if you drove to Best Buy, plopped down in front of a flat screen there and slipped a Geek Squad guy a double sawbuck to sneak you a Yuengling or two.

05.28.16

Sultan Of Surly : Reports Of My Dickishness Are Once Again, Highly Exaggerated

Posted in Baseball at 6:56 pm by

Baseball’s all-time HR leader / current Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds was accused by Dodgers OF Joc Pedersen earlier this week of refusing to pose for a photograph during Miami’s visit to Chavez Ravine earlier this season. Speaking with MLB.com’s Terrence Moore, Bonds insists there must be some mistake!

“I got a phone call from somebody about it, and I said, ‘What? I did what?’ So I just called the young man up maybe 45 minutes ago, and I apologized, because that’s what he felt took place,” Bonds said Friday in the visitors’ dugout at Turner Field, where his team is playing the Braves this weekend. “What was really funny about that situation is that I didn’t even know that it happened. I don’t like talking to the media about these things, but I’m telling you about the phone call and that I apologized to the kid, because I’ve never done anything to a ballplayer like that in my life.

“How do the young kids say it nowadays? I didn’t mean to ‘dis’ him. So I made a point today to call him up and apologize.”

“I told him, ‘It’s an unfortunate situation that you felt you had to go to the media to make that statement when, technically, it was an honest mistake, and I didn’t go out of my way to do something like that, because I’ve never done anything like that in my life,’” Bonds said.

As Thom Loverro points out, this is not the first time Bonds has faced charges from another player for somewhat less than gracious behavior.

05.27.16

Ricky Williams’ Brilliant New Biz Venture : The Smoke Out Workout

Posted in Fitness, Gridiron, The Marketplace at 11:21 pm by

Tech Insider’s Melia Robinson reports 420 Games founder Jim McAlpine is launching San Francisco’s Power Plant Fitness, the nation’s first gym where marijuana consumption is not merely permitted, but actively encouraged. Appropriately enough, McAlpine’s business partners include Heisman winner / celebrated weed enthusiast Ricky Williams (above, left).

“It won’t be a place to get high and just screw around,” Jim McAlpine, founder of the cannabis event series 420 Games and cofounder of Power Plant Fitness, wrote in a blog on the company’s website. “We are focused on the athletic side, not the cannabis side.”

In an email to Tech Insider, McAlpine explains that the gym looks to cannabis as a tool for focus and recovery. New members will take a “cannabis performance assessment” under the supervision of staff to determine the “most optimal ways to consume.” Some might find a bite out a pot brownie gives them the push they need to complete a circuit training workout, while others find it knocks them on the floor.

“We will be helping our members figure out how is best for them to ingest their cannabis,” McAlpine tells Tech Insider in an email.

05.26.16

Baylor’s Taylor Young : Accessible To The Fans, Even In A Time Of Crisis

Posted in College Spurts, twitter twatter at 10:54 pm by

As you’ve probably read elsewhere, Baylor shitcanned head football coach Art Briles earlier today, a decision that left one of his talented players, junior LB Taylor Young, bemoaning the rush to judgement.

Y’know, the lack of serious attention being paid to sexual assaults on the part of Young’s teammates has just a little to do with Briles’ termination, so I think we can call the above analogy slightly flawed. Then again, though I lack nearly as much higher education as Young, I did have the benefit of a late morning on the couch.

HEY OLD PEOPLE. STOP TWEETING AT THE BEAR-4-LIFE AND GET BACK TO WORK.

An(other) Important Message From The Entertainment Arm Of Cumbucket Media

Posted in Austin, Internal Affairs, record collector disease, Rock Und Roll at 2:39 pm by

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Coming July 22 : James Arthur’s Manhunt – Digital Clubbing LP (12XU 083-1)

This album isn’t centuries in the making. It just feels like it. In reality, the first full-length album from James Arthur’s Manhunt since 2010′s ‘Manhunt’ (Aarght!) is a crazed, yet shockingly coherent career highlight for a guy whose excursions into guitar chaos in a variety of guises/cities would’ve incapacitated lesser men. Or women. In fact, I think it has incapacitated lesser men and women, but enough about the audience.

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(photo by Ángel Delgado Reyes)

For those who don’t know, guitarist/vocalist James Arthur has marked his territory in places as far flung as Brisbane, Memphis and Austin, TX. It’s been in the Texas capitol where he’s taken hard life-lessons-learned from tenures in such legendary outfits as The Necessary Evils, C.C. Riders, New Memphis Legs, The Reatards, A Fest Of Snakes, Fireworks and the Golden Boys…and ignored all of ‘em, instead vomiting into the face of adulthood with a decidedly volatile red-white-and-boo-fucking-hoo take on what some people like to call “space rock”. What would Hawkwind sound like if you owed them money (or they were locked out of the house?). Let’s hope we never find out.

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(photo by Ángel Delgado Reyes)

All kidding aside, after one LP and a succession of singles for the In The Red, Goodbye Boozy, Perpetrator and Spacecase labels, James was somehow able to RECORD THE UNRECORDABLE. Under the technical supervision of Stuart Sikes (who as an actual Grammy Award (TM) winner really ought to know better), and bolstered by Texas conspirators including Bryan Schmitz (the Golden Boys), Orville Neeley (OBN III’s, Bad Sports) and Sean Morales (Ichi Ni San Shi), ‘Digital Clubbing’ is the Manhunt record that accurately documents the total sickness that is the band’s (better than) average live show, yet improbably brings it all into focus for brief enough flashes that it all hangs together as a very sticky, sweaty classic.

Preorder ‘Digital Clubbing’ at 12XU.bigcartel.com

05.25.16

Bills GM : Sorry For Stating The Obvious

Posted in Gridiron at 4:17 pm by

On a Tuesday appearance on WGR, Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley — while discussing the injury history of his team’s Sammy Watkins —- called professional football, “a violent game that I don’t think humans are supposed to play.”  Though the station has since removed the archive of Whaley’s highly publicized statement, the former University Of Pittsburgh defensive back did some fancy tap dancing earlier today, which is bad news for those of us hoping the Bills would field an all-robot starting XI next fall.   From the Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci :

“Clearly I used a poor choice of words in my comment (Tuesday) morning,” he said in a statement released by the team. “As a former player who has the utmost respect and love for the game, the point that I was trying to make is that football is a physical game and injuries are a part of it. Playing football no doubt is very physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, and that is all part of what makes the game so compelling to play and watch.”

“The game has more protection for players now than ever, thanks largely to the safety advancements and numerous rule changes made by our league and promoted to all levels of football. I believe our game continues to have a bright future and I hope that this statement provides clarity as to the intent of my earlier comment.”

05.24.16

Candidate Bill Lee : In Your Heart, You Know He’s (The) Right (Guy To Get High With)

Posted in Baseball, politics at 5:07 pm by

Former Red Sox/Expos left-hander Bill Lee has announced his candidacy for Governor of Vermont, representing the Liberty Union party,the same group that brought Senator Bernie Sanders to regional prominence once upon a time. From WCAX’s Kyle Midura :

“You get what you pay for, if you want change, you vote for Sanders or me. I’m Bernie-heavy, I’m not Bernie-lite. My ideas were before Bernie,” said Lee. “If you want to see money come down from the 2 percent, we’re going to need umbrellas when I’m elected, because it’s going to be raining dollars,” he said.

“The problem with Americans is their fist is like this (closed), and you got to open your hands. Republicans are pterodactyls, they have little short arms that never get to their front pockets,” said Lee.

He argues for legalization and taxation of pot in Vermont, along with single-payer health care, paid family leave and bringing the Expos back to Montreal.

In 1988 he ran for president under the Canadian Rhinoceros Party which touted positions like bulldozing the Rocky Mountains so that Alberta could receive a few extra minutes of daylight and a ban on deadly guns and butter.

“If things don’t go our way, if we get Trump as president, I’m out of here and I’ll take Vermont with us,” said Lee.