06.30.16

Habs : A Craftsman Never Blames His Tools (And That’s Why We Dumped Subban)

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On Thursday, Montreal dealt D P.K. Subban (above) to Nashville in exchange for Shea Weber, a transaction that one observer predicts will go down in Canadiens history as their most ill-advised move since Patrick Roy was exiled to Denver. Quoting TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, Sportsnet’s Luke Fox suggests one of the reasons Subban was deemed to surplus to requirements might be his making the team’s equipment manager look bad :

“There were a couple incidents on the ice where he blew a tire. It happened in Colorado,” Lavoie explained.

“I remember being between the benches in that game in Winnipeg. After P.K. blew a tire and the Jets scored a goal, during a TV timeout, I saw P.K. Subban on the ice and you had Pierre Gervais, who’s responsible for equipment with the Montreal Canadiens, had to go on the ice and tell P.K., ‘There’s no problem with your skate.’ It doesn’t seem like much, but it was kinda showing up the organization, like, ‘Hey, it’s not my fault. My skates are not done the right way.’ Obviously, it’s not a skate problem.”

06.29.16

Junior : A-Rod Nearly Came For Cash

Posted in Baseball at 3:23 pm by

(iPhone photoshoppery courtesy Tim Cook)

SI’s Ben Reiter invaded the palatial estate of soon-to-be-inducted Hall Of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and quizzed the former Mariners/Reds outfielder about his subjects including but not limited to his post-baseball life and nearly convincing Alex Rodriguez (above, middle) to become a sperm donor. :

Griffey enlisted Seattle’s trainer, Rick Griffin, to convince the rookie Rodriguez that the club’s stars—including Jay Buhner and Randy Johnson—were involved in a scheme to sell their sperm to the highest bidder, as if they were thoroughbred stallions, and that Rodriguez might himself attract an appreciable stud fee. He brought in a fake doctor. “Dude, you got great genes,” Griffey told the rookie. The callow Rodriguez was skeptical at first. Then he started to come around. “How much money do you think we could make?” he asked. Griffey, mercifully, pulled the plug before donations were to be harvested. “Everybody has rookie hazing,” he says. “That was his.”

Griffey hasn’t spoken to Rodriguez, whose career went on to mirror Bonds’s more than his own, in several years. “Is he doing what he’s supposed to be doing for his kids, being a dad?” Griffey asks. “From what I hear, he’s doing that. That’s the only thing you care about. I also understand, from the guys, that he’s a much better teammate now than he was four or five years ago.”

06.28.16

Remembering Buddy Ryan & Bounty Bowl I

Posted in Gridiron at 10:27 pm by

Architect of the 1986 Bears’ famed 46 defense and former Eagles/Cardinals head coach Buddy Ryan passed away Tuesday at the age of 85. Though remembered by many for his tumultuous relationships with Mike Ditka and Kevin Gilbride, one of Ryan’s more sensational moments came in the Eagles’ Thanksgiving ’89 visit to Dallas, in which Rex and Rob’s dad was accused of placing a bounty on the head of Cowboys K Luis Zendajas. From the Dallas Morning News’ Rainer Sabin :

On the opening kickoff of the second half, Lined up near the sideline, Philadelphia rookie linebacker Jessie Small raced past three Cowboys and blasted Luis Zendejas, Dallas’ 175-pound kicker who had been cut by the Eagles that season. Struck in the helmet as he tried to duck, Zendejas staggered off the field.

Afterward, in his news conference, Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson claimed Ryan had placed a $200 bounty on Zendejas and a $500 bounty on Dallas QB Troy Aikman. Zendejas told reporters Eagles special teams coach Al Roberts and Philadelphia punter John Teltschik warned him before the game he would be targeted. Once the Eagles put the finishing touches on their victory, Johnson wanted to confront Ryan and discuss the matter.

“I would have, but he wouldn’t stay on the field long enough,” Johnson said that day. “He got his fat rear end into the dressing room.”

Zendejas told reporters he taped a conversation he had with Roberts, the Eagles assistant coach, discussing the bounty. Roberts, in response, threatened to sue Zendejas if he were to be fired because of any potential fallout.

“If I can’t keep a job in this league for the next 15 years, then Luis is going to pay me,” Roberts said. “Get my point? Luis is going to pay. I’m going to own a Mexican restaurant, and I’m going to name it The Bounty.”

06.27.16

Gudmundur Benediktsson : Icelandic For “The New Gus Johnson”

Posted in Euro 2016, Football at 11:13 pm by

Days after becoming a global sensation for, well, losing his shit over Iceland’s last-minute winner over Austria in Group F, broadcaster Gudmundur Benediktsson was fired as assistant manager of KR Reykjavík. On Monday, Benediktsson seized the opportunity for a screechy encore ; his reaction to Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s 18th minute game-winner over an underachieving England side is shown below :

James Harrison : Keeping Typewriter Font Alive Well Into The Modern Era

Posted in Gridiron at 10:51 pm by

@NFL I look forward to speaking with you. Goodnight

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06.25.16

Going Crazy Deep With An Angle : Progress’ Jinny Couture Vs. Laura Di Matteo Feud

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Progress Wrestling’s 5000 to 1 takes place tomorrow afternoon at Camden’s Electric Ballroom, and with all due respect to the advertised Marty Skrull vs. Tommy End collision, the main attraction is arguably a match between Jinny Couture and former personal assistant Elizabth aka Laura Di Matteo. Ever wonder what it would’ve been like had Virgil turned on Ted DiBiase? Me neither, but this contemporary dispute touches on timely issues including but not limited to class warfare, exploitation of new arrivals, and Progress’ interviewer ending up like Jim Rome after calling Jim Everett, “Chris”. OK, maybe that part isn’t so timely. Timeless, more like it.

06.24.16

HOF Scribe : Thor’s Hateable, But Not Nearly Pond Scum

Posted in Baseball, History's Not Happening at 6:15 pm by

Video via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Hey, I’m sure the Cards fans of that era harbored intense dislike for the Mets, what with our talismanic first-baseman having been served up on a silver platter by noted double agent, Whitey Herzog.

06.23.16

Maybe It Was Supposed To Read, “Vote ‘Leave The Capitol’ As Your Favorite Fall Song?

Posted in politics at 1:07 pm by

Photo courtesy Michael Duane

06.22.16

TX Pol : Dez Bryant’s A Shitty Tennant

Posted in Gridiron at 7:34 pm by

If allegations in today’s papers are accurate, Dez Bryant deserves some measure of credit ; he’s proven that there’s a bigger nightmare for a landlord than Johnny Manziel. The Dallas Morning News’ Tom Steele reports Bryant is being sued by state Senator Royce West, who claims the enigmatic Cowboys WR ran up some $60,000 + in damages to the former’s property.

West discovered the 6,400-square-foot home “littered with trash and feces, missing blinds and shutters, with cracked windows and blackened carpeting” after Bryant moved out in January, and his lawyers say Bryant refuses to accept responsibility for the damage.

Lease documents show Bryant was paying $4,720 a month for the home in a gated community, which he started renting in September 2013.

The state senator, who has owned the home since 2009, according to property records, was part of an informal support group of prominent residents created to mentor Bryant and keep him out of trouble. Other members include Dr. Donald Arnette, a cardiologist, and former Cowboys Michael Irvin and Nate Newton.

West also has served as Bryant’s attorney in the past.

06.21.16

The Real Cost Of Pro Baseball’s Deferred Return To Hartford, CT

Posted in Baseball, The Marketplace, Ugly New Stadiums at 7:04 pm by

The Eastern League’s Hartford Yard Goats — formerly the New Britain Rock Cats — have yet to play a game within city limits during their inaugural season, what with the not-quite-finished Dunkin’ Donuts Park being the subject of a heated dispute between the city and the stadium’s developers, DoNo Hartford LLC and Centerplan. While the Yard Goats have shared a nearby Dodd Stadium with the NY-Penn League’s Connecticut Defenders, locals promised employment by the Rockies AA affiliate are for the time being, seriously fucked, as the Hartford Courant’s Vinny Vella explains :

For 316 Hartford residents, the majority of whom live in the North End within walking distance of the incomplete ball field, minor league baseball’s delayed arrival is more than just an inconvenience.

“Right now, we’re doing horrible,” said Davila, who was counting on the food-service job as her primary source of income. “It’s stressful and depressing. The kids are asking for stuff we can’t give them.”

Tim Restall, the Yard Goats’ general manager, said he understands the employees’ frustrations. He attended the team’s job fair, even interviewed many of the more than 1,000 applicants that afternoon.

“There’s a lot of disappointment. These people are eager and want to get working,” he said. “People see the park and wonder ‘When can we get in it?’ and that’s the tough part. We don’t know.”

The team says its hands are tied, and most of the people they’ve hired understand that — especially, Jashira Gonzalez, who said she doesn’t aim her frustration at being functionally unemployed at the Yard Goats’ front office.

“It’s not the team’s fault. It’s just that the city is messed up,” the Sigourney Street resident said. “I’m looking for a job, but there are no jobs out there for me.”