08.27.16

The Former Darkness Crabtree Tells His Fascinating Life Story

Posted in Professional Wrestling at 2:18 pm by

Prior to tonight’s clash with IWGP JR Heavyweight Champion Kushida at Coney Island’s MCU Park, ROH’s shy and retiring Dalton Castle gives Sirius/XM’s Sam Roberts an extended audience.

08.25.16

I Often Dream Of Trains (Operated By Jah Wobble)

Posted in record collector disease, Rock Und Roll at 11:59 pm by

Apologies to Robyn Hitchcock for the above headline.  Indeed, if Wobble ditched the bass for operating a train, that’s music’s loss, but let’s do what we can to prevent Keith Levene from driving a bus or piloting an airplane

Rudy Van Gelder, RIP

Posted in record collector disease at 2:44 pm by

Farewell to Rudy Van Gelder (above, left), who has shuffled off this mortal coil at the age of 91. Arguably one of the most important recording engineers in music history, Van Gelder not only had the satisfaction of knowing he helmed sessions that changed the course of jazz, but he also managed to outlive Dick Urine.

08.24.16

Burnley’s Gray : Sorry About Wishing Death Upon Gays

Posted in Football at 8:40 pm by

England’s Football Association has asked Burnley striker Andre Gray to offer some explanation regarding offensive tweets issued from his account. Prior to a hearing, Gray’s issued an apology, as the Guardian’s Louise Taylor reports :

One tweet from the 25-year-old forward, then playing for non-league Hinckley Town, appeared to condone the killing of gay people but Gray has since apologised, claiming he is now a different person to the one who posted the messages four years ago.

“Thankfully I am not the guy I was back then,” he said in a statement but it remains to be seen whether the FA will regard the combination of apology and suggestion he is a changed man as mitigating factors in this case. In June Chris Stokes, the Coventry defender, received a one-match FA ban for making a homophobic comment on Twitter. Stokes used the term “faggots” on 2 May during Chelsea’s Premier League match with Tottenham, before later removing it and apologising. He subsequently admitted breaching FA rules relating to the use of social media and, in addition to the ban, was ordered to attend an FA education course, fined £1,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

Gray’s posts re-emerged last Saturday and hit the headlines as he scored against Liverpool to help give Burnley a 2-0 win at Turf Moor. One tweet read: “Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #Makesmesick.”

Hart To Rollins : You’re Gonna Get Someone Killed

Posted in Professional Wrestling at 7:09 pm by

Fin Balor’s rapid ascent to the top of the WWE main roster took a detour this past Monday when he was diagnosed with a serious shoulder injury suffered the previous evening at the hands of Seth Rollins at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Noting Rollins’ alarming penchant for putting headliner colleagues on the shelf for extended periods (John Cena), or in the case of Sting, forever, Bret Hart tells Wrestlezone’s Nick Hausman, “if you’re a professional wrestler and you keep hurting opponents and or yourself, clearly you’re doing it wrong.”

I wrestled a very realistic and physical style and not once in 23 yrs did I ever hurt one opponent ever. Seth Rollins needs to improve his technique and become the safest wrestler in the business. I have great respect for Seth. I believe he’ll improve and hopefully stop hurting the talent before someone gets killed. Wrestlers have to trust one another. If a wrestler holds the life of another wrestler in his hands for the sake of his family, wife or children you plain and simply cannot drop it!

I saw this coming, if anything WWE producers are negligent for not speaking up about it to him already, instead they’re probably gushing with joy, slapping him on the back telling him “great job!” Bill Goldberg was similar. When I think of Samoa Joe nearly killing Tyson Kidd, then see him continuing to use that deadly finish of his, I just shake my head. It’s not real, it’s only supposed to look real, wrestlers are not crash test dummies!

All of those agents in WWE, I don’t know who they are that are schooling these guys and telling them what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. They should all be chastised for not speaking up too. Including Vince. Including Triple H. What he did was totally wrong. Totally unprofessional. It’s true and it’s not a personal attack. It just means, “Be more careful.” You can’t be hurting guys like that all the time.

08.22.16

The Lengths Josh Reddick Will Go To In Order To Avoid Skyline Chili

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Dodgers OF Josh Reddick made a pinch-hit cameo during Monday’s 18-9 rout of the host Reds while recovering from a self-inflicted injury so improbable, Clint Barmes can’t believe this was the best story he could come up with.

History’s Most Questionable eBay Auctions, Pt. XIX

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08.21.16

Matt & Nick Jackson’s Latest Meltzer Homage…

Posted in Fashion, Professional Wrestling at 6:58 pm by

…or if you prefer, stay dead, Mr. Blackwell.

08.19.16

Ex WWE Writer : Let’s Make Darren Young Gay Again

Posted in Professional Wrestling at 6:10 pm by

Earlier this month, the WWE’s Stephanie McMahon claimed the promotion was working in conjunction with GLAAD to develop LGBT characters for future storylines. Recalling the company’s less than sophisticated efforts with Adrian Adonis, Golddust and Billy & Chuck, former WWE writer Kevin Eck insists he had a plan for the openly gay Darren Young (above) that was rejected by his superiors. From Pressbox Online.com :

My idea was to have Zeb Colter cut a promo denouncing Young’s lifestyle, which would ignite a feud between The Real Americans and Young and his tag team partner, Titus O’Neil. Young and O’Neil were a couple of heels known as The Prime Time Players, but they would be portrayed as babyfaces for standing up to the homophobic bullies.

The story practically wrote itself. My thought was that once the program between The Real Americans and Young and O’Neil was finished (with Young and O’Neil prevailing), Young’s sexual orientation didn’t need to be a major issue going forward.

Rather than being a gay wrestler, Young would be a wrestler who happened to be gay. He wasn’t going to suddenly become more flamboyant or effeminate. It would show how far the wrestling business had come in its portrayal of gay characters, and Young would be a positive role model for the LGBT community.

Unfortunately, my pitch was immediately shot down. It was made clear that the main reason for not doing the angle was the belief a significant portion of the WWE audience would be turned off by the subject matter.

I know the long-held stereotype about wrestling fans being low-brow still exists, but I think the overwhelming majority of the WWE audience is better than that, so why cater to the ignorant minority?

08.18.16

The Day The Gawking Died

Posted in non-sporting journalism at 10:04 pm by

Though my prophecy of Knobbs & Sags as co-editors of Deadspin will not come to fruition, it seems Peter Thiel’s revenge boner aka financing of Hulk Hogan’s successful suit against Gawker Media and publisher Nick Denton has resulted in Gawker.com ceasing publication next week.

Unless you’re an avid reader of CSTB (all 3 of you, you’re probably unaware that I’ve wasted thousands of hours on jabs aimed in the direction of Denton and his various properties, most notably Deadspin and founder/former editor Will Leitch in particular). Leitch’s ethical lapses, sickening cronyism and narrow/duller-than-dishwater worldview aside, I’ve no special animus reserved for the many talented persons who’ve been employed by Denton over the years. Though I cannot say for certain what great public good was accomplished by publishing a sex tape of Hulk Hogan’s carnal escapes with Mrs. Bubba The Love Sponge, such items did not constitute the majority of what Gawker brought to the table each day. Maybe not even 40%.

Make no mistake, Peter Thiel, far from bringing back civility to journalism, is a vivid reminder of what happens in the real world when you piss off someone with more money than God. And while I don’t believe Thiel’s private life is something Gawker’s readers were entitled to know about, his recent participation at the RNC puts everything into a different context. Of course Thiel considers arguments over bathroom access to be a distraction — unlike most of the transgender persons in this country, Thiel can afford to buy the building and go to the bathroom in whatever room he wishes. He could buy your house right now and piss in the kitchen sink.

That’s essentially what he’s done in this instance. By paying $10 million for Hulk Hogan’s legal fees, Thiel’s pretty much taking a giant dump on Denton and A.J. Daulerio (the former Gawker/Deadspin editor taunted by Jay Mariotti, who somehow believes the latter’s financial woes make him less accomplished than a guy who brags about eating dim sum with Flea), squashing ‘em like bugs simply because he can. This is a guy with an anti-democracy, buy-his-way-to-immortality agenda, and he’s a-ok with ruining lives and careers.

Had Gawker gone down the tubes because the public and advertisers were uninterested, that’s another matter. Things like that happen in the marketplace, and shall continue to. But keep in mind, the next outlet to run afoul of Thiel could well be one with even fewer resources at their disposal than Gawker. That won’t simply have a chilling effect on whether or not to run with hidden camera footage of Hogan’s bass audition for Metallica, but perhaps will result in spiking a story about Thiel trying to colonize Mars (or Oakland).