11.18.16

A Late Contender For 2016′s Top Sports Highlight

Posted in Cricket, Dogs at 12:58 pm by

With all due respect to LeBron James, Conor McGregor, Simone Biles and Kris Bryant, we’ve got a new nominee for the year’s top sportsperson/creature. Who knew it would take a stray dog to get James Shields off the hook?

11.16.16

Manatees’ Abe White : Recovering, Needing Your Help

Posted in 12XU, Firearms, record collector disease, Rock Und Roll at 9:27 am by

As you may or may not have heard, Abe White (Manateees, True Sons Of Thunder) suffered a gunshot wound this past Friday night in Memphis. Though he’ll doubtlessly resume his artistic winning streak post-recovery, getting shot is a pricey proposition. There’s a benefit at Murphy’s on Nov. 26 but for those otherwise occupied, you can make a donation toward’s Abe’s medical expenses here.

11.11.16

Popovich On Trump’s Ascendecy : “I’m Sick To My Stomach”

Posted in Basketball, politics at 11:56 pm by

(audio courtesy San Antonio Express-News)

“We live in a country that ignored all those values that we hold our kids accountable for.” That’s just a portion of Spurs head coach Greg Popovich’s take on Donald Trump’s electoral college victory this past Tuesday, citing (amongst other things), Trump’s “race-baiting and fear mongering.”

Likening the President-Elect to “an 8th grade bully,” Popovich added, “I can’t imagine being a Muslim right now, or a woman, or an African American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person. How disenfranchised they might feel.”

Cobra Verde Are Playing Austin Saturday (& The Bill Ward-Less Black Sabbath Can Suck It)

Posted in Austin, record collector disease, Rock Und Roll at 9:43 pm by

OK, I’m trying to put tomorrow night’s rare Austin visit by Cleveland’s Cobra Verde into some kind of perspective for you :
a) it’s a big enough deal that I unloaded my tickets to see Black Sabbath for the final time – FUCK BLACK SABBATH, THEY’RE NO COBRA VERDE

b) when you add up John Petkovic’s vast cultural contributions — from Death Of Samantha to Cobra Verde to Sweet Apple to journalism to storytelling — his importance to the region rivals that of LeBron James (ok, that’s a bit much — would you settle for J.R. Smith?)

c) Richard Lynn — a man as magnanimous as he is dedicated, could otherwise reenact the front cover of ‘Be Here Now’, but instead chose to put Cobra Verde on an airplane in order to enrich our lives during deeply troubled times.

d) the rest of the bill’s pretty alright, too.

11.09.16

Stan Van Gundy To America : You Oughta Be Ashamed

Posted in Basketball, politics at 7:23 pm by

Not content to leave political commentary to experts like J.R. Smith and Don Cherry, Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy weighed in earlier today on President-Elect Donald Trump’s (electoral college) victory. “We just elected an openly, brazen misogynist leader and we should keep our mouths shut and realize that we need to be learning maybe from the rest of the world,” mused Van Gundy, “because we don’t got anything to teach anybody.” From Vince Ellis and the Detroit Free Press :

“I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic,” Van Gundy said. “We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking this is where we are as a country.”

“Martin Luther King said, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends toward justice.’ I would have believed in that for a long time, but not today. … What we have done to minorities … in this election is despicable. I’m having a hard time dealing with it. This isn’t your normal candidate. I don’t know even know if I have political differences with him. I don’t even know what are his politics. I don’t know, other than to build a wall and ‘I hate people of color, and women are to be treated as sex objects and as servants to men.’ I don’t know how you get past that. I don’t know how you walk into the booth and vote for that.

“It’s embarrassing. I have been ashamed of a lot of things that have happened in this country, but I can’t say I’ve ever been ashamed of our country until today. Until today. We all have to find our way to move forward, but that was — and I’m not even trying to make a political statement. To me, that’s beyond politics. You don’t get to come out and talk about people like that, and then lead our country and have millions of Americans embrace you. I’m having a hard time being with people. I’m going to walk into this arena tonight and realize that — especially in this state — most of these people voted for the guy. Like, (expletive), I don’t have any respect for that. I don’t.”

11.08.16

Cuban : I’m Saving Human Sportswriters (By Banning Them From The Mavs Locker Room)

Posted in Basketball, Sports Journalism at 3:21 pm by

What would possess Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (above, left) to revoke the locker room credentials of ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Tim McMahon? According to Cuban, the move has little to do with either writer’s work, but it’s all about winning the war against automation. From the AP :

The Associated Press, in a partnership with Automated Insights, produces automated stories on minor league baseball but does not use the technology for most of its sports coverage. The AP has at least one reporter at all games in the four major professional sports and most major college football and basketball games.

“Maybe I will be wrong but I see a direct path from the trends in coverage of games we are seeing over the last couple years to the automation of reporting on games and the curation of related content,” Cuban wrote in an email to the AP. “This isn’t a knock on wire services or their reporters. They are valued and valuable in sports coverage.”

Cuban said he responded after learning that ESPN was relying on wire services for game coverage on 19 NBA teams. Barry Bedlan, AP’s sports product manager, said ESPN “has relied on us for years.”

Though I’m sure the remaining working (human) journalists appreciate Cuban’s sentiments, it’s a rather curious strategy, particularly when ESPN’s actually assigns writers to shadow the Mavs. If Cuban’s beef is with the AP, it’s doubly curious he’d give said wire service the scoop on his motives.

11.03.16

The Shy, Retiring Charles Oakley Would Like To Have Dinner With James Dolan

Posted in Basketball, Food at 6:13 pm by

Former power forward / fashion plate/gourmet chef / fountain of insight Charles Oakley has long been a thorn in the side of Knicks ownership, despite remaining a fan favorite with anyone other than, y’know James Dolan. In a Tuesday NY Times profile, Oakley, whose business prowess now extends to $20,000 cooking gigs and $35 “Oakley’s Kitchen” snapbacks, addressed the subject with Scott Cacciola :

“The boss don’t like me,” Oakley said last week. “I wouldn’t mind having a sit-down dinner with Dolan. I wouldn’t mind cooking him dinner.”

Pause.

“Might put something in it, though!”

Pause.

“I mean, I had at least 15 people try to set up a meeting. He won’t meet. I want to sit down to talk to him. I want me and him in a room. And lock the door. Lock that door!”

Another pause.

“I mean, he can have the police outside the door.”

Barry Watkins, a spokesman for Madison Square Garden, said: “The Knicks have fabulous relationships with almost all of our alumni. But when it comes to Charles’s relationship with the organization, he is his own worst enemy.”

SORRY REISSUE LABEL, HERE’S A HISTORY LESSON

Posted in Baseball at 2:19 am by

11.02.16

Eagles’ Huff : Every Baller’s Packing

Posted in Firearms, Gridiron, The Law at 7:21 pm by

Stopped for a speeding on the Walt Whitman Bridge early Tuesday morning, Philadelphia WR Josh Huff was found to be in possession of a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, six hollow point bullets and what’s said to be marijuana for an unspecified quantity. Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Huff insisted, “I’m not Gilbert Arenas,”, but was hardly apologetic about the firearms charge. From the Inquirer’s Zach Berman :

“I’m a professional athlete. What professional athlete don’t have a gun?” Huff said by his locker. “I have a wife and I have a son at home, and my job is to protect them at all costs. My job is to protect myself as well.”

“I felt my life has been threatened, and that’s why I have a gun and I have a license,” Huff said.

Huff, a Houston native, said “there’s always somebody out to get you” in his hometown, which is why he’s conditioned to carrying a gun. He said there have been several incidents in which he has lost friends to gun violence when they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

11.01.16

Bob Newhart’s Twitter Domination Of The MLB Postseason Continues – Now With Extra (Mr.) Warmth!

Posted in Baseball, twitter twatter at 11:37 pm by

How many pics of Newhart and Rickles celebrating will it take to erase the myriad images of Eddie Vedder and Billy Corgan we’ve been subjected to this autumn? At least several more, I reckon.