Cleveland Police Union Chief : Hawkins’ Tamir Rice Shirt, “Pathetic”

Posted in Firearms, Gridiron, Racism Corner, The Law at 10:48 pm by

Prior to Sunday’s 30-0 loss at Cincinnati, Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (above) donned a t-shirt that specifically referenced the death of 12 year-old Tamir Rice, gunned down last month by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Adam Ferrise reports Cleveland police union president Jeff Folmer found Hawkins’ gesture, “disrespectful”.

“He’s an athlete. He’s someone with no facts of the case whatsoever,” Follmer said. “He’s disrespecting the police on a job that we had to do and make a split-second decision.”

The Browns in a statement said they respect Cleveland police and their players right to support certain causes.

“We have great respect for the Cleveland Police Department and the work that they do to protect and serve our city,” the statement says. “We also respect our players’ rights to project their support and bring awareness to issues that are important to them if done so in a responsible manner.”

Follmer said many Cleveland police officers work security for the Browns games and are employed by Browns.

“He should stick to playing football and let us worry about law enforcement,”
Follmer said. “The players don’t know what our job entails. Don’t judge us by what you’re reading in the media.”

If you’re keeping score, the persons in charge of worrying about law enforcement saw the following occur on their watch ; they hired Loehmann and gave him a firearm despite his being deemed “distracted”, “weepy” and not “mentally prepared” to handle a gun by a neighboring city’s police force. After Loehmann responded to a dispatcher’s report of Rice wielding a pistol (that turned out to be an air gun), the latter was shot on sight. Rice’s death has since been deemed a homicide — but perhaps Follmer would prefer the county medical examiner stick to football as well.

Ryan : It’ll Take Greater Atrocities Than Previously Reported To End America’s Obsession With The NFL

Posted in Gridiron, Sports Journalism at 4:17 pm by

Not brain injuries, domestic violence, nor the league’s complicity and/or cover ups of the above make a dent in the box office receipts or television rights income of the National Football League, and not even a steady stream of terrible Thursday night games can prevent the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan from declaring (with considerable regret), “the product is too compelling for a little thing such as morality to interfere with America’s viewing pleasure.” And on the ethical tip, let’s just say Ryan’s not totally comfortable with how the sausages are made in Bill Belichik’s Meat Factory.

We’ve got a beauty in this Brandon Browner. He’s got his own version of the post office motto. Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail nor San Diego sunshine will keep Mr. B from making his appointed rounds, which include every form of hit: high, low, late, or otherwise. All that fuss on the Ladarius Green hit last Sunday was laughable. Yes, he led with his shoulder, not his head, as he claimed. But yes, he also could have targeted Green’s rather large torso, rather than his head area. This was not one of those fast-moving deals where a runner is dipping and a tackler really can’t avoid making head-to-head, or shoulder-to-head contact. This was a case of Brandon Browner, with plenty of time, in context, to decide, eschewing a clean, totally legal hit in favor of a shot to the head, which he finds so much more satisfying.

The pragmatic me says I’m glad he’s on our side. His pluses do outweigh his minuses. But he’s awfully hard to root for.

And now once again LeGarrette Blount is A-OK now that he’s back on our side. Forget about the fact that he was made available to the Patriots only because he acted like a selfish clown while wearing a Steelers uniform a few weeks back. Mike Tomlin didn’t hesitate to tell Blount to take a hike. And Coach Bill didn’t hesitate to pick him up. That’s the new Patriot Way, I guess.

Until further notice, the NFL remains America’s sports dictator. And it doesn’t even have to silence dissent. There is none.

Recalling Yet Another Failed Attempt At Returning Professional Football To Southern California…

Posted in Gridiron, The World Of Entertainment at 12:54 am by

…the XFL and LA KISS excepted. At at time when speculation surrounding a possible Chargers, Raiders or Rams relocation to Los Angeles runs rampant, Glenn Arthur Pierce, author of “Naming Rites: A Biographical History of North American Team Names”, takes us back to a prior decade in which “The Simpsons” alluded to LA’s strange role a massive city/media capital sans an NFL franchise.

In 2006, Springfield beat out Los Angeles’s bid to get the Meltdowns. That alludes to another argument … that the NFL keeps L.A. empty as a way of strong-arming smaller media markets into making huge concessions to keep their team.

The Meltdowns were slated to play at Duff Beer Krusty Burger Buzz Cola Costington’s Department Store Kwik-E-Mart Stupid Flanders Park, which mocks the absurdity of stadium-naming rights (as did Springfield’s Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific Arena, Buzz Cola Dome, Yahoo Search Engine Arena, and—our fav—an arena where the marquee reads “Naming Rights Available.”


Sherman : Tulowitzki Is Aging, Banged Up, Overpaid & Altitude-Assisted. So He’s Perfect For The Mets

Posted in Baseball at 10:55 pm by

New York Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman openly admits that Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzski (30) is not merely “injury prone”, but is currently rehabbing from the same hip ailment that’s all but ended Alex Rodriguez’ productivity. What’s more, Tulowitzki’s gaudy career numbers have benefited from his playing at Coors Field, and he’ll earn more than $21 million per year over the next half decade. Even so, Sherman insists that Tulowitzski could be the Mets’ 2015 version of acquiring Gary Carter, while hoping Colorado can be convinced “this is the Mark Teixeira deal from Texas to Atlanta that so improved the future of the Rangers.” MAKE UP YOUR MIND, JOEL.

To get him — defects and all — the Mets are going to have to give up a bevy of prospects. That hurts. This is not how little you want to give up if you are the Mets. Put yourself in the seat of a new Rockies general manager. What would he have to receive to move from implacable to willing to move a franchise cornerstone? The answer is something that will bring pain to Mets fans, particularly those deluded into thinking every prospect ever praised in Baseball America is going to be a star.

The Mets, though, should demand this concession: They are ready to win now, so Colorado cannot touch the major league roster. So no Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler or Jacob deGrom. The trade begins with Noah Syndergaard. Because of that the Mets get to protect their second-best pitching prospect, Steve Matz.

After that they tell Colorado pretty much have it on any other three players you want from among, say, Rafael Montero, Kevin Plawecki, Brandon Nimmo, Wilmer Flores and Matt Reynolds. Michael Conforto can’t be traded until June, one year after he was drafted, but he could become a player to be named later.

This Is What Passes For Social Activism In Arizona

Posted in Basketball, College Spurts, Sports TV at 12:45 am by

The above intro to a Change.org petition comes courtesy of Larry Brown Sports’ Steve DelVecchio who reports the above plea to ESPN and the Pac 12 Network has received more than 900 signatures.


Dan Gilbert’s Dangerous Mind Dissed By Omission (By Dangerous Minds)

Posted in Basketball, Fashion, social crusaders at 9:44 pm by

As I’m sure you’re aware, a number of NBA stars this week followed the lead of Chicago’s Derrick Rose in taking the floor wearing shirts emblazoned with “I CAN’T BREATHE”, their way of acknowledging a Staten Island grand jury’s failure to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking fatality of Eric Garner. When LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visited the Barclays Center on Tuesday, I was not along in noting the choice of font on the shirts in question. Sadly, in the eyes of Dangerous Minds’ Martin Schneider, such observations can be summed up as “IDIOTIC HIPSTERS COMPLAIN ABOUT THE FONT OF ‘I CAN’T BREATHE’ PROTEST SHIRTS” :

All across America, a small minority of observers reacted in the expected way: they tut-tutted the shirts’ choice of font. The shirts, while admittedly embodying a courageous stand against the combined forces of intolerance, had committed the unpardonable sin of violating a bit of design etiquette.

The New York Times report on the shirts emphasizes the outsize efforts of Jay-Z and others to replicate the gesture made by Derrick Rose of the Bulls and makes no mention of Comic Sans or any other aspect of the shirts’ design, except to note that “Rameen Aminzadeh, a member of Justice League NYC, drafted a simple design for the text of the T-shirt, which other members of the group approved sometime after 1 a.m. [referring to late Sunday night/early Monday morning].”

Yeah? Well guess what you and the New York Times have in common, Martin? Other than being widely read and globally respected, of course. Neither of you found anything even slightly ironic or newsworthy about LeBron donning a garment prominently displaying the very font that was so infamously employed by his past & present paymaster in one of the most ill-advised kiss-off letters ever published.

Is that in any way, shape or form more important than James using his notoriety to make a social statement? Of course not. But some persons who picked up on it are neither idiotic or hipsters. They’re simply basketball fans whose sense of history goes back a whole 4 years.


The (Possible) Return Of Surfin’ Barry

Posted in Baseball at 5:26 pm by

Bringing to the mind the adage, “you can never be too left handed”, 14 year major league vet Barry Zito is said to be mulling a comeback at the age of 36. Agent Scott Boras promises there’s been “widespread interest” in his client, as InsideBayArea.com’s Alex Pavlovic eagerly nods.

“He’s been working hard on his mechanics,” Boras said of Zito. “He doesn’t cup the ball anymore, and his drive to home plate is a little bit different than it was. He’s got kind of new mechanical evolutions.”

“Remember, when Barry stopped pitching (after the 2013 season) he could still continue to pitch,” Boras said. “Even at that level without any improvement, I felt he could still compete and pitch in the big leagues. If he has added strengths and durability and more control, all the better. You’re talking about a guy that has really a historic record under his belt, so he certainly knows what’s necessary.”

Boras said Zito’s move to Houston shows how committed he is to the process, and that he’s found “a pitching guru” in Ron Wolforth  the Houston-based trainer behind the recent career revival of Scott Kazmir.  A recent ESPN The Magazine profile of Wolforth described the consultant as, “something of a general contractor, specializing in rebuilding broken-down pitchers through guidance, motivation and the occasional straight shot of tough love…he studies biomechanics yet despises absolutes, which results in a teaching approach that relies more on suggestion than dogma.”


Oregon’s Altman : Protest Police Brutality On Your Own Time (ie. When No One Is Watching)

Posted in Basketball, College Spurts, Racism Corner at 9:09 pm by


A pair of Oregon Ducks players, F Dwayne Benjamin and F Jordan Bell, held their hands at chest level during the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to last Saturday’s home tilt with Ole Miss, then proceeded to frisk each other during player introductions. While the school’s press & information office failed to make either player available for questions after the game, their head coach, Dana Altman (above), tells the Oregonian’s Tyson Alger he’s not cool with the gesture :

Altman said he didn’t know the two players had planned the demonstration, though said he talked to them about it after.

“I think every player has a right to express their opinion, however I didn’t think that was the time and place for it,” Altman said. “On their own as individuals, they have that right. As part of our basketball team, when you put the Oregon jersey on, it’s a little different. So, I think there’s a time and place for everything. I don’t think that was the appropriate time.”

I’d be fascinated to learn when Altman considers the right time or place to take a public stand against civil rights violations, racial profiling or the indiscriminate use of deadly force. These are the sort of issues far more likely to impact the friends, peers and family members of Benjamin and Bell than say, a white, 56 year old D1 college basketball coach.

Where’s Roger Goodell’s Concern For The Well-Being Of The Buffalo Jills?

Posted in Gridiron, not just a piece of meat at 6:49 pm by

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell unveiled the league’s new conduct policy today, perhaps giving new teeth to efforts to make professional football just slightly less anti-female.  Of course, there’s other forms of institutionalized discrimination less egregious than say, a player’s spouse being knocked unconscious.  Dubbed “3rd party vendors” by the Buffalo Bills and fracking tycoon owners Terry and Kim Pegula (above), the team’s since disbanded cheerleading squad, the Jills, include at least one former member who tells the New York Times’ Brendan Bannon, “I ended up feeling like a piece of meat.”  Even worse, an unpaid piece of meat.

Supervisors ordered the cheerleaders, known as the Buffalo Jills, to warm up in a frigid, grubby stadium storeroom that smelled of gasoline. They demanded that cheerleaders pay $650 for uniforms. They told the cheerleaders to do jumping jacks to see if flesh jiggled.

The Jills were required to attend a golf tournament for sponsors. The high rollers paid cash — “Flips for Tips” — to watch bikini-clad cheerleaders do back flips. Afterward, the men placed bids on which women would ride around in their golf carts.

A not-incidental detail: The carts had no extra seats. Women clung to the back or, much more to the point, were invited to sit in the men’s laps.

For these and more humiliations, and for hundreds of hours of work and practices, Alyssa and her fellow cheerleaders on the Buffalo Jills received not a penny of wages, not from the subcontractor and certainly not from the Buffalo Bills, a team that each year makes revenue in excess of $200 million.

The team’s contractor handed the women a contract and a personnel code, and told them to sign on the spot. The team dictated everything from the color of their hair to how they handled their menstrual cycle.

The contractor required they visit a sponsor who was a plastic surgeon. He offered a small discount if they opted for breast augmentation and other services. Larger breasts, however, were not a condition of nonpaid employment.


The Single Greatest Argument Against Publishing A “Best Of 2014″ In Early December Just Appeared

Posted in Merry Fucking Christmas, record collector disease, Rock Und Roll at 7:50 pm by


….courtesy of Fort Worth’s COMPLETE :

Great news everyone, our first official album Beginning Of A New Era will be releasing this weekend on over 30 digital music stores including Itunes! Physical copies will be $19.99 in the U.S. and that includes free shipping, add shipping costs outside of the U.S.

Official Track Listing!
1 Stimey
2 Dreaming
3 The Wish
4 Eve
5 Beautiful Sunrise
6 Into the Night
7 Power Down
8 F.I.N.E.E
9 Loneliness
10 Roll On
11 Hoogie Boogie Land


David Roth On The (Joyless) Appointment Radio Of Mike Francesa

Posted in Recommended Reading, Sports Journalism, Sports Radio at 9:20 pm by

(above : an obscenely well compensated entertainer whose best work is decades behind him. And on the far right, Sir Paul McCartney)

While I’d never deny Mike Francesa’s role in reshaping sports talk radio in New York City (if not the entire industry) —- recall if you will, that WFAN’s original bright hope for the afternoon drive was the late Cleveland mainstay Pete Franklin, who failed to resonate with a NY audience — after decades of semi-faithful listening, I rarely find myself tuning in.  It’s not that Francesa’s local or nation competition in the same time slot is especially compelling ; most of ‘em are anything but.  But between major sports media sites, blogs, Twitter, being able to hear other programs on demand, etc. there’s fewer and fewer reasons to put up with Francesa’s condescension, impatience and generally grim world view.  I won’t deny that he still has a large role in shaping conversations (in New York, anyway), but the program seems to be greater resource for whatever remaining percentage of sports fans who don’t have internet access (judging by the timeliness of the calls, that might sum up much of WFAN’s audience).  I’m at a point where the primary reason I’ll listen to Francesa in real time (as opposed to finding highlights of gaffes and/or the host passing out on Bob’s Blitz) is to compare and contrast the real thing with the inspired work of Mike Zaun.

Former CSTB contributor David Roth considers Francesa’s spot on top of the ladder and gamely attempts to make sense out of a program that “has either evolved or devolved from something ostensibly about sports to a bit of avant-garde endurance theater whose subject is the successful and important and extremely confident radio personality Mike Francesa.” From Capitol New York.com :

The callers that Francesa scoffs at and talks over and dismisses—the simulcast reveals that he doesn’t even look at the touch-screen as he disconnects them—are calling to have that very interaction with him. Francesa’s opinions about sports are not any more relevant to his command of the audience than Rush Limbaugh’s thoughts on public policy are to his. It is, in both cases, a matter of style and performance.

Style, and old-fashioned managed scarcity. Francesa is famously dismissive of the internet; in the words of Bill Buchanan, who stars in the popular YouTube series “Mike Zaun,” which imagines Francesa’s commentary at various stages in world history, “The way [Francesa] views the Internet is—he literally views the Internet as one person, and that one person has made fun of him, and he does not like that one person.”

It is safe to say that Francesa will never tweet and it is difficult to imagine him podcasting; recordings of his show are unembeddable and mostly unavailable. Off the air as on, he is inaccessible.

In this sense, Francesa has leveraged the thing that makes televised sports the last great money-maker in broadcasting—what he does can only be experienced in real time, and it starts when it starts and ends when it ends. We do not wait for the morning edition of the newspaper, and DVR and streaming and other technologies make network TV schedules more of a hopeful suggestion. But Mike Francesa is only on when he’s on.

$200K and Eight Months Later, Dino Costa’s Biggest Benefactor Admits He Didn’t Do His Homework

Posted in Dino Costa, Sports Radio, The Marketplace at 5:47 pm by

Shame there’s not some kind of an internet search engine out there would allow potential employers, subscribers or investors to get a full flavor of the ticking time-bomb that is former Sirius/XM sports host Dino Costa (above), but perhaps they’ve not introduced the internet to Hackensack, NJ yet. That’s the home of businessman Anthony Menicola, the latest person to pledge his financial support to Costa’s fledgling webcast operation. Plagued by myriad technical difficulties from the start, “The Dino Costa Show”‘s biggest hurdle to overcome, was of course, the host’s less than winning personality, though it would also be fair to say his views on any number of current events were not widely embraced (perhaps the general public is very happy getting Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones’ respective brands of crazy for free without sports muddying the conversation).

On Friday, following a month spent co-hosting a sports show in a Jacksonville suburb where his co-host paid the station for airtime, Costa’s internet show failed to reemerge.  Menicola, who apparently owns the domain name to the show’s web archives, deleted existed content and issued the following statement (since deleted) :

What a ride it has been.  Exhausting is the first word that comes to my mind. Not exhausting because I had to work, thats the easy part that I’ve NEVER been afraid of like some people. Exhausting for other reasons that I’d rather not get into.  Your imaginations can take you where you want to go I’m sure, if necessary.

Yes, the show is over. Contrary to what the host tweeted only a few days ago, we did not have 1000 subscribers, nor did we ever eclipse that of 1000 subscriptions.  A flat out lie we will call it. To date, our highest paid membership number was 543. Not a bad number however, in my opinion, considering.  Definitely a substantial foundation.  A foundation that we could have built a tremendous future on.  But it just wasn’t in the cards. The turbulence was only getting worse and this flight wasn’t landing safely in a warm climate destination with beautiful views from your beach front bungalow.

in the end its about quality of life and this show was too taxing on mine. I don’t NEED the Dino Costa Show.  Last I checked, the Dino Costa Show NEEDED me, but some people just didn’t understand that. I did this as a long shot, knowing there was uncertainty, with the possibility of there being something big. Well the uncertainty has now become a distinct reality and I’m out close to 200k. I guess we shall see if the dino costa show really needed me or not in the coming weeks, as i have suggested previoulsy. It wont be under this domain name, I can assure you of that.

At any rate, Im not gonna throw stones.  I made some mistakes along the way as well. Not knowing who Ryan Patrick was, in which I found out today,  a fairly large one. Dumping 200k into someone thats been fired 6 times, a pretty bad one too, but hey your supposed to learn from your mistake aren’t you??? You have to have a little bit of respect for a guy who is consistent and believes in what he stands for and without humor, I really do have tremendous respect for him. But sometimes you need to realize your stupidity and grow up and recognize you have a family to support. Hell, if you guys can convince him to chill out, do the show for 3 hours/day 6 days/week with no intermittent changes for 1 year, i would be stupid enough to back him again.  But its just not possible.

I wish nothing but the best for him and his family.  I will pray that one day he realizes that he does, in fact, need other people, smarter than him most importantly, around him for him to be successful, because he is a hell of a talent, but something tells me that this western ends badly with John Wayne getting shot on Dollar out in the Arizona desert.

Missouri Tavern’s “Michael Brown Special” Cancelled Until Further Notice

Posted in Racism Corner, The Marketplace at 3:59 pm by

The Kansas City Star’s Glenn E. Rice reports there’s a St. Joseph, MO bar facing criticism for offering “a Michael Brown special”, ie. six shots for $10. No word on how many shots (or blows to the head) Mug Shots management consumed before coming up with this idea, but at least one of the responsible parties admits, “I should have thought a little bit more about it.”

A bar co-owner, Rodney Stapleton, told the St. Joseph News-Press the idea for the special was borrowed after he saw on Facebook that it had been successful at another bar. The bar later removed the sign.

Stapleton could not be reached for comment Monday.

However, his marketing ploy drew about 20 protesters to the front of the bar Friday night. Police increased patrols in the area, but there were no reports of violence.

“It was silly,” said Janet Christmas, who manages a nearby gas station. “They should have never done that, but it has been blown out of proportion.”

According to social media, the bar posted a response to the criticism that said: “Just wanna thank everyone who is going on about our shot special. Its just giving us free publicity. Everyone will know where the cheapest drinks are now. It also shows everyone that we believe our slogan, ‘WHERE SARCASM IS ALWAYS FREE.’

The message concluded, “We have never been hateful to anyone because of race, class, sex or sexual preference.”


The Following Clip Was Not Produced With The Cooperation Of Peanuts Worldwide LLC

Posted in Baseball, Merry Fucking Christmas at 8:46 pm by

(link via Baseball Think Factory)


It’s Time To Schedule Additional Apologies After Dave Whelen’s Apology Tour

Posted in Football, Racism Corner at 6:17 pm by

Under fire for his reluctance to condemn manager Malky McKay’s comments about the Chinese and Jews, Wigan F.C. chairman Dave Whelan (above, left) took to the pages of the Jewish Telegraph to, well, dig an even bigger hole for himself.  From the JT’s Paul Harris :

Whelan, 77, the footballer-turned-millionaire businessman, who founded JJB Sports, said he encountered Jewish business people every day.

“We just respect them. They’re good businessmen, they fight for what they believe in and that is hard work, I’m telling you. They’re good workers.

“Take my apology because I would never, ever offend one of the Jewish people because I have nothing but the highest respect for them.”

“So many Jewish people go to Barbados at Christmas. That’s when I go. I see a lot of them in the Lone Star, in restaurants. I play golf with a few of them.

“I don’t want to mention any particular names because I don’t want to pull their names into it. It would be unfair of me because they are good friends. They may object to me putting them in a newspaper or in publicity or whatever.”

Denying that he had ever used the term ‘Chink’ to refer to Chinese people, Whelan told me: “When I was growing up we used to call the Chinese ‘chingalings’.

“We weren’t being disrespected (sic). We used to say, ‘we’re going to eat in chingalings’.

“The Chinese weren’t offended by that. That was the name everyone in Wigan called it [the first Chinese cafe in Wigan].”


Harbaugh : I Love My QB’s Jaw (Especially When His Mouth Is Closed)

Posted in Gridiron at 10:26 pm by

Niners QB Colin Kaepernick (above) was something less than loquacious when fielding questions from Bay Area scribes earlier this week, and the tension from that exchange became a major talking point in SF head coach Jim Harbaugh’s media session earlier toda prior to Sunday’s short trip to Oakland. From the Press-Democrat.com :

What kind of sense did you get from your players this week in terms of how they’re looking to bounce back after Seattle?

“Determined. Determined to do well. I saw that there was quite a bit of sport made of [QB] Colin Kaepernick. People were even tallying his responses. It’s sad really because you don’t know him. And, he’s a determined person. He’s a spiritual person. He’s a very hard worker and he wants to do well and works extremely hard at it. And, you get the honest person when you deal with him. If he’s not chatty, he’s not going to be chatty. He’s single minded when he’s playing the game of football and preparing for the game and I appreciate that. I appreciate that he is who he is. I’m around him every day. He is his own person too.”

You bring that up. A lot of us who don’t know him nearly as well as you do didn’t know what to make of that – what message was he was trying to get across or why he responded the way he did on Wednesday. Can you shed a little bit of light on that of how you read it?

“He’s very professional. He always stands up. He never dodges or deflects criticism. He takes accountability. He’s honest. He tells the truth. The questions you were asking, he was telling the truth. You’re not going to just be at somebody’s beck and call or bidding. He’s going to act the way he acts. He’s his own person. I appreciate the honesty. That’s who he is. His jaw is set. He’s a team player all the way. That’s what he’s doing. He’s working. He is working. He loves this time of year, loves this kind of football, these big games. And I appreciate that. It’s all a person can do. They do their best. If that’s not appreciated then you do your best anyway. That’s who he is. That’s what he does.”

Just one more on that, right before you came in here we were just watching a national TV show where they were talking about that’s not the way, a quote, unquote, “the face of the franchise should be, the image he should give off”. What would you say to that, to people who would think that a face of a franchise quarterback should be a little bit more accommodating?

“Face of the franchise quarterback should be a great leader by example, the way he works. A team player all the way. What’s in his heart is about the team. It’s not about himself. And then, you get the raw honesty. He is telling you. You ask him what his mindset is, it’s to work. That’s his approach.”

Are you saying that if he were to go up there and be really wordy and eloquent, he would be someone other than who he really is? He wouldn’t be true to himself?

“Wouldn’t anybody be? If you want someone to be wordy and that’s not who they are, that’d be phony to be that. That’d be passive aggressive. That’d be being somebody that he’s not. The jaw is set. He wants to win this football game. He’s going to work his way to get there.”

Columbia Will Have To Break A 21 Game Losing Streak With A Less Abusive Head Coach

Posted in College Spurts, Gridiron at 9:19 pm by

A day after it was revealed some 25 members of the Columbia Lions football squad had written a letter to the school’s administration accusing head coach Pete Manugrian of pressuring players to take the field with concussions, Mangurian has resigned writes the Columbia Spectator’s Eli Schutlz :

“I have accepted Pete Mangurian’s resignation because we have all come to the conclusion that it would be in the best interests of Columbia Athletics,” the release said. “Under Dianne Murphy, Columbia teams have built a new winning tradition across our men’s and women’s sports and we expect no less of our football program.”

The resignation came after Mangurian was accused of disregarding player safety in a since-withdrawn letter 25 players sent to Bollinger, Board of Trustees Chair Jonathan Schiller, CC ’69, Law ’73, and Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus Bill Campbell, CC ’62, TC ’64. The letter also alleged that Mangurian physically and verbally abused players.

The University also released a statement Friday regarding accusations that Mangurian encouraged players to play through concussions.

“The University routinely reviews complaints and concerns raised by students, even those that have been withdrawn,” the statement read. “While we don’t generally comment on specific cases under review, it is essential to note that Columbia adheres to a strict medical protocol regarding head injuries for all sports teams and our investigation has found no evidence to support an allegation of a departure from that protocol with our football players.”


Torii Hunter’s Made His Definitive, Unpleasant Statement About Gay Marriage. Do Not Ask Him To Do It Again

Posted in Baseball at 10:42 pm by

Seriously, Mike Bernadino, there’s a time and place for everything. And apparently, the time and place to call a respected journalist a prick is during an introductory press conference welcoming Torii Hunter back to the Minnesota Twins organization.

James Dolan’s Goon Squad Deliver A Harsh Ettiquette Lesson To A One-Legged Nets Fan

Posted in Basketball at 3:12 pm by

@jeffreygamblero #knicksvsnets

A video posted by @ponzi on

“He was dancing and yelling,” Ponzini told NJ Advance Media via email. “If he wasn’t dancing, he was yelling, vice versa. He only made two interactions with other people watching the game, but they were very friendly. Some people complained about him (he was standing up and moved a few rows up). Security came and he was very sarcastic. When the guard asked him to be quiet, he stood up and yelled something and then asked the guard if that was okay.”

She added that after Jeffrey Gamblero put his prosthetic leg on his head, security arrived as fans around him chanted, “Let him stay!”

“Honestly, there was more of a disturbance once security came, and it was awful the way they dragged him out,” said Ponzini, who posted video on Instagram of Gamblero screaming as he was dragged out of MSG.

Charles Curtis, NJ.com

It’s nothing short of disgraceful that MSG security would treat a paying customer like this for having the temerity to root for the opposition. That said, it’s simply uncanny that Mr. Gamblero’s howls of protest sound exactly like those of Cablevision staffers locked inside a JD & The Straight Shot launch party.


Tampa Sports Fans Are Being Fed By (The Unpaid) Homeless

Posted in Baseball, Food, Gridiron, Religion at 7:42 pm by

(above : not a homeless person or a recovering substance abuser, but Aramark’s executive chef Kevin Riley).

The recovering substance abusers serving beer & snacks to Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans, “leave the game sweat-soaked and as penniless as they arrived,” writes the Tampa Bay Times’ Will Hobson. It seems their services have been arranged by a company called New Beginnings, who trades shelter and meals in exchange for free labor. Hobson quizzed NB CEO Tom Achison, who claimed “we take guys off the street who have nothing and give them the opportunity to work and get their lives back together.” (link swiped from Baseball Think Factory)

For years, New Beginnings founder and CEO Tom Atchison has sent his unpaid homeless labor crews to Tampa Bay Rays, Lightning and Bucs games, the Daytona 500 and the Florida State Fair. For their shelter, he’s had homeless people work in construction, landscaping, telemarketing, moving, painting, even grant-writing.

Atchison calls it “work therapy.” Homeless advocates and labor lawyers call it exploitative, and possibly illegal. It is the latest questionable way Atchison has used homeless people, and public money, a Tampa Bay Times investigation has found.

• A New Beginnings contractor told the Times he overbilled the state for at least $80,000 of grant money, then gave the money to the program instead of returning it.

• While claiming to provide counseling, New Beginnings employs no one clinically trained to work with addicts or the mentally ill. One minister cited his experience running a motorcycle gang as his top qualification. The Times couldn’t verify the doctorate in theology Atchison said he earned from a defunct online school.

In a press release issued yesterday, Atchison denies using homeless labor and accuses Hobson of “hindering New Beginnings’ ability to function because of the thirst for Pulitzers and sensationalism” (“we at New Beginning are under attack by the powers of darkness, but God is at our side to walk us thru this”).

Mike Ditka Doesn’t Know Exactly What Happened In Ferguson, Just That It’s Not Worth Protesting

Posted in Free Expression, Gridiron at 2:02 pm by

“It’s a shame this thing has come to this,” Ditka told the Chicago Sun-Times for his weekly feature column. “The shame of it is, I’m not sure they care about Michael Brown or anything else. This was a reason to protest and to go out and loot. Is this the way to celebrate the memory of Michael Brown? Is this an excuse to be lawless? Somebody has to tell me that. I don’t understand it. I understand what the Rams’ take on this was. I’m embarrassed for the players more than anything. They want to take a political stand on this? Well, there are a lot of other things that have happened in our society that people have not stood up and disagreed about.

“I wasn’t in Ferguson. I don’t know exactly what happened. But I know one thing: If we dismantle and limit the power of our policemen any more than we have already, then we’re going to have a lot of problems in this country.

“What do you do if someone pulls a gun on you or is robbing a store and you stop them? I don’t want to hear about this hands-up crap. That’s not what happened. I don’t know exactly what did happen, but I know that’s not what happened. This policeman’s life is ruined. Why? Because we have to break somebody down. Because we have to even out the game. I don’t know. I don’t get it. Maybe I’m just old fashioned.”

Don’t sell yourself short, Coach. You’re not just old fashioned.


UAB’s Watts : We’re Gonna Build A School Our (Defunct) Football Team Can Be Proud Of

Posted in College Spurts, Gridiron at 11:33 pm by

A Saturday defeat of Southern Miss made the The University of Alabama at Birmingham bowl eligible for the first time in a decade, but that’s not enough save the football program, not after the school announced Tuesday they’ve essentially given themselves the death penalty. Facing with saving nearly $50 million over the next 5 years, UAB President Ray Watts (above) pulled the plug on the football, bowling and rifle teams (maybe the rifle team was bowl eligible, too. Frankly, I don’t want to know). From the Birmingham News’ Kelsey Stein :

Watts said that “killing football was not what we set out to do” but the more they analyzed, the clearer the situation became. Football just was not sustainable.

Continuing to fund the team would divert resources from other priorities on campus, departments that show promise or athletic programs that could be competitive.

“This was an agonizing decision because of the young people involved,” Watts said. “We knew we had to make difficult, but clearly necessary, decisions.”

Members of the band, cheerleading and dance programs should not be worried because they are supported by the university, not just the football team, he said.

“We’ll need them for our other athletic programs,” he said. “We’re not going to change their scholarships or their status.”

Watts’ assertion contrasts recent comments from alumni of the UAB Marching Blazers, some of whom said they would not have attended the university had it not had a football team.

Backne To Future Pt. Whatever : Murray Chass’ Disdain For Piazza Will Not Die

Posted in Baseball, Sports Journalism at 3:51 pm by

When you think of Muhammad Ali, generally you want to avoid recalling his bouts against Leon Spinks or Larry Holmes.  When rhapsodizing about Willie Mays, his looking enfeebled in a Mets uniform is not what comes to mind.  Joe Namath as a Los Angeles Ram.  Brian Baker in Bad Religion.  These are all things you wanna block out of your mind as best you can.

Likewise, that’s how Murray Chass’ online activities following the end of his New York Times tenure will be regarded.  The former Times columnist, graciously defending the Baseball Hall Of Fame from suspected PED users, has once again, devoid of any evidence (or dermatology credentials) insisted there’s no place in the Hall for Mike Piazza.

Piazza has been on the ballot for two years and avoided mike-piazza-225the falloff problem in his second year. He gained 57.8 percent, then 62.2 percent, an indication that he could be headed for election. But I have written about my belief that he was one of the steroids gang.

His many fans have excoriated me for my view, but they are blind to what I believe is strong evidence of his use. When he played for the New York Mets, he didn’t hide his acne-covered back. Steroids experts say that Piazza’s condition is one of the signs of steroids use.

When I first wrote about Piazza’s possible use several years ago, his fans ridiculed me. They completely ignored a critical aspect of what I wrote. Piazza’s back cleared up completely when baseball began testing for steroids and remained clear to his retirement. It was not a stretch to conclude that Piazza had stopped using steroids to avoid being caught by a urine test.

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (Especially If The Rams Never Said It)

Posted in Free Expression, Gridiron, Racism Corner, The Law at 12:54 am by

As you’ve probably read by now, a quintet of St. Louis Rams players made a pregame gesture of solidarity with Ferguson, MO protestors by raising their hands (referencing “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”) during introductions prior to a 52-0 drubbing of Oakland.  St. Louis’ police union took umbrage at this demonstration, apparently believing such actions are a greater threat to public safety than, y’know, a neighboring officer shooting an unarmed teenager.

On Monday, St. Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar claimed the Rams had apologized, but that’s since been disputed by the team’s chief operating officer, Kevin Demoff, as ESPN.com details :

“In those conversations, I expressed regret that players’ actions were construed negatively against law enforcement,” Demoff told ESPN.com.

“At no time in any of the conversations did I apologize for the actions of our players,” Demoff added. “[The Rams] do believe it is possible to support both our players’ First Amendment rights and the efforts of local law enforcement to make this a better community.”

The St. Louis County Police Department took to social media to explain its side of the story.

“Even though Mr. Demoff stated he never apologized, the Chief believed it to be an apology and the Chief sent the email to police staff to let them know about the call, after he told Mr. Demoff he would share his sentiments with his staff,” the department said on its Facebook page.


Attn : Facebook “Friends” Of Curt Schilling : Watch Your (Fucking) Language

Posted in Baseball, Religion, The Internet at 1:21 pm by

Not sure how many of you, if any, followed the Twitter explosion last week. I was arguing, debating, talking with some folks about Evolution/Creation. Somehow someone made it into me not believing in the Theory of Evolution? I never said it, not even close. I said as a Christian I understand where man came from and how, regardless of whether I can imagine it, God did it, that’s good enough for me. Keith Law got suspended from Twitter for publicly arguing the point I think, it certainly wasn’t for his opposing view. I like Keith, just thought it odd he’d want to publicly pick that fight, though I had zero problems with it ESPN took action. I actually thought they would suspend me as well, was expecting it.

Anyway, the reason I am posting this is, if you are on my feed, check out the evolution (no pun intended!!) of the conversation. Unsure of what stunned me more, the anger, hatred and vile tweets from Atheists/Liberals, Democrats or the lack of Christians chiming in? I totally buy evolution within species, 100% as science has easily proven that. But as a Christian did people really need me to tweet that to know how I felt? Or was it the simple fact I publicly stated what anyone that knows me already knew? By the way, stunned at the language and commentary made by seemingly ‘adults’, scientists, teachers etc. Like they were 7 year olds on the playground again.

I understand why non-believers get upset at this conversation, because many know in their hearts that if it’s true their future is not in good shape. But the anger? Cussing? Every single follower I blocked had in their profile somewhere “Atheist” “Liberal” “Democrat” or some such label- Curt Schilling (via Facebook).

Much as I hate to nitpick with Mr. Schilling, it is entirely possible that some of his detractors had another description in their profile besides “Atheist” or “Liberal”. For instance, “Rhode Island taxpayer”.