03.02.16

Anthony To Paying Customer : Do I Look Like The Complaint Department?

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Here's a look at Carmelo Anthony discussing how he told a heckling fan to ask James Dolan for his money back: pic.twitter.com/bAqkpUfG0W

— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 2, 2016

Carmelo Anthony released a statement Wednesday, saying he let his frustrations get the better of him during Tuesday night’s loss to the Trail Blazers.

“We are all frustrated by the team’s recent results — everyone, including me, my teammates, coaches and the fans,” he said in a statement released by the team. “Last night, a fan and I let those frustrations get the best of us. I should not have responded the way I did.”Al Iannazzone, Newsday, March 2, 2016

Give Anthony some (scant) credit — he handled this unfortunate exchange with far greater composure than his employer would’ve.

03.01.16

Twins DH Rightfully Confused By Terrible TV Program

Posted in Baseball, The World Of Entertainment, We Aren't The World at 11:25 pm by

With a story that makes me long for the days in which spring training hi-jinx were best typified by teammates beating up the pizza guy who caught them urinating in publicTwin Cities.com’s Mike Bearardino reports the Twins are attempting to bond with former Korean Baseball Organization MVP Byung Ho Park by forcing him to watch ABC’s “The Bachelor” (link swiped from Baseball Think Factory) :

“I didn’t understand it,” Park said in English, referring to the popular show’s concept.

“Park was kind of confused why the guy (Ben) kept kissing all these different girls and he’s not married or dating any of them,” teammate Brian Dozier said. “He didn’t know what was going on.”

Apparently there is no equivalent of “The Bachelor” on South Korean television.

“Absolutely not,” Dozier said. “We had to teach him that. Everything went good. We had fun with it. It’s not like we’re serious into ‘The Bachelor’ or something.”

The above assurance aside, Dozier tells Bearardino he intends to have more colleagues over for next Monday’s episode (“women tell all,” apparently).

02.29.16

Tulowitzki’s Thoughts On Rockies Continue To Evolve

Posted in Baseball, Sports Journalism at 9:42 pm by

Tulowitzi talked openly about that bitterness, talked about how the Rockies promised to keep him in the loop and “man, that was the furthest from the truth.” At the time, I wondered whether Tulowitizki would ever move forward. But as I walked into the Jays’ spring-training clubhouse on Friday, I quickly discovered that he had.

“I was honest last year saying it was very tough for me,” Tulowitzki said. “And now I’m honest saying I’m over it.”- Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports, February 28, 2016


“I’ll never talk to him, never talk to those people,” Tulowitzki told USA TODAY Sports. “You get lied to, straight to your face, you get upset. I believe in forgiveness, but at the same time, I don’t plan on being friendly with them, or anything like that.’’ The last time he talked to Rockies GM Jeff Bridich was the evening of July 27. Tulowitzki was sitting with Walt Weiss in the visiting manager’s office at Wrigley Field, and he was screaming at him, after being notified he had just been traded to Toronto. – Bob Nightengale, USA Today, February 29, 2016

And That’s All For Scot Summers…

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@RealKeithLee Hitting a monstrous moonsault on Scott Summers

A video posted by Mason Bowman (@wewalkupright) on

Keith Lee lowering the doom on Scot Summers last night at Inspire Pro Wrestling‘s Faces Of Vengeance.  Out of concern for the delicate sensibilities of CSTB readers am I steering clear of footage of Masada’s near-murder of the Unholy Complex’s Jason Silver.

02.28.16

Baseball Analysts United In Sympathy : How Will Ian Desmond Get By On $8 Million?

Posted in Baseball, Sports Radio at 4:59 pm by

After turning down a 7-year contract worth $107 million two springs ago, former Nats SS Ian Desmond accepted an one-year, $8 million contract to play left field for Texas yesterday, a precipitous drop in market value that left more than a few observers questioning the competency of Desmond’s agent, Doug Rogalski. Amongst those outraged ; MLB Network’s Jim Bowden and Dan Duquette, as quoted by the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg :

“I’m in a state of shock,” Bowden said on his SiriusXM program Sunday morning. “So [Howie] Kendrick gets 20 [million] for two [years], Desmond gets one year at eight. I am stunned. Absolutely stunned. … That’s a shocking number. What a great job by [Rangers GM] Jon Daniels to hang around long enough to get Desmond for one year at eight. So he went from 107 million to losing 99 million over the last 12 months? You want to talk about a humbling sport? How does a player’s value go from 107 to [eight]?”

“Here he is at age 30, giving up the position at shortstop for the most part,” Duquette said. “Now maybe that’s not the case. Maybe he’ll go back on the market next year as a shortstop. But we’ve talked about this quite a bit: the agent has not done a very good job in this particular deal, obviously turning down the money with the Nationals. But to now look at him in left field, on a one-year deal? I’m sorry. That’s about as bad as it gets for the kid, and I feel bad, because we know what kind of player he is and we know what kind of makeup he is. There should have been a multi-year deal out there somewhere.”

02.27.16

Blackpool F.C. Apologizes For Gross Insensitivty (Not To Mention Shitty Musical Taste)

Posted in Football, Free Expression at 9:45 pm by

Any chance supporters of Bradford City might adopt The Best Show‘s #billyjoelsucks hashtag? Wishful thinking on my part, as they’ve probably got more serious matter in mind this evening, as the Press Association explains :

Blackpool have apologised to Bradford City and their fans for playing the song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” on the Bloomfield Road sound system at Saturday’s League One match between the two clubs.

Bradford hold an annual memorial in tribute to the 56 supporters who died in the Bradford fire disasterb in 1985 and in May last year the city staged a special Remembrance Service to mark its 30th anniversary.

Blackpool have said the choice of song at Saturday’s game was unintentional, after some of Bradford’s fans took offence at the lyrics in the Billy Joel song and later complained on social media.

“The club would like to apologise for any unintentional offence caused by a song played at [Saturday’s] match,” Blackpool said on their official Twitter site.

Bradford made no reference to the song during the live commentary on their official website and have not commented on the incident.

02.26.16

Phil Mushnick’s Money Management 101 (With No Racial Overtones Whatsoever)

Posted in Automobiles, Baseball, Racism Corner at 8:29 pm by

Good to see Yoenis Cespedes, at 30, isn’t spending his money on expensive, silly things like pimped-out, three-wheeled sand buggies. How long before we read he is broke?Phil Mushick, New York Post, February 26, 2016


Here we ago again
; it may only be spring training, but Phil Mushnick’s targeting of Yoenis Cespedes is already in mid-season form. Prior to customization, the sticker price of a Polaris Slingshot is $26,499.00. Chatting on “SportsCenter” Thursday morning, Mets starter Matt Harvey was asked about his choice of automobile and admitted that he’s got a Maserati in the same parking lot as Cespedes’ ride.

Cespedes 2016 salary is $17.5 million, plus there was a $10 million signing bonus. Conversely, Matt Harvey will earn a mere $4.3 million this season. Maybe Phil’s not big on researching car prices or player salaries. OK, I don’t think that’s really the case, but it’s a much nicer conclusion to come to than believing there’s any special significance to calling Cespedes’ ride, “pimped out”.

02.24.16

Dada 5000 Kin : Joe Rogan’s A Racist

Posted in MMA, Racism Corner at 10:42 pm by

As you may or may not have noticed over the weekend, Bellator 149′s much vaunted matchup of YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice and Dhafir Harris aka Dada 5000 was, novelty aside, a miserable advertisement for MMA, television and the human race, not necessarily in that order. Both competitors were winded early in the proceedings and upon the completion of a bout that pretty much redefined “sluggish”, Harris was hospitalized and reportedly, almost perished from renal failure.

Weighing in via his Fight Experience podcast Sunday evening, UFC mouthpiece Joe Rogan took a rather dim view of said clash, and Harris’ relatives took great exception to the tone of his remarks. From Facebook :

“The Harris Family is appalled at the overtly racist and offensive comments directed at Dada 5000 by Joe Rogan who said in an interview that Dada’s heart was filled with “cheeseburgers, fried chicken, and orange soda”, mocking the family’s statement issued the previous day.

“We don’t recall Mr. Rogan ever challenging anyone with this amount of vitriol and ignorant racial overtones, all directed to a man who is still hospitalized.

“For the record, Dada lost 40lbs over course of 3 1/2 months while in training camp where he had a boxing coach an MMA coach, and a nutritionist hired by his team. As fight week approached Dada was only 2-3 pounds over fight weight. He took this fight very seriously as evidenced by his gutsy performance. Mocking Dada 5000 with hurtful and racist comments is despicable and divisive and has no place in the sport of mixed martial arts or in our society.”

02.23.16

Let He Or She Without An Interesting Browser History Cast The First Stone At Kurt Rambis

Posted in Basketball, non-sporting journalism at 5:49 pm by

As I’m sure you’ve read elsewhere, Knicks interim head coach Kurt Rambis — suddenly nostalgic for the days when his biggest problem was getting decapitated by Kevin McHale — found himself the object of widespread giggles when an intrepid GQ reporter discovered that Rambis had recently liked a Twitter post “that included a sexy pornographic picture of a lady masturbating.” Wrote the mag’s sneering, leering Jack Moore (IF THAT IS HIS REAL NAME, jack-more, GET IT?), “I’m all for sex positivity, so I say let your freak flag fly, Kurt. If you enjoy looking at photos of Asian girls masturbating, then by all means you should fav the shit out of them. But just be ready to own it…but if you’re an easily embarrassed person, just don’t click that heart.”

Moore has a pretty interesting version of sex positivity. On one hand, he claims to have no problem with Rambis viewing explicit materials, but also adds conditions like, “be ready to own it”. Because why else would Rambis be embarrassed if there wasn’t a stalky journalist keeping track of his Twitter likes?

Clearly, the coach is embarrassed, hence MSG’s likely story that Rambis was hacked (there’s really no need to detail all the reasons why that’s bullshit). But rather than meet Moore’s standard of “owning it”, wouldn’t it have been cooler for Rambis to reply, “what sort of adult spends his or her time patrolling someone else’s internet habits?”

There’s something deeply wrong in how this victimless bit of social media carelessness has seemingly caused greater alarm for Rambis’ employer than Isiah Thomas’ treatment of Anucha Browne-Sanders. At last check, Rambis is not an elementary school teacher, he’s not a man of the cloth, and he’s not an elected official. How is calling attention to his apparent interest in pornography of great public interest? It would be one thing were he an an anti-masturbation crusader like Andy Pettitte. Or if, for instance, he maintained a museum-level archive like that of Hideki Matsui. Are we to believe that none of GQ’s readers have ever viewed materials similar to the tweet that caught Rambis’ eye? Is having this in one’s browser history (or, if you prefer, working for the company that produces it) any more or less shameful?

Laughs aside, perhaps public figures like Kurt Rambis wouldn’t feel obliged to give ridiculous excuses if media & fans alike simply acknowledged that porn-is-very-popular. Is the resulting web traffic really worth shaming a person over something that isn’t particularly shameful? You tell me, Jack Moore.

An Important Message From The Entertainment Divison Of Cumbucket Media, re : Empty Markets

Posted in 12XU, Austin, Internal Affairs, record collector disease, Rock Und Roll at 2:14 pm by

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Milwaukee-to-Austin transplant Drew Schmitz has made his presence felt in bands ranging from Brain Attack, Gremlins UK, Party Garbage and most recently as the 4th wheel in the long-running paragon-of-excellence that is The Hex Dispensers. All of those cultural contributions aside, the one project of Drew’s that probably most relevant to this discussion is the trio known as Cruddy, whose 2011 12XU LP ‘Negative World’ was one of the year’s more acclaimed releases, and Schmitz’ bleaker-than-bleak worldview (to say nothing of inventive guitar work) was an awfully big part of that.

Fast forward a few years and armed with a new rhythm section in the shape of drummer Jordan Rivell and bassist Wendy Wright*, Schmitz’ newly formed Empty Markets aren’t entirely removed from the vision of Cruddy (you’ve got the same fella yelling and playing guitar, no arguing that) but am I allowed to use the dreaded word PROGRESSION without morphing into Alan Parsons? Make no mistake, on ‘Stainless Steel’, engineer Ian Rundell (fresh off recent knob-jobs for Spray Paint, The Rebel and Xetas) has captured the tumult, the agitation, and perhaps most importantly, the precision of Empty Markets in glorious fashion. There’s few other bands mining this sort of territory with nearly as much confidence or as little concession to genre considerations. If Cruddy was a grim snapshot of a hopeless future, Empty Markets is a Hasalbald-quality, full-scale portrait of a hopeless present. If you find an occasional moment of daylight seeping thru, please trust it wasn’t a manufacturing error.

(* – following the recording of ‘Stainless Steel’, Sweet Talk’s Stephen Svacina replaced the eastern-bound Wright on bass)

First 125 on clear vinyl. Preorders received a limited print of the album art via Port Au Prints Get yours here.

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02.22.16

Stitches : Preparing To Violate The Sanctity Of Celebrity Boxing

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In what we can only hope will prove to be as long and storied boxing career as those of Cowboy Bob Orton, Jose Canseco and Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Stitches, the man behind THE GREATEST SONG OF ALL TIME, has agreed to face Philly MC Jemal “Supreem” Carter as part of something called  the World Xtreme Entertainment Celebrity Boxing championships.  From New Times’ Ryan Pfeffer :

This isn’t the fight Stitches really wants. He wants to fight the Game, a rapper whom he’s publicly feuded with over the past six months. Stitches actually did try to Fight the game back in December. He stalked the rapper outside Story, where the Game was making an appearance, but he was eventually knocked out by a member of the Game’s entourage. The whole thing was caught on video. Soon a mugshot surfaced showing Stitches with actual stitches. The whole thing, again, was either very funny or sad, depending on your perspective of life.

The Game did not respond to World Xtreme Entertainment Celebrity Boxing’s request for a match, according to owner Damon Feldman. Feldman hopes this match will build enough hype for the Game to eventually step in the ring.

The three-round fight will take place May 7 at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

02.20.16

Most Likely The First & Last Time You’ll Contemplate Owning A Shirt With Ted Cruz’ Face On It

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If you’ve spent much time online this week, you’re already aware that all signs point to Ted Cruz being The Zodiac Killer.  And by “all signs”, I mean, you have to love the way it sounds out loud.  Since no meme is complete without being hijacked for political purposes, these wonderful people (who may or may not have some connection to this organization) are peddling the above garment with funds going towards El Paso’s West Fund.

Ted Cruz is a terrifying monster. You know who else was a monster? The Zodiac Killer, who claimed to have killed 37 people in the Bay Area. Ted Cruz has never denied being the Zodiac Killer. The conclusion is simple—and Ted Cruz has never publicly refuted it.*

After paying the artist $100 for his work, all proceeds from the sale of this shirt ($11±1/shirt) will benefit the West Fund, which provides funding and support for abortion services to the people of southwest Texas—women most severely punished by the barbaric policies of our own Zodiac senator. 

02.19.16

Post : Islanders Want Out Of Brooklyn

Posted in Hockey, The Marketplace at 8:22 pm by

In stark contrast to the Nets’ warm welcome at the Barclays Center, the NHL Islanders’ inaugural season in Brooklyn has alienated longtime fansand left the club’s new ownership underwhelmed. According to the New York Post’s Rich Kalder and John Kosman, both the franchise and their landlords are looking to severe ties far sooner then the end of the existing 25 year lease :

Jonathan Ledecky — who heads a group of investors set to replace Wang as the team’s majority owner July 1 — apparently is listening. A source close to the Islanders and other industry sources say he’s enamored with possibly moving the team to Queens or back to Long Island.

In either scenario, a new arena likely would have to be built — an expensive proposition considering it cost $1 billion to open Barclays Center in 2012. Another option is renegotiating the Barclays Center lease to salvage the relationship, sources said.

“The Islander deal was forced from the start because the club was hemorrhaging so much money playing on Long Island … and had to bail,” another source said. “Now you’re left with this weird situation where Barclays’ folks pay the Islanders to play there — but aren’t getting the bang for the buck they desired, not to mention all the crap they’re getting from Islander fans who are finding every little fault they can with being in Brooklyn.

02.18.16

Not For The First Time, The Wilpon Family Name Used For Something Questionable

Posted in Baseball, The Law at 9:57 pm by

Nearly 11 years after Amazins OF Mike Cameron was impersonated by a Long Island con artist, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon (above, right) was the subject of a similar ruse, as Newsday’s John Riley details :


A New Jersey man who impersonated New York Mets executive Jeff Wilpon to secure financing in office equipment lease deals pleaded guilty to fraud Thursday in Brooklyn federal court.

Michael Conway, 40, of Verona, said he forged lease deals with the Mets — including a letter from Wilpon, the son of owner Fred Wilpon — as well as with law firms, hospitals, universities and hotels, to convince lenders to give him $3.5 million for the purchase of the equipment to be leased.

Conway pocketed most of the money, prosecutors say. He could face up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud, and will also have to pay restitution under a plea agreement.

Pittsburgh’s ’79 Throwbacks : If You’re Gonna Charge Hundreds For A Dale Berra Jersey, You’d Better Get The Details Right

Posted in Baseball, Fashion, The Marketplace at 8:53 pm by

(Link courtesy Larry Brown Sports)

02.17.16

Not Coming To An EMP Pop Conference Near You

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02.16.16

Tennessee Cop : Beyoncé Is Trying To Kill Me

Posted in The Law at 10:21 pm by

Rutherford Country (TN) Sheriff Robert Arnold reported 8 gunshots heard outside his Murfreesboro home Monday night, and on Tuesday morning floated an unusual motive for the gunplay, as The Tennessean’s Mary M Reeves writes :

Arnold said when he first heard the shots, he wondered if they were inspired by the Super Bowl halftime show.

When asked to clarify that comment, he added, “You know, Beyonce’s video.”

In an email Tuesday afternoon to further clarify the sheriff’s Super Bowl statement, Arnold said, “My comments reflect the violence and senseless killing of seven deputies in the U.S. since the show aired. My comments are an observation of the violence that has occurred but in no way is meant to offend anyone.”

The email also included a link to The National Sheriff’s Association’s website with the following information: “The senseless killing of four law enforcement officers just this week — on the heels of the anti-police “entertainment” at the Sunday Super Bowl halftime show — reminds us that the men and women in law enforcement take a solemn oath that includes putting their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens.”

Let This Be A Lesson To Mark Messier & Patrick Ewing : There’s No Such Thing As A Lifetime Pass To MSG

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The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir reports that Uno (above), the Best In Show winner of the 2008 Westminster Dog Show, was ejected from Madison Square Garden and not permitted to appear on CNBC’s coverage of the 2016 competition.

The beagle was barred from the guest shot by Westminster officials after it was determined that he had not been registered to be at the show or inside Madison Square Garden — like a former star player denied credentials to the stadium where he performed past glories.

When security was told that Uno, 10, was in a room used by USA Network (a part of NBC Universal, like CNBC), an investigation began, said Gail Miller Bisher, the Westminster spokeswoman.

“Having no prior approval to attend nor any documentation, he was requested to leave the premises,” she said, adding: “That leaves the question of how Uno appeared from Texas at Madison Square Garden without authorization.”

Either The Washington Post Is Suffering Under Jeff Bezos’ Ownership…

Posted in non-sporting journalism at 7:11 pm by

….or the late Denise Matthews took especially poor care of herself.

02.15.16

In The Future, Villa’s Lescott Will Remind You Of His Vast Wealth On Non-Match Days

Posted in Football, twitter twatter at 8:59 pm by

Shortly after Aston Villa were clobbered, 6-0 by Liverpool Sunday, the former’s defender Joleon Lescott inexplicably tweeted a photograph of a £125,000 Mercedes sedan. As The Fiver’s Nick Ames explains, “the best jokes – “Does it go 0-6 in 90 minutes?” – have been snaffled up already.”

Ignoring for now the depressing mass credulousness that allows Lescott to be homing in on a million apostles, accidents can of course happen to anyone and, fortunately, the centre-back was rather more savvy when it came to polishing up an explanation that we can assume was entirely unprompted.

“I’m not one for tweeting after games whether it’s good, bad or indifferent,” began Lescott, using a couple of unnecessary adjectives there, before apologising for “mine and the team’s lack of commitment”. He closed: “I would like to add that the tweet sent out from my account was totally accidental, it happened whilst driving and my phone was in my pocket.”

Willie D To Cruz : Don’t Bother With The “Idiocracy” Parody, It Simply Isn’t Necessary

Posted in Hip Hop, politics at 7:37 pm by

As noted in this space and many others, GOP Presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz entered the culture wars last week with a Hillary Clinton-bashing TV commercial that appropriate a much beloved-scene from Mike Judge’s “Office Space” and a rather inelegant reworking of the Geto Boys’ “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta”. Responding to those who think this somehow pushes the Houston trio into some coveted modern dialogue, the group’s Willie D. (above, middle) begs to differ :

Interesting how many of Ted Cruz’s supporters say we should be glad that he used our music to parody the Office Space movie scene because “At least people are talking about the Geto Boys.” Let me explain something to y’all. People are always talking about the Geto Boys. Just because you don’t know doesn’t mean it’s not so. Additionally, good music has a way of finding new listeners, even if it takes a lifetime (I was 25 when I discovered James Taylor, and 40 when I got hipped to Joe Sample). While I’m always humbled by any interest in mine or the group’s music, I’m not so desperate for attention that I want my music to be associated with the devil’s advocate. Maybe that works for you but not me. Being happy that Ted Cruz is parodying my music, which speaks for the underprivileged, underserved, and underrepresented, is like a mugging victim being happy that the mugger filmed him or her being struck in the face, and uploaded it to social media for entertainment, because at least now everybody knows who they are.

Keep your press. We’re the Geto Boys. On the strength of our catalogue and loyal fans our name, and music will live much longer than Ted Cruz and any microwave publicity he garners due to running for POTUS. We don’t need Ted Cruz or his supporters to be relevant. If you think we should be grateful because dude used our music or you’ve never heard of us, that says more about your inadequacy than it does about our importance. GBeeeee!

02.13.16

Schilling : Pulling The Plug On Arcade Fire’s Butler Par For The Course At ESPN

Posted in Basketball, Sports TV at 12:17 pm by

When I heard Arcade Fire’s Win Butler (above) had been named MVP of last night’s NBA All Star Celebrity Game, I was hardly surprised. After all, Butler’s intense devotion to the game was noted in this space nearly a decade ago, but it seems what happened after the contest has become a talking point this morning. Butler was muzzled by ESPN’s Sage Steele when attempting to tout Canada’s much-vaunted public health care, to which The Guardian’s Dave Schilling replies, “thank God, the last thing I want from my novelty basketball game is anything that actually matters to the fate of the planet.”

To be fair, these affairs are essentially one big gag. It’s like the world’s most tedious pick-up game. No one boxes out, there’s no rhyme or reason to the offenses and neither team even so much as attempted something as rudimentary as a pick-and-roll. In short, it was kind of like watching a Nets v Sixers game, but with more at stake. I suppose that’s part of the appeal. Celebrities: they’re just like us. They’re terrible at basketball. Marvel at Anthony Anderson’s complete lack of utility in every conceivable position on the court. Chortle as tennis player Milos Raonic turns the ball over as though it’s his job. Giggle whenever someone calls Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry a “celebrity”. The announcers made a cursory effort to liven up the affair, but even they couldn’t be all that bothered to pay attention.

It’d be foolish to be surprised that Butler used his platform to try to make a meaningful point. He’s been politically outspoken for most of his time as a pop star. It should also not come as a shock that ESPN would shut him down as soon as he got too vocal about something that doesn’t involve topics like whether or not Cam Newton is a leader or if LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan. Would letting Win Butler finish whatever he had to say about health care really damage the lofty status of the ESPN brand? Doubtful. The network is so omnipresent and monolithic that even the full efforts of Fox Sports 1 couldn’t loosen their substantial grip on the market. No matter what city I’m in, ESPN is on in the airport, just because it’s expertly made wallpaper. You can stare at their programming for hours and never find yourself troubled by what’s being broadcast. That might be their greatest asset – it’s hypnotic, even when it’s officious, overbearing and dumb, like whatever is being discussed on that day’s episode of First Take. The minute something happens that’s not a part of the pedantic script, the iron fist of the Worldwide Leader comes crashing down.

02.12.16

AJC’s Bradley : Hands Off Hammerin’ Hank’s Statue

Posted in Baseball, Ugly New Stadiums at 8:26 pm by

As you probably recall, the Braves plans to relocate to Cobb County in 2017 have angered many in Atlanta, and this week a dispute over ownership of Turner Field’s iconic Hank Aaron statue came to light. “If the Cobb County Braves want to honor Aaron with a different statue, that’s fine and dandy,” writes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Mark Bradley. “But not this statue. This statue should belong, forever and ever, to Atlanta.”

The statue in question doesn’t just capture Henry Louis Aaron taking a swing. It captures him taking The Swing. At 9:06 p.m. on April 8, 1974, Aaron lashed Al Downing’s 1-0 fastball over the fence in left-center. It was his 715th home run, moving him ahead of Babe Ruth. (Guessing you knew all that already.) The bronze statue replicates the famous photos snapped just after impact: We see the bat’s follow-through; we see Aaron’s eyes cast skyward, tracking the flight of what he knew already was the long-awaited clout.

We see, in sum, a snippet in time that – even at 9:06 that Monday night – we all knew would be remembered as long as time is counted on this third rock from the sun. We see what was and remains the greatest moment in the history of Atlanta sports, one of the handful of greatest moments in the history of Atlanta.

It was a moment authored by a Brave, but more than that it was a moment authored by a black man who worked in Atlanta, the city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born and rose to prominence and is buried. Had Eddie Mathews, say, been the Brave who overtook the Babe, it would have been a great sports feat. Because it was Aaron, an African-American against whom some had rooted because he was African-American, it was bigger than sports, greater than great. It was perfect.

GETO BOYS TO CRUZ : READ THESE NIKES

Posted in Hip Hop, twitter twatter at 5:20 pm by

It’s 5pm – Do Your Booty Masters Know What You’re Doing On Twitter?

02.11.16

Tim Flannery Had Something He Wanted To Get Off His Chest (Which He’d Now Prefer You Not Read)

Posted in Baseball, twitter twatter at 6:22 pm by

After 11 seasons in San Diego, IF Tim Flannery spent a combined 9 years in the Padres organization as a minor league manager, big league coach and broadcaster. Though a fan favorite for much of his playing career, it seems3 World Series rings as a member of Bruce Bochy’s Giants coaching staff have dented his relationship with the Padres’ faithful and on Thursday night, Flannery felt compelled to return fire with this since-deleted tweet :

Contacted by the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jeff Sanders after the outburst, Flannery admitted ““I let bullies, trolls and haters influence me enough to react; that’s the mistake I made,” :

“My point .. was to let the fans that were hammering me know that I can’t help the club; I’m retired from baseball,” said Flannery, adding that the Padres said they were not interested when his agent inquired about their managerial search in October. “If you don’t like what’s going on with the baseball team, as fans you need to demand more. If that’s what you want, you get what you get. In San Francisco, we sell out every game and if you don’t win, you get run out of town.

“My point was don’t harp on me because I won three World Series with the San Francisco Giants.”