Grapes Weighs In On Canada’s Disgrace

Posted in Baseball, politics, Racism Corner at 5:56 pm by

@coachscornerCBC, July 13, 2016

Though The Tenors’ ill-advised revision of “O’Canada” was easily the most memorable Canadian contribution to the Midsummer Classic since Larry Walker wore a batting helmet backwards vs. Randy Johnson, the incident does raise the following questions, however :

1) if the “all lives matter” guy did indeed, go rogue, is this a common occurrence in the vocal quartet community? What percentage of these seemingly innocuous foursomes are harboring racists, conspiracy theorists, men’s rights activists, anti-vaccine zealots just waiting for the right moment in the middle of a supermarket opening/ribbon cutting ceremony to sneak in their political agenda(s)?

2) if Remigio Pereira has indeed been given the boot, that means The Tenors are now the 3 Tenors. Since they can’t possibly call themselves that, might I suggest THE APOLITICAL TENOR GUYS.

(UPDATE : In a two minute and 30 second monologue, Pereria insists no disrespect was intended towards Black Lives Matter, claiming his message is one of anti-segregation — “who can be higher than God?” — “and that is why everyone’s life matters.” I’m still waiting for his apology to Don Cherry, however.)


Minneapolis Mayor : Lynx Are A Better Draw Than Soul Asylum

Posted in Basketball, The Law at 7:25 pm by

OK, that’s not really what Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges had to say in response to Police Federation President Bob Kroll’s comments supporting off-duty police officers who refused to work security at a Minnesota Lynx WNBA contest over the weekend. Kroll, who considers shirts bearing the caption, “Change Starts With Us” some sort of implicit threat to law enforcement, has played the “false narrative” card (apparently Philando Castile is alive and well and is simply keeping a low profile in order to smear the police), but not without adding that only 4 officers were required to work the game because, “the Lynx are such a pathetic draw.”

For whatever it’s worth, Saturday’s win over the Dallas Wings had an announced attendance of more than 7,000, which is probably more people than you’d get for a Trip Shakespeare reunion or a Jesse Ventura performance of this song.


Miko Grimes : “The Jewish Conspiracy Is Dope”

Posted in Gridiron, Racism Corner, twitter twatter at 7:26 pm by

Miko Grimes (above, left), wife of Tampa Bay CB Brent Grimes has already established herself as a budding Twitter superstar (and by superstar, I mean someone very likely to take her account private once her rants go public). On Monday, Miko took it to an altogether different level, saying of her husband’s former paymasters, “Gotta respect (Dolphins owner Stephen) ross for keeping his jew buddies employed but did he not see how tannenbaum put the Jets in the dumpster w/that sanchez deal.”

Reached for comment by the Tampa Times’ Greg Auman, Grimes flatly denied she was trading in an ugly stereotype :

“What would I have against Jewish people?” she wrote to the Times in an exchange Monday afternoon. “Why is this the first time I’m being called anti-Semitic, as big as my mouth is, if I really have an issue with Jewish people? Is anything I said false? Do Jewish, Catholic, Christian and frat brothers, etc. hire their own people? … I was intending to offend the Dolphins, specifically Stephen Ross and Mike Tannenbaum. Anyone else that chooses to dive in front of those bullets is their own fault.”

Asked about the insinuation that someone would get a job only because of religious ties, she did not back down from her stance.

“If you are a GM in the NFL and you happen to be Jewish, nine times out of 10 you will get another job if fired because the majority of the owners are Jewish and ‘rumor has it’ Jewish people take care of their own,” she wrote. “I’m actually quite envious of them. I think its dope!”

There’s no truth to the rumor that Matt Millen was spotted this afternoon being fitted for a size XXXL yarmulke.

Quite Possibly Not A Wrestling Observer Newsletter 5 Star Match

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Former Legion Of Doom (semi)-member Heidenreich vs. Alabama Doink (AT GOLDEN CORRAL!) link courtesy Erin Dickerhoof. On one hand, I’m disappointed neither competitor was drowned in the chocolate fountain. On the other hand, perhaps the lighting inside this Mobile, AL Golden Corral wouldn’t have done the match justice.


The Only Thing More Grim Than @PFTCommenter : An Actual PFT Commenter

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

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio republished Carmelo Anthony’s much circulated Instagram post from Saturday, one that invoked Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in calling for greater activism in the wake of recent events. Here’s a couple of sample replies :


Ghost-Tweeter : Dykstra’s A Deadbeat

Posted in Baseball, The Law, twitter twatter at 11:32 pm by

In his new best-seller, ‘House Of Nails’, convicted felon Lenny Dykstra, in the words of the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir, “emerges a figure of enormous braggadocio who moves swiftly from roguish to Trumpian.” In the view of a recently stiffed social media guru, Nails is certainly Trumpian in another respect ; the New York Daily News’ Barbara Ross reports that Noah Scheinmann claims he was hired to ghostwrite Dykstra’s tweets and has yet to be paid.

Scheinmann worked 18 hour days from May 10 to June 4, writing Twitter feeds that attracted national media attention and got the steroided slugger several talk show gigs and an appearance at Live Nation, according to court papers.

The papers say Dykstra heaped praise on Scheinmann’s work, telling someone in an email that his friend of 10 years “has been the driving force behind building my brand and promoting the book via Twitter.”

Scheinmann says he is owed $15,000 for the Twitter and social work plus more than $76,000 for his share of other earnings Dykstra scored as a result of the media attention.


Enes Kanter : Turkey’s #1 Proponent Of Responsible Recycling

Posted in Basketball, twitter twatter at 3:17 pm by

Just once I wanna see footage of someone burning an Andrew Bogut jersey. Not because they’re upset he’s changed teams, but because they’re trying to stay warm and the heat’s been turned off.


Heat Fans React In Time-Honored Fashion To Wade’s Departure

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Fun fact : the company that manufactures the ridiculous, life-sized vinyl sticker of D-Wade being torn to shreds is owned by none other than Dan Gilbert.


Franco Harris’ Defense Of A (Questionable) Legacy Is Nothing If Not Tireless

Posted in College Spurts, Gridiron at 10:04 pm by

Former Penn State punter/TE Brian Masella tells Penn Live’s Greg Pickel a group of 200 Nittany Lions letterman have signed a letter directed to university president Eric Barron and the school’s board of trustees asking for the return of Joe Paterno’s statue to Beaver Stadium. The group’s timing is something less than spectacular, coming just weeks after claims that Paterno had knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky as early as the mid-1970′s.

Masella told PennLive that the letter has been in the works for about a week following a recent alumni award acceptance speech by former Lion great Franco Harris, who has been criticizing the the school’s governance for some time.

Video of Harris’ speech has not been released, according to student news outlet Onward State, who did provide a transcript of the speech.

“[Franco Harris] told us, as players, as alumni, to remain fighting for the truth from the trustees because they haven’t been outwardly corporative and truthful in fighting for the football program, or its former coaches, players, etc., and the alumni in general, in this Sandusky matter; the players that signed on, none of us are guilty of any wrongdoing, and we feel like we’ve been thrown under the bus by the trustees circa the time Joe was fired,” Masella told PennLive, adding that now was a good time to release a statement because of a board of trustee meeting scheduled July 21-22.

“This is a strong reminder that we are not moving on.”


DeNiro : “Someday A Real Rain Will Come And Wash Lenny Dykstra Off The Streets

Posted in Baseball at 11:48 pm by

Hey, if you think I’m a little too proud of that headline, you’re right. Second choice was “DeNiro : Reports Of My Doing Mad Rails With Nails Are Highly Exaggerated”. As you might’ve heard, Lenny Dykstra’s second memoir (the first being 1987′s, “Nails : The Inside Story Of An Amazin’ Season”), “House Of Nails” has no shortage of wild claims, one of the more spectacular being the former Mets/Phillies outfielder’s tale of a St. Barts encounter with Robert DeNiro leading to “powder [bleeping] city.” From Page Six’s Ian “This Cocaine’s” Mohr(ish) :

Dykstra claims of De Niro, “This guy was a pro, dipping his finger in the coke and numbing his gums. I don’t even think he knew who the hell I was. I could tell he wasn’t a sports guy, but he sure liked hitting the slopes with me.”

The ’86 Mets World Series player adds in the book, “The next thing I knew, De Niro took half my blow. We went back to the restaurant, and he sent over a thousand dollar bottle of wine. He did this three nights in a row.” But Dykstra says the friendship was short-lived. “A couple years later, I ran into De Niro at his restaurant in Tribeca .?.?. and went up to him. ‘Hey, remember me?’ I asked. He gave me a look like I was an ugly redheaded stepchild .?.?. Celebrities, man.”

When we reached out to De Niro about the tale, he replied with a one-word comment through his rep: “Bulls?-?-?t.”