Ex-Partner : When Did Stephon Marbury Morph Into Phil Mushnick?

Posted in Basketball, The Marketplace at 7:24 pm by

Remember Stephon Marbury’s efforts to bring cheap sneakers to the mass marketplace? Following claims from the former Knicks PG that Michael Jordan has, well, blood on his hands, ex-business partner Rodney Henry refutes Marbury’s claim that Air Jordans can be made for a mere $5. From the New York Post’s Marc Berman :

“My knowledge and experience of creating the Protege shoe allows me to definitively say that I don’t care where you’re producing it that no, you cannot make a good, safe, high performance, technical shoe for five dollars,’’ Henry told The Post. “Consumers want quality construction. A $15 shoe is going to hurt your feet. A good shoe with the proper construction is going to run you between $30 to $40. I know. I have already done it at Sears/KMart under my Protege brand.”

Henry, who once produced a documentary on Marbury’s life and is now starting up a new discount shoe company called Ballstreet, said his former Protege shoes cost at least $16-$19 to make.

Henry still believes in Marbury’s campaign to manufacture cheaper shoes, but said he wanted to speak out because Marbury’s inflammatory statements created misconceptions about shoe salesmen – not just Jordan — ripping off the public.


The ’88-’89 Buffalo Sabres Just Got The Venus Illuminato Off The Hook

Posted in Hockey, Leave No Child Unbeaten at 7:05 pm by

…though you’re free to disagree. Considering this came out on the same week as Dr. Ben Carson’s rap commercial, we’re living in what would have to be considered the opposite of a musical golden age.


It’s Not Too Early To Plan A July Visit To Milwaukee (For The MLB Giveaway Item Of The Century)

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Not only should you consider booking plane tickets right now, but rejoice in an Bob Uecker item at CSTB that has absolutely nothing to do with this.

Incredibly, Television Viewers Find The Combined Charms Of Colin Cowherd & Donald Trump Somewhat Elusive

Posted in politics, Sports Radio, Sports TV at 10:44 pm by

Whichever genius at Fox Sports 1 thought it would be a good idea to schedule (and heavily promote) a Monday evening primetime special featuring recently acquired jag-bag Colin Cowherd and Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump might well wish to consider the public’s appetite for watching burning trash fires somewhat less than insatiable. According to numbers published by Awful Announcing’s Matt Yoder, sports fans have had quite enough of Cowherd and/or Trump, as is.

As FS1 was airing its Trump-Cowherd primetime special, ESPN was getting ready to air Monday Night Football. The result was that just 53,000 people watched the special at 8 PM ET. Over on ESPN, 2.1 million were tuning in for Monday Night Countdown followed by an audience of over 12 million for Colts-Panthers. But it wasn’t just MNF pregame coverage that beat FS1? No, the Trump-Cowherd interview finished behind the following programs:

NBA OKC/Houston (NBATV) 331k
NBA Coast to Coast (ESPN2) 138k
NFL Total Access NFLN 157k
George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing NBCSN 66k
CFB Notre Dame/Temple replay (ESPNU) 54k

More people watched a fishing show on NBCSN than Colin Cowherd’s interview with Donald Trump that was heavily promoted during the World Series. Let that soak in.

Fox’s own p.r. dept described the simulcast as “historic”, though it would seem to be standard practice for Cowherd’s show to feature conversations with people who’ve never held elective office.


Outsports : Where’s Your God Now, Daniel Murphy?

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“Whatever your sports preference,” writes Outsports’ Cyd Ziegler, “what we know is that the New York Mets this postseason became a symbol of homophobia because their star player Daniel Murphy said some nasty things about gay people.” Those nasty things stemmed from MLB’s Inclusion Ambassador, Billy Bean visiting Mets spring training and Murphy telling reporters that he “disagrees” with Bean’s “lifestyle”. Though I’ve already weighed in on Murphy’s dopey remarks, Ziegler joins the chorus of those celebrating the second baseman’s comeuppance.

In the World Series, on the most important international stage, when it mattered the most, God rejected Murphy. God embarrassed him, making him the goat of Game 4 in a burough called “Queens,” forcing him into another embarrassing error in Game 5, and frosting his bat with a coat of ice for the series as Murphy hit just three balls in 20 at bats. That’s a miserable batting average of .150.

In the end, God said “No.” He told Murphy and the rest of the world that his name is not to be used to defend and promote bigotry. He sent a reminder of why he shared his son, Jesus Christ, with the world: To promote love and remove judgment from the hearts of people.

In the end, God rejected Daniel Murphy, his bat, his glove and his team.

I get that Ziegler’s not being entirely serious here, but what exactly did God have against Yeonis Cespedes or Travis d’Arnaud? The higher power can’t possibly have any problems with David Wright’s embrace of all peoples.

Aside From Being Cheap, Short-Sighted & Condescening, The Nats Are Totally On Track To Contend In 2016

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After announcing the selection of former Padres skipper Bud Black as the successor to the recently canned Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals failed to come to terms with Black and on Wednesday, unveiled former Giants/Cubs/Reds manager Dusty Baker (above) as the franchise’s 7th man to hold that position.  Recalling the club’s treatment of Jim Riggleman, as well as suggesting GM Mike Rizzo is in a somewhat impossible position, the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore declares the Lerner family, “still lack an understanding of how to treat people within their industry” (“they became wealthy owning shopping malls, and if they walked into one of the stores housed inside a palace in Tysons Corner seeking to buy an item, they would have to pay the listed price. They somehow have failed to grasp the same principle applies to Major League Baseball”).

The Nationals decided on Black last Wednesday. Negotiations commenced. The first offer the Nationals made Black, a manager fresh off an eight-year stint with the San Diego Padres, would have guaranteed him $1.6 million for one season. It left Black “deeply offended,” according to one person familiar with the situation. In the end, the Lerners would not exceed an offer of two years with multiple team options. By Saturday, talks had crumbled. They didn’t get their man, because they insulted him.

For context, Don Mattingly – a manager with more division titles but less experience than Black – signed a four-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The Lerners made Jeffrey Loria appear decisive and considerate.

The contract length matters for financial reasons, of course. It also allows a manager to do his job. With two years guaranteed – or one – handling a clubhouse of unfamiliar personalities would have been untenable. The first step is to gain credibility and respect, and that kind of contract prevents it. It forces a manager to look over his shoulder and defend himself rather than protect and motivate players. It breeds dysfunction.


BOO FUCKING HOO DEPT : Mets Team I Picked To Lose 90 Games “Only” Won An NL Championship

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I was kinda hoping, before this “we’re-just-lucky-to-be-here” postseason began that I might finally be blasé enough to deal with eventual (inevitable) disappointment. But buoyed by Washington’s utter collapse, Sandy Alderson’s late-season acquisitions, a thrilling defeat of L.A. in the NLDS and a sweep of the Cubs in the NLCS, well, wouldn’t you know it, I was totally set up for a World Series even more exasperating than the last one the Mets participated in.

I’m glum but cannot deny KC are a far superior team, one with few discernable weaknesses. But it obviously sucks to have 2 leads blown in the 9th, one in the 8th over the course of 5 games (and you can only really fault Familia for Alex Gordon’s tying HR in Game One). Terry Collins was seriously outmanaged but it comes down to the players executing, too. While rookies like Michael Conforto and Steven Matz excelled, monumental gaffes were made by veterans like Yeonis Cespedes, Daniel Murphy, and finally last night, Lucas Duda.

At first glance there didn’t appear to be a ton separating the teams, but KC has a far deeper pen, and they fact they were able to run on Travis d’Anraud at will was pretty big, too. In a tight game, (mostly) being shut down by opposing pitching, the Mets were far less likely to manufacture something out of little or nothing, and while Curtis Granderson and Conforto showed power, the failure of Murphy or Cespedes to do likewise made a big difference. Hard to say how seriously injured golf enthusiast Cespedes was going into the series, but full credit to the Royals for having an effective means of dealing with Murphy.

The Mets bench, Lagares aside, contributed almost nothing (hope you enjoyed your excellent vantage point, Michael Cuddyer). That KC got something out of Paulo Orlando, Christian Colon, Jerrod Dyson,could use Morales as a PH in NY, etc., all helped to make Ned Yost look just a little smarter than Terry Collins.

Though Terry contributed to that perception, too. I can’t blame him for Cespedes or Murphy’s errors, but everything went wrong in his handling of the pen.
The 4 out save-that-wasn’t for Familia in Game One,
putting Familia into a blowout in Game 3 for no apparent reason, then calling on him to get 5 outs in Game 4, inserting the closer into Game 5 with the tying run on second when he could’ve begun the inning with the bases clear where it not for the capitulation to Harvey.

Familia told reporters last night that it’s his job to get a ground ball on the first pitch. Given the element of risk, maybe it would be better if his job was to blow the hitter away? In Game 5, Collins inexplicably caved to Matt Harvey’s demand to start the 9th, then kept him in after allowing a lead off walk to Lorenzo Cain, finally proceding to bring in Familia with zero margin to screw up after Hosmer’s tying double.

Would it have been a great story for Matt Harvey to get a complete game shutout? Sure. But with the season on the line, Collins chose Harvey’s ego over the higher percentage play, and that’s just ridiculous. No one should criticize Harvey for wanting the ball, but a 66 year old manager should be smart enough to say, “this is about keeping the season alive, not about your personal redemption”.

There was a lotta talk last night about Hosmer being lucky, that a routine throw nails him in the 9th, ending the game. All true enough, but he forced a subpar defensive 1B in Lucas Duda to make a play under pressure.
Many have insisted a good throw gets Hosmer. Alright, but, sans google, name one single instance where Duda’s made a great throw from home to first to end a game, let alone with his club facing elimination? Is it impossible to acknowledge that Duda is not exactly the second coming of Keith Hernandez in the field?

The Mets came painfully close to winning all 3 games they lost. Without taking anything away from the Royals, the Amazins’ inability to get that 27th out when holding a late lead really does say a ton about their maturity, poise under pressure, and yeah, what kind of preparation was in place under the stewardship of Collins and his coaching staff.

All of that said, there’s much to look forward from the core of Harvey/deGrom/Syndergaard/Matz (not to mention a recovering Zach Wheeler) and while it hurts like fuck all to watch the Royals celebrating on the field in Flushing, at least we’re spared the gruesome visage of who-sucks-more,  Jim Breuer and Jeff Wilpon celebrating together or individually. If you can devise a way to shoot one or both into outer space, I might even continue to turn a blind eye to Josh Lewin’s suspicious resemblance to Billy McKay from “The Days Of The Week”.


Tiger’s Ex-Caddy, Not Down With Slavery OR Gobbing

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In what might be the most hotly anticipated book by a celebrated hanger-on since Cutter Brandenburg’s “You Can’t Stop A Comet”, Tiger Woods’ ex-caddie Steve “Don’t Call Me Dr. Death” Williams’ new book, “Out Of The Rough” has been excepted and it seems there’s serious hard feelings about toiling for the former World No. 1. From The Guardian’s Ewan Murray :

“I was adamant that some of his behaviour on the course had to change. He was well known for his bad temper and, while that wasn’t pleasant to witness, you could live with it because it ended as quickly as it started. But he had other bad habits that upset me. I wanted him to prove to me he could change his behaviour and show me‚ and the game of golf, more respect.

“One thing that really pissed me off was how he would flippantly toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting me to go over and pick it up. I felt uneasy about bending down to pick up his discarded club, it was like I was his slave. The other thing that disgusted me was his habit of spitting at the hole if he missed a putt.”

The New Zealander, who took time away from golf to write the book before returning to work for Adam Scott, took a dim view of Woods’s affairs.

“I didn’t have any sympathy for him over what he’d done,” Williams says. “I believe you’re in charge of your own actions and I have no sympathy for people who get addicted to drugs or gambling or sex. People make choices in their lives and he had chosen to do this. But I did have sympathy for the way he’d had to suffer in front of the world when others would have been able to sort out their mess in private.”


If The Mets & MLB Won’t Do Anything To Stop This Shamless Electioneering…

Posted in Baseball, politics at 10:51 pm by

…then nobody’s gonna get in the way of my “BOBBY SOXX 2016″ placard tomorrow night!

The End Of Not One Austin Institution, But Two

Posted in Austin, record collector disease at 5:10 pm by

The above Yelp review from 2012 referencing a Youthful Masturbation Techniques performance at Trailer Space reminds me that we’re saying g’bye to Trailer Space and Johnathan Cash on the same weekend. The performance in question, much like the host venue, was greatly misinterpreted (maybe they don’t stock fluffernutter in this part of the country, I don’t really know). Anyone with eyes and ears and half a brain could tell you that Trailer Space was not a haven for animal cruelty (quite the opposite, as several dogs would testify if allowed) just as Mr. Cash (as the New York Times will someday call him) will go down in history/flames as one of this city’s premier provocateurs.

Austin = not dead. not even on life support. But some folks are leaving big shoes to fill.


Mets Denied Opportunity Of Blaming Gov. Cuomo For Jinxing 2015 World Series

Posted in Baseball, New York, New York, politics at 10:05 pm by

(T.C., just relieved he’s not meeting Jim Breuer)

Full credit to Mets ownership ; they’ve somehow managed to take the heat off David Wright. The New York Times’ Jesse McKinley reports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has scrapped plans to hold a pair of $5,500-a-head fund-raisers in the Citi Field parking lot this weekend :

The $5,500 price tag — the equivalent of about 850 hot dogs on an average night at Citi Field — included a pregame reception with the governor, who earlier this week used a private jet with the Mets owners, Fred and Jeff Wilpon, to attend the first game of the Series in Kansas City, Mo. (The Mets lost in 14 innings, and the governor’s Albany press office said Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, stayed until the end and would reimburse the cost of the flight at “fair market value.”)

As for the fund-raisers, Mr. Cuomo’s campaign said that the cancellation was a result of “overwhelming demand for tickets,” and that aides had decided to “reschedule this weekend’s events to a future date so that more tickets are available.” When such a fund-raiser would take place is uncertain, but the campaign said it would not be during the Series, in which the Mets — who are making their first appearance in the Fall Classic since 2000 — trail two games to none.


Former Vikes Punter To SXSW : You’re Cowards

Posted in Austin, Gridiron, South By Suck Off, Technical Difficulties, Video Games at 5:54 pm by

As you’ve probably read elsewhere, SXSW Interactive, in their infinite wisdom, opted to pull the plug on a pair of scheduled panels — one of ‘em titled, “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment In Games” — citing safety concerns after receiving threats. If you think this sounds an awful lot like kowtowing to (mountain dew guzzling, fedora-wearing) terrorists, you’re not alone. The shy, retiring Chris Kluwe has joined the fray via The Cauldron :

First off, the panel was not on Gamergate, did not mention Gamergate, and the only tangential relation it had with Gamergate was that the odorous denizens of that particular hashtag have made it their mission to try and ruin the lives of the women involved in the panel (among others). The fact you felt the need to connect it to Gamergate shows quite clearly where the pressure to silence these voices came from.

Second, and perhaps more pertinently, you run a festival that features A-list celebrities and tech magnates worth collective billions, superstar athletes, and some of the biggest music acts in the world, and you’re telling me you can’t provide security for a panel of three women? That it’s beyond your resources to hire any sort of police presence when you shut down entire sections of Austin at a time? That the unceasing vitriol these brave individuals face on a daily basis is just too much for your tender feelings to deal with, when you’ve experienced the merest fraction of that torrent of filth they’re forced to endure?

You disgust me. Your selfish weakness sickens me. Your puling bleats of golden mean fallacies fills my stomach with such nauseous rage that an entire continent of antacid tablets would be insufficient to quell the depths of my contempt for you.

What you did, what you’re doing, is providing the blueprint for harassers and hatemongers as to how they win. From this point forward, any fringe group of spiteful lunatics can point to this moment and say, “We will silence the voices of anyone we dislike at SXSW, any view we disagree with, because we know the mewling slugs in charge have not the backbone to stop us. All we need to do is confront them with our vileness, and they will fold.”

Stewart Klein : A Possible Cure For The Ineptitude Of Michael Cuddyer

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Video clip courtesy Jon Solomon.


Shame On You, Lenny Dykstra….

Posted in Baseball, Sports Radio at 4:30 pm by


…because of the ridiculous claims below, I can no longer pretend I do not know that your fellow bro-troll Colin Cowherd has a new radio program.

From the New York Post’s Brian Sage :

The former Met (Dykstra) told Fox’s Colin Cowherd that – in his effort to get a huge contract – he spent $500,000 to hire private investigators to turn up dirt on Major League Baseball umpires, and then used that intel to coerce them into giving him a favorable strike zone.

“I said I need the umpires, [so] what do I do? I just pulled out half a million bucks and hired a private investigate team to follow them,’’ said Dykstra, who won the 1986 World Series with the Mets.

“Their blood is just a red as ours. Some of them like women, some of them like men, some of them gamble, some of them do whatever.’’

Yes, because Nails is the single most credible person on earth.


Royals Owner David Glass : One Reporter Barred For Every AL Crown

Posted in Baseball, Sports Journalism at 10:01 pm by

“In 14 seasons between 1999 and 2012,” writes MLB.com’s Richard Justice, “the Royals lost 90 or more games 11 times.”  Despite this record of futility, Justice has ample praise for Royals owner/former Wal-Mart chief executive David Glass and GM Dayton Moore, crediting the former with allowing the latter’s homegrown talent to fully mature (while spending relatively little in the process).  It’s a pretty glowing assessment of the Royals organization (“every franchise hoping to turn this kind of corner could learn from how Glass and his staff have done things”) and if you pretty much ignore how K.C.’s rebuild took more than twice as long as that of the Mets, it’s hard to argue with. Especially because arguing can cost you press credentials at Kaufman Stadium.  From ESPN.com, June 10, 2006 :

Two reporters who asked contentious questions at a news conference introducing Dayton Moore as Royals general manager had their credentials revoked Friday.

Bob Fescoe of WHB and Rhonda Moss of KCSP, competing sports-talk radio stations in Kansas City, said they were informed by public relations director Aaron Babcock that their credentials were taken away.

“David Witty, the Royals vice president for communications and marketing, said the credentials were withdrawn for the remainder of the season. He declined further comment when reached by The Associated Press.

“All I can say is their credentials were revoked. That’s all I will say,” Witty told the AP.

At the news conference Thursday, the two grilled owner David Glass on the way he handled the dismissal of former general manager Allard Baird.

Glass appeared to become irritated and told Moss at one point that her assessment of the situation was “completely wrong.”

Moss has covered the Royals for KCSP for almost three years. Also during the news conference, she appeared to rankle Dan Glass, the team president and owner’s son, when she asked him what his role was in running the baseball operations.

Somebody In Cleveland Remembers Tim Couch, Just Not Fondly

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Cleveland 19 News|Cleveland, OH|News, Weather, Sports

Video courtesy Cleveland’s WOIO. Nice of the neighbors to offer extra yard space — I don’t see Seneca Wallace here.


“the Royals are my wife and the Mets are my mistress” – Jeff Jensen’s Complicated World Series

Posted in Baseball, Jeff Jensen at 4:07 pm by

(Editor’s note : usually when I’m approached by someone wishing for me to publish an interview with a hand-picked questioner it’s the Brett Yormarks, the David Howards, the Randy L’s of the world that I have to tell to get lost. This time, however, I was thrilled to receive such a solicitation from humorist/musician/actor/sportsman Jeff Jensen, best known to many CSTB readers as one half of the Earles & Jensen comedy duo. Also — he didn’t ask to be paid! Enjoy – GC)

I’m both a Royal and a Mets fan. A lot of people have been asking which team I’ll be supporting in this upcoming World Series. And I’ve had a lot of conflicting thoughts and emotions. So, yesterday, in beautiful Port Antonio, Jamaica my good friend Nicholas Walsh asked me a few questions about where my allegiances lie and then the conversation veered elsewhere.

Nick- We’re entering the 2015 World Series and the Mets are playing the Royals. You’re a Mets fan but from Kansas City, so, whom are you rooting for?

Jeff- Well this predicament is very hard for me. I feel cursed. I’ll be rooting for both teams but I’m actually rooting more for the Mets. I will be happy regardless of the outcome. Much happier than say if neither team had made it to the World Series.

Nick- So, how do you explain being a Mets fan despite being from Kansas City?

Jeffrey- I grew up as a Royals fan, as did practically everyone from Kansas City. But my interest in baseball essentially died in the late 80s. Which I should add, coincidentally, occurred just after both the Royals (1985) and Mets (1986) won their most recent World Series’. After 1986, when I was 14, my obsession with baseball stopped because I became more interested in music, art, drugs, girls, beatnik literature, foreign films etc.… I was a voracious baseball card collector up until about 1984, and a baseball stats nerd. So I knew the game better and more deeply as a 12 year old in 1984 than I do now. So, I was very aware of, and did really like the Mets back in the 80s when they were great. You’d have to be a total dick not to love Daryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden. I remember watching the ’86 series, and I was stoked when they beat the Red Sox. That was one of the last World Series’ I paid close attention to in my youth.

N- When did you officially become a Mets fan?

J- Like I said, I always liked the Mets but “officially” in approximately 2004, I had been, at that point living in New York for 12 years and naturally gravitated towards the Mets. But I “officially” got into the Mets because I felt myself missing baseball. Also, I took a bicycle ride from Williamsburg, Brooklyn with my then girlfriend out to Shea Stadium, which was my first visit to Shea. We didn’t know how to get there exactly, we had no map. So, we were just kind of winging it. We finally found the stadium and locked the bikes to the only bike rack out there. We we’re probably the only people that rode our bikes to the game that night.

N- What were your first impressions of seeing the Mets at home?

J- At first, I didn’t like Shea. I thought it was ugly and unwelcoming. It was hard to get to, especially on bikes because of all the expressways and parkways surrounding it, the Robert Moses stuff. Having lived in NYC for 12 years, even though I wasn’t into baseball, I had been to Yankees stadium several times because Yankee Stadium is so historic, and found the vibe to be better. Particularly the fact that Yankee Stadium, at least at that time, was still connected to the street culture that surrounded the Stadium. Shea really had none of that, which surprised and disappointed me.

N- So, why not become a Yankees fan?

J- Because the Yankees historically were the rivals of the Royals during the late 70s, when I first became a baseball fan. In fact, the Yankees faced the Royals in the playoffs four of five years and won three of those four series’, often in crushing fashion. Those were my very first baseball fan memories/experiences. You don’t forget that stuff. Furthermore, the Yankees always represented something horrible, distasteful and evil to me.

N- Much in the way the Red Sox fans despise the Yankees?

J- Actually more so. Because Red Sox fans usually point to the Yankees payroll as an unfair advantage. But the Red Sox payroll, relative to the Royals’ is actually much higher. So, to many Royals fans, like myself the hatred of the Yankees is possibly deeper on that “unfair financial advantage” level. I remember after one of the crushing playoff losses George Brett said something like, “the New York Yankees have the best team money can buy and the Kansas City Royals have the best team money can’t buy.” Which implied the Royals players would remain on the team, and play for less money. Was it true? I’m not sure but it definitely made an impact on me as a kid. I must admit though, those Yankee teams from the late 70’s were chocked full of really incredible players with unforgettable personalities. And I was fascinated with all the shots of the crowd in New York. I can remember wanting to move to NYC even as a little kid.

Nick- Is part of the reason you like the Mets is they’re more of a working-class/regular guy team?

J- I think that the Mets used to represent that. Probably long before I started following them. They’re definitely the lovable underdogs relative to the Yankees but I’m not sure if their fans are truly any more or less working-class at this point. Definitely no working-class fans will be attending these upcoming World Series games, as tickets are prohibitively expensive.

N- Speaking of geography, the players obviously don’t hail from the cities they play for, so there’s no real connection between the players and the community itself.

J- That hasn’t existed in professional sports for a really long time. Players are mercenaries. Besides, it would be really unfair if you restricted players to only play in the vicinity of their hometowns. A small market like Kansas City would have no chance against NYC. But, I suppose that’s how the Olympics works, they’re far more people in China versus say… Jamaica. Yet Jamaica manages to still produce both the fastest woman and the fastest man on planet. But I find it more challenging to justify allegiance to a team, not based on the geographical origins of the players, but because of free agency.

N- Exactly. At this point, what makes teams different? I remember the Red Sox playing Yankees when Johnny Damon played for Boston. He had a beard and long hair, which Yankees players aren’t allowed to have. Then he defected and became a Yankee, just for the money.

J-Yankees always remind me of cops, they look like the NYPD. If sports is just entertainment, I guess you could say Johnny Damon, as a performer, just took on a new role or character. But, if that’s the case, if you make an emotional investment in a team, it raises important questions about what exactly are you rooting for? If players can hop around so freely, are you only supporting a corporate logo? The answer is, definitely on one level, irrefutably “yes”. But, on another level, who cares? If you don’t believe in the NY Metropolitans, fine, but what are you supposed to believe in?

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Curtis Granderson’s Leadership Skills Extend To Deeply Embarrassing Lucas Duda

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TBT to when Lucas was a cowboy

A photo posted by Lucas Duda (@wefollowlucasduda) on

Even in the midst of a remarkable run of good fortune for the New York Mets, I do tend to focus on the distasteful elements surrounding the club, so it’s a good thing the New York Times’ Tim Rohan clocked in with a (gulp) charming portrait of the friendship between Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda. Unbeknownst to me (because I’m, y’know, not 13 years old) the former is responsible for the Instagram account, @wefollowlucasduda, because the latter is just too darn shy.

Duda fuels the body after an oppo home run today…photo cred @jmayberry44

A photo posted by Lucas Duda (@wefollowlucasduda) on

For three months, Granderson had been taking pictures and videos of Duda without his permission and then posting them. Granderson started it in July, along with his teammates John Mayberry Jr. and Danny Muno, because they thought that Duda was popular enough and should have one. The unusually quiet and private Duda disagreed.

The account started innocently enough, with photos of Duda putting on his uniform, Duda eating a salad, Duda napping in the clubhouse, Duda wearing sunglasses on a plane, Duda at his high school graduation, Duda wearing a cowboy hat, Duda smiling with a bouquet. One picture, of Duda grabbing a slice of cake, had the caption “The key to homers is red velvet.”

When he is struggling at the plate, Duda likes to be left alone, which is perhaps why he became annoyed when Granderson started taking videos of him. Granderson filmed Duda in the batting cage, playing with his glove at his locker stall, eating peach cobbler in the lunchroom. Granderson usually added a bit of comedy by narrating the videos as if he were a wildlife expert who had just come upon an exotic animal in its natural habitat.


A Somewhat Delusional, Possibly On Deadline Cards Fan’s Unconvincing Love Letter To Citi Field

Posted in Baseball, New York, New York, Sports Journalism, Will Leitch Sucks at 9:22 pm by

“There’s a school of thought that you never really know a baseball stadium until it’s hosted a World Series,” writes Deadspin founder/former editor Will Leitch (above, left) for Sports On Earth, and considering there’s few people alive who can remember the last time Wrigley Field played host in 1945...sorry, what the fuck is Will on about? Oh, that’s right, THE NEW YORK METS, who unlike his beloved Cardinals, will face the winner of the Jays/Royals ALCS next Tuesday night in either Toronto or K.C. When the 2015 World Series shifts to Queens a week from tonight, Citi Field, gushes Leitch, “is ready for its close-up” (“the World Series takes something familiar — a baseball game, at your local park — and fuses it with massive import, turning it into something extravagant and eternal”), even fantasizing that “the World Series is not a destination for the ‘one percent’ the way the Super Bowl is” (yeah, it’s a super accessible, affordable night for the everyfan!)

Citi Field is an excellent new baseball stadium, one of my favorites. (I’ve been to all current MLB stadiums but five: Comerica Park in Detroit, Globe Life Park in Texas, Marlins Park in Miami, Minute Maid Park in Houston and Petco Park in San Diego.) It’s big but not imposing or aloof. It’s uniquely designed with its own peculiarities, but it’s not aggressively weird or off-putting. The food is terrific. The sightlines are reliable everywhere. You can see the city from the upper concourse. You can take a train home. If it weren’t for the somewhat-garish-even-for-a-ballpark advertising signage, I wouldn’t have a single complaint. I went to the first baseball game at Citi Field — an exhibition game between Georgetown and St. John’s — and I liked it from the get-go. It’s a wonderful ballpark.

Well, yeah, of course Will loves the place. It was initially designed with a very specific team in mind — the 1985 Cardinals! But aside from Citi Field’s formerly cavernous dimensions conspiring to y’know, cost David Wright what should’ve been the most productive years of his career, “the sightlines are reliable everywhere”. ARE YOU FUCKING SHITTING ME, WILL? Have you ever actually sat in the 400′s or 500′s and wondering exactly what was happening to a deep fly ball hit underneath you? Have you ever paid real U.S. dollars to sit in what’s optimistically dubbed the “Pepsi Porch” only to have zero clue what’s happening on a ball hit to the warning track? Is having an appreciably worse view of the action than someone watching the game on television from across the street your idea of reliable sightlines?

Man, good thing they laid off so many Sports On Earth staffers to save space & money for Will’s trenchant analysis of stuff he can’t be fucking bothered to investigate.

Silver : Dolan’s Welcome To Continue His Victim-Bashing

Posted in Basketball at 8:44 pm by

As if we needed another reminder that at the end of the day, the NBA commissioner works for the owners, not the other way around (provided they’re not Donald Sterling), Adam Silver was asked if he’d prefer James Dolan (above) not label Anucha Browne-Sanders a liar and a scam artist. As quoted by the New York Post’s Tim Bontemps, Silver told reporters, ““I think it’s important that, whether it’s Isiah Thomas or Jim Dolan, that they let the world, and sports fans, know how they feel.”

“I think no, it’s not great to see and hear those issues being rehashed, but I think specifically in the case of Isiah Thomas, and I’ll focus on him, because he’s actively involved in the Liberty and WNBA right now … for our fans, for people who follow the industry, I think it’s important that you represent yourself publicly,” Silver said.

“We’re in a public industry, I’ve talked a lot about transparency, and while I think name-calling doesn’t help, I think if there are issues that haven’t been addressed historically, and he’s an active participant in one of our leagues, I actually think it’s beneficial that he be out there and frankly expose himself to the scrutiny of the media.

“It’s your guys’ jobs and if you want to question him, it’s appropriate and he should answer, as well. I don’t want to dwell on those issues, but I don’t view it as a negative to air those issues publicly.”


Darren Rovell Will Not Let Mets Fans Savor The Moment

Posted in Baseball, New York, New York at 9:50 pm by

With all due respect to Alan Partridge, has Jeff Wilpon truly bounced back? That the Mets have won their 5th National League pennant is truly a joyous moment (in this household, anyway), but for fuck’s sake, celebrate the win for the team, the players, the fans….but only those who root for creeps and/or those with goldfish memories believe this triumph gets Jeff Wilpon or father Fred off the hook.

I can deal with pics of a soaking wet Jay Horowitz in my timeline (va va voom). I can maybe even deal with Joe Beningo ejaculating on-air. Jeff Wilpon sucking on a giant champagne bottle, however, is much, too much.

At the same time, while I described Wilpon elsewhere as a charmless Richie Rich (with less baseball acumen), I’ll say this much for him : he doesn’t make me ashamed to be a member of the human race nearly as much as Jim Breuer.


Kevin Johnson : My Decision Not To Seek A Third Term Is Unrelated To The Deeply Disturbing Allegations Against Me

Posted in Basketball, politics at 7:06 pm by

A few weeks after Deadspin reported detailed allegations that then-Suns PG Kevin Johnson had molested and paid off a Phoenix teenager nearly two decades ago, Johnson announced Wednesday he’d not be running for a 3rd term as Mayor of Sacramento, CA. From the Sacramento Bee’s Ryan Lillis :

The mayor said he “leaves this job humbled by the opportunity that this community has given me.”

Johnson said resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct against him had nothing to do with this decision, saying he has “never made a life decision” based on those allegations.

“When it was time to run in the first place (in 2008), I would have never run if those allegations were something that concerned me,” he said.

He said he took a “pilgrimage” to Phoenix on Sunday by himself and spent the day Monday praying and walking around the city where he was an NBA star.

“I got the clarity I needed,” he said.

In another account of today’s press conference, Johnson seems to suggest he’s somehow a victim of teachers union harassment, while an associate tells the New York Times’ Adam Nagourney, “This is Sacramento. We have drunk legislators being arrested all the time. People are like, ‘Whatever.’”

Clarion-Ledger To Jackson State : We’ll Survive Without Writing About Your Terrible Football Team

Posted in College Spurts, Gridiron, Sports Journalism at 6:45 pm by

On Tuesday, Jackson, MS’ Clarion-Ledger daily newspaper announced their Jackson State football correspondent Antonio Morales would shift to other duties at the paper’s sports section. There’s no replacement and no immediate plans to resume coverage of the 1-5 Tigers, as the paper claims the JSU athletic department has denied access to players and assistant coaches over the last 3 weeks :

“This kind of restriction keeps a reporter from properly doing his or her job,” Sports Editor David Bean said. “Our hope is that this situation will be rectified promptly, and we are able to continue covering the Jackson State football team as it should be covered.”

Interim coach Derrick McCall is the only member of the football program who is available to the media throughout the week, which leaves the perspective of the team to be told through one person’s point of view.

Last week, the university stated mid-term exams as the reason for the lack of access. A “coach’s decision” was the reason given for the action on Monday.

“The actions of JSU are dumbfounding,” Executive Editor Sam R. Hall said. “We’ve never faced this issue with any of the other schools we cover. We’ve been through coaching changes, NCAA investigations, losing streaks, you name it, and the schools have always acted professionally and within the bounds of our normal agreements.”


If Whirr Are Gonna Scrub Their Twitter History…

Posted in Rock Und Roll, twitter twatter at 2:33 pm by

…wouldn’t it make more sense to just delete the entire thing?


Milwaukee’s Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers : Recalling The Era Of Dee Brown In Handcuffs

Posted in Basketball, Racism Corner, The Law at 11:54 pm by

Went to @schwankekasten jewelry today in White-Fish Bay during regular business hours . They locked the door and told me to go away . After I rang the doorbell twice everyone went to the back. No answered the door or told me what was going on. This was followed by two police cars pulling up and parking across the street and watching me for 5 minutes ( I assumed they were called by the store ) . I was then approached by 2 officers and questioned about the dealer vehicle I was in which is apart of my endorsement deal with Kunes country Chevrolet and asked me what I wanted amongst other things that were just irrelevant to me being there just trying to shop at the store like a normal paying customer would do . I told them I was just trying to look at a watch. He then had to go in the back and tell them to come out it was safe but this is after they ran my plates and I overheard them talking about doing more of a background check on the car. The employees finally came out of the back and proceeded to conduct business like they previously were as we walked up . This was one of the the most degrading and racially prejudice things I've ever experienced in life and wouldn't wish this on anyone . This store needs to be called out and that's what I'm doing . You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality and this incident needs to be brought to light and I urge anyone who ever is thinking of shopping here reads this and doesn't bring any business to this discriminatory place .

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The Washington Post’s Marissa Payne reports Bucks PF John Henson was barred from a Whitefish Bay, WI jewelry store and briefly questioned by police Monday for…well, having the temerity to try and enter a merchant’s place of business during operating hours. That’s against the law, right?

“This was one of the the most degrading and racially prejudiced things I’ve ever experienced in life and wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” Henson wrote. “This store needs to be called out and that’s what I’m doing. You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality and this incident needs to be brought to light and I urge anyone who ever is thinking of shopping here reads this and doesn’t bring any business to this discriminatory place.”

Schwanke-Kasten owner Tom Dixon confirmed the store employees called the police on Monday, but only because the police department had told local business owners to be on alert, Whitefish Bay Now reports. Dixon, however, did not reveal any specifics about the alleged warning given to him by police.