I don’t know if this post will generate nearly the amount of correspondence our most popular Tommy Lasorda entry received. But there’s no harm in trying.
I don’t know if this post will generate nearly the amount of correspondence our most popular Tommy Lasorda entry received. But there’s no harm in trying.
“There’s a lot of great quarterbacks that didn’t win Super Bowls,’’ Frank Tarkenton (above, right) tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson, taking considerable umbrage at Jim Irsay’s implication Peyton Manning somehow came up short during his tenure in Indy. That doesn’t mean, however, the former Vikings/Giants quarterback and 3-time Super Bowl loser- turned -”That’s Incredible!” co-host and author of “What Losing Taught Me About Winning”, is ready to anoint Manning as the finest QB in NFL history (“I’ll give him 1b”).
“I feel like I can outplay any of the quarterbacks that ever played,’’ Tarkenton, who starred from 1961-78, said in a phone interview with the Pioneer Press. “Go look at my record. Go look at my record in that era and what I did, the results that I got from passing and rushing. … In my mind, I played better than anybody that has ever played the position.’’
“It’s amazing,’’ Tarkenton said. “I haven’t played the game since the 1970s and I’m still up in the top five or six (for career TD passes). Think of that. Who else of my era is even close? … The game has changed, and I’m still sitting up there in pretty good position.’’
One list, though, Tarkenton doesn’t show up on is for winning Super Bowls. He was in three with the Vikings in the 1970s and lost them all.
“Darn right, it does,’’ Tarkenton said of that still gnawing at him. “Bud (Grant, the Vikings coach who lost four Super Bowls) laughs at me. Bud moved on. Bud moved on the day after they lost. But not me. I’ve not forgotten. Every day and every night, it pisses me off.’’
Because he never won the big game, Tarkenton said that’s why pundits never bring up his name when it comes to the best quarterback of all time.
“They will never mention me,’’ Tarkenton said. “That’s fine. Because we never won a Super Bowl.’’
(link courtesy Tim Cook). Your move, Baron Von Raschke.
“For Sale- Redskins Fanbulance. 70,000 miles, runs great, 4 new tires, keg tap on side, great stereo, 2 TV’s, new rims, all new floor & great paint job but with a horrible team. $38,000.”
One Steelers fan offered $22k for it if Korody was willing to paint it black and gold first. I have no idea what the Blue Book value on a 1992 converted ambulance is, but that seems fair.
Was no reporter on premises brave enough to ask Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to turn his frown upside down after falling to Cam Newton and the Panthers last night? Not to make light of a genuine tragedy, but it would be safe to say the Hooded Casanova took the non-call on Carolina’s Luke Kennedy slightly worse than he did the charges against Aaron Hernandez.
Lest you think there’s something dubious about Yao Family Wines, no less an authority than The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker claims “the two Cabernets are actually brilliant, and the Reserve bottling ranks alongside just about anything made in Napa.”
Of course, until Vin Baker has published a review, it’s still early days for the former Rockets center’s vineyard.
Perhaps an unsolicited $60 from an NBA 2K13 adept fan will serve as some consolation for Knicks G JR Smith after a 3-for-18 shooting performance Saturday night. While some might wonder what would possess a fan to send hard cash to the handsomely compensated Smith, let’s focus on the real burning question ; how incredibly unrealistic must that game be if JR Smith is outscoring the entire Heat squad by himself?
As noted earlier this month, lineman-turned-aspiring-podcaster John Moffitt announced his retirement from football. In Monday’s NY Times, Moffitt tells Ken Belson he’s got bigger and better things to worry about than protecting Peyton Manning :
“They are merchandising human beings, let’s be honest,” said Moffitt, who at a cafe in Pike Place Market in Seattle reveled in his freedom much like the Tim Robbins character in “The Shawshank Redemption,” who, after breaking out of jail, rips off his shirt in the rain and laughs at the sky.
In the off-season, after battling for playing time and trying to stay fit, Moffitt, a free spirit who idolizes Jim Morrison, started reading the writings of the Dalai Lama and Noam Chomsky, among others. They helped him conclude that he was a pawn in a machine that controlled his life and that he no longer wanted to meet the expectations attached to that life.
“You kind of let go of that dream that you kill yourself for, to be a millionaire, and you see through it and see that it’s just a facade,” said Moffitt, who was dressed in baggy jeans, T-shirt, work boots and black pea coat. “I let go of all that stuff.”
Moffitt insisted that he did not care about the lost income, and he was shocked that people thought he was nuts for walking away from what they think is a glamorous lifestyle.
“I’m the one being called crazy, but I think everyone else is crazy,” Moffitt said. “It’s disturbing that people are questioning my sanity for giving up the money. What does that say about our world?”
After last year’s 12XU XXXMas Bash proved to be such a popular event, CSTB’s prerecorded music
loss-leader subdivision is throwing another party on Saturday, December 21 at Beerland featuring some out of town ringers, the DJ stylings of Johnny Vomitnoise and many of your friends doing the awkward Austin-people-in-winter-clothes thing.
Ghetto Ghouls are putting the finishing touches on their Monofonus Press full-length, but they’ve agreed to a 12XU 7″ sometime early next year. No pre-order info because we’re not gonna commercialize xxxmas in this space.
The Gospel Truth are getting ready to make another record and do another tour in 2014. They deserve tremendous credit for being the only band on this bill that didn’t ask for font approval on the flyer.
Sweet Talk recently celebrated the release of a great 12″ EP by going into a mysterious, self-imposed sabbatical. Kind of like that dude from The La’s, though perhaps with less mental illness. This will be their first show in way too long.
Flesh Lights have a new Twistworthy 7″ in the offing, they’re getting ready for LP #2 and this is your big chance to congratulate them on recently headlining over the Impossibles. WARNING : you might have to wait in line.
This marks Buck Biloxi & The Fucks‘ 3rd visit to Austin in 2013, a year that saw them steal the show at a succession of major events (Goner Fest, Slabtown Bender, Hozac Blackout, the Gathering, etc.) and intimidate the competition with a series of 7″‘s for the Orgone Toilet, Total Punk, Pelican Pow Wow and Holotrash imprints. These guys are the best band on this bill and if you don’t believe me, just ask them.
Though this show is free, we’ll be collecting canned goods for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Please don’t bring any cans you’ve already opened — that’s just stupid.
Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt’s remarkable 2013 campaign was previously acknowledged in the form of Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards, though Pittsburgh CF Andrew McCutcheon claimed the NL MVP honors when voting was tabulated earlier this week. Though Goldschmidt didn’t receive a single first place vote from any participating sportswriter, the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro — mindful of becoming a bigger pariah in the region than Yasiel Puig — sought to detail why he, y’know, picked the more deserving candidate (“I knew when I cast my McCutchen vote that it wasn’t going to go over well in the clubhouse or within the organization…that’s something I’ll have to deal with”) (link swiped from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory) :
Although Goldschmidt and McCutchen were basically even in batting average, on-base and slugging – even, that is, once the numbers are park adjusted – I thought Goldschmidt was the slightly better offensive player once you take into account his advantage in home runs and RBIs.
While I don’t assign a ton of value to RBIs, they do mean something. Winning games is still about scoring the most runs. Runs batted in might be team dependent, but someone drove in those 125 runs and that someone was Goldschmidt.
But, to me, value is more than just what a player does with a bat in his hands. And it’s all those other times where McCutchen made up ground on my ballot. He wasn’t the best center fielder in the league, but he was up there, and his positive defensive contributions at one of the game’s most crucial positions carried a ton of weight.
Goldschmidt was a terrific first baseman, among the best in the league, but, to me, the value of a good defensive center fielder far outweighs that of a good first baseman. Add in McCutchen’s base-running advantage and, in my eyes, that more than made up for the small advantage Goldschmidt had at the plate.
…or to Gus Johnson’s Soundboard.
(how did Clipper Darryl escape the rebranding discussion?)
While there’s no shortage of voices suggesting Daniel Snyder abandon the Redskins name, the LA Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth is, I believe, the first person to advise Donald Sterling to change the name of the Los Angeles Clippers. Calling the franchise, “a dysfunctional collection of Gilligans on the SS Minnow, from Benoit Benjamin to Wang ZhiZhi, with every other Olowokandi, Korolev and Closs in between,” Hoffarth proceeds to poll a number of NBA luminaries (including but not limited to Ralph Lawler, Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley) all of whom think, well, it’s a stupid idea. Eventually, however, Hoffarth found a great mind that thought alike in the skull of David E. Johnson, CEO of “crisis communications” experts, Strategic Vision.
“People will always think of the Clippers of the past, as the poor stepchild (next to the Lakers), because it’s too embedded in the public perception,” Johnson said.
“If I was giving them advice, I say make a clean break from that stereotype and re-introduce yourself. Establish your own brand DNA. Establish a new story to tell, a new vision of who you are, where you’re going. Sell your new rationale.
“Start by giving fans ownership of a new name by polling them. Find a local artist, or have a contest with kids, to develop a new logo. Even if they’re not fans of the team, they’ll get excited with this creative rebirth and rebranding process.
“We’ve seen this with tech companies, lifestyle companies. It’s working already in New Orleans. You sell it to ownership by showing how this is also a great way of merchandising, and you’ll see a great return on your investment. Put it in brisk terms.”
Hoffarth then points out that Johnson’s company has — what’s the nice way of putting it? —- zero credibility whatsoever. NEVER MIND.
While the NBA continues to punish players for vulgar behavior Toronto-born Drake remains the chosen “World Ambassador” of the Raptors. As a cred card-carrying rapper, Drake’s pro forma: He raps savage hate, boasts, sexually degradation, dead end street obscenities and, of course, the N-word.
In spite of that, or, more likely because of it, Drake recently was the NBA’s choice as the now-requisite entertainment-side presence and promoter of the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto.
Within days of Drake’s embracement by the NBA, he released a video/album so vile he even put the squirm to some rap apologists, rationalizers, panderers and those too late to wonder why.
So what now prevents the NBA from drawing a line, somewhere, other than in front of its players? What prevents it from saying, “Ya know what, Drake? We’re better than that. Or at least we’re going to try to be. Thanks, anyway.”
If you’re wondering why Drake could’ve gotten the idea that liberally dropping N-bombs didn’t justify becoming a pariah, perhaps he read Phil’s recent argument that Riley Cooper had it worse than Delmon Young?
Quick to remind usthe Native Americans of the 1500′s and 1600′s being characterized as “savage beasts” was part and parcel of a historical tome widely praised/circulated well into the 19060′s, Ralph Nader (above) warns, “Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington football team, needs to absorb some of these history lessons.” In an op-ed for the Albany Tribune, Nader considers “the legacy of domination by the white man of the native tribes” of greater consequence than the name of Snyder’s team.
Our culture today pays far more attention to ethnic, racial and gender slurs (many of them fortunately phased out of most public conversations) than to the brutal conditions of penury, discriminating violence, addiction and repression that represent contemporary reality.
Should any of these baleful epithets emerge on campuses the students become enraged, show up at gatherings and denounce the authors or the anonymous bigots. Would that they extend that moral indignation by showing up at visiting lectures or symposia regarding the actual conditions underlying these obnoxious labels and engage these injustices.
Care should be taken that word denunciations or word victories do not distract from their underlying realities. Or even worse, become substitutes for addressing the situations on the ground.
Saturday’s Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship game between Winston-Salem State and Virginia State has been called off amidst reports the former’s school’s starting QB, Rudy Johnson, was assaulted by the latter’s players at a pregame event on the WSSU campus Friday. From WGHP Channel 8 :
Lamont Darnell Britt, 22, a junior running back from Portsmouth City, Va., was arrested by WSSU campus police and charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, according to the arrest warrant. Britt is being held in the Forsyth County Jail with bond set at $7,500.
The fight broke out in a bathroom at the Anderson Center on the WSSU campus during an event associated with the championship game, according to an employee of the Anderson Center who would not identify himself and two WSSU football players who tried to intervene.
“We don’t know a lot of what happened but we do know our starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was beaten up,” WSSU Chancellor Donald Reaves said, “and he didn’t beat himself up.”
Multiple outlets reported earlier today that Knicks coach Mike Woodson was considering banning his players from using Twitter during the season (presumably, the playoffs are OK, because from early indications, New York won’t be a participant). Prior to Wednesday’s loss to Houston — the Knicks’ 4th in a row at MSG — G JR Smith answered questions concerning a Twitter exchange with Detroit’s Brandon Jennings that’s apparently caught the attention of the league, as the New York Times’ Scott Cacciola explains :
In an escalating series of tweets, Smith appeared to threaten Jennings for picking on his younger brother, Chris, a guard with the Knicks. Speaking before Thursday’s game, J. R. Smith acknowledged he was upset, but he said the situation had gotten blown out of proportion.
“There’s a way to threaten somebody, and that’s not the way to publicly threaten someone,” said Smith, who missed the first five games of the season for violating the league’s drug policy. “I know Brandon. Brandon’s not that type of person, and I’m not that type of person. We had a pretty good relationship before this.”
“I’m always in trouble on Twitter,” he said. “I don’t know what it is. Trying to shake it.”
J. R. Smith’s feud with Jennings started Wednesday when Jennings took to Twitter and wrote, “Wait wait wait, JR Smith’s brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn’t. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!”
J. R. Smith logged onto Twitter shortly after the Knicks’ victory over the Hawks and, without mentioning Jennings by name, seemed to blast him, writing that he had “no respect” for young players who “pop at the mouth.” Smith posted another message in which he wrote he might send some of his “street homies” to Detroit, presumably to confront Jennings. Smith punctuated the post with the hashtag “#DeadSerious.” The post was later deleted.
A number of years ago, I unloaded a small pile of rare and not-so-rare records via eBay prior to moving to London. Amongst the items auctioned off for SERIOUS CASH was a 12″ picture disc of AWA mainstay “Jumping” Jim Bruzell’s “Matlands”, a rather turgid-reinterpretation of Bruce Springsteen’s “Badlands”. Though I’ve never found myself wondering how this questionable cover version came to be, a recent interview with Brunzell’s son, Jim Brunzel III, director of the Twin Cities music film festival Sound Unseen, sheds a little light. From MusicFilmWeb’s Andy Markowitz :
MFW: I found a picture of your dad in his prime wearing tight trunks and a Springsteen t-shirt. What were his musical tastes, and did they influence yours?
Jim Brunzell: Growing up in the household, the only music [my parents] listened to was Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand. Occasionally a few other things, but basically it was Bruce Springsteen and Streisand.
Was it a dichotomy? The stereotype would be, your dad was into Springsteen, Mom was into Barbra.
Yep. My dad has told me the story on how he got involved with Springsteen. He traveled so much, and he remembers being on a plane and hearing “Jungleland” for the first time and playing it over and over and over again. My dad was a rock ‘n’ roll guy growing up. He wanted to be a musician up but he got into sports, football and baseball. Springsteen was someone my dad idolized, and when he was on the road he just listened to his music all the time. There was even a point where my dad’s opening song when he’d walk into the ring was called “Matlands.” It was a riff on “Badlands” and my dad wrote the words, and the music was done by a local band.
Has he had any contact with Bruce?
Yeah! The video for “Dancing in the Dark,” the one that features Courtney Cox that Brian DePalma directed, that was done at the St. Paul Civic Center, and I think it was then that they met for the first time backstage. Bruce was a wrestling fan, so he knew who my dad was, and my dad idolized his music. Every time Bruce came to town we’d always go backstage and get to hang out and take pictures and shake his hand. I guess, to bring this full circle, I am a Springsteen fan. I’m not quite the diehard my father is. I leaned more towards rock and Bruce instead of Barbra Streisand.
Though Day 3 of the GM meetings brought rumors of the New York Mets kicking the chemically-enhanced tires of Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz, agent Scott Boras — mindful of the Amazins’ recent austerity, told a gaggle of reporters the quickest path to contention is to, well, enrich his clients. From NESN.com’s Anna Fogel :
“The Mets are like NASA,” Boras said. “They have big rockets, a lot of platforms and very few astronauts. Astronauts are hard to find. They’ve got one guy with the ‘Wright’ stuff, that’s for sure. And they’ve got a lot of Arm-strongs, too. But they’re certainly a club that I’m sure that’s in pursuit of a higher level of talent.”
Fearing that the Mets are investing too much energy into their cornerstone, David Wright, as well as their young pitchers such as his client Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, Boras advocated for franchises to spend the big bucks on free agents — something New York can’t afford to do as they continue to recover from the fortune that owner Fred Wilpon lost in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. “
I think the ability to spend and actually spending are two different things. And that’s only for the Mets to diagnose,” Boras said. “Certainly their franchise value has gone through the roof — they’re well over $2 billion. They’re a very successfully run business operation. The Mets have the ability to do pretty much what they want to do. But it’s hard to find astronauts.”
Of the Cubs’ willingness to revamp Wrigley Field while cutting payroll, Boras sneered, “fans don’t come to see seats, grass, cement. They come to see players,” thought that really depends on the seats, grass and cement, doesn’t it?
…and that’s the most plausible reason I can come up with for David Medeiros’ Concertblogger review of JD & The Straight Shot’s Sunday night performance at NYC’s Cutting Room. Perhaps Mr. Medeiros was a journalist employed by Pravda in a previous lifetime? Until we find out for sure, congratulations are in order for Luke Winkie — no matter what he composes between now and the end of December, he’s no longer a candidate for author of 2013′s worst piece of music criticism.
.As a businessman there are few who have reached James Dolan’s heights, but there is more to this complicated man than just the boardroom. He has, like all humans, his own passions. His greatest is music. To that end he has tirelessly worked to improve his guitar and vocal chops, and has surrounded himself with a tight group of professional session players to form a band of note. How he finds the time to be a titan of corporate America and still front this band is beyond me.
Enough about the individual though, this is a band. They have released three albums and One EP and have another full-length album in the works. They have toured with Robert Randolph, The Allman Brothers Band, and currently are opening for The Eagles. Due to the fact that The Eagles were playing MSG on Saturday and Monday night, as the owner of the venue, Dolan decided to use his executive powers and recuse the band from those dates to ensure that there was no shadow of favoritism attached to the shows. Instead, we were treated to a rare intimate performance at one of the city’s hidden gems.
When the last note floated away, it was obvious that the room had been filled with a musical passion that just can’t be faked. Some may say that this band is a toy of a very rich man who is indulging a whim. I would say to them, go see this band play, and then tell me what you think. I think this is a group of people who love playing music and will play just about anywhere, anytime.
KATU’s Dan Tilken attempted to get Pistons assistant coach Rasheed Wallace to comment regarding $150,000.00 in back taxes on a 9000 square foot Southwest Portland home. As you can see from the clip above, the normally loquacious Sheed was unavailable for comment, with Detroit PR staff claiming, “assistant coaches are not available” (for ambush interviews about money they’ve owed for years).
Of plans to rename Hull AFC, “The Hull City Tigers“, owner Assem Allam tells the Guardian’s David Conn, “‘AFC’ meant nothing”, while Tigers, ‘is a name of “power’”. Certain, anyone who’s seen Bruce Jenner in “Grambling’s White Tiger” witnessed a powerful performance, but I’m assuming that’s not what Allam is referring to.
Allam is staking a great deal on presuming a worldwide bonanza from “shortening” the name, citing an article he found in the Harvard Business Review which said companies with short names do better when they float on the stock market.
“Which of the three names would you remove?” he asks, rhetorically. “Hull is relevant. City is not relevant. Tigers: are you telling me you would drop the symbol of power?”
An alliance of bewildered supporters’ groups has protested, without success so far. Asked if he has researched the projected global advantage Tigers will accrue, he says not yet. “I know it will make a difference; shorter names have a quicker impact, it is textbook marketing,” he states. He hopes to make the change “early next year,” after looking further into it.
Posed the obvious point, that everybody knows the club as Hull City, so Hull Tigers is actually longer, Allam replies: “I will not let people get away with that. Everybody knows it now as Hull City Tigers.”
Last night, USA Today’s Mike Foss gleefully reported on the fun & games taking place at the “Rob Gronkowski Football 101 Women’s Clinic” (“three hours of instruction and fun, focusing on ‘football basics with a social twist’”). Foss’ account of the event somehow failed to mention that on the previous night, Gronkowski (above, left) hosted a watch party for the Cowboys/Saints game, and said of an Asian dance contestant, “they told me he could only cook fried rice”.
It does seem a shame the NFLPA can’t do something to ensure Gronk earns a living wage for his on-field activities.
“The owner had a concert?” asked a puzzled Carmelo Anthony at Knicks practice Monday, apparently unaware that for several years Garden chief James Dolan has fronted the least popular pay-to-play, sub-Blues Hammer “band” on Planet Earth, JD & The Straight Shot. Hours after the Knicks were humiliated by the Spurs at MSG, the Straight Shot headlined Manhanttan’s Cutting Room Sunday evening,, at which time Dolan promised “the basketball” team would emerge victorious this Wednesday in Atlanta. From the New York Daily News’ Mitch Lawrence :
“I guess we’ve got to win,’’ Anthony said Monday when asked by the Daily News about Dolan’s guarantee. “The owner said it. I guess we got to make it happen. We want to win. If he said it, he’s put the pressure on us to go out there and win the game.”
Asked by The News if Dolan was supportive of him during their meeting, Woodson wouldn’t provide any insight, adhering to the Garden’s rules that anything Dolan says is off limits when talking to the media.
“That’s not your guys’ business,’’ he said. “That’s me and my owner’s business. We’ve got to get ready for Atlanta, that’s the name of the game.’’
But Woodson was clearly taken aback when Dolan’s guarantee was brought up, asking a reporter, “Say that again?’
Broncos G John Moffit informed his employers last week that he’d not be returning to the team following their bye week. I don’t know if the Elias Koteas Sports Bureau keeps records on this kind of thing, but this might be the first time a guy has walked away from a possible Super Bowl ring in favor of doing a podcast. From USA Today :
Moffitt majored in sociology at Wisconsin and said his world view was really shaped over the last couple of years when he began studying the writings of the Dalai Lama and Noam Chomsky.
Now that he’s out from behind the NFL shield, Moffitt said he’s looking forward to speaking his mind on the radio and in podcasts he’s going to produce. He said he has plenty of opinions to share on everything from philosophy to politics, although he has less to say about sports.
He said he also wants to go on a diet now that he doesn’t have to maintain his 319-pound physique.
Moffitt said the timing of his decision had nothing to do with J.D. Walton being activated from the reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, although “I’m glad it worked out like that.”
I’ve attended a few games at Turner Field over the years and aside from wishing general misfortune upon the Braves, I’ve never found it to be an unpleasant venue — far from it, actually. So when I read earlier today that the Braves planned to build a new stadium in Cobb Country, thus rendering the 20-year old Turner Field obsolete, I had to rub my eyes. If a more than adequate park can be abandoned that quickly, perhaps there’s a small chance the Mets could bulldoze the aesthetic atrocity that is Citi Field within your or my lifetime?
On a more serious tip, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jeff Schultz — noting the city’s cooperation in erecting a new downtown home for the Falcons — argues “Atlanta will get two new stadiums to replace the two that didn’t need replacing,”, but it’s the Braves leaving Atlanta city limits proper that strikes him as unnecessary (“it would have made far more sense for local governments to invest in the area around Turner Field – already built – than in a new football stadium with the hope that development would follow”)
Let me just state that it’s comforting to live in a city, a state and even a country where our elected officials feel so free to build sports facilities with public dollars for private businesses. It’s reassuring to know that our schools, police departments, fire departments, roads, bridges, parks and sewers are in such tremendous shape that we can afford to commit $650 million for two new stadium projects.
If the Sudan got a new soccer stadium, it would totally revitalize the area.
If Mayor Kasim Reed hadn’t been carrying Arthur Blank’s water for month, making it seem like a Falcons’ potential move to the suburbs was like the coming of apocalypse, he would deserve praise for his comments Monday. But he is being a completely phony because he took the opposite position with the Falcons.