Bidding War Alert, Pt. II

Posted in The World Of Entertainment at 10:34 pm by

Thanks to Kris Gillespie for bringing the one-man sensation McRorie to CSTB’s attention. I hate to pit talented artists against each other, but this guy has already rendered Jason Starr redundant. Sorry, Jason, but show business is a motherfucker.

Knicks Outlast Hawks In OT

Posted in Basketball at 10:13 pm by

Imagine how good Jamal Crawford would be if he could hit a third of his shots from the field? Imagine how good Antoine Walker would be if he could guard anyone? Since both fantasies are up there with world peace and Jim Rome getting laryngitis, tonight’s 110-109 NY win will have to suffice, especially in light of Crawford’s 2nd ridiculous game winning heave in the past week.

(David Stern, paying tribute to Ted Turner for his role in keeping Van Earl Wright off the streets for so many years

As for Stephon Marbury, when facing bad-to-average opposition, he’s All-Universe. As was Nazr Mohammed, when facing the shitty club that traded him away last year.

Houston’s Comeback Delayed

Posted in Basketball at 7:07 pm by

I’m willing to bet that Allan Houston will return to the Knicks starting lineup sometime before Tariq Abdul-Wahad plays another game for the Mavericks. The NY Post’s Michael Morrisey catches up with the former.

It only seems that the more Allan Houston practices, the further away his return date becomes.

Yesterday, Houston participated in a full-court scrimmage for the first time this season before indicating he probably wouldn’t be ready to return Saturday in Charlotte.

The Knick shooting guard ” rehabbing a sore left knee ” actually mentioned it could be as much as two weeks before he rejoins his teammates, but he’s done speculating or worrying about return dates for now.

“I’m pretty happy,” a sweat-soaked Houston said. “I don’t want to get too ahead of myself and say, ‘Well, all right, now I’m ready to play.’

“I have to make sure I listen to the trainers. Because I haven’t had a training camp, this is the closest thing to a training camp that I’m having.”

Head coach Lenny Wilkens said it was “very optimistic” to think Houston could be ready by Saturday. Wilkens was pleased by Houston’s participation in the full-contact scrimmage, which replicated approximately 10 minutes of game action. But the coach wants to see a few more practices, and the next one won’t be until Thursday at the earliest.

“He didn’t shy away from contact ” he ran the floor pretty good,” Wilkens said. “It’s a start. It’s a good first step.

“I need to see him do it a few times so that I know he’s comfortable and he knows he’s comfortable and the bumping is not taking a toll.”

Ending the first quarter on a 7-0 run and shooting 53% from the field, New York are up 31-21 so far in Atlanta, Nazr Mohammed dropping 10 points on his former club in the early going.

Terminally Unfunny Stern Nemesis Sued Over Wrongful Dismissal

Posted in The Law at 5:52 pm by

(the not-so-dandy Don. David Coverdale just called, he wants his sense of entitlement back)

Not only is Imus apparently a bitch to work for, but Tom Greenwood says he owns 8 million sneakers.

Irish Fire Willingham

Posted in Gridiron at 2:50 pm by

Far be it for me to suggest that a program with such deep delusions of granduer as Notre Dame doesn’t have the right to fire their coach anytime they want, particularly on the heels of a 6-5 season and a national teevee humilation at the hands of Southern Cal. But just for fun, let’s ponder the following questions :

1) if 6-5 was such a blot on the school’s record, if this season fell so short of expectations, why did Notre Dame’s A.D. accept an invitation to the Insight Bowl?

2) How dull would Division One college football be if the percentage of black players equalled the current percentage of black head coaches?

3) Utah’s Urban Meyer is said to be a contender for the Notre Dame job. Is there a less urban place on earth than Utah?

I have no idea what’s next for Willingham, but perhaps he could serve as the next Director of Homeland Security, given his expertise fighting a war he couldn’t possibly win.

Velvets Acetate Discovered At Yard Sale

Posted in Rock Und Roll at 2:20 pm by

By collector skum standards, this would have to be the find of the century. Slightly more thrilling than getting the first Vatican Commandos single on eBay.

Powell Compares Mets’ Pursuit Of Pedro To Glavine

Posted in Baseball at 12:41 pm by

from Shaun Powell in today’s Newsday :

The more you hear about the Mets, their offer to Pedro Martinez and their curious pursuit of players like him this offseason, the more you should think about Tom Glavine.

Two years ago, Glavine became a free agent and the Mets were instantly smitten. They saw a future Hall of Famer, a lefty with the craftsmanship of a Bentley, a pitcher with no arm trouble and a veteran who’d bring favorable headlines and credibility to Shea Stadium.

Meanwhile, almost everyone else in baseball saw a guy who left his best with the Braves. Including the Braves.

Atlanta didn’t make a major effort to keep a pitcher who helped keep the Braves in control of its division for more than a decade. True, the Braves were cutting payroll, but they weren’t stupid. More than anybody, they know pitchers and the value of pitching. If they felt Glavine, then approaching 37, had been worth it, they would’ve met his demands.

Well, they didn’t. They let one of the best players in franchise history take a walk, and that was enough to discourage many teams from taking a chance. They figured: If the Braves don’t want him, why should we?

That kind of sensible logic didn’t stop the Mets. No way. The Mets were too much in love to see the signals. Sometimes the heart beats too loud to hear the warnings. So they invested $35 million and three years in a yesterday player, not a today or a tomorrow player.

Well, you’ve seen the results. When Glavine heads into his final year at age 39 on Opening Day, he will bring his 20-28 record as a Met with him. His 3.60 ERA last season, while an improvement from 4.52 the year before, still wasn’t very Brave-like. Every now and then Glavine finds the corners of the plate and winds the clock back to 2000, the last time he won 20 games, but for the most part he hasn’t been worth the steep price the Mets paid.

Sad thing is, everyone saw this coming. Except the Mets.

That is what happens when you chase 11 p.m. players, also known as past-prime-time players, something the Mets do often. And something they’re doing now.

If I’m Fred Wilpon, the owner of the Mets, I’m happy to know my new GM is exploring all avenues. But there’s a limit to how far the Mets should chase after the 1999 All-Star team roster.

Pedro was looking for a big financial score, and the Mets went one better than the Red Sox. The Sox might end up treating Pedro the way the Braves once treated Glavine. While Pedro’s hardly finished as a quality starter, conventional wisdom says you don’t give three or four years at big money to a 33-year-old who averages less than seven innings a start.

Much as I love bashing Tom Glavine, with any kind of decent run support last year, his record as a Met is far better than 20-28. Powell makes solid points about offering long-term deals to old fucks, but there are a few guys, Clemens, Schilling and Johnson in particular, who have put up sick numbers in the so-called twilight of their careers. That Pedro hasn’t the build of the above cannot be argued, and his durability is questionable, too.