05.29.05

Piazza Busts Out, Ishii Beats Fish

Posted in Baseball at 12:33 pm by

Kaz Ishii’s first win in 8 months, Mike Piazza’s first RBI’s in 60 at bats, and all of a sudden the same Mets that looked so overmatched against the Braves earlier in the week have won 3 straight and are just 2 games out of first place.

Glowering Tom Glavine is facing the hot tempered Josh Beckett this afternoon, with Mike DeFelice getting the start catching for the former. I look forward to a crazed controversy over whether or not Glavine has a personal battery-mate.

Blood, Sweat And Beers

Posted in Blogged Down at 12:04 pm by

As chronicled in today’s New York Daily News, 60 something Dan Freeman is a man on a mission.

Mushnick In Recycled Lookalike Joke Shocker

Posted in Sports Journalism at 11:15 am by

Phil Mushnick in today’s NY Post :

An NBA playoffs lookalike worth reprising: Steve Nash and actor Jackie Earle Haley, who played Kelly Leak in “The Bad News Bears.”

Hoo ha. Maybe Phil might wanna check out a rarely watched program called “Pardon The Interuption” on the obscure ESPN cable network. If he does so, Mushnick will find no shortage of gags that have been repeated over and over again.

05.28.05

Unprecedented Behind The Scenes Access To Two Bands That Suck

Posted in Cinema, Rock Und Roll at 11:58 pm by

One band is despicable, the other merely loathesome. Can an entertaining, evocative documentary be made about bands that are monumentally untalented? Perhaps. But Ondi Timoner’s”Dig” is far more interesting if you’ve never previously encountered someone who is totally attention starved.


(Gallant, Goofus in happier days)

One of the doc’s slower thinkers describes the Brian Jonestown Massacre as “the Velvet Underground of the ’90’s”. Well, yeah, they wear sunglasses really often.

Saloon Racing Blowhard Bemoans Danica’s “Unfair Advantage”

Posted in Vroom Vroom at 11:36 pm by

From the Associated Press :

Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 and said Saturday he will not compete in the race again unless the field is equalized.

Gordon, a former open-wheel driver now in NASCAR, contends that Patrick (above) is at an advantage over the rest of the competitors because she only weighs 100 pounds. Because all the cars weigh the same, Patrick’s is lighter on the race track.

“The lighter the car, the faster it goes,” Gordon said. “Do the math. Put her in the car at her weight, then put me or Tony Stewart in the car at 200 pounds and our car is at least 100 pounds heavier.

So if you wanna compete against her, lose a hundred pounds, how hard could it be? Ephedra’s legal again, stomach stapling is cheaper than it used to be. Maybe Gordon would like to petition the Jockey Club to have something done about the blatant discrimination in thoroughbred racing — good luck if you weigh 200 pounds.

The Worst Damn Adulterous Relationship, Period

Posted in Basketball, Sports TV at 5:24 pm by

From the Associated Press :

A woman who claims she had an affair with former NBA star and Fox Sports Net sportscaster John Salley filed a lawsuit Friday alleging Salley mentally and physically abused her during the relationship.

The suit, filed in Superior Court, alleges that the co-host of “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” (above)met Laura Azevedo at Magic Johnson’s “A Midsummer Night’s Magic” charity event in 2002. The two began dating the following December after Salley told Azevedo he was going to divorce his wife, according to court papers.

Azevedo alleges that Salley became increasingly jealous and abusive during their affair, until at one point he “began violently pulling and twisting” her left leg. The suit says that Salley paid for Azevedo to undergo an MRI, which revealed a torn knee ligament that required surgery.

Sucking Up With Scott Williams

Posted in Basketball, Sports TV at 5:19 pm by

While the Cleveland Plain-Dealer claims that Pacers assistant Mike Brown is likely to be named the new head coach of the Cavaliers, the paper’s Roger Brown reports on a veteran with championship experience, seemingly desperate to hang on in any capacity.

Former Cavs reserve Scott Williams might be angling for a job as a team broadcaster, but word is he™ll need major repair work if he hopes to replace Mark Price as the Cavs™ cable analyst next season.

The soon-to-retire Williams, who played in just 19 games with the Cavs last season (and none after being put on the injury list in February), has been reportedly lobbying for a job as a team broadcaster. That role is available with Price™s decision not to return as FSN Ohio™s Cavs analyst.

However, Cavs management apparently remains miffed at how Williams asked to leave the team as last season wound down and the club choked away a once-sure playoff spot.

Sources whisper that Williams has been working to soothe the Cavs™ bruised feelings. They suggest that it wasn™t by accident that during a recent appearance as a NBA TV analyst, Williams effusively praised Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and strongly defended Gilbert against criticism that he meddles too much.