Dolan’s New Court Battle

Posted in Hockey, The Internet, The Law at 4:44 pm by

From the AP :

Madison Square Garden sued the National Hockey League Friday, saying the NHL has monopolized control of promoting its teams.

The NHL claims it will fine MSG, which owns the New York Rangers, $100,000 per day if they do not give the NHL complete control over the team’s Web site and other promotions, the suit said.

MSG said it had no choice but to bring the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan because the fines were scheduled to begin Friday.

The organization asked that a judge order the league to stop acting as “an illegal cartel,” limiting what the team does to promote itself through the Web and with merchandising efforts.

Indeed, with the league’s interference, the Broadway Blues are prevented from displaying their vast photographic archive devoted to the Rangers Ice Bitches City Skaters.

Arenas’ Memorabilia Jones Is Really Out Of Hand

Posted in Baseball, Basketball at 4:38 pm by

The shy, retiring Gilbert Arenas, not satisfied with hoarding vintage jerseys, tells DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg that he’d like to purchase Barry Bonds’ 756th career HR ball from designer Mark Ecko. The same ball Ecko is said to be donating to the Hall Of Fame affixed with an asterisk.

“It’s history,” Gil began. “It’s still history. I mean, the guy’s a man before he’s some big slugger. I mean, how you just going to take what this man’s done for his career and, as another man, say ‘Hey, you were accused of this, you allegedly did this, I want to take this away from you.’ I mean, what if we took away your Ecko company?

“I mean, why graffiti the ball when, in everybody’s mind, they think he’s done it. So no matter what, when they look at the ball, they’re gonna be like, ‘Oh, he allegedly….You don’t have to mark it in history. Like, who are you? Are you Superman? You’re sitting here throwing all the rockets into space: ‘I want to send it to space?’ Are you serious? Like, come on.”

Someone asked whether Gilbert thought Ecko was just a hater.

“I don’t know what his relationship is to Bonds, but I just didn’t understand it,” Gilbert said. “Like, as an athlete, I don’t want nobody to say, ‘He was in the hyperbaric chamber, we’re gonna ban that tomorrow, now the 60 points he scored last year, I’m going to dot those shoes up.’ Let’s be for real.”

Tim Hardaway’s Non-Hateful Gay Photo Op

Posted in Basketball at 4:24 pm by

Congratulations to Tim Hardaway for taking the time to learn that homosexuals-r-people-too through the auspices of the Yes Institute.

Tim should also be credited for not taking my suggestion of reaching out to the YES Network. Not only would he have learned nothing in the process, but increased exposure to Michael Kay might well have turned the former NBA star from an admitted homophobe to a downright committed misanthrope.

The Most Important Piece Of Sports Journalism You Will Read In 2007…

Posted in The World Of Entertainment, Vroom Vroom at 4:03 pm by

…will have to wait, because I’m instead directing you to the aneuryism waiting to happen that is NASCAR.com’s Raygan Swan and her “Need Soap Opera? Check Out The NASCAR Garage”.

(McMurray, back in the garage with his bullshit detector)

Justin Timberlake brought sexy back but Jamie McMurray is bringing the drama back to daytime TV.

The 31-year-old blonde bomber made his soap-opera debut this week on Passions, a campy daytime drama that depicts supernatural adventures between rival families and foes along with the “whose bed have your boots been under” storylines that make every daytime drama a favorite guilty pleasure for all who watch.

Interesting enough, the same ingredients that make shows like Passions popular are some of the same ingredients that make NASCAR one of the most talked about sports on TV.

Like a soap opera, with a dash of reality television, NASCAR is not without family feuds, tawdry trysts and tussles, bouts with drugs and blunders under the covers.

And like a high school cafeteria, the NASCAR garage is where it all starts; it’s where the worst-kept secrets are revealed as soon as they are whispered.

Most industry players will tell you the garage is a real hot bed for gossip and drama; drama for your mama, your sister, your cousin, brother and your uncle, too.

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin explained why.

“NASCAR can be that way because we all travel together so much and we know so much about each other’s lives,” he said. “You know guys talk about each other when they walk away. It’s not like other sports where there are only two teams on the field.”

Anonymous Big Leaguer : “The Pussy Is Plentiful”

Posted in Baseball, Free Expression, History's Great Hook-Ups at 11:45 am by

Sam Frank, reading Craigslist for research purposes only, forwards the following response to this provocative CL post :

How? Sports, i was drafted in ’06 out of college via the mlb draft and signed a lucrative contract with incentives due to my draft status, the pay scale is progressive depending on where you were drafted, but i digress, the “woman” who posted has to be a phony or attention whore.

I’m 23 and unless i’m out in a outrageously fancy car or excessive bling women dont give a fuck. I’m a handsome guy, but otherwise i’m only that, but when my top is down in my ride they flock like pigeons. Men who have money are very aware as to who is “real”. It’s the women you meet under circumstances that allow them to see you for you is where you weed out the hoes.

I’ve seen it all and me and my buddies just laugh. It’s like bull durham. Groupies everywhere in some cities we travel. These women know once we roll into town there are perspective millionaires in waiting. I play minor league ball, i will break into the majors one day, and like i mentioned earlier your pay is based on your draft status. Some guys make from 800.00 to 6k a month if they dont have a contract.

To the doubters its ok. I’ve said what i have to say. you’d be surprised who searches craigslist. “rich” people have myspaces, facebooks, etc, so it wouldn’t be a reach to say they go on tmz, craigslist, etc. To the hoes on here we dont want you. You’re a piece of ass and most of us dont even use escorts unless its late late at night, otherwise, the pussy is plentiful. A lot of these women just want to breath the air we breath. We have rockstar status.

Captain Midnight’s Not-So-Long Journey Into Darkness

Posted in Sports Radio at 11:07 am by

We’re right there with you, Steve. Not literally, of course (link courtesy Jon Solomon).

Cubs New Mascot Debuts in Miami

Posted in Baseball, When Mascots Attack at 10:54 am by

(Bill Murray, the Cubs’ new batting coach, gives some advice before yesterday’s Marlins game.  Unfortunately, they listened to him. Photos: Tom Cruze, Sun-Times).

I accept the irony of a Marlins sweep of the Cubs the same way 1950s Dodger fans used to say, “I know we can beat the Yankees. Why can’t we beat the Cubs?” Or, as Cub Fan #1, and hopefully the team’s new owner, Bill Murray, said in the Cubs dugout yesterday, “There is no time for being cautiously optimistic …That’s for losers. I don’t buy that. I’m very, very optimistic. This is Game 159? Why would I be cautious now? Look at how I’m dressed. Do I look cautious?”

”I might make him my bench coach,” Piniella told The Sun-Times Chris DeLuca. Me, I hope Murray is the new owner of the Cubs next year. While a Cubs parent company scribe at The Tribune, Rick Morrissey, asks if the Cubs play-offs hopes are going “over a cliff” this morning, I prefer to note the Brewers are a lot closer than the Cubs to that cliff. The Padres, desperate to clinch one of two positions (wild card or division), beat them handily in a 9-6 win that makes sense vs. the Cubs mysterious 10th loss to the Marlins, 6-4. The Brewers loss reduced their elimination number to 2, meaning a Cub win and a Brewers loss today ends the season for Milwaukee.

As to the talk of who will own the Cubs next year, Murray, a minor league owner for years, said, “‘I save, but I don’t save that much …But it’s interesting. I’ve heard from some people, but I’m not that organized.” When grilled by pessimistic Tribune writers who argued that a World Series win would change the Cubs’ character, Murray replied, “That’s like saying you wouldn’t be you if you were asleep … Isn’t that exactly what it’s like? I don’t accept that [theory] because the Cubs already have won five World Series, and they are the Cubs. Would the Cubs be the Cubs if they lost the World Series? That’s sick thinking. You have to watch out for people like that. I should be watching you.”

Can’t wait for someone to take over the reins. No one has more passive aggressive hate for the Cubs than the Tribco, as evidenced by their 25 years of shoddy ownership and today’s Rick Morrissey column:

After the 6-4 loss on Thursday, Piniella rightly pointed out that, in a sense, this is what the Cubs are–no, not a team that gags down the stretch, but a team that has been up and down most of the season.

And that would be a fine analysis if it weren’t for the fact that about a century of bad history is dangling by a thread over the Cubs’ heads.

“We’re playing baseball, we’re not thinking about history,” first baseman Derrek Lee said.

There are those of us who are sure Lee has it backward. The Cubs are playing history, and they’re not thinking about baseball. It’s not easy to face another team and historic ineptitude at the same time.

With three games left in the regular season, the Cubs lead the Brewers by

Why 7-Eleven hasn’t moved to sponsor this last series against the Reds is beyond me: Take a Big Gulp, Cubs fans.

“I don’t think anybody’s panicking,” second baseman Mark DeRosa said. “We trust each other.”

Reserve your trust, Cubs fans. Protect yourself.