01.30.09

Chelsea’s Kalou : It’s Still Real To Me, Damn It

Posted in Football, Free Expression at 7:26 pm by

With apologies to Dave Wills, Salomon Kalou denies his celebration after scoring the second goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough Wednesday night was a show of solidarity with Ivorian political activist Antoine Assale Tiemoko.  After reading Kalou’s claim that said gesture was inspired by the WWE’s John Cena, the Guardian’s Russell Brand isn’t quite buying it (“If you type Tiémoko’s name into a search engine you’ll be swiftly led to an online petition that you can then send to the president of the Ivory Coast which I have now done as it seemed so effortless and worthwhile; if you search for John Cena you get to see pictures of the hunk in his pants, so both lines of inquiry have their own rewards.”)

Were Kalou and Drogba expressing support through hand signals to Tiémoko I think it would be wonderful; two young millionaires presumed caged in their own tower of privilege conveying compassionate concern against corruption in their fatherland; that would be surprising and cause for optimism. If they just both like wrestling it would be less surprising and considerably less romantic.

If I were to discover that during the ’68 Olympics when Tommie Smith and John Carlos held their fists aloft upon the medal winners podium they were not making a Black Power salute but working out a dance routine to the Tom Jones hit of that year, Delilah, a little piece of history would be tarnished. In spite of their denial I would like to think this controversial physical symbol was in support of Tiémoko. Fingers crossed.

Kucinich : Remove “Citi Field” From The Wilpon’s New Palace Of Avarice & Greed

Posted in Baseball, politics, The Marketplace at 6:59 pm by

The New York Mets avoided arbitration with P John Maine earlier today, inking the righthander to a one-year, $2.6 million pact.  If a pair of out of town Congressmen have anything to say about it, said funds will come from somewhere else besides the $20 million annual naming rights deal with Mets signed with the floundering Citigroup.  From Newsday’s Keith Herbert.

Reps. Dennis Kucinich (above, D-Ohio) and Ted Poe (R-Texas) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner requesting he “dissolve” the contract with the Mets to name their stadium Citi Field.

Kucinich and Poe wrote that Citigroup’s financial footing “has changed drastically” since the naming rights deal was struck in 2006.

Steve Silverman, a spokesman for Citigroup in Manhattan, called the contract with the Mets a “legally binding agreement” signed two years ago.

The representatives’ letter requests Geithner demand that “Citigroup dissolve the agreement” with the Mets.

“Absent this outcome, we feel strongly that you should compel Citigroup to return immediately all federal money received to date, as well as cancel all loan guarantees,” the letter stated.

Under Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, Citigroup received about $45 billion in taxpayers’ dollars in recent months.

That infusion of cash gives Treasury officials authority to “protect the public’s interest,” Kucinich said.

Nasty Nestor Vs. The Vast Media Conspiracy (Of Guys Who Aren’t Jews)

Posted in Sports Radio at 6:44 pm by

Baltimore radio host “Nasty” Nestor Aparicio (above, right), a longtime thorn-in-the-side of Peter Angelos, was famously described by the Washington Post‘s Leonard Shaprio as “a shameless and relentless self-promoter who really can get down and very dirty on and off the air with anyone who might happen to disagree with him”.  Alas, Shapiro failed to mention that he’s an aspiring anti-semite / Latrell Sprewell impersonator as well.  Dallas Sports Fans.com provides details of this morning’s brawl in Tampa, FL at what’s called “Radio Row” for Super Bowl XLIII.

Apparently, Gordon Keith went over to Nasty Nestor Aparicio with a wireless microphone to attempt to bury the hatchet between the two parties, when Nasty Nestor became angry, grabbed Gordon Keith around the throat and attempted to strangle him. The two were then separated and the police were called.

This is not the first incident between Nasty Nestor and the Ticket. In 2008, at the Super Bowl coverage, Corby Davidson went to Nasty Nestor to make peace. Nestor Aparicio began swearing at Corby Davidson and accused him of having a hidden mic, to which Corby responded, œI swear to the good Lord I do not have a microphone. Nasty Nestor then allegedly called Corby a œ(Explitive)-ing Jew.

In the latest incident, Gordon Keith did have a microphone, but it is clear from the audio that he was not trying to provoke Nasty Nestor. Keith is now considering whether or not to file charges against Nasty Nestor. Anyone who was recording the live webcast of the incident, which was broadcast on the Ticket™s webcam, is encouraged to contact the Ticket immediately.

Your Cub Update: Cub Fan Impeached; Sox Cash In with Go-Go-Gobama Hat; and Aaron Heilman’s Emotional Farewell to Seattle

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[First Cub Fan ex-Governor Blagojevich might still be in office had Wrigley voted on his impeachment.]

Your Cub Update stands still for a lot (I have a choice?), but seeing Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich impeached today was too much.  Jeez, the Senate even handed Cub Fan #1 a shut-out:  59-0.  But I have to speak out:  Why is it a Cub fan Democratic office holder who lies, abuses power, and defies Federal investigators is impeached, yet GOP Cub fans like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Henry Paulson retire with dignity and mountains of money?  Possibly this has something to do with our Sox fan President’s first official gaffe in office (I’m not counting the oath) when he attended the Commander’s Ball last week and asked several members of the Illinois National Guard serving in Iraq, “Cubs or Sox?”  What was Obama thinking? Of course the Commander in chief was humiliated, and today’s news indicates he’s still smarting. The Daily Herald carries a nice Inauguration wrap-up of Bush’s exiting office to a classic Sox fan “Na-na-na, na-na-na, hey hey, good-bye” thru Obama’s tarnished moment in front of the troops.

Meanwhile, across town, Jerry Reinsdorf is still trying to weasel his way into White House respectability. First he tried slipping the President’s daughters some merch for their dad, and now he’s offering the Go-Go-Gobama hat, a basic White Sox logo on black cloth cap with the tiniest expense given to adding Obama’s name.  Most telling is the Sun-Times‘ FREE ADVERTISING FOR THIS STUNT masquerading as a news story. It reports, “Any proceeds from the sale of the special Obama hat would most likely be donated to a White Sox-related charity.”  “Most likely.”  The same story also says, “Brooks Boyer, the White Sox vice president and chief marketing officer told SBJ, ‘We don’t want to be overly opportunistic and exploit this.'”  No, not at all. While, same day, the Trib reports that Reinsdorf invited Obama on Day One to throw out the first pitch at the Cell this year.  Can’t wait for Disco Demobama Night.

A twitter post from the Sun-Times Gordon Wittenmyer (a twittermyer?) says “Report from Baltimore: out-of-options, lost-in-space Rich Hill headed to O’s for PTBNL once Balt. GM MacPhail juggles roster.”  Indeed, with Kerry Wood and Hill gone, the on line wait for training room jacuzzi time will be seriously cut down in 2009.

And finally, right-handed pitcher Aaron Heilman is leaving his beloved Seattle Mariners.  After spending nearly six-weeks there (including his first Seattle Christmas), we can expect Heilman in Cub pinstripes Opening day, unless a loophole is found in Jake Peavy’s contract.  All I know of Heilman is that he was a key player on the Mets 2008 season.  Is he an all-star waiting to happen on a contending team or just good on a so-so team?  How will he adapt to Wrigley?  For insight, I turned to CSTB’s own Gerard Cosloy, a noted Mets enthusiast.  Says Gerard:  “I can only assume his Notre Dame lineage will make him an instant fan fave. The real loser in the deal?  The Joe Strummer estate.  If Heilman’s a starter, Tannoy play of ‘London Calling’ drops dramatically.”

01.29.09

Live From Spokane : CSTB Correspondent In A Tweet Frenzy

Posted in Basketball at 8:39 pm by

(Bulldogs react poorly to the news they’ll be under intense scrutiny later this evening)

Gonzaga and St. Mary’s
collide tonight at 11pm eastern (ESPN2) and your viewing of said contest can be enhanced with the Twitter magic of Jason Cohen.  Please chime in — the WWL’s advertisers get a raw deal, while Jason’s enjoyment is hampered by looking at his cell for much of the night.

Don’t Call It A Comeback : Marty B’s Hip Hop Apology

Posted in Gridiron, Hip Hop at 8:16 pm by

“I did curse…” admits Dallas TE Martellus Bennett, referencing his since-removed YooToob clip that managed to rhyme “Romo” with “homo”.  “…but I didn’t steal a hearse.”  And with that, I think we can agree that a) Bennett has not been accused of stealing a hearse, and b) the sports blogosphere and the producers of several ESPN programs that feature men shouting eagerly await the day he does steal a hearse.

Franco Harris’ Super Bowl Of Fantastic Home Furnishing

Posted in Gridiron, The Marketplace at 7:58 pm by

Former Steelers RB Franco Harris, perhaps thinking of those unlucky enough to miss the Derrick Coleman estate sale, has unveiled his “Immaculate Collection”, much to the delight of Brand Freak‘s Kenneth Hein.

The first piece is a “generously proportioned” chair conceived by Helen Hoey, who partnered with national lifestyle designer Barclay Butera. There will only be 500 chairs made, and they are numbered and autographed by both Harris and Hoey. Thus, Harris will achieve every football player’s other dream”of having his autograph next to that of someone who’s also famous for luxury linens.