04.28.09

CSTB Endorsed Gov Candidate Sir Charles Makes Huffo Today (Alcohol and Oral Sex Not Involved)

Posted in Basketball, politics at 8:24 pm by

I don’t have a whole lot to add to this except that it seems all you have to do in the modern show business of politics is declare an interest in politics and you’re a politician.  In the wake of the Arlen Spector swtich to a three-digit IQ party today, CSTB endorsed Alabama gubernatorial candidate Charles Barkley made a slideshow of pols who switched parties.  A list Barkley made, but not Ronald Reagan?  Still, Barkley finds himself right between decorated war hero and Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb and President Theodore Roosevelt.  He could also make political lists of sportscasters turned politicans (with Reagan);  athletes turned politician (Gerald FordGeorge Bush, Sr.; Bill Bradley; and that guy who used to pitch for the Phillies); and politicians in search of oral sex … which is too long a list for this space.   The difference “ Barkley hasn’t even been elected to anything.  I hope his political career is better than his hoops life, and he at least makes it out of the primaries.

Green’s Suspension That Wasnt : John Tortorella’s ‘Just Farr A Laff’ Or ESPN’s Haste To Claim A Scoop?

Posted in Hockey, Sports Journalism, Sports TV at 5:58 pm by

USA Today’s A.J. Perez writes that ESPN was fooled by a caller posing as a Washington Post staffer into reporting the suspension of Washington D Mike Green (above) prior to tonight’s Game 7 between the Capitals and Rangers.

“I was on my way to the rink this morning and my buddy called me and was a little upset I was missing Game 7,” said Green, a finalist for the Norris Trophy given to the NHL’s top defenseman.

“I had no idea what for. It kind of caught me off guard.”

ESPN SportsCenter hosts Josh Elliot and Hannah Storm relayed that Green and teammate Donald Brashear were suspended under a “Breaking News” banner Monday at 9:52 a.m.

Within a half hour, ESPN retracted the story.

“We didn’t follow our own fact-checking procedures and mistakenly reported the story” said ESPN spokesperson Dan Quinn.

“We apologize for the error.”

There’s No Place On Television For Matt Vasgersian’s Casual Racism…

Posted in Baseball, Blogged Down, Racism Corner, Sports TV at 4:01 pm by

….and that’s because he oughta save it for a blog. And not just any blog, mind you.  You see, MLB Network’s Matt (above)  is taking no shortage of abuse today for his ill-advised, wildly off-topic remarks last night comparing an unidentified,  dark-skinned  EMT worker to Donovan McNabbDeadspin‘s Dashiell Bennett was quick to note Vasgersian’s “poorly executed brand of ‘humor.'”

I’m not entirely clear how Vasgarian’s unfunny observation was altogether different from Deadspin’s founding editor giggling over Aaron Neville’s alleged resemblance to Cleveland from “Family Guy“. Unless it’s a all a matter of context (ie. Matt Vasgersian’s transgressions are more mock-worthy because he’s not handing out any links).

Blazers’ McMillan To Refs : Call It Both Ways, Please

Posted in Basketball at 3:46 pm by

Not one to let Houston’s Rick Adelman do all the campaigning thru the media, Portlant head coach Nate McMillan yesterday risked a likely NBA fine when discussing officiating during the Blazers/Rockets series.  From the Oregonian’s Mike Tokito :

“I don’t want Stu (Jackson) to be calling me or anything like that, but if you look at the stat sheet and you look at the way the calls have gone the last couple games, it’s not consistent,” McMillan said.

McMillan is particularly unhappy with the fouls called against his centers, Joel Przybilla (above)  and Greg Oden, who have the already-challenging task of trying to contain Yao Ming, the Rockets’ 7-foot-6 All-Star center.

“Our guys, Greg and Joel, are getting called for touch fouls against Yao, and Artest and Battier are riding Brandon Roy every time he runs or he penetrates to the basket,” McMillan said. “I’m just saying that it needs to be called both ways.”

Officiating was a major topic for the Rockets after they lost Game 2 in Portland as Houston coach Rick Adelman complained Thursday that the Blazers had been allowed to manhandle Yao.

“In the first six minutes, they must have called seven or eight fouls on both teams,” Adelman told reporters. “Hand-checking, everything else. Then it was like, ‘Let’s don’t call anything else the rest of the game.’ They literally put their hands on him from outside the free-throw line all the way down.”

McMillan said he was well aware that Adelman had used the media to get this point across.

“No doubt, no doubt,” McMillan said. “He’s talked about that, (then) our guys have been whistled for those calls. What I’m saying is, if you’re going to call it on one end, then call it on both ends.”

On Sunday, the Houston Chronicle’s Richard Justice wrote a column in which he reflected Adelman’s contention that the Blazers were manhandling Yao, writing, “When did basketball become mixed martial arts?”

An Important Moment In Broadcasting History

Posted in Cinema, Radio at 1:52 pm by

Martin Short (above) will be Tom Scharpling‘s guest tonight on “The Best Show On WFMU” (8pm-11pm). Tom is promising much discussion of the 1994  classic “Clifford”, but please keep in mind they’ve only got 3 hours.  There’s no way Mr. Short can answer every question on that topic.

SF’s Brian Wilson : God Only Knows How I’d Tweet Without You

Posted in Baseball, The Internet at 12:38 pm by

Giants pitcher, Brian Wilson (above) was amongst the millions worldwide who’d fallen for the Twitter craze, but learned the hard way this weekend such free expression is under considerable scrutiny.  From the San Jose Mercury News’ Andrew Baggerly :

Wilson posted some twitterings late Saturday night in which he said (paraphrasing from memory) œScottsdale is fun but overaggressive males are not, leaving the impression he was out on the town potentially getting into fights past 1 a.m. The Giants played a day game Sunday and Wilson blew a three-run lead in a 5-4 loss. A reporter blogged about it Sunday night, but didn™t accuse Wilson of anything. Wilson tweeted back, saying he was eating room service hamburgers. Later today, Wilson deleted all of his tweets prior to Sunday morning.

I went up to Wilson this afternoon and asked him one simple question: Is there anything you want to clarify to the fans?

œI just can™t believe anyone would question my character. What about all the positive media and things we™ve done? Sure, things happen in the offseason, everybody celebrates or whatever, but I™m not one to take my job and throw it down the drain. Especially based on how hard I work out, and the meal plan I try to stay consistent with.

œThis Twitter crap, I™ve obviously got to stop because people are taking it too serious. My aspect of that is I write a bunch of stuff that™s not true. It™s made up. Obviously I™m not doing things like going toe-to-toe with a ninja. Find me a ninja, for one.

œObviously, it™s my fault for making up a bunch of stuff but I know for a fact most of those followers know I™m not being serious. They just like hearing funny stuff. Some people don™t understand, but I™m not an idiot, so obviously, I™ve got to stop.

Just to clarify, I asked if Wilson was out late Saturday night.

œNo, I wasn™t out at all Saturday night. I was playing video games. But you know what, people will believe what they want to believe. That™s fine, I guess. The last thing I want to do is have people think I don™t take my job seriously.

True to his word, Wilson’s Twitter account, twitter.com/brianwilson38, has been deleted.

Bobby V., Renaissance Man

Posted in Baseball, Food at 12:55 am by

You know he’s a Japan Series champ and a master of disguise, who amongst us was previously aware Bobby Valentine was the inventor of the Cobb Salad Wrap Sandwich.  (other than David Williams, that is)