12.26.11

Happy 64th Birthday, Carlton Fisk

Posted in Baseball at 3:22 pm by

Take that, Deion Sanders Cincinnati!

12.25.11

For The Easily Outraged, Jerry Sandusky Is The Christmas GIft That Keeps On Giving

Posted in Blogged Down, Leave No Child Unbeaten at 8:57 pm by

You’d think that with coaching, his non-profit and taking all those long showers, Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky would not have a lot of free time. Oh contraire! He is a ferocious movie-goer with quite specialized tastes. We sat down with him (actually, we sent our 11-year-old nephew so that he’d open up more) and asked him to name a few of his favorites… after all, he’s going to have a lot of free time soon to watch them all again!

With such classic selections as “The Basketball Diaries”, “Kids” and “Newsies” “My Own Private Idaho”, TLAGay.com’s Robbie O. introduced “What Would Sandusky Watch ? : Jerry Sandusky’s Favorite Films”, possibly not an Xmas godsend for patrons of all-male cinema. Leave it to the uncredited author of a post at Anarok.com, however, to take TLAGay’s pitch quite seriously (“Alleged child rapist Jerry Sandusky sells gay films to child rape fans on TLAGay.com”), asking, “if your target audience is gay men, why would you do this?”

Well, there’s this tiny chance that gay men — much like their straight pals — have this thing called a sense of humor. And just maybe, any reader with an ounce of common sense could tell straight away that a premise as goofy as Jerry Sandusky’s Desert Island DVD’s was neither a) sanctioned by the accused pederast, or b) actually promotes a cavalier attitude towards real crimes against children. So for the losing-one’s-shit-unnecessarily-roll-call we can add Deadspin’s Tim Burke, who not encourages his very tasteful, mature blog’s readership to harass Robbie O. (tellingly, Deadspin comments contributors recommend selections such”The Men Who Stare At Boys” and “Friday Night Mites”), but calls TLAGay’s brand of comedy, “the most fucking reprehensible news to come out of the Jerry Sandusky affair outside of the actual offenses Sandusky’s alleged to have committed.”

Look, I fully sympathize with any large commercial operation that struggles to generate heavy traffic on the day before Christmas, but this goes far beyond hysterical. More reprehensible than Penn State’s lack of urgency in dealing with the Sandusky situation? More reprehensible than the moronic, lemming-like actions of PSU students the night of Joe Paterno’s dismissal? More reprehensible than one of Sandusky’s accusers being bullied at school? Burke calls TLAGay’s Robbie O., “morally bankrupt”, which is a hell of a charge to level at someone who merely has a sensibility other than yours. Presumably, Burke would also consider any number of PSU coaches and administrators to be even worse human beings, but finding out requires wading thru dozens upon dozens of ambulance-chaser Deadspin posts (accidental TV f-bombs, cock shots, etc.). If Deadspin is going to be in the business of weighing in on morality, I have a couple of tiny suggestions FREE OF CHARGE ;

a) if Mr. O is indeed, a worse person than those who aided and enabled a child rapist, maybe you could help him get an internship at Fleshbot? Where better to learn firsthand what’s socially acceptable for a commercial enterprise and what isn’t?

b) put somebody in charge of the witch hunt other than the guy manning the sports blooper desk. (you’re welcome!)

Jeff Van Gundy Campaigns For A Pro-Rated League Pass Discount

Posted in Basketball, Sports TV at 6:21 pm by

As heard during the early stages of the Heat’s blowout victory in Dallas, and while I’ll submit that JVG is rarely as intelligent or as good looking as when he’s echoing my sentiments (or failing that, Kelly Dwyer’s), I am somewhat fearful he’s (again) risking the wrath of an NBA commissioner who’d probably like to see him buried in the Secaucus, NJ swamplands.

12.24.11

WPRB’s Jon Solomon : Presiding Over The Only Christmas Tradtion I’m Willing To Acknowledge…

Posted in Merry Fucking Christmas, Radio, Rock Und Roll at 8:42 pm by

…unless of course, Christmas traditions routinely include Tim Tebow losing (badly) and Tony Romo getting knocked out of a game. With all due respect to Yo La Tengo and Chan Marshall, here’s another holiday event well worthy of your full concentration.

(Keeping Score At Home)

(“Jon Solomon’s WPRB Christmas Miracle : U-Stream Programming More Entertaining Than A Starbury Crying Jag”, Dec. 25, 2010)

(“Jon Solomon’s 24 Hour Xmas Marathon – In Progress”, 12/24/08)

Michael Irvin Just Killed Christmas

Posted in Gridiron, Merry Fucking Christmas, Sports TV at 1:02 pm by

Never again will I go to sleep with the TV tuned to the NFL Network. No one should have to wake up to an imagine so disturbing.

CBB Rewind : 29 Years Ago Today…

Posted in Basketball, College Spurts at 4:56 am by

…Top ranked Virginia was toppled by Chaminade, 77-72.  Where this ranks on the list of the greatest pre-tournament upsets of all time is certainly a fun subject for internal debate at 4 in the morning, much as it’s taxing to determine where said result lands on the list of Ralph Sampson underachievements.

Like So Many Mets Fans Before Him, Daniel Murphy Turns To Prayer

Posted in Baseball, Religion at 12:58 am by

There’s no Jose Reyes, no money, and almost certainly no Johan Santana by Opening Day for the 2012 New York Mets. In such desperate times, while I’m tempted to cite current circumstances as evidence there is NO GOD, recovering 2B Daniel Murphy, he of serious knee injuries in successive campaigns, tells the New York Daily News’ Anthony McCarron that he’s got a friend in Jeebus Jesus.

“It’s something I grew up with, the church,” Murphy says. “You start stacking up all the things that happened, it really became real to me this offseason.

“I was really tested, especially after this last injury, and my faith has really come out of these injuries and it’s really been blossoming after this last one. It was frustrating, but God has me looking forward. I’ve definitely come to peace with the injuries I’ve had.”

“I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason and it’s led me to this peace,” Murphy adds. “I didn’t have that before. I’m excited and ready to go to work.”

While Murphy knows that 2011 was no banner year in Met history, what with the club’s financial turmoil and the departure of Reyes, he is hoping 2012 can be “an opportunity for younger guys like myself, (Lucas) Duda, (Ruben) Tejada, Ike, to really get established in the big leagues.

“And definitely it’s an opportunity for David (Wright), Jason (Bay) and (Andres) Torres to come in and get where they want to be. I’m a huge believer in David Wright and Jason Bay and I think they will have big years.”