12.27.13

Believe It Or Not, There’s A Professional Sports Franchise That Would Be Lucky To Have James Dolan Or Fred Wilpon As Owner

Posted in Football at 7:10 pm by

…that team being the EPL’s Cardiff City ; following threats to dismiss manager Malky Makay,  owner Vincent Tan is chasing a number of candidates (amongst them, former Manchester United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjær) and has since cancelled a previous scheduled meeting with the club’s Supporter’s Association.  While Thursday’s 3-0 home loss to Southampton was marked by loud protests on Leckwith Road, Tan can now begin meddling in the affairs of Bosnian side FK Sarajevo, whom he acquired on Christmas Day.  From Eurosport :

“We have signed an agreement which defines the investment and management rights in accordance to the club’s statute and legislation that is in force in Bosnia,” Sarajevo general director Dino Selimovic told Reuters.

Selimovic declined to provide details on investment but local media reported on Wednesday that the Malaysian billionaire has pledged to invest 3 million Bosnian marka £1.28m).
Sarajevo, established in 1946, has faced bankruptcy over millions of marka in accumulated debt.

Tan, who has been in talks with the club’s managers since last summer, wanted them to draft a plan of the debt restructuring and a three-year investment plan, Sarajevo vice president Edis Kusturica told the Nezavisne Novine daily.

Under the deal, Cardiff will cooperate with Sarajevo, exchanging players and taking part in a football academy, yet to be established, which Tan has said would lure new talents.

I’ll Be The Guy In Back, Rattling My Jewlery

Posted in Austin, Hip Hop at 2:48 pm by

If only this secondary market had a store that sold ostrich farming supplies, Terminator X could do an instore, too!

12.26.13

Woodson : Knicks Are Potential The Best Team In The (Monumentally Shitty) Atlantic Division

Posted in Basketball at 9:10 pm by

Not content with letting James Dolan guarantee victories, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson — confidence unshaken by Wednesday’s ‘Melo-free capitulation to Oklahoma City — tells the New York Post’s Mark Berman he believes his 9-19 club will win the Atlantic Division.  This season.  Without the other teams being abducted by aliens.

“Do I see some light at the end of the tunnel? I do,” Woodson said. “I think eventually we’ll get where we need to get, based on our last 12 games. Eventually we’ll get healthy and we’ll see how it all plays out.”

“The beauty of all this is nobody’s running away with it in [the Atlantic] division,” Woodson said. “I’m pushing our team to win our division still. We won it last year. I expect us to win it this year.’’

J.R. Smith said the club is not “executing’’ the defensive game plan and realizes the loss to the Thunder made Woodson look lousy.

“Whoever is in that head seat, we have to pay attention to and listen to him and got to know he wants the best for us,’’ Smith said. “When we play like we did [Wednesday], it doesn’t look like that.’’

Area Woman Overreacts To The Closing Of Sound Exchange

Posted in Austin, Food, Mental Health, Rock Und Roll, The Law at 7:44 pm by

As you may or may not have read elsewhere, Daniel Johnson’s venerable “Hi, How Are You?” mural  —commonly recognized from the cassette and subsequent album of the same name (and years later on a t-shirt widely popularized by Kurt Cobain) was defaced Christmas Eve by  a woman who told Austin police the wall art, “was offensive and meant to personally insult her”.

While some of my fellow residents have made a number of rude remarks towards the accused vandal, I’m totally feeling her.  Every year when I see the list of bands confirmed to play the Austin Psych Fest, I find it offensive and personally insulting.

The building’s current owners, Thai How Are You (formerly Thai Spice), renamed their establishment after Johnston’s mural earlier this year.   It’s estimated it will cost nearly $1,000.00 to remove the spray-painted “FUCK”‘s from the mural, though surely some of the area’s more beloved local residents (Lance Armstrong, Michael Corcoran, Tobey Maguire, Cedric Benson, etc.) will scrape up whatever they can find in the seat cushions of their respective couches.

If you’re keeping score, this is the second December in a row a UT campus Thai eatery has made national news.   YOU’RE ON TAP FOR 2014, MADAM MAM’S.

12.25.13

Finally, A Pic Of Someone Sleeping On The Job Besides Mike Francesa

Posted in Basketball at 6:52 pm by

Why should Melo’s reaction be any different than mine? Who could stand to watch such a disgraceful exhibition?

But enough about the orange pajamas ; being blown out by 29 to OKC on Xmas Day was pretty awful, too.

Suiting Up For The Cowboys This Sunday : Oft-Concussed, Prankster Supreme

Posted in Gridiron, History's Not Happening at 1:30 pm by

Having passed on David Carr, Jeff George, Jim Plunkett and Y.A. Title as insurance against Kyle Orton getting hurt (or sucking) during Sunday’s winner-take-all (well, the NFC East) clash with Philadelphia, the Cowboys today signed 16 year NFL vet Jon Kitna. Whether the former Dallas backup will do more than hold a clipboard in 3 days time is unclear, but this October 31, 2007 CSTB item (“Detroit’s Kitna : Funnier Than Linklater’s ‘Fast Food Nation'”) reveals a QB that if nothing else, was a stickler for details.

The Detroit Free Press’ Carlos Monarrez on Jon Kitna’s contribution to the locker-room-culture debate.

Lions quarterback Jon Kitna said his choice to dress up at a Halloween party like assistant coach Joe Cullen was intended as a good-natured send up and part of the ribbing that is common in NFL locker rooms.

Kitna, a notorious prankster, said he merely was trying to win a costume contest at charity party in Plymouth held by receiver Mike Furrey on Monday. Kitna came dressed in a naked costume as Cullen, who was arrested and charged in the summer of 2006 with obscene conduct and drunken driving in separate incidents in Dearborn.

“People who understand an NFL locker room understand that when guys do things we joke with each other a lot,” Kitna said. “Now, would I have done it last year? No. I think it would have been too close to when the situation happened.”

Monarrez’ killjoy colleague Drew Sharp, though hardly amused (“Kitna crossed the line this time and owes Cullen an apology, if for nothing else but for pushing that embarrassing evening back to the forefront of local consciousness”) is quick to point out the Lions have a history of hot Halloween getups.

Scott Mitchell made headlines 10 years ago when he appeared at a team party masquerading as Wayne Fontes. Mitchell was in full Big Buck regalia. He had a cigar protruding from his mouth as well as some padded girth protruding from his belt. The coup de grace was the Mickey Mouse ears.

12.24.13

Let’s Hope He’s Got A Good Call Screener : Jim Leyritz’ New Gig

Posted in Baseball, Sports Radio at 5:09 pm by

On a day Howard Megdal raises the very strong probability of Kevin Burkhardt leaving SNY for the full time employ of Fox Sports, SNY might take a long look at the progress of another broadcasting hopeful, namely troubled ex-Yankee Jim Leyritz (above). Tapped to host a sports yack program for Southern California’s KLAA — property of Angels owner Artie Moreno — Leyritz’ hire seems curious to the LA Times’ Mike Di Giovanni given the Angels, “lost promising young pitcher Nick Adenhart to a drunk-driving accident in 2009.”

“(Leyritz’ DUI manslaughter acquittal) was in the past—he’s dealt with it, he’s open about it, and I’ll leave it at that,” KLAA program director Bob Agnew said. “We hired Jim based on his broadcast and baseball experience. He had an issue he has not hidden from. It’s not something to go backwards on. He has to live with what’s happened in the past.”

Leyritz, who retired after the 2000 season, previously co-hosted a show on MLB Network Radio and was a regular contributor to the “Michael Kay Show” on the New York City ESPN radio affiliate.

In his new position, Leyritz will team with KLAA’s Jason Brennan on a two-hour show called “Inside the Game.” It will air Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 p.m., beginning Jan. 6, and will cover all Southern California sports.

“After 10 years of radio and TV on the East Coast, I am excited to become part of Angels Radio AM 830,” Leyritz said in a press release. “Moving to Southern California three years ago, this is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. I hope to bring special insights and interviews with important figures from inside and outside the world of sports.”

Congrats to anyone who wagered Leyritz would have a radio gig lined up for 2014 and Dino Costa wouldn’t.