10.31.16

Tru Warier : I Was Groped By Ghosts

Posted in Basketball, Halloween, Tourism at 3:11 pm by

(OK, this entire piece is just a cheap excuse to post a link to the brand new Uniform 12″)

More than two years ago, the NY Times’ John Branch chronicled the story of Oklahoma City’s Skirin Hilton Hotel, an allegedly haunted establishment that had scared the pants off any number of visiting NBA players in town to contend with the host Thunder (“the Knicks blamed creaks and groans for a sleepless night before a loss. A Bulls player could not explain why his bathroom door slammed shut. A member of the Phoenix Suns woke to find his bathtub filled with water”). On Halloween morning, the OC Register’s Mark Medina quizzes current Los Angeles Lakers about their adventures at the Skirvin, and finds SF Metta World Peace, “tolerating the mystical presence.”

“The ghosts were all over me. I just accepted it,” Lakers forward Metta World Peace said. “They touched me all over the place. I’m taking one of the ghosts to court for touching me in the wrong places.”

World Peace insisted he was serious before explaining why he did not stay somewhere else.

“I was watching a good movie and I was tired,” said World Peace, who incidentally said he saw “Money Monster.” “I didn’t want to move.”

World Peace’s supposed experience aside, Lakers coach Luke Walton reported having a “safe trip.” He also never noticed anything spooky during his 10-year NBA career.

“Maybe some teammates drank too much and came back being loud a couple of times,” Walton said, laughing. “But no ghosts.”

10.27.16

Former Knight Protege : The General Was A Serial Abuser

Posted in Basketball, College Spurts at 12:25 am by

Former Indiana center/forward Todd Jadlow (above) claimed that upon Bobby Knight’s dismal from Bloomington in 2000, “this is a guy that should have a monumet of him erected.” On Wednesday, promoting the release of a forthcoming memoir, ‘Jadlow : On The Rebound’, the new author tells WTHR.com’s Bob Kravitz that Knight’s reputation for abusing his charges was, well, entirely deserved.

Knight punched Jadlow in the back of the head with a closed fist during a walkthrough for an NCAA Tournament game against Seton Hall.

That inside a sideline huddle during a 1989 game against Louisville – the game when Sports Illustrated famously captured a photo of the coach pushing Jadlow back onto the court — Knight cracked a clipboard over Jadlow’s head.

That after an NIT game in New York City, an enraged Knight once dug his hands so deeply into Jadlow’s sides, he left bruises. Jadlow includes a picture of the bruises Knight left; “It’s weird because I never carried a camera,” he was telling me Friday over a Stromboli at Nick’s. “But I had this thought, ‘You know, if I ever write a book about my experiences, I want to have a picture of what he did to me.’ ”

That Knight made a habit, with Jadlow and others, of grabbing players by the testicles and squeezing.

That Knight continually called Daryl Thomas a “(bleeping) p—–” and once instructed the managers to wallpaper Thomas’ locker with pictures of female genitalia. Knight also liked to throw tampons at Thomas, who took more abuse than anybody on Jadlow’s teams.

That on the flight home after the 1986 NCAA Tournament loss to Cleveland State, Knight tore up the plane and ultimately grabbed Thomas by the neck and shook him violently.

That Knight made sport of Jadlow’s facial tic in front of the entire team; in the book, former IU teammate Mark Robinson wrote that Knight yelled at Jadlow, “If you don’t stop the (bleeping) twitching, I’m going to throw your ass out of here.”

That during a practice, Knight forced Dean Garrett and Keith Smart to run hours of sprints while barking like dogs since they were, in his words, “playing like (bleeping) dogs.”

But other than that, he was a wonderful educator!

10.22.16

One Little Tweet Makes Up For However Many Shots Of Eddie Vedder In Theo’s Box

Posted in Baseball at 10:12 pm by

Congrats to the Cubs and their legion of fans (who will have their work cut out for them if they want to be nearly as annoying as The Sports Putz circa 2004).

The Dog’s College Fund Just Took Another Hit

Posted in Austin, record collector disease, The Marketplace at 1:32 pm by

Big congratulations to the wonderful folks at Austin’s End Of An Ear on the opening of their new & improved (ie. a shorter drive from my house) Clawson Road shop, conveniently nearby Terry Sayther Automotive, Vulcan Video, Blazer Tag and one of Central Texas’ top A&W franchises.

10.18.16

“Where in the Hell is the Lavender House? The Story of Longmont Potion Castle” : Mere Documentary Or The Greatest Story Ever Told?

Posted in Cinema, Free Expression, The World Of Entertainment at 11:58 am by

A : WHY CHOOSE? DIG DEEP, BIG GUY.

10.17.16

’86 Mets Milk Drinkers Vs. The Scum Bunch : James Blagden’s “The Last Best Plane Ride ever”

Posted in Baseball, New York, New York at 11:40 am by

Animator/director James Blagden, previously noted in this space for the 2009 short, “Doc Ellis & The LSD No-No”, has now tackled the subject of the NY Mets’ fateful airplane celebration following their 16-inning dispatch of the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS. (link courtesy Jesper Eklow and Victory Journal). That Blagend is assisted in this endeavor by the narration of Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Kevin Mitchell and a typically genteel Lenny Dykstra, just makes the entire thing that much more fantastic.

10.16.16

Buffalo’s Bootlet Merch Vendors : Doing Their Best To Make Sully’s Tees Look Sophisticated By Comparison*

Posted in Fashion, Gridiron, Modern Art, politics, Racism Corner, The Marketplace at 2:29 pm by

* – not that there’s an officially licensed assassinate-Kaepernick-shirt to be had, but then again, I could be wrong. You watch too many “Football Is Family” commericals and they all start to blur together.