Not too much to say. Been sick. Are people still getting the swine flu? This kid is gonna pull so much tail with that bronze medal, he should get his junk bronzed.
Did I fit everybody’s name in the headline? Good.
About the controversy, I say Kornheiser’s kinda right. Every morning it seems to be a quick check of the score on the surprisingly popular but equally sad ‘What is Hannah Wearing to Look Younger Today!’ game on my way to The Price Is Right.I don’t know what demographic ESPN was trying to capture with the Hannah Storm hire, but they lost me, kind of a big sports fan. Now, instead of leaving ESPN on all morning as background noise, I do the same but with the Dan Patrick show on DirecTv. Ms. Storm might not be the ratings grabbing extravaganza ESPN was hoping for. That’s what she said.
This is getting disturbing, first Kimmel, now Chelsea Handler’s show, Danica Patrick and her outgoing new ‘personality’ are polluting some of the only shows worth watching these days.
This is so obviously ‘Danica build v.2.0 NASCAR Edition’ or some other such file name currently open on a dozen laptops somewhere on the road to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this very second. If you can sit through this laughable clip, you’ll notice the sickening ‘Team Danica’ douches in the audience laughing hysterically at every lame ‘joke’, one after the next.
There is one quite insightful part, however. Towards the end, Handler asks Danica what kind of car she drives and Patrick mentions her Lamborghini, to which the hacks in the crowd “whoooooaa’d” with retarded delight.
Then Danica answers: “And that’s why I keep my Lamborghini…Because you all respond well to that.” (I tacked just that question to the very end of the clip)
I took her response to the crowd to mean that as long as we/you/they keep responding positively to her, she gets to keep her precious Italian hot rod havin’ lifestyle. The minute we stop, the minute she loses the super high life and she has to actually be a racer. That cannot be what she’s looking forward to.
Four years wasn’t really that long ago. You remember, right? When Miller Ameri-douched his way around the Turin Olympics where he was a complete bust and then famously bragged “At least I got to party and socialize at an Olympic level.”
That’s the guy NBC wants us to love just ‘cause he finally showed up? Not interested.
Here’s an extremely cool non Al Michaels-ized call of the last several minutes of the USA v. USSR game of Feb. 22, 1980. It’s somehow actually almost as good.
So, I’m catching up on some shows I recorded in the last few days and I ran across this. Here were my running thoughts as I recorded this clip for you, dear reader:
Aren’t we over the whole her trying to be a hot chick thing already? I swear to god if someone on Earth finds her the least bit charming I want them to have Dick Cheney as their life partner in hell. Oh my holy jesus is she annoying. Listening to her try to be cutesy is making my ears bleed. Huh? I can’t hear you.
Enough with the apologizing already, dude. We get it…you’re freaking sorry! Sheesh.
There isn’t anyone who can watch this and not think he was contrite enough. I like the part how he asked the paparazzi to leave his family alone, as if those people have souls upon which you can so simply appeal.
Tiger’s a different cat, that’s for sure. I would guess 95% of the rest of us would just get divorced and live pretty much the same way he was living without the ‘ol ball & chain weighing on his conscience. But not Tiger. And in that fact may lay the reason he is able to do things in his chosen profession differently than anyone before him. His is a singular mindset.
The fact douchebags like me think maybe he’s overdoing it a bit, is probably exactly the reason why what he is doing is the right thing and in the right way.
Now let’s get back to golf, OK?
Now it comes out today that Ernie Els is quoted as saying Tiger is “selfish” for making the long awaited first statements about his situation on a Friday, when his colleagues are playing in a tournament.
“Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday,” Els said.
Well, I personally think Ernie Els and every other member of the PGA Tour owe Woods nothing but praise because Tiger hasn’t been nearly selfish enough.
Years ago, when it became clear that Tiger Woods was the only legitimate draw on the Tour, he could have easily dumped the PGA and started his own ‘Tiger Tour’. He could have stolen the best sponsors and hence the best talent, secured a massive TV deal from a network like FOX and laid the PGA to rest. If he wanted to, he could probably have even usurped The Masters for his own, because it is not an official PGA tourney.
Tiger is the only athlete in American history to be bigger than the sport itself. Babe Ruth was never bigger than baseball, Michael Jordan was never bigger than basketball…even the Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali, was never bigger than boxing, which still thrived during his long absence.
Luckily for guys like Els and even dipshits like Rory Sabbatini, Woods was brought up right to respect his sport and play within the constraints of its sanctioning body. How many other guys can you say that about? If Tiger had the ‘me first’ attitude of a guy like Alex Rodriguez, he would have been gone long ago.Els and others should think about how much Tiger Woods has given them, yes given, before they shoot off their ungrateful mouths. (espn)
How is NBC still in the television business when they consistently screw up every conceivable segment of their programming? The fact they won’t allow video uploads of the Olympics to YouTube, while perhaps considered a smart business move on the surface, really just proves they have no idea how people glean information in the second decade of the 21st century.
Yesterday, I posted some screen caps of the Slovenian cross country sprint skier who fell off the freaking mountain during a prelim run. I probably had 1,000 page views within the first 2 hours that post was up. Which, for me, is a lot. Since I have a tracker that shows me from what sites readers often find this page, I noticed people were Googling different combinations of words which mostly contained the word ‘video’. It was late afternoon and people wanted to see the damn video. Why would NBC logically deprive them of that opportunity? Just so viewers could go home and frustratingly sit through coverage they simply don’t want just to see a 15 second clip which, if they had anything else to do, they may miss anyway?
This reminds me of the current exploding popularity of the Chicago Blackhawks. For decades, Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz stubbornly would not allow home games to be broadcast, because he wanted the stands full and only people in attendance were worthy of seeing the game, in his opinion. Well, ‘Dollar Bill’ eventually kicked the bucket and the first thing his forward-thinking kid Rocky Wirtz did was ensure every game was broadcast on TV. Now, just a couple of short years later, the ‘Hawks are the hottest ticket in town and Chicago is turning back into a great hockey city. I may not be a hockey fan (as you may have surmised by the lack of hockey here), but I can’t deny their popularity. And good for them.
NBC (Dick Ebersol) doesn’t have any clue that we live in an ‘on demand’ world these days, in which a relatively very few people want to be a slave to rigid programming stipulations. If they would allow publishers like me to post some high quality video of their product, it might send a signal that they ‘get it’ and in turn lead to even higher ratings for the 2010 Olympics and beyond. I mean, most of us know they are showing events on tape delay, but I’m not even asking to get a jump on their broadcasts, just allow us to post what has already been shown on TV!I know there is a probably a legitimate, intelligent argument to be made the other way, but I vehemently disagree.
Well I mean, I think he will end his media silence. I’m sure he has been talking to someone. Wouldn’t that be awesome if he hasn’t spoken a word to anyone since this nonsense became public? That not only doesn’t seem likely, it looks stupid that I just wrote it, so scratch that.
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said the golfer is to speak at 11 a.m. Friday from the clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., home of the PGA Tour. It will not be a press conference and Tiger will allegedly speak about his behavior (which, to me, requires no apology) and his future.
And, unless that video is also controlled by Dick Ebersol, you can see it here after the time it takes me to record it, convert it, edit it and upload it to YouTube which, depending on the length of the statement, will probably be like an hour. Hey, there’s only so much a dude with a laptop and a dream can do.
For the requisite ‘side piece’ response, I’m sure you can find it on more classy sites like TMZ…or Deadpsin. (AP)
Since douchebag extraordinaire Dick Ebersol himself has blocked my posting videos of the Olympics, he are some blurry screen caps of Slovenian cross country sprint skier Petra Majdic falling into a ravine on Wednesday.
Why did the Vancouver Olympic committee choose to put that ravine right there, where anybody can fall right into it! Sheesh.
HAPPY ENDING UPDATE: Majdic was able to significantly recover enough from a back injury suffered in the crash to capture the bronze medal in the finals.
But not necessarily for his presence on the floor. The Knicks and Bulls, both hoping to land a big-time free agent after the 2010 season, are also the teams most interested in acquiring McGrady and, most importantly, his expiring $22 million contract before Thursday’s trade deadline. This would give either team more cap room to sign one of the well-reported superstar free agents, thus allowing Tracy McGrady to finally help a team get past the first round after all.
It will also allow McGrady to showcase whatever skills he may have left to land a final huge, undeserved contract before he retires.
I wonder if T-Mac speaks Mandarin?
St. Louis ‘hitting’ coach Mark McGwire reported for duty today at Cardinals spring training camp in Jupiter, FL, where the clubhouse guy promptly handed him his #25 jersey, which hasn’t been worn since the serial drug abuser retired in 2001. Well, I’m sure it wasn’t the same jersey. This one was probably 3 sizes smaller.
I’m working something up about this issue which I hope to reveal early next week, but since you as a reader know that I’m pretty much functionally mentally challenged (can’t use the ‘R’ word anymore, I guess), the implementation has proven harder than originally though. That’s what she said.
Despite an early career often beset with legal troubles, the Oakland Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski just became the highest paid kicker in NFL history. ‘The Polish Hammer’ signed a 4 year, $16 million contract with a whopping $9M in guaranteed dough, removing Janikowski from the free agent market.
It’s hard to believe Janikowski is here after such a spotty first few years in the league. His epic turnaround is probably due to the dependability and even-handedness of a strong owner like Al Davis and the ability to prosper in a model NFL franchise like the Raiders. (espn)
I got an email last night from someone inside Wrigley Field to tell me that Cubs management was in a frenzy to do some spin control after the negative publicity I gave them here yesterday. The 500,000 or so page views I got (thanks, as always, to Jimmy Traina of SI.com’s ‘Hot Clicks’ for the link) would tend to support that sentiment.
From today’s Chicago Tribune:
“We had tremendous traction with the fans and received a lot of comments,” Cubs marketing chief Wally Hayward said. “Fans appreciated the chance to purchase tickets without the long waits and have access to games they want to see. We were transparent about it. Day One … was a big success.”
The Cubs also claim they “limited” the amount of tickets in the presale. Of course they did! They limited the total to about the 40,000 seats Wrigley Field holds, as usual.
Also, Paul Sullivan of the Tribune is a terrific baseball writer. I just wish he didn’t have to publish obvious quid pro quo hack jobs like this.
Just because you aren’t the ‘flavor of the week’ anymore for the ESPN vlog shows (Rome is Burning, ATH, PTI, etc.), doesn’t mean some of us aren’t still sickened by your mere presence in a major league clubhouse.
I’m sure your ‘advisers’ are chuckling in your ear about how this is what they knew would happen. ‘Weather the storm for a week to ten days, and it will all be over,’ they surely said.
Oh no. It’s not over. I will use my gigantic bully pulpit to hassle your lying, chemical filled ass into resigning before you bring even more shame to this Great American Pastime of ours.
Now, this is what I want outta my Olympics! Guys racing and jostling each other down the mountain at breakneck speed, about to lose it at any moment.
I think this proves why downhill skiing just doesn’t cut it anymore. Racing against someone else’s time is one thing, but racing against a dude who might cut you off or whack you a few times on the way down is 100% better. Then they all share a bong back at the Olympic Village.
UPDATE: Sorry, I just realized the Olympics videos weren’t showing on your end. Goddamn Dick Ebersol.
Today on PTI, it wasn’t just an inference, it was a flat out accusation that Dick Ebersol personally decided Whistler Mountain wasn’t skiable for the first few days so Lindsey Vonn’s injured shin would have more time to heal.
With his Olympic sized ego, combined with the fact his decision on behalf of NBC stands to lose significant money on a $1billionish investment, it wouldn’t surprise me at all. Just like with all things ‘Olympic’ down through history, he who pays the most, makes the rules.
NBC desperately needs Lindsey Vonn to compete at the highest level possible, lest more patriotic viewers be seduced by a Castle repeat. (isn’t that Nathan Fillion just so dreamy…?) (mybanktracker)
NFL.com is reporting that a toxicology report shows that Bears defensive end Gaines Adams had marijuana and alcohol in his system when he died, but neither contributed to his death, of which the cause is still a heart attack due to an enlarged heart.
I don’t mention this to chastise or embarrass Adams posthumously, only to point out how prevalent pot use among athletes is. Well, among all Americans, really.
Maybe Roger Goodell’s ϋber-conservative NFL won’t rethink their policy anytime soon, but a progressive league like the NBA could simply and quietly decriminalize marijuana use among its players. After all, it’s not like pro athletes do anything really stupid and dangerous like carry around unauthorized firearms or anything…oh, wait… (NFL.com)
Nice of the Cubs to offer us die-hard fans the chance to purchase tickets early…for an extra 20% surcharge, of course. This from the first American professional sports team to scalp tickets to its own fans. Since the Reds are outmaneuvering the Cubs on the field this offseason, I suppose the new ownership better make their money while they can.
No matter what the common ‘wisdom’, Cubs fans are not a bottomless pit of revenue opportunities. Because the Cubs scalp their own tickets, real fans have a much tougher time acquiring them, leaving us to resort to street scalpers, who charge several hundred dollars for a seat that just 15 years ago was a $7.50 face value ticket.
I should apply for a press pass.
Plus, the way things are shaping up, I’m pretty sure the beloved Wrigley Field of today will bear little resemblance to the Wrigley Field of 2020. (tribune)
No way. Certainly not paid. They must have given away 50,000 or 60,000 tickets or something. I call bullshit. Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban will do anything for attention and I don’t believe for a second that a hundred and eight freaking thousand people crammed into Cowboys Stadium to watch a glorified scrimmage 2 days after the biggest snow storm in Dallas’ history.
Here are a couple of spectacular jams from Dwight Howard and LeBron James, both fed brilliantly by Dwyane Wade.
Wade is gonna look fantastic wearing that iconic Bulls red jersey with the #3 on it next season.