Archive for October 1st, 2008

01
Oct
08

TV Killed the Radio Star

Here’s something I wonder, do you think that the local baseball TV guys resent the local radio guys because the radio gets to keep broadcasting during the playoffs but the TV guys are done once the season is over. Also, whenever someone like ESPN shows the final or really important moments almost always they use the TV broadcast video but the radio announcer’s call. Why is that? Do the TV guys feel shafted? Are radio announcers just better announcers? What do you think?

01
Oct
08

Because He Got High

Sumo wrestling has been fighting an uphill battle in Japan recently as bad press and scandals have marred the image of the once-proud sport. Recently two Russian sumos got in trouble for both testing positive for marijuana, another Russian sumo, who wrestled under the name Wakanoho received a lifetime ban for being arrested for marijuana possession. Now Wakanoho is trying to exact his revenge on the sport that spurned him by releasing a public statement, against the advice of his attorney, accusing the sport of rigging matches and drug abuse.

“I was forced to accept money and made to fight in unfair matches from the very moment I entered the makuuchi [the top rank of sumo wresting].” Wakanoho proclaimed. As well, he warned that he will later reveal “other evil things that I know.” He also took time to strike out at his former manager saying, “my stable master and others knew about the match-fixing but nobody stepped in because they had also been fighting in rigged matches themselves.” Continue reading ‘Because He Got High’

01
Oct
08

Music Is a Legal Drug For Runners

I’m not much for running, frankly, I’m too lazy and too slow to find it in any way enjoyable but were I to run a half-marathon (I won’t, ever) I’d want to do one like this one in London on October 5. Designed by British sports psychologist Dr. Costas Karageorghis, the inagural “Run to the Beat” half-marathon will feature 17 live bands along the course with ecletic genres of music

“Music is like is a legal drug for athletes,” says the good doctor, “It can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent. The synchronous application of music resulted in much higher endurance while the motivational qualities of the music impacted significantly on the interpretation of fatigue symptoms right up to the point of voluntary exhaustion.” Maybe Ricky Williams should look into marathons instead of football, it might help with all the temptations

Karageorghis also pointed out that in recent research he conducted, runners listening to artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna and Queen ran further, faster and longer but also apparently enjoyed themselves more, even to the point of collapsing from effort. Although it is just as likely that the runners were collapsing from being forced to listen to Madonna…

Each band will play “scientifically selected” music for the runners as they go past that intends to help the runners reach peak performance.

01
Oct
08

Kenny Mayne Actually Entertains!

I’m scared for all of us, but ESPN has produced something that looks like it might actually be fun and enjoyable and not a super crazy cross-promotional bullshit thing where we hear all about Pushing Daisies. At least so far. This ad, for the upcoming Mayne Street, the new Kenny Mayne skein is pretty hilarious, not least of all because it features a bunch of people I know, including my extremely hilarious friend Ben as Evan Mintz an ESPN boss. I hope I didn’t break the fourth wall too much on you guys with that revelation. Anyhoo, enjoy.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

[Awful Announcing via With Leather]

01
Oct
08

Bengals Add to Their All-DUI Team

The Cincinnati Bengals, owners of an 0-4 record that doesn’t look to get any better with this week’s matchup against the Cowbows added to their roster of malcontents and miscreants by signing former Bears running back Cedric Benson. Of all the teams in the league, Benson made the best possible choice. After all, no one else is so open and accepting of DUI’s and a player of the versatility of Cedric Benson, who can garner a DUI on land and sea should markedly help the team. The Bengals, who have made more headlines off the field than on in recent years seem to have accepted that if they can’t win on the field they might as well make news off the field. I just hope the Bengals players take to Benson more than his Bears teammates did since the Bears tried to injure him in practice so Thomas Jones could play instead…

[Sports Illustrated]

01
Oct
08

Regular Season Award Winners

Because I know no one out there is content unless they know who I think should win the various regular season awards, here are my picks.

AL MVP

Pedroia
Morneau
Sizemore
Youkilis
Quentin

NL MVP

Pujols
Howard
(Edited to add) Braun
Johan
CC
Manny

AL Cy Young

Cliff Lee
Halladay
K-Rod
Lester

NL Cy Young

Johan
Lincecum
Webb
Lidge

AL Rookie of the Year

Evan Longoria

NL Rookie of the Year

Geovany Soto

AL Manager of the Year

Joe Maddon
Terry Francona
Ron Gardenhire

NL Manager of the Year

Lou Pinella
Tony La Russa
Joe Torre

01
Oct
08

TBS Tortures the Mets

As if their late season collapse wasn’t bad enough, TBS decided to rub some salt into the wounds of Mets fans with some of their billboards in Times Square. That’s because TBS decided to feature on their ads Mets slugger David Wright as an enticement to watch the playoffs. OOPS! Well, at least it was Josh Beckett with D-Wright up there as opposed to like Derek Jeter or something… However, if I were TBS I’d watch out for firebombs from angry Mets fans.  

[NY Post]




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