Archive for October 14th, 2008

14
Oct
08

Shea Goodbye

So it begins, so long blue and orange stadium. May your demise signal the end of the Mets’ recent futility.

14
Oct
08

The Frying Hawaiian Strikes Again

Shane Victorino has been a pest these playoffs, with a huge grand slam in the first round and then being a catalyst towards a benches emptying standing around “fight,” but now he’s REALLY done it, he’s angered PETA. After revealing that his favorite food is Spam musubi, the Flying Hawaiian has irked the publicity whores over at PETA who sent him a letter about their recent investigations into the pig farm that supplies the manufacturer of Spam. “We suspect that the cruelty in every can of Spam will infuriate Shane more than a high Hiroki Kuroda fastball,” says Dan Shannon, PETA’s assistant director, in a note. “If Shane likes Spam a lot, he should buy tickets to the Broadway play but leave it off his dinner plate.”

Several things about this story interest me. One, Shane Victorino has poor taste in food. Two, who knew that Spam actually came from pigs! Three, PETA has GOT to get a life and get over themselves. Four, Don Shannon LOVES shitty puns. When the story was brought to the attention of a Phillies PR rep, the rep said he’d ask Victorino for a comment, after the World Series. After the jump is the letter from PETA, an organization that I wish would just stick to real animal rights issues.

And a hearty h/t to Philly.com for the “Frying Hawaiian” bit.

[Philly.com]

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14
Oct
08

He’s Wide Open, He Shoots…HE MISSES!

Have you ever been the object of hatred for an entire nation? Me either, yet. Although I’m working on it. Scottish soccer player Chris Iwelumo probably can’t say the same thing though. That’s because, in a national team match between the Scots and the Norwegians in a World Cup qualifier he managed one of the worst possible misses in soccer history.

With nearly 30 minutes remaining in a tie game and after a nice little move on the outside by one of his teammates, Iwelumo received a perfectly crossed pass right to him about 2 yards away from the goal. Despite being so close, with the goalie completely out of position and an easy goal awaiting him, Iwelumo hit the ball far left. Ooops!

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14
Oct
08

Don’t Mess With Sammy Sumo

Australia is making all the news the last few days but I missed out on getting this story up yesterday. Thankfully, I can do it today!

In Queensland, Australia history has been made by Samantha-Jane Stacey, a 14 year old young lady who became the youngest Australian to win a medal at the World Sumo Championships. Despite suffering a sprained ankle earlier in the tournament, Stacey, nicknamed “Sammy Sumo” battled through 5 matches en route to a silver medal in the junior women’s heavyweight division.

Unfortunately, many Australians have decided to deride Stacey’s accomplishments, instead hating on her for her for her 286 lbs weight instead of celebrating her for doing something no one else has ever done. Samantha-Jane’s mother, Sue was very upset at the comments that online readers left on a story regrading her daughter. “Some of the comments were the most disgusting, un-Australian things I’ve ever read… She eats very healthily; Weetbix and fruit for breakfast, a salad roll for lunch and a normal dinner. She probably eats less than my eldest daughter, who’s a size 8.”

Previously at school Stacey had found other students giving her a hard time, but after transferring now she’s a sporting hero. “She’s very confident in who she is and I’m just so happy she’s found something that she’s good at in sumo wrestling,” Sue continued, “I know how hard she works and how hard she trains. She’s on the go all day.”

The sumo world has taken notice of this 14 year old prodigy, she even received an invitation to come train in Japan after her performance in Estonia at the WSCs.

For a gallery of Stacey in action head on over here.

14
Oct
08

Australian Football Sounds Like a Fun Time

I have no idea how Australian rules Football works, is it the same as American football? Some weird combination of rugby and football? Whatever, it doesn’t matter. This story from Melbourne makes the Australian Football League sound extremely interesting.

The Western Bulldogs’ defensive coach Peter Dean has made headlines because he got punched multiple times the other night by a bouncer outside the Waterside Hotel on Friday after he and another Western Bulldogs employee were not allowed into a pub. Dean was apparently not drunk but his companion was intoxicated and helped cause the general incident. According to the owner of the Hotel, also a former Bulldogs player, Stuart Wigney, the two men were refused entry and then tried to sneak in through a backdoor which led to the altercation.

The Waterside, which is one of the sponsor’s of the Bulldogs haven’t commented publicly yet until they review the security tapes but obviously are concerned about the whole incident. Among the other connections to the team and the Hotel, Wayne Campbell, another part-owner of the Hotel was, until last year, the midfield coach for the Bulldogs. Even stranger, Dean, who is also randomly an electrician used to do work at the Hotel before the current ownership group took over.

I love Australia. After the jump, completely unrelated, one of the main reasons I love the Aussies.

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14
Oct
08

Fenway Soda Vendors Not at the Top of Their Game

Amidst the Red Sox opting to host Fright Fest at Fenway instead of a baseball game last night was this moment that the folks over at Home Run Derby captured. Usually when Craig Sager is on the screen I have to leave the rooms in order to protect my fragile eyesight, but somehow HRD managed to last through a Sager segment in order to capture a clumsy soda vendor at Fenway. This might be the only enjoyable thing that came out of yesterday’s suckfest.

[Home Run Derby]

14
Oct
08

I Wonder What I’ll Do Tomorrow…

Barnes in action

Barnes in action

When it comes to procrastination I’m probably in the top-10 rankings worldwide, which makes this story about Irish Olympic hopeful canoeist Helen Barnes all the harder for me to understand. Ms. Barnes, 36, wanted to continue her training and prepare for the 2012 London games but was worried that at age 40 it might become harder for her to eventually have a family. So, the career supply teacher (whatever that is, does she teach people how to find the supply closet?) opted to get 10-15 of her eggs frozen.

“When I missed out on Beijing I didn’t feel ready to finish and wanted to continue and go to the 2012 Olympics,” she told her local paper. “I think every woman has the right to do whatever they want with their body. All I am doing is maximising my chances of having a baby in future. I am really lucky the science is out there for this to happen.”

I’m totally in favor of this, I just can’t imagine ever having such foresight, or actually getting around to doing such a thing. I haven’t even eaten lunch yet. I have the food in my kitchen. I just need to eat it. But that’s all the way over there… Maybe later…




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