Archive for November 17th, 2008


Full Moon Over Italy

In Italy’s Serie A soccer league, one of the most competitive soccer leagues in the world, every little bit helps, especially in what is generally a low scoring game. So, when Giuseppe Mascara lined up to take a deciding penalty kick, with the score tied 2-2, three other members of the Sicilian team Catania dropped their shorts so that the goalkeeper was screened from seeing the ball.

“This is a strategy that (Catania coach Walter) Zenga tries continually in training,” the club’s chief executive Pietro Lo Monaco told RAI state radio Monday. Not everyone was psyched by this creative maneuver, with a former referee coordinator calling the move unsportsmanlike and in bad taste, but I like it. Then again, anytime public nudity comes into play I’m probably going to be a fan.

However, Lo Manaco disagrees with the former ref and other critics who called it a trick, saying “A trick? I wouldn’t say so. It’s up to the referee to decide if it should be penalized, otherwise I don’t see where the problem is….Good taste is relative.”

I look forward to this being used more often in other sports venues. This would obviously be a VERY effective strategy against Jeff Garcia anytime he’s under center…What about maybe Eddy Curry dropping trou right before LeBron takes a foul shot, I mean, the sight of a posterior that size might block out the hoop, the lights, everything. I think this could start a wonderful new trend in sports, and I for one cannot wait until the ESPN Top 10 mooning incidents.


Mark Cuban Gets Busted *(UPDATED)*

Maverick Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been charged with insider trading by the Security and Exchanges Commission for allegedly selling shares in the website company “” after learning it was raising private money. The move ended up saving approximately $750k for the man worth about $2.8 billion. From the Wall Street Journal who broke this story:

The SEC alleges in a civil action that Mr. Cuban sold his entire 6% ownership stake on June 28, 2004, after learning that was raising money through a private investment in a public entity, or PIPE. The next day, on June 29, the company announced the PIPE financing and shares of the company dropped by more than 10%. By selling his stake, the SEC alleges, Mr. Cuban avoided more than $750,000 in losses.

In a PIPE transaction new shares are issued at a discount to the current trading price. An announcement of a PIPE transaction is often followed by a drop in the stock price as shareholders anticipate their stake will be diluted.

Cuban, who was already a super long shot to become the next owner of the Chicago Cubs can likely expect that this will completely take him out of the running. Which is a shame because he’s probably the only likely buyer who could get Chicago a championship before the end of the world.

Unfortunately, Cuban was unable to use his insider trading acumen to avoid getting hosed on that Jason Kidd trade last season…


Mark Cuban, on his personal blog released this statement through his attorney:

“I wish I could say more, but I will have to leave it to this, and let the judicial process do its job…I am disappointed that the Commission chose to bring this case based upon its Enforcement staff’s win-at-any-cost ambitions. The staff’s process was result-oriented, facts be damned. The government’s claims are false and they will be proven to be so.”


Girls CAN Play Ball

eriJapan, home to used panties vending machines and pornography collector extraordinaire cum baseball player Hideki Matsui finally has been able to combine these two distinctly Japanese things into one succinct 16 year old package. That would be Eri Yoshida, a 16 year old girl who became the first woman to ever be drafted for a professional baseball league in Japan. The league, a new independent one that will launch in April is excited to feature Yoshida’s devastating side-arm knuckleball that her new manager refers to as a marvel.

“I never dreamed of getting drafted,” Yoshida told reporters Monday, a day after she was selected to play for the Kobe 9 Cruise.

“I have only just been picked by the team and have not achieved anything,” she said. “I want to play as a pro eventually in a higher league.”

The best part, her idol is Tim Wakefield. How many other 16 year old girls adore Tim Wakefield, that makes her OK in my book.


If There’s Grass on the Field

Citifield takes one more step towards baseball activities, I look forward to seeing it in person in 4-6 years when I have saved enough money to get an upper deck ticket. Also, I hope the Mets got the $20 mill per season in advance from Citi for the naming rights…


Beanie Wants His Nickname to Be Superman

Even as I continually (rightfully) deride college football, there continue to be some amazing clips from the games that are worthy of posting. Like for instance this one of Ohio State running back Beanie Wells leaping over a defender. This is a dope dope play, but also one you never see in the NFL, do you know why that is? It’s because the athletes there are too good and smart for that, and so if Wells tried this in the NFL he’d be wrapped up and then driven into the ground. But, it happened in a college game so instead you get this!

And for those of you who need to see everything in super slow motion with an epic soundtrack stay tuned after the jump.

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November 2008