Archive for February 12th, 2009

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Feb
09

Go Green! Legalize It

Finally, from the bastion of liberality, comes a column that just plain makes sense. Gwen Knapp, who I’m going to assume is the smartest columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle came out with an article entitled “Sports should go green, allow pot smoking.” I for one, am shocked that out of San Francisco comes this sentiment, I never would have thought they’d go for such an idea.

I’ll leave you to read the full article, but, here are some choice tidbits:

Just as the economy has tanked, strangling sponsorships all over the athletic map, a Super Bowl MVP and the most decorated Olympian of all time have emerged as partakers. Advocates for drug reform have long said that legalizing marijuana would increase tax revenue, not to mention reduce violence in the dealer population. In sports, the door would open for a cash flow to fill the creek bed left dry by a shriveling General Motors, Citigroup and their ilk.

So when Michael Phelps got caught on camera taking a bong hit, Kellogg’s should have followed Disney’s example and let it go. Santonio Holmes was stopped by police and cited for having three grass-filled cigars in his car last fall, but he still got to party with Goofy and Mickey in Florida after catching the winning touchdown pass for the Steelers in the Super Bowl. …

The interesting thing is that neither of them denied what happened. Phelps owned up to what the photograph clearly revealed. Holmes, according to published reports, willingly turned the cigars over to police and, when asked if the smell of burned pot indicated that he had just smoked one, said no. He told them he had done it the day before. … Continue reading ‘Go Green! Legalize It’

12
Feb
09

Corey Maggette Goes Traveling

Did you know traveling is illegal in basketball? It’s true! There are a whole series of rules regarding what constitutes traveling, but don’t tell that to Corey Maggette of the Golden State Warriors who manages to travel 6 times on ONE play. Impressive! Unfortunately Corey won’t be going to the All-Star skills competition with that move, but maybe next year.

12
Feb
09

Brazilian Fan Takes a Dive

Looks like soccer players aren’t the only ones who take dives, the fans like to get in on the fun too. One second you’re taking a quick power nap after being in the sun and rabidly yelling during a Brazil soccer game and then, BAM, faceplant. No card was given.

12
Feb
09

Such Close Teammates

Here’s English team captain John Terry stretching with his buddy Frank Lampard prior to a friendly with Spain. Something about this suggests something other than stretching to me, but I can’t quit put my finger in it. ON it. I said “on” right?

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12
Feb
09

Got a Light?

Can you believe the Winter Olympics are only a year away? I feel like Beijing just ended and yet, here we are getting ready for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Of course, since weed is tacitly decriminalized, with coffee shops and all in Vancouver, it doesn’t surprise me, but it does delight me, that the new torch for the games looks awfully similar to a joint. Or maybe it’s just me…

Sun1202N Torch1m.jpg

12
Feb
09

Selig Contemplates Punishing A-Rod Retroactively

Far be it from me to actually accuse Bud Selig of doing something wrong, but when I read things like this from ESPN, I start thinking that Bud isn’t the wisest wizard…

Commissioner Bud Selig is considering his options. While Rodriguez can’t be disciplined for testing positive, it’s possible baseball could try to punish him for acknowledging steroid use from 2001-2003.

Selig told USA Today on Wednesday afternoon that he is “just heartsick” about Rodriguez’s admission and would not rule out punishing him or adjusting baseball’s record book. Selig told USA Today he “had put a bulletin out” about the illegality of steroid use in 1997, even though MLB had no drug testing at that time.

“It was against the law, so I would have to think about that,” Selig told USA Today when asked about possible action against Rodriguez. “It’s very hard. I’ve got to think about all that kind of stuff.”

Sure, it was against the law, but until MLB starts suspending players for their DUIs or hitting their wives or other crimes, you can’t just pick and choose which laws are suspension-worthy offenses. But it’s nice that Bud is “heartsick,” not enough to have done anything about the rampant steroids problems in the 90s when he could have avoided incidents like this, but still, it’s good to know he at least has a heart. I always just assumed there was an empty black hole in the middle of his chest.

While I have been incredibly impressed with the manner in which the MLB network has approached the A-Rod news, MLB itself has been woefully inept in handling this situation. Bud Selig has presided over a period of baseball with RAMPANT cheating and did nothing to stop it, while in the process increasing baseball’s revenues and lining his own pockets with an exorbitant salary. Just as A-Rod would never have come forward and admitted his transgressions if the SI story never existed, Bud would happily just ignore everything that happened under his reign with steroids, except Congress and the newspapers love to keep bringing it up. Unfortunately for Bud, now the greatest home run hitter of all-time, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time and the best current player in baseball are all associated with steroids and cheating and all of it happened under his watch. But sure, let’s start punishing players arbitrarily now, particularly for testing positive on a test that was collectively bargained to be non-punitive. Good luck with that.

12
Feb
09

Please Watch Friday Night Lights

You wouldn’t know it, because NBC never markets it, but Friday Night Lights is back and is as great as it was the first season. The writing is excellent, the acting real and honest and the overall package is compelling. It airs Fridays at 9 pm, watch it. PLEASE. Need more reasons than that keeping it on the air will provide me with happiness in an otherwise despair-filled world? Remember, Minka Kelly is on the show. Sure, she’s Derek Jeter’s paramour currently, but that’s only because she hasn’t met me yet. Although, anyone who was with Jeter needs to be tested, a lot.

Also, NBC does the absolute WORST marketing of their shows. Ben Silverman, HIRE ME, I know how to actually get people to watch the several quality programs you have, instead you seem content to drive people away. The fact that 30 Rock and FNL are not being watched by everyone in America is a failure on NBC’s part and one that I can fix. DO IT IT NOW!

Anyhoo. Minka, you fine, call me!

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