Archive for March, 2009

31
Mar
09

Zebra’s Got a Gun

When you’re a soccer referee you know you’ll be subject to a number of insults and upset fans. Whether you’re at a 6 year olds game or at the World Cup, soccer inspires passion, passion inspires anger, anger inspires this Romanian referee to pull out a gun to get the fans off his ass.

After the head referee allowed a questionable goal in a match between Romanian teams Popesti Stefan and Unirea Dragalina, the fans decided to get all over the assistant ref, who wasn’t even involved in the play. So, doing what one does when trying to stop an angry mob, he took out a pistol and used its presence to keep the fans at bay. Enjoy the video, taken with a grainy cell phone below.

[Fan IQ]

31
Mar
09

It Was Definitely Cold On the Ice

St. Patrick’s Day is about drunkenness for most people, like this shaggy-haired gentleman who thought a naked streaking was necessary at a hockey game. Unfortunately, he’s not a very good skater, which I imagine is awfully painful before he tries to go top-shelf on the goalie. I’m still surprised the ref doesn’t do more to stop him when he gets on the ice in the first place. His stick-handling abilities are also sub-par, but I give him high marks for his ability to decently mime a shot

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I’d love to see something like this happen at a pro game just to see the guy get a brutal cross-check from some burly defense man.

[Fan IQ]

31
Mar
09

Introducing the New England Euphoria

The Lingerie Football League is getting underway, and the New England franchise, the Euphoria recently picked their “players.” I don’t have much more to add her other than I would really appreciate a media pass for the locker room. Also, when is shower time?

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31
Mar
09

So Long Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield possessed the quickest wrists in baseball for a fair period of time. When the Tigers acquired him to fill their DH hole I thought it was a great move, even the extension they signed him to seemed reasonable. Unfortunately his time with the Tiggers is over, they cut ties with him today, granting him his unconditional release. Even MORE unfortunately for Sheffield, he remains stuck at 499 HRs. Even though his bat has noticeably slowed, he doesn’t have the health to play the outfield on a regular basis and he’s never been a model teammate, I imagine SOMEONE will pick him up at some point. Maybe a team like the Royals or the Twins could use a decent bat off the bench in a part-time role. As much as I’ve disliked Sheffield over the years I’ve always respected his abilities and been scared of him during important at-bats. Also, I’m simply overwhelmed by the fact that Sheffield came up as a SHORTSTOP before shifting to third, before eventually becoming an outfielder. I find that awesome. So, bonne chance M. Sheffield, I hope you get that 500th home run and then go away.

31
Mar
09

Alyssa Milano Talks Balls…and Strike Outs

Future Slanch Report paramour Alyssa Milano was in NYC promoting her new “steamy” book, Safe at Home and the National Enquirer is all over it. As part of the promotional tour, excerpts are being leaked out; like that when she and Brad Penny first got down he had her wear his Dodgers jersey to bed. Also, according to the fine folks over at the National Enquirer she once dated Brad Zito, a pitcher on the Giants. So, there’s that too. Supposedly the book isn’t particularly interesting, or steamy, but hey, Alyssa Milano pictures.

[National Enquirer]

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31
Mar
09

2 More Seasons!

gqfeature3hSome days are harder to get through than others, but today is a good day. That’s because the best show that none of you are watching is coming back, for at least two more seasons! That’s right, Variety is reporting that Friday Night Lights will be back for 2 more seasons of 13 episodes each, with DirectTV broadcasting the season first and then NBC broadcasting the episodes in January. I CANNOT WAIT! Season 3 has been phenomenal and returns right back to the magic of season 1 which was as near to perfection as broadcast TV gets. If you aren’t watching FNL get on it right now, you can watch full episodes on NBC.com, so GET ON IT, trust me, once you start watching this show you will be hooked. Everyone I have turned onto it has become a full-fledged fan. Hell, send me an email and I’ll burn you some episodes, you MUST start watching this show. Oh yeah, and in addition to the excellent writing, the fantastic performances of Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler and the natural shooting style of the show, there is also that added bonus of the ridiculously hot talents of Minka Kelly, Adrian Palicki and Amy Teagarden. So set your DVRs.

[Variety]

31
Mar
09

Sean Avery Gets Ragdolled

Sean Avery inspires people to be angry with him. Something about his personality just gets people’s blood boiling, like David Clarkson who tries to get Avery to thrown down and fight him. In a rare moment of restraint, Avery refuses and for his pacifism he gets tossed to the ice multiple times, in front of the refs who make no move to stop it. I guess the refs are big Elisha Cuthbert fans…

30
Mar
09

Warning: Only Read if You’re Obsessed With Fantasy Baseball

Being a good Jew, Christmas means nothing to me, but I can understand the excitement you goyim feel on that day because once a year, I get to do one of my absolute favorite things; draft my fantasy baseball team. Draft day is one of the best days of the year, hope springs eternal and the sheer elation I get from having an empty team page start to get filled up with stars and scrubs alike is nearly indescribable. Yesterday marked the 8th annual draft for my most important fantasy league, simply known to us all as “The League.” Every year after the draft I provide an in-depth and exhaustive recap of each team and the draft itself. This year the draft clocked in at a robust 4 hours and in total 348 players were drafted to fill the 12 teams. Join us after the jump for the full (almost 8,000 words) recap or you know, go off and do something actually productive with your life…

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30
Mar
09

The Man Knows How to Play With His Balls

Being this skilled with a soccer ball is pretty neat, although all I can think of is the hours and hours spent mastering these moves when you could be doing more useful things. Like playing FIFA on the PS2 or something.

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30
Mar
09

Step Right in to Citi Field

Since it seems to be wall-to-wall new NYC stadia today, here is a video of Mets owner Jeff Wilpon giving a tour of Citi Field; it looks dope, I can’t wait to see it in 3-5 years.

[NJ.com]

30
Mar
09

The Yankees are Selling Grass to Kids!

Finally!

The New York Yankees announced that at the end of this month at Home Depots around the state, saps will be able to purchase officially licensed Yankees grass in either seed or sod form. DeLea Sod Farms, the exclusive provider of turf to the Yankees since the 1960s has seen an opportunity to try and swindle some fans and are hoping to monetize their connection.

“It’s just capitalizing on what we have and what we’ve done,” said Rick DeLea, vice president of DeLea Sod Farms, which his grandfather founded in 1928. In south Jersey about 80 acres of Yankees turf are growing, the sod farm has other clients, a high school for instance in West Long Branch, N.J., had 16 acres installed last fall, only then it was just called sod, not “Yankees Sod.”

The impetus for the idea came from a former consultant to DeLea who is now the vice president for business development, David Andres. A self-described “sell ice to Eskimos kind of guy,” after receiving permission from the Yankees and MLB, Andres aggressively pursued this path, “It’s going to be one of those ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ stories,” he said.

Buyers can get a patch slightly bigger than five square feet — 16 inches by 4 feet — for $7.50, meaning resodding your backyard might take a couple thousand bucks. But when you do it you’ll know that you have the officially licensed grass of the Yankees; complete with MLB authenticity hologram. If you don’t want the already grown sod, you could always buy Yankees Grass Seed — in a gift-friendly novelty size of three ounces or eight ounces — at Yankee Stadium; Home Depot will carry bigger bags of seed. I can just see all the little kids at the stadium now clamoring for their dads to buy them a hat and some grass seeds, they’ll be FLYING off the shelves.

Never fear though Yankees fans, in case there is some horrible grass disaster, the DeLea farms are still reserving 10 full acres of the grass just for Yankee Stadium, I guess because you never know…

[New York Times]

30
Mar
09

Citi Field Opens for Business

Prior to moving into their new digs at Citi Field, the New York Mets let St. Johns University and Georgetown get in a game to test out the stadium. Former St. Johns and Mets player John Franco was on hand to throw out the first pitch before a crowd of 22,397 who came out despite the wet and chilly afternoon.

“It was a great turnout,” said Franco, “The crowd is a little bit closer to the field [than at Shea], but I think the players are going to enjoy it and I think the fans are really going to enjoy it.”

St. Johns took an early 3-1 lead, but something Mets fans are all too familiar with, the bullpen was unable to hold on, giving up 4 runs in the 7th to give Georgetown the lead, the final score was 6-4, Georgetown.

The real occupants of Citi Field will arrive on Friday for a two game exhibition against the Boston Red Sox but the early reviews of the stadium sound good.

“Shea was a party place and it was great, but this is like we grew up and now we’re in a new house,” said Dawnrose D’Aloia of Corona, N.Y. “It’s beautiful, how ornate the brickwork is.”

“I happen to be a big Mets fan and it’s a beautiful ballpark,” St. John’s athletic director Chris Monasch said. “They grabbed all the best aspects, I think, of all the new ballparks around the major leagues.”

“I was sad to see Shea go, but it was time,” said Mark Savino of Corona, N.Y. “I followed the construction of it online and came and saw it go up, but seeing it now for the first time like this, it’s very stunning. I wanted to be here, no matter what type of game it was, to be able to say I was here for the first one.”

[AP]




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