Archive for March 24th, 2009

24
Mar
09

I Wanna Kiss You

From Awful Announcing comes this clip from today’s action between the anemic Houston Astros and the Mets where the Astros’ broadcaster Jim Deshaies’ father is being interviewed. So, here is Herb Deshaies doing his best Joe Namath impression when, after finishing the interview he goes in for a kiss. Fortunately the reporter took it in stride, sorta, and then the younger Deshaies laughed it off, calling his dad a “masher,” whatever that is.

[Awful Announcing]

24
Mar
09

Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow

I have no idea where this clip is from, I have no idea of the players involved, I know they are playing soccer and that this is totally gruesomely awesome. Do you really need more info then that? OK, here is a guy breaking his tibia while getting slide-tackled with multiple angles and slow-mo. There, is that better?

24
Mar
09

Soccer and Volleyball Meet, Have a Kid

I guess Kick Volleyball is a popular sport in Asia, I haven’t seen it around the US yet, but it looks pretty awesome; throw in this BANGING soundtrack and I’m hooked.

Again, this is another video that I can’t get to not auto-start so it’s after the jump. Continue reading ‘Soccer and Volleyball Meet, Have a Kid’

24
Mar
09

The Economy Has More Victims

The economy is hitting hard everywhere, the NBA isn’t immune to it, with teams forced to cut back costs wherever possible. Of course, part of the NBA’s problem is that they overpay non-superstars by about $40-50 million each, so they are forced to cut back on the other entertainment available at the game. For instance, the Denver Nuggets have been forced to cut back on having their cheerleader team at all their home games. Instead of being at every game, now the cheerleader squad–made up of 36 male and female “college-types” who provide college-type cheers during pauses in the action–are being only used for weekend games.

Don’t worry though, the Denver Nuggets Dancers, the all-girl dance team will continue to perform at all the games. The cheerleaders, who make about $100 a game though are being semi-kicked to the curb.

“I can’t quite speak about it as much as I would like to, but it’s one of the things that we’re glad to still be part of the organization,’’ said cheerleading coach Stephanie John, who said her team will perform at all Nuggets postseason home games. “I can tell you that the Denver Nuggets cheerleaders have been proud to be a part of game entertainment for the last five years. And now we are happy that we still get to interact with the fans, and we’re excited to be part of the playoff games.’’

The apparent savings from cutting the team for the remaining weekday games is about $17,000, or the equivalent of 5 minutes of play from Kenyon Martin.

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[Denver Times]

24
Mar
09

Citi Field Flushes Away the Competition

New stadiums, concerned about the possibility of issues with their plumbing system, run tests to see if the system can handle having every single toilet flush simultaneously. Citi Field is no exception, especially considering it resides in Flushing, Queens…So, Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas managed to score an invitation to this special event, and blogged all about it. Along the way he scored some awesome photos of the as-yet unopened stadium that only whet my appetite for when I can afford to go see a game in late 2015.

Check out Uni Watch for the full story and plenty more pictures, but here are a couple of my favorites, starting with the NYC skyline that used to grace the Shea Stadium scoreboard that now rests atop a concession stand.

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[Uni Watch]

24
Mar
09

That’s Not a Regulation Court

In Miami, in an effort to promote the Sony Ericsson Open which begins tomorrow, Venus Williams and Andy Murray headed out to the streets. Getting on top of top specially modified cars, the two played an “impromptu” match, if a publicity stunt can be referred to as “impromptu”… No word on if the cars actually were driving around too or not with the tennis stars on top, but I for one doubt it. Meaning this promotion is lame and not dangerous enough; now, do this on the highway and I’ll be impressed.

24
Mar
09

Soriano’s Car Can Play Music Loudly

Alfonso Soriano is one of the few players to ever reach the lofty 40-40 club and he has been well-compensated for his exploits, having earned almost $50 million in salary so far. It seems that he’s been putting the money to good use, for example, here he is with his custom Cubs blue painted H2 and one of the most ridiculous looking stereo systems I’ve ever seen.

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That’s the type of stereo that could cause you to crap yourself I think. Awesome. Look out Chicago, I have a feeling you’re about to be blasted with the smooth sounds of Reggaeton at deafening levels. Enjoy!

I also sincerely appreciate the Soriano made sure to put his name on the front of the car. I know that if I were walking by that car in the parking lot I’d likely mistake it for my own so it’s useful that there is a sign there letting me know it is in fact, not mine.

[Home Run Derby]




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