Archive for May 18th, 2009


Ron Artest is a Man of Fine Musical Taste

017026690From the post-game press conference after game 6, here is Ron Artest talking about some of the best new music out there:

Five dollar footlong is one of the best songs, that’s a hot song. You’ve got the, and then five dollar footlong comes on. When five dollar footlong comes on, they should play that in the club. They should play all those in the club.

Considering that Artest has his own music “career,” he MUST know what he’s talking about; they just don’t let ANYONE record an album.

Ron, you will NOT be DJing my next party.

[Dick Fundy]


Not So Much a Bike Ride Through the Park

Pedro-Horrillo-Mun_1404563cDuring the Giro d’Italia bike race’s 8th stage Belarussian Kanantsin Siutsou took home the victory but the story afterwards was dominated by Spain’s Pedro Horillo Munoz who crashed into a guard rail and fell oer 250 feet down a ravine, and survived!

The ravine he fell down was so steep that rescuers required climbing harnesses and the like in order to safely get down to Munoz. Ultimately taken to a local hospital, Munoz is in serious condition with multiple head injuries and fractures and is extremely fortunate to be alive.

[Telegraph via The Sporting News]


Extreme Marathons? Count Me Out

It’s safe to safe that when it comes to marathons and I, never shall the twain meet; unless you’re talking about the Night of 1000 Wings, wherein I will eat a marathons worth of chicken wings. Modify the word “marathon” with “extreme” and you can absolutely guarantee that I will never be a part of it. Fortunately, others do it and still others take photographs so I can viscerally experience it without you know, getting up.

Check out the full gallery and the stories behind the photos here!


One of 26 competitors in this year's North Pole Marathon


She Can Captain My Vessel

Leg Seven (to Galway, Ireland) of the Volvo Ocean Race began over the weekend; the 70.5 foot long, 11 man crewed tall ships took back to the sea from Boston Harbor for the next segment of the 37,000 nautical mile race due to end in St. Petersburg in June. Among the teeming crowds on hand to support the ships were French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault and his new wife, Salma Hayek. Aboard the Il Mostro, the representative of the Puma Ocean Racing Team in the race, Salma and her hubby took a spin at the wheel, and hopefully will bring the vessel some good luck.

“Salma christened Il Mostro in Boston Harbor a year ago to the day,” skipper Ken Read said, “It’s great to have our boat’s godmother with us as we leave Boston and I hope she’ll bring us good luck in this leg.”

If you want to see some more photos of these totally awesome ships, check out this excellent hi-res gallery here.



You Forgot Something!

Tony Stewart is supposed to be good at this driving a car around a track thing, but over the weekend when he went in to pit and get new tires he jumped the gun a little. Thinking he was only getting two, not 4 new tires, he drives off suddenly, nearly killing one of his crew men in the process. He only gets about a hundred feet before realizing his error, “I’ll be right back!” he tells his crew chief. Ooops.


Subtle Guys…

mr_bel10 BRUSSELS (AP) – The Belgian bodybuilding championship has been canceled after doping officials showed up and all the competitors fled. A doping official says bodybuilders just grabbed their gear and ran off when he came into the room.

“I have never seen anything like it and hope never to see anything like it again,” doping official Hans Cooman said Monday.

Twenty bodybuilders were entered in the weekend competition.

Cooman says the sport has a history of doping “and this incident didn’t do its reputation any good.”

During testing of bodybuilding events last year, doping authorities of northern Belgium’s Flanders region found that three-quarters of the competitors tested positive.



A Giant Yankee Doppelganger

As a member of the Marlins, AJ Burnett once threw a no-hitter while simultaneously allowing 9(!!!) walks and out dueling the immortal Wascar Serrano. Since then, he has had both great success and great disappointments in the American League East and is likely to become a huge albatross around the neck of the Yankees payroll as he becomes a newer, wilder, more expensive version of Carl Pavano. On the other hand, Matt Cain is one of the most appealing young pitchers in the game, brought up to the bigs at the tender age of 20, his win-loss record is uninspiring but he has also been one of the unluckiest pitchers in the game, receiving little to no run support the last few seasons. When opposing GMs call the Giants, Cain is the player everyone looks to grab.

Reader Mattraw sent along this doppelganger and I think it has legs, and arms, and teeth even too! Let us know what YOU think by VOTING in the poll below and if this doppelganger receives enough votes it will move on to the PERMANENT Doppelganger page here.


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May 2009