Archive for May 18th, 2009

18
May
09

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 freecreditreport.com, 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]

18
May
09

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]

18
May
09

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!

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

18
May
09

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.

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18
May
09

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.

18
May
09

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.

[Breitbart]

18
May
09

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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18
May
09

One Shining Moment

I didn’t expect the Celtics to be able to get past the Cavaliers in the conference finals, but I felt pretty sure they’d at least get there. I also wanted to see whether or not Kevin Garnett would actually play in the series, I still say he would have. Out of the miserable loss last night there were few highlights, but I do like this dunk by Rondo, it features everything you could want, a great pass out of trouble, a streaking Rondo and a magnificent finish over Dwight Howard. Solid!

18
May
09

We Have a New, Old Chess Champion!

hikarunakamuraAt age 16, Hikaru Nakamaru took home the championship title at the US Chess Championships, in the process becoming the second youngest winner next to 14 year old Bobby Fischer in 1957. Five years later, now 21, Nakamaru yesterday took home his second title.

“I was very happy with my play throughout and relieved to have won the title again. Winning the second title feels better to me than the first,” he said after winning his 9th straight match, besting some of the top 24 players in the country.

As you can see from this photo of Nakamaru, the world of top-level chess moves fast. The prize for claiming the championship was a robust $40,000 which I can only imagine will be immediately squandered on more of those AWESOME sunglasses.

[LoHud]

18
May
09

You Call That a Green? Now, This is a “Green”

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They do things  a bit differently in the outback of Australia; for instance, here is a grounds keeper raking out a “green” at the Coober Pedy golf course in South Australia.

Looks nice!

[The First Post]

18
May
09

Pal Dardai is my New Friend

dardai02_345x468Here’s something we’ll probably never see out of an American sports team athlete; Pal Dardai, a 33 year old Hungarian midfielder on Hertha in the German Bundesliga promised the local fans that if at least 55,000 people showed up for the final 5 home games he’d buy everyone there a beer. On Saturday, the over 74,000 fans in attendance all received a coupon for a free beer at the game (or their choice of a soft drink but c’mon, it’s GERMANY, even the 9 year olds were ordering lagers.)

This is another promotion that needs to get exported to the US, it’s a perfect one for the Brewers!

[The Local]

18
May
09

Nationals Failures Carry Over to the Grounds Crew

Their play on the field is middling and full of miscues, so it makes perfect sense that the Nationals ground crew would have their own problems too. From the game on Saturday comes this poorly shot video of the grounds crew struggling to get the infield covered with the tarp.




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