Archive for May 29th, 2009


Setting the Bar Awfully Low

Some proud University of South Carolina fans put this ad in The State, South Carolina’s largest newspaper; way to go Gamecocks, you’ve won by being middling. Congrats!!!!115898[Sporting News]


Jessiqa Changes the Pace of the Race

As race organizers prepared for an F1 race in Monaco, team representatives requested that they remove an ad that was along the course because it was too distracting for the drivers. The ad, for Martini liquers, features Californian model, 29 year old Jessiqa Pace, and the ad apparently was too steamy for the drivers to handle.

Scottish former driver David Coulthard said: “The drivers have asked for the poster to be taken down because it’s distracting them.”

During trial runs, former champ Lewis Hamilton crashed just yards from the site of the billboard. The hubbub didn’t stop Jessiqa from having a good time though, she spent the weekend partying on a luxury yacht with the various F1 teams.  “All the attention is overwhelming,” she said, “I find it really funny. Obviously it’s very flattering that I’m distracting the drivers so much, but I’d feel terrible if someone got hurt. They’re all very handsome men and are very popular with the girls. There is one driver who I think is a cut above the rest but I’m keeping it secret.”

I can’t imagine what was so distracting…

[Daily Star]


This Job May Kill Francona

d168c9914e_francona_0212I’ve always been a big fan of Terry Francona, unlike the morons who refer to him as “Francoma,” he’s by far the best manager the team has had in my lifetime, and not just because of the championships. Deftly handling the media hordes of Boston, the oversized personalities and egos on the team and in the process putting together 5 successful seasons and 4 playoff berths is an incredible job. During this past offseason Francona was supposed to undergo surgery to help alleviate some constant pain he’d been enduring, there were times he said when half his body would go completely numb. Suffering from a number of different ailments, Francona is not in great condition, suffering blood clots, chest tightening and infections in the last few years and so it was with great trepidation I saw that after yesterday’s game against the Twins and Francona’s ejection, that he was visited by EMTs in the clubhouse.

According to the Boston Herald:

A parade of EMTs – one wielding a stretcher and other emergency equipment – entered the clubhouse as players and coaches readied to leave. Two members of the team’s medical staff stood outside the sealed-off trainer’s room and directed players elsewhere as the EMTs examined Francona.

“I’m fine,” Francona said later as he walked to the team bus, “I just got a little worked up and my blood pressure shot up. But I’m fine. They take good care of me.”

I hope so Tito, stay well. You may well be the glue that keeps this team from cracking apart.

[Boston Herald]


And It’s the Luv Guv By Inches

29luvgov_600Marylou Whitney, a octogenarian heiress and horse racing enthusiast and her husband John Hendrickson own two horses named after former New York Governor Spitzer’s quick fail from grace after revelations about prostitutes came out. One, named “The Ninth Client” after his name in FBI files and the other is named after the NY Post’s excellent headline after the scandal broke, “The Luv Guv.” Formerly named “Town Prowler,” after the precipitous decline of Mr. Spitzer, Whitney and Hendrickson opted to change the 2-year old thoroughbred’s name. Since then, Luv Guv has struggled, taking 10 tries before winning his first race, but this next weekend he’ll be vying for the longest leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

If Luv Guv were to win, theoretically it could lead to a hilarious awkward moment where current Governor, David Paterson — a extracurricular paramour in his own right — would be presenting the trophy to Whitney and Hendrickson.

The owners insist that the changing of the name was not solely because of Spitzer. “There’s been a lot of love govs,” Mr. Hendrickson said, mentioning, among others, James E. McGreevey, who resigned as governor of New Jersey in 2004 after disclosing an affair with a man.

“We’re not trying to poke fun at him,” Mr. Hendrickson said. “We are Republicans, but we did support him. I think we each gave $10,000, and we like him. We thought this was a fun name.”

Fortunately, the NY Times managed to get a comment from horse racing enthusiast, former NY Senate Majority Leader, Skidmore College alum and sometime-facist, Joe Bruno who was a big rival of Spitzer’s. “I thought it was hilarious. The situation with the governor was pretty tragic and reprehensible, and I think for them to kind of weigh in to lighten the mood of all that was going on around such a real tragedy, I think was great.”

The Times contacted Spitzer for a comment but he declined.

After the jump, stay tuned for another neat connection between to owners and Governor Paterson that goes way back in horse racing history.

[NY Times]

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May 2009