Archive for June, 2009

30
Jun
09

Youngest Earnhardt Climbs Into Daddy’s Car

Taylor_Earnhardt_Goodwood_540Dale Earnhardt has been dead for nearly 7 years now but this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Goodwood, England the car he drove in winning his final Cup race will be taken out of the Richard Childress Racing Museum for the first time since 2003. The person tabbed to drive his famed #3 car won’t have to worry about them changing the name on the car, as it is Earnhardt’s now 20-year old daughter (and semi-hottie), Taylor Earnhardt.

Despite never having driven a stock car before, Taylor will drive the car during demonstrations at the festival, with her mother Theresa alongside for the ride.

“It’s very, very exciting,” Taylor Earnhardt said. “I’ve already spent some time in the car getting used to it, and I’m looking forward to the demonstration run. Hopefully, the fans in the United States and around the world will enjoy seeing one of my father’s winning cars participate in this awesome event.”

[Scene Daily]

30
Jun
09

Owner Bobbleheads are the Newest Collector’s Item

ebffbe1413_Henry_06302009Red Sox owner John Henry married his blushing 30 year old bride, Linda Pizzuti over the weekend at Fenway while the Sox were out on the road. Instead of boring gifts for their guests, the billionaire gave out silver picture-frames with the guests standing in front of the Green Monster or with the World Series trophies. Pretty sweet!

As well, when the friends and family streamed out of the stadium they were given an additional present, a John Henry/Linda bobblehead! Unfortunately for the Henry’s, according to the gossip hounds over at the Boston Herald, “Many, many, of the parting gifts, we’re told, were left behind.”

[Boston Herald]

30
Jun
09

Who Says Girls Can’t Brawl

batfaceDuring a softball game in Colorado Springs last night a brawl broke out that required the police to come and contain the situation. According to the Colorado Springs police department criminal blotter the police were forced to come out to the Four Diamond Sports Complex as up to 30 people, some with baseball bats were fighting.

The brawl, between Cheyenne Mountain and Wasson High School girls’ softball teams, started when one player was hit with a pitch and then charged the mound. That girl was ejected and subsequently one of the coaches started ranting at the ump, who then stopped play.

Then, as players and fans were leaving there was another “physical confrontation” in the parking lot. Among the arrested includes a woman charged with third-degree assault and two juvenile girls being investigated for fighting.

As players and spectators were leaving an argument and “physical confrontation” took place in the parking lot, police said.

Sounds like a fun night!

[Denver Post]

30
Jun
09

A Journey-Man Mayoral Doppelganger

After a successful college career Drew Gooden has bounced around the NBA some, he’s on his 6th team in 7 years and has proven to be a useful bench and role player but has never achieved any semblance of stardom. He doesn’t need to be a star though for a long and fruitful NBA career. When not sporting one of the worst beards in beard history, Gooden also shares a resemblance with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nationally known thanks to Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent coverage, Ray Nagin has also brought plenty of media attention on himself for some outlandish statements to the press. Regardless, these two men look so much alike I actually got confused putting their pictures next to one another of who was who.

Please VOTE in the poll below so that this doppelganger can become a fixture on the permanent Doppelganger page, which you can visit by clicking here.

GoodenNagin

30
Jun
09

Francouer’s Gobble Gobble Underwear

jeffWhen Jeff Francouer was called up in 2005 from Double-A I almost immediately fell in baseball-love. The young prospect started his career with a .300 avg, 14 HRs in just 257 ABs and an OPS+ of 126 seemed to signal a future superstar. Toss in his prodigious throwing arm and his enthusiasm for the game and I was smitten. His first full year though saw the average drop to .260 but he also managed to knock 30 balls over the wall and was still seemingly learning the game. Another reason I (used to) pine for Francouer; up until last season, the life-long Red Sox fan was using a Red Sox branded credit card until several of his Braves teammates chided him and made him get rid of it. Despite growing up in Georgia, Francouer has always been a Red Sox fan and that always makes someone better in my book.

These days Francouer has gone from struggling to anemic. He was sent down to the minors last year in an attempt to get him back on track, which unfortunately didn’t help. In an effort to both help his scuffling team and his own stats, Francouer told reporters he will be wearing his lucky Thanksgiving-themed turkey boxer briefs. According to Francouer the Braves are 7-0 when he wears the lucky briefs, including Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Red Sox.

Knowing the team needed a win on Sunday, especially with rookie pitcher Tommy Hanson suffering a bout of the flu, before the game Francouer let his team know everything would work out; “I wore the turkey underwear,” he announced.

Francouer’s wife Catie washed the boxers yesterday, and Francouer intends to wear them again today, the first time he’s worn them in back-to-back games.

[AJC]

30
Jun
09

His Balls are Deadly Accurate

The best video you’ll see of a Frenchman kicking a soccer ball into random objects that you’re likely to see ALL week; it’s a little long, but it’s all enjoyable.

29
Jun
09

I Don’t Care for That Last Call You Made

Big league front offices like to instill a standard set of values and training methods in their minor league players starting from the early-going, clearly the Braves are doing the same with their managers. Bobby Cox holds the all-time record for most ejections, Double-A Mississippi Braves manager became legendary for an ejection where he lobbed a rosin bag as a grenade amongst other antics, now, Randy Ingle of the Single A Rome Braves can add his name to the illustrious list of blustery Braves mangers.

Following a blown call down the third base line, Ingle gets into it with the home plate umpire, eventually walks down the line, picks up third, places it around the shortstop position and then signals “Foul” which is what he believed the ump should have done before. Well-played sir.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

[Augusta]

29
Jun
09

Khalil Greene Needs a Hug

7233From the papers of St. Louis comes this:

Infielder Khalil Greene was absent from the lineup for a second straight game Saturday after experiencing what the club hopes is only a temporary setback in his battle against an anxiety-related disorder.

So Khalil Greene is on the DL with a case of the SAD? I have to imagine that he’s having a hard time if it has now caused him to go on the DL twice this season. At the same time, I wonder if having your employers constantly announcing to the media that you have an anxiety problem isn’t compounding the issue…

[STL Today]

29
Jun
09

The Bat Man Does Tricks

Remember Josh Womack of the Long Beach Armada who had the neat little bat trick? Well, it turns out he was only getting started, he’s got a whole bunch more in his arsenal and he’s slowly letting them out as the Armada see a possible way to drum up attention for a player who otherwise hasn’t been too successful.

Now, I may be crazy, but I wonder if just some of the time that Womack spent practicing these tricks could have been better spent practicing actual baseball skills if he might have done better than a minor league career .257 average and an OPS of .702? Either way, these bat tricks are totally cool.

29
Jun
09

Wimbledon Opts for Hotties Over Talent

In a SHOCKING development, a spokesman at the All England Club admitted that when it comes to choosing who plays at center court “Good looks are a factor.” Several matches were held recently at the premier court that featured lower ranked female players while top seeds were relegated to less-prestigious courts.

According to the BBC who broadcast the matches in the UK, “It’s the Wimbledon play committee, not us who decides on the order of play. But obviously it’s advantageous to us if there are good-looking women players on Centre Court. No one has heard of many of the women now, so if they are pretty it definitely gives them an edge. Our preference would always be a Brit or a babe as this always delivers high viewing figures.”

So, the after Roger Federer played on Friday, the next match at center court featured two 19 year old hotties, Victoria Azarenka (8th seed) and Sorana Cirstea (28th seed), while that same day #2 seed Serana Williams was shunted to the number 2 court.

Even better, on Wednesday unseeded Gisela Dulko (world rank: 45) faced off against Maria Sharapova (also unseeded and currently world ranked 60) in a so-called “Battle of the Babes.” Thursday featured a similar bumping when 9th seed Caroline Wozniacki won her match on center court while #1 seed Dinara Safina was force to play on an outer court.

Johnny Perkins, the spokesman at All England added to his earlier comment saying court selection is “a great big mixture of where the players are in the draw, who they’re playing, what their ranking is.” But, “It’s not a coincidence that those (on Centre Court) are attractive.”

Of course, I’d be horribly remiss to not showcase some of these highly talented women tennis stars, just as the folks at Wimbledon have, so, after the jump join us.

[Daily Mail]

Continue reading ‘Wimbledon Opts for Hotties Over Talent’

29
Jun
09

Mariners Fans Have New Reason to Go to Games

safecotoplessGoing to see a Seattle Mariners game or Seattle Seahawks game is going to be a lot more fun thanks to a judge’s ruling that will allow a new strip club, named “Deja Vu” a few hundred feet from Safeco Field and Qwest Field. The Mariners had taken Roger Forbes, the owner of Deja Vu to court trying to utilize a city ordinance that bans adult enterprises  within 800 feet of any community center, child care center, elementary or secondary school or public parks and open space use.

The Mariners were arguing that their stadium fits that description but Judge John Erlick disagreed and Forbes’ permit was upheld.

“We’re very happy,” said Forbes’ attorney Peter Buck. “It’s a huge go ahead signal, with a strong opinion by a good judge.”

Now plenty of fans can go to the game, stop by the strip club, enjoy the buffet and come home sated. I’m just disappointed that there are all of a couple hundred feet between the stadium and the club, there had better be a shuttle or pedi-cab or something…

[KREM]

29
Jun
09

Bike Gangs Are Dangerous

During a race at the British Speedway in Cardiff two of the motobikers got into a shoving match after their heat. Nothing major happened because the buzz-kills in security came out and separated the two men. I do however, like how as Scott Nichols (White) leaves the arena one of (presumably) Emil Sayfutdinov’s (Blue) crew brushes by him and gives Nichols a shove. Classy.




Follow The Slanch Report

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 19 other followers

Sign Our Petition!

The Slanch Report has started an online petition asking the MLB Network to air the Dock Ellis no-hitter he threw on June 12, 1970 against the San Diego Padres. The moment was a seminal piece of baseball history and is certainly worthy of being rerun.

Please join us in this cause and sign the petition below so we can all share in this special and fantastic moment of baseball history. THANKS!
SIGN THE PETITION HERE! AND PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND PASS THIS ALONG!

June 2009
M T W T F S S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

Categories