Archive for July 20th, 2009


Happy Birthday Gisele

gisele-bundchen-23Today is Gisele Bundchen’s 29th birthday, (we’re so CLOSE to having the same one!) and normally a story about her husband and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is an excuse for me to post a photo of her. Instead, this time a post about her is an excuse to write a small something about the Pats.

This season, look for the Patriots to go 15-1. You heard it here first. For reals, this is no-homerism, just fact. The only thing that could derail the season is an injury to Brady, Moss or Welker, which, god help me, won’t happen.

[Moon Dog Sports]


Rocket Bike Burning Out His Fuse Up Here Alone

rocket_bikeWhen I was around 11 or so I got an awesome BMX bike for my birthday — only two shopping days left! — and a few days later went to this awesome BMX course nearby in Cape Cod; it was a totally great day.

Now, the BMX bike has been updated in a great way thanks to Rintendo. They are selling a bike called the Fire Trick Bob which seems to be a rocket-powered conveyance.

According to their site (Google translation) the turbine engine spins at a rate of 120,000 RPM and produces the equivalent of 4.4 horsepower. The 1 liter fuel tank is good for about 7 minutes of continual thrust, and you’ll probably want to be careful about where you’re riding this thing since the exhaust can reach about 700 degrees.

This thing will absolutely kill you, but it only costs about 1,oo0,ooo Yen, or roughly $10,000, seems worth it! Think about how easy it would be get around on this thing, presuming you don’t burn your balls off. Of course, it also adds new meaning to saying you’ve got a pocket rocket…

[Oh Gizmo]


They’re Still All Smaller Than John Kruk

*Jul 19 - 00:05*As part of the festivities for their “Bellies and Baseball: A Salute to Pregnancy” promotion, the Brooklyn Cyclones held a Lamaze class in centerfield before Sunday nights game. They also had a run/walk around the bases, a throwing of a ceremonial first pitch by women in their third trimester, and instead of the 7th inning stretch, held the 7th inning stretch marks on the field.

The team also said that any expectant mom who gave birth at the game or names her child “Brooklyn” or “Cy” gets free season tickets for life. Not a bad deal!

In addition the team also featured special “craving stations” with pickles, ice cream and anchovy pizza.

The Cyclones won 2-1.

[NY Daily News]


Watch Out for When Chewie Gets the Munchies for Scooby Snacks

I don’t know where this video is from, it appears to be from one of the Red Sox minor league affiliates, but which one is a mystery to me. Not as much a mind-boggler as why Chewbacca is riding around with the gang from Scooby Doo in the Mystery Machine, but then, what do I know, I’m just a lowly blogger…


The Lonesome Kicker

APTOPIX Kansas South Florida FootballUniversity of South Florida’s football kicker was hospitalized after falling 35 feet from the gondola ride at Busch Gardens, fracturing his vertebra. Maikon Bonani, 20, remains in a Tampa hospital recovering after nearly paralyzing himself. Busch Gardens stated that Bonani was trying to close the gondola door which he thought was unlocked when he fell out, hanging on to the outside of the moving gondola for approximately 50 feet before crashing to the ground.

“He’s fine,” said coach Jim Leavitt, who spoke with Bonani by phone Saturday. “The main thing here is that he didn’t die. He isn’t paralyzed. The most important thing is his health.”

It’s a good thing for Bonani that the injuries weren’t more serious, although, if he were Axel Foley he’d have been fine

[Tampa Bay]


Tavarez Gets Dumped by 600 Pounder

andy_fat_girlWhen Julian Tavarez signed with the Washington Nationals he dropped this great quote about what it was like signing with them:

Why did I sign with the Nationals? When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you’re just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J. Lo. And to me this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It’s 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me.

Well, what does it feel like when you get unceremoniously dumped by that same 600 pounder? After a month where he went 8 1/3 IP with a 7.56 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP with opposing batters hitting .521 off him over that span, Julian was designated for assignment following Sunday’s depressing 11-3 loss to the Cubs.

I’ve been in this situation before,” Tavarez said. “It’s just tough. I haven’t been able lately to do my job. Just a lot of up-and-down this year. This doesn’t surprise me. There are a lot of young arms down there, they had to make some changes, and they’re going to bring some young kids over here. They have to get this ready for next year.”

This makes it at least the 3rd straight team that has DFA’d Tavarez, with the Nats following the example of the Brewers and Red Sox before them.

[Washington Post]



While in China, newly acquired Cleveland Cavalier Shaquille O’Neil visited the Panda Breeding Research Center in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province and took the opportunity to get a photograph of him with a giant panda on his lap. Precious.

1209_1248101827[1530 Homer]

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July 2009