Archive for August 10th, 2009

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Aug
09

Nats Ballgirl Remains Immune to Win Streak

The Nationals are in the midst of a 8 game win streak, which coincides nicely with my Red Sox precipitious drop to mediocrity over the last week. Fortunately, as good as the players have been on the field, the ball girls haven’t transitioned to become all-stars too.

I definitely appreciate someone who can laugh at themselves though. Which, I’d imagine is a pretty important part of being a Nationals fan in the first place. Also, I want to be the ball-boy (girl) at the park, that seems like great fun.

[Barstool Sports]

10
Aug
09

The Terrorists Have Won (the Right to Maintain Sand Traps)

Bermuda Guantanamo DetaineesAfter 7 years of captivity, in early June, four members of China’s Muslim Uighur minority were released from Guantanamo Bay to luxurious Bermuda. They were resettled on the pink sandy shores of Bermuda because US law forbids returning prisoners to their home country if they are likely to be tortured, as these men certainly would be if remanded to China, despite US evidence showing them innocent of any crime — which didn’t stop the US from holding them…

Initially, the biggest concern for the men was finding a job, but that problem is solved. They’ve been hired on to replace some Filipino workers who suddenly left their job on the grounds-crew staff for the plush Port Royale Golf Course, home to the PGA’s Grand Slam of Golf tournament.

Wendall Brown, chairman of the board of trustees for Bermuda’s public golf courses, said that, “They have been offered a temporary position at Port Royal until the Grand Slam. There are still special projects that we need to do like cleaning up and beautifying the course … All four of them have been given a job there. It’s on a temporary basis. Two of them speak fairly good English.”

While the men hope to settle permanently on the island and raise families, the British and US governments remain in conversations regarding these mens’ futures.

[Yahoo! via Sports by Brooks]

10
Aug
09

The Spanish Like Their Soccer Teams

Spanish La Liga team Getafe FC just barely escaped relegation last season thanks to goal differential, and are essentially the San Diego Padres of Spanish soccer. While the product on the field may not measure up, the marketing staff is doing yeoman’s work coming out with some bat-shit crazy ads. I don’t speak Spanish, but I don’t need to to appreciate the insanity that is these ads.

For instance, there is this one, featuring some iconic (Christian) religious icons and ends with the classic tagline, “my team comes first.” Take that Yahweh and Jesus! Sure burning at the stake might have been bad for Joan of Arc, but think of the joy of rooting on a miserable soccer team! If Jesus were alive today he’d prefer you root for Getafe after all…

If that’s not enough, how about a man birthing an egg out of which comes a midget who yells, “DONDE!” Classic advertising technique…

Wouldn’t you love to see the Bengals whip out a similar campaign?

[The Sporting News]

10
Aug
09

Hossa Finally Takes Home Lord Stanley

ept_sports_nhl_experts-471585112-1249761449Attending the Golden Puck Awards in Slovakia, newly-minted Chicago Blackhawk, Marian Hossa, was in attendance to receive the award for best forward. Along with his trophy, Hossa — who left the Pittsburgh Penguins after last year’s Stanley Cup loss to try and win one with Detroit instead (this year’s losers to the Penguins) — was given a goat named Stanley as a joke on his poor decision-making. Since the Slovokian word for goat is “cap”, he won the Stanley Cap! Finally!

You did it Marian!

[Puck Daddy]

10
Aug
09

To the Windows! To the WALL!

We all know by now that I don’t care a whit about NASCAR, and if you don’t know that, know it now. That said, I can appreciate a good crash like any other honkey out there. Here’s Jason Leffler out at Watkins Glen blowing through turn 9 and putting himself into the wall.

I once crashed a car like that too…

10
Aug
09

Three Cheers for the Cheerleaders

Football training camps are in full swing and you know what that means, no not football games starting soon, something WAY more important; the teams’ cheerleaders are putting out their newest calendars! Thank GOD! My parents went on vacation a few years ago and brought me back a signed copy of the St. Louis Rams cheerleaders calendar and it remains a precious memento. Every year these various teams of talented ladies put out helpful calendars that let you know EXACTLY what month it is in just a glance.

So, it was with much ado and pomp that the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, with some help from rapper T-Pain, released their latest calendar venture. God bless America!

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[Bitten and Bound]

10
Aug
09

Is it Hot in Here or is it Me?

ALeqM5hIiGjXo8B__pWbF2p924_w_6My_AFinland, known for it’s wife-carrying and ice-swimming competitions has, since 1999, held the World Sauna Championships wherein competitors are challenged to stay in a sauna heated to 230 degrees for as long as possible.

Drawing in 150 competitors from over 20 countries, the championship was taken this year by Finland’s own, Timo Kaukonen, who withstood the heat of the sauna for 3 minutes 46 seconds. The second place finisher, Ilkka Poeyhiae lost by 2 seconds. That HAS to burn his ass.

The initial idea for the event came when a group of men frightened other patrons at a Heinola swimming hall when they threw so much water on the sauna’s stove that it became piping hot.

“This is a wrong way to go to sauna, this is not about relaxing, this is competition,” Ossi Arvela, the head of the competition, told reporters.

[Fiji Live]

10
Aug
09

Michelle Wie Has a Potty Mouth

Michelle Wie took some time out of her schedule to stop by Dodgers Stadium over the weekend and throw out the first pitch. In addition she took part in an impromptu putting session with beefy Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. After all that she took the time to speak with Fox Sports and drop an innocuous “kick ass” on TV. Fun! She seems just like any other normal, super-athletic 19 year old superstar.

10
Aug
09

Where the Married Women At?

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It’s not certain who hired a plane to fly around several southern California beaches trailing a sign reading “Reggie Miller Stop Pursuing Married Women,” but whomever it was has a great sense of humor. The expensive stunt likely was done by Alex Von Furstenberg (son of fashion designer Diane) who had a restraining order written up, but never filed, against the former Indiana Pacers star.

Reportedly, Miller met Ali Kay, Von Furstenberg’s fiancee, at a party last July, in March of this year he bumped into her in a grocery store and then waited an hour outside the store until she came out. I always thought that was CHARMING, not stalking…He then sent her 53 text messages over the period of 4 hours. In addition, Reggie stopped by the surf store that Von Furstenberg owns and, according to AVF, “‘[Miller] said he had friends with guns. He implied I would get hurt if I didn’t stop questioning him on his inappropriate pursuit of my fiancee and his attempts to subvert his efforts.”

In a later statement issued by Von Furstenberg and his attorney, Alex said, “I was very upset about Reggie’s behavior towards my fiancée. I think people in Malibu share my views that being a famous basketball player should not provide some sort of shield against inappropriate behaviour. Reggie sincerely apologized to me on a phone call with Ronald Richards, his attorney, and myself. I cannot comment further on the matter as I believe it has been resolved.”

So, perhaps it wasn’t AVF and instead was another (attempted) cuckold husband? Look out ladies of Malibu, Reggie’s on the prowl!

At least Reggie has really good taste, as evidenced by this photo of AVF and his fiancee Ali Kay. Yowzers!

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10
Aug
09

I’m Ready for Some Football

Football is BACK! Last night was the start of the preseason games with the Buffalo Bills taking on the Tennessee Titans in the annual Hall of Fame game. Early in the first quarter, the Titans’ backup punter, AJ Trapasso came on in a 4th and 10 situation. He executes a totally awesome fake and then takes it 40 yards to the house. Football is back!

10
Aug
09

Weiner Looks Like One Too

David+Ortiz+Press+Conference+eubpPAHUdX7lHey Michael Weiner, so, it’s your first major press conference as the soon-to-be Executive Director of the MLB Players Association, the site is Yankee Stadium in the midst of a Red Sox/Yankees series and the issue at hand is David Ortiz responding to steroid allegations. What are you going to do hotshot? What. Do. You. Do. Call me crazy, but maybe throw a tie on? Button the shirt? Run a comb, or even your hand through your hair?

What’s going on Weiner, you just wake up? Struggle with that tough choice that all men are faced with, leave 3 or 4 buttons undone?

I know it was 11 am on a Saturday, but really, looking presentable is too much? I’m all for casual, but Weiner looked like total shit at this press conference, meanwhile Ortiz looks stylin’. If I’m in the Players Association I’m asking “This is the guy we’ve chosen to represent us?” He looks like a random insane person plucked off the side of the street to sit alongside Ortiz. Seriously, look at that picture again and tell me it doesn’t seem like Weiner has to wear aluminum foil to prevent the aliens from listening in on his thoughts…




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