Archive for August 31st, 2009


Danny Granger IS Batman

340x24a2ca9ejc9Danny Granger is a middling NBA player toiling away on the Indiana Pacers. However, he’s more than just a basketball player; he’s also a huge fan of the superhero genre and in particular Batman. Being a young millionaire has some perks; at his home in New Mexico Granger is building a real-life Batcave.

He’s recently hit a small snag with the state’s building codes, but it isn’t enough to stop the project, tentatively expected to be liveable in a year or 2. The Batcave will include a garage and a surrounding moat 

“He likes to dabble in different things,” says his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

This is awesome, the only issue I have is that only Batman can build a Batcave, so either Granger IS Batman, in which case he TOTALLY just blew his secret identity, or he’s a poseur. Which is it Danny?

[WSJ via Sports by Brooks]


The Mets are the Best Run Organization

failureThey moved into a tax-payer financed $1 billion stadium with incredibly high ticket prices but the cost of featuring the second highest payroll in the majors and being bilked out of hundreds of millions of dollars by Bernie Madoff has left the Mets DESPERATE for cash.

Amidst rumors in the last few weeks that the Wilpons may be forced to sell the team, another example of the team’s anemic finances came when former GM Jim Duquette reported that the team has canceled their normal off-season instructional league.

Makes sense, after all the Mets prospects have been thriving recently… And if their current AAA lineup — excuse me, that’s their MAJOR LEAGUE LINEUP! — is any sign, things are robust down on the farm…

“There’s a lot of talk and I believe this is information that has not gotten out,” said Duquette, [on his XM radio show] “… The Mets have made a decision, and some organizations do this, but they’ve decided not to have what’s called their instructional league, which is, for their minor leagues, it’s an opportunity to develop [and] continue to develop your young players. And there’s some debate within circles over the past couple years the true value of instructional league but most organizations have a version of it. They’re not going to do it. Now the rumors within the scouting circles are that they can’t afford – which it roughly costs about 300 grand to staff and to invite and fly down all the players, to having meals throughout for about, it’s like a 4 to 5 week program. It gives you a chance to extend the development of your young players, of your prospects. And they’re not gonna have it.   They have cancelled it for this fall. And to me, being a development guy, that’s big news. If you’re development oriented, it’s not a good decision in my opinion.” 

Look, I get that the Wilpons lost a shitload of money, but to not be able to afford a couple hundred thousand dollars? Maybe if they didn’t have AWFUL management who outlays millions upon millions of dollars on wastes of roster space like Oliver Perez and Livan Hernandez or Omar Minaya they’d be able to develop young, cheap talent.

Quick, name the last successful Mets prospect to last a full effective season, I’d say no one since David Wright. And that was YEARS ago. But sure, cancel the instructional leagues…

The Mets are pretending that they will be doing a similar camp in the Dominican instead saying in a statement:

In a reevaluation of the Mets minor league operations, the club made the decision to move our Fall Instructional League to our new Dominican Academy in Boca Chica from Port St. Lucie, Fla. We believe that by housing our minor league players in the Dominican, we will have more opportunities to have competition against opposing teams that have training facilities nearby.

Say whatever they want, I firmly believe this is because the Mets were too cheap — or too poor — to go about the process of actually developing their own players.

But then, I’m a Mets hater right…

[NY Daily News]


Rugby Player Takes 2-Tons Off the Face

emmawinchEmma Winch and her rugby team were camping out by the Aberaeron Rugby Club, near Aberystwyth, West Wales prior to their match the following day. While she and two teammates were asleep in their tent, members of the unpronounceable youth team Merthyr Tydfil were pounding back booze and decided a fun prank was in order.

So they took a 5 foot wide cast-iron roller that checks in at a robust 2-tons and rolled it down a hill. At the bottom of the hill, among others, was Winch’s tent.

“I heard it coming. There was like a lot of banging and then I heard people laughing,” Winch recalled, “I stopped the roller with my head. My face was numb so I couldn’t feel much. I have had a lucky escape.”

She was taken to a local hospital before being airlifted to another, better-equipped facility where she is expected to make a full recovery.  

After the incident, 21 members of Merthyr Tydfil were arrested by police who conducted a flashlight identity search on the campsite.

One witness said: “‘There were three of them in the tent when lads from a visiting club thought it would be fun to set the roller free. It was on the top of a slight hill and they pushed it to get it going, knowing there were people camping in its path. It was a crazy, stupid thing to do  –  the young woman could have been killed.”

[Daily Mail]

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August 2009