Archive for September, 2009

30
Sep
09

“Sign My Panini So I Can Absorb Your Power”

Andrew Long, one of the bloggers responsible for Packs to the People, a sports memorabilia blog, has outdone himself. Hearing about a signing event at a local Upper Deck store, he went with one intention, to absorb #1 draft pick Blake Griffin’s power. To do so, he brought a panini to be signed by Griffin.

The grilled panini (turkey and cheese) was signed on both halves by Griffin, with the blogger eating one half to “absorb Blake Griffin’s power” and is putting the other, now-frozen half up for sale on eBay. He even managed to get a certificate of authenticity from Upper Deck , labeled as “Panini,” which they then immediately voided.

Look at Griffin’s face as the sandwich is placed before him, his reaction is priceless, simultaneously amused and terrified by what this fan might do. The part where he’s eating is priceless to me, and I am going to have to try out that Ford Focus pick-up line next time I’m out.

As of this posting, the bidding on eBay is up to $123, which is dirt-cheap considering the power presumably contained within the sandwich.

[Packs to the People and eBay]

30
Sep
09

Sex Helps Cricket Players Perform Better

cricket-ballCoaches and managers often ban their players from having the sex before important matches with the worry that players might tire themselves out too much. India’s cricket team coach Gary Kirsten feels the opposite. The training manual he handed out to the team recommends they have sex prior to matches and if they don’t have a special friend that “one option is to go solo whilst imagining you have a partner, or a few partners, who are as beautiful as you wish to imagine. No pillow talk and no hugging required … just roll over and go to sleep..”
“From a psychological perspective, having sex increased testosterone levels, which causes an increase in strength, energy, aggression and competitiveness,” the manual reads.
After word of the manual broke, the entire country has exploded in debate. Despite inventing the Kama Sutra (Thanks!) India is very conservative, even sex education has been banned in schools. For his part, Kirsten claims that he didn’t write the part about sex, blaming it on team trainer Paddy Upton. Classy!
In recent years the Indian cricket team has become much more popular, with its stars gracing commercials and the gossip pages, constantly being linked to various Bollywood actresses, the players have become seen much more as sexual objects. The day before breaking this story, the Hindustan Times’ Sunday magazine cover showed batsman Manish Pandey with his shirt off and the headline: “What do cricket and Bollywood have in common? Young men who would get nowhere without perfect bodies.” Today the men on the Indian team are national idols complete with groupies and it seems possible that this story will help move India away from their conservative past and into a more modern, open society.

Plus, getting some rich cricket dudes laid.
[Global Post]

30
Sep
09

“Where Are My Pants?” “Let’s Go to the Lake!”

The Dallas Stars’ Ice Girls know how to promote themselves; hockey may be cold but these ladies are HOT. Skating around in bikinis may not be great for ones health, blood can rush to all the wrong places. Regardless, I think I may become a season-ticket subscriber, and I don’t live anywhere near Dallas.

This video has it all, bikini ice babes, boats, 70s-style porn music, we just need some mustachioed man to enter with a pizza and I will know EXACTLY where this video is going.

Go STARS!

[Puck Daddy]

30
Sep
09

Stadiums Pitch in to Feed the Hungry

sydmandelbaumIn 1994, Syd Mandelbaum (left) — a biker-looking heavily-tattooed scientist, and the son of two Holocaust survivors — started a group with a simple mission, providing food that was otherwise wasted to the hungry. He did so initially by approaching rock groups and asking them to donate their unused backstage food to his organization.

In 2003, after reading an article about Mandelbaum, Detroit Tigers pitcher Mike Maroth’s wife, Brooke started thinking about what the Tigers do with their leftover food. Amidst one of the franchise’s worst seasons, and her husband losing 21 games, the Maroths and the Tigers got together with Mandelbaum to begin donating all their leftover concession foods and other perishables that otherwise would just have been thrown out. The Tigers became the first organization to do so; currently, 31 sports franchises are involved in the program in addition to rock bands, movie studios and school cafeterias.

“Our thinking was, ‘With all of the hungry people out there, why throw this food away?’ ” said Mike Maroth, “What we found was, it was such an easy process to get it to people who needed it. All someone had to do was wrap it up, and Syd sent one of his local reps around to pick it up.”

On average the sports teams and stadiums donate anywhere between 500-1000 items — all of which previously just were tossed into a landfill — worth between $5,000-10,000, to those most in need the food goes a long way.

“Gandhi said, ‘Poverty is our worst disease and hunger is its worst symptom,’ ” says Mandelbaum. “Hunger is a sidebar to poverty, which explains why some children have trouble learning in school, or why some adults engage in antisocial behavior. But we can end that.” Mandelbaum believes the remedy lies in “logistics, finding a way to get from Point A [where the unused food is located] to Point B [the hungry].” Mandelbaum’s group estimates that in spending only $15,000 a year to arrange for meals that they reach over 2.5 million hungry mouths every year.

The group has a very simple and elegant motto: “Just take it and use it.”

Relying solely on volunteers for its staff, Rock and Wrap It Up always can use more people to help out, if you’re interested you should contact them directly via their website.

[Philly.com]

30
Sep
09

Bikini Golfer Strokes Her Way Out of Trouble

I’m only posting this video as a public service to remind people how helpful and important it is to receive proper instruction in golf. Look at how her coach has helped this young bikinied lass to work through her issues with sand traps and improve her lay.

Just say what she needs to do to make it better and she’ll do it.

[With Leather]

29
Sep
09

A F$#ked Up Way to Honor Their Teammate

85131457KD040_TEXAS_RANGERSI totally get and appreciate the way the Angels have handled the loss of Nick Adenhart all season long; his death was unfortunate and he clearly impacted his teammates. Maybe I’m obtuse, but it seems to me that if you want to honor someone who was killed in a DRUNK-DRIVING accident maybe you don’t POUR BEER all over his uniform and photo on the outfield wall. I mean, am I crazy? I love that they wanted to celebrate “with” him as though he were there, that’s a really wonderful sentiment, but the execution is totally messed up.

[LA Times]

29
Sep
09

ESPN to Air 300 Hockey Games This Season!

espnAfter ESPN stopped airing NHL games they did everything possible to ignore the sport; highlights were few and far between, analysis was non-existent and for most Americans the sport faded from consciousness. Well, hockey is back and making an attempt at a resurgence, the first step was today with the big news from ESPN: starting October 1st ESPN will air over 300 hockey games on its various networks. HOORAY!

The only catch? The games will only be broadcast on the family of ESPN networks residing in EUROPE, primarily in the UK.

Sigh.

Looks like hockey will never get another chance…

[Biz of Hockey]

29
Sep
09

The Rams Are Shown One Possible Future

Considering their record the last few years, when the St Louis Rams were told they were going to be at a charity function serving as the waiters, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for many of them to think is the next stage in their non-football lives. Everyone from stars like Stephen Jackson to the backup QBs and the cheerleaders participated, taking the orders at the table, running food, the linebackers even got together to sing “Happy Birthday” to a table.

I’m going to assume this was new coach Steve Spagnuolo way of motivating the players and showing them what will happen if they don’t shape up and start winning some football games.

Rams - Stephen Jackson

[Riverfront Times]

29
Sep
09

Packers Fans are Taking the Loss of Favre Well

favrefireWith next Monday’s game between the Packers and the Vikings, tensions are running high in Wisconsin. Former hero Brett Favre has been vilified in the eyes of many Packers fans and his treachery will never be forgiven.
To that end, a local Wisconsin sports bar, the The Milwaukee Burger Co will have a flaming barrel available during half-time. All interested fans can burn their Favre pictures, jerseys, posters and other memorabilia in said barrel. The bar intends to donate $10 to a to-be-named charity for each item burned.
Hey, if you can’t get over the loss of a man who you never personally knew by burning the things that you bought to honor him, you’ll never get over him.
[WTMJ]

29
Sep
09

This Loss Can Be Termed “Brutal”

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a football game end in this way. I doubt anyone else ever has either, so, way to go Vermont high school athletics, you did it!  Sure everyone is going to go crazy on the kid who spiked the ball without paying attention — and rightly so — but how about some credit for the QB and receiver who hooked up to make that kick possible in the first place?

The kid who spiked the ball will never get over this, or at least he won’t if he has funny friends.

Also, if you live in an area where the high school sports are the main part of the crawl on the bottom of the screen and being given main time on the local news, it’s time to move to a more populated area.

[Barstool Sports]

29
Sep
09

DeShawn Stevenson Adds Some Ink

Over the off-season Washington Wizards forward DeShawn Stevenson has been quite busy decorating his body. Already heavily tattooed, DeShawn is a heady player, so he worked from the neck up; first he added a tattoo of Abraham Lincoln on the front part of his, which had to hurt like a motherfucker, then he added in the Pittsburgh Pirates logo on his left cheek (backwards obviously), his one-year-old son Londyn’s name graces the right temple and a Frankenstein’s Monster-like crack is on his forehead.

DESHAWNABE

OK, I get the son’s name, I wouldn’t do it myself, but then I also probably wouldn’t name my kid Londyn. Moving on… Abraham Lincoln? Sure, why not honor our 16th President, even in an incredible painful spot. The Pirates logo Stevenson explains by saying, “that’s my favorite team. Barry Bonds, when he first started.” He then tried to say that if you stood in front of him it looked like the “P” it was supposed to; it doesn’t. It still looks like a “9,” in a mirror though? Sure!

As for the Frankenstein Monster’s crack, it’s because “I don’t crack. I feel like people always try to break me, but I don’t crack. So, I put that there.” Which sort of makes sense, except that now he has a crack on his forehead showing that apparently he DOES crack.

[Washington Times]

29
Sep
09

Nicklas Bendtner Gets into a Fender-Bender

Bendtnercrash21-year-old Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was headed towards the team’s training facility on Sunday morning when his black Aston Martin DBS left the road, crashing through a fence and then into a tree. While Bendtner was left just shaken up and with some bruises, his $270K ride was totaled; is there no god? Won’t anyone think of the poor factory artisans who assembled this marvel of modern engineering?

[Daily Mail via Deadspin]




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