Archive for September 29th, 2009

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]

29
Sep
09

Wizard Puts a Curse on Ronaldo

cristiano-ronaldo-shirt-off-_5According to a letter obtained by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, a man claiming to be a wizard has placed a curse on Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The sorcerer, explains that he is not anti-Real Madrid but that he’s a professional and has been paid by a woman who is famous and knows Ronaldo personally. The curse is not necessarily supposed to seriously injure Ronaldo — although that’s what the woman wanted — but should cause him to play poorly.

The wizard, who is hiding his identity claims to have already begun the spiritual process, in his “lab” he has photos of Ronaldo and he applies his “arts” on them.

As well, the wizard won’t reveal who hired him to put this curse on Ronaldo in the first place, saying, “I cannot say it because I am a mixture of priest and doctor, and have to respect the confidentiality of my client.”

The team is ignoring the notice, saying that they get crazy letters like this all the time. The same wizard sent similarly threatening letters to the team in 2003 and 2006 — both seasons subsequently turned disastrous.

Ronaldo, quite the Lothario has wracked up an impressive list of women across the continent and so it is really anyone’s guess as to who might have hired this wizard in the first place.

As Congreve wrote, “Heav’n has no rage like love to hatred turn’d/Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn’d.”

[El Mundo via The Big Lead]

29
Sep
09

Big Baby Knows He Can Dance

BigbabyIt took some time, but finally during the off-season Glen “Big Baby” Davis was resigned by the Celtics and he’s intent on showing off all his skills this season, including his self-professed stellar dancing abilities.

“I am very versatile – ballet, salsa, swing dance. I can do it all,” he told the Boston Herald.

The Celtics may have moves on the court, but according to Davis two of the worst offenders off the court are Ray Allen and Brian Scalabrine.

“Ray Allen is horrible,” he said. “He has no rhythm. But he tries, I gotta give him points for that.”

Scalabrine argues though that his reputation is undeserved: “Look, just because of my appearance and the pigment of my skin doesn’t mean I can’t dance.” Yes it does Scal. Yes it does.

[Boston Herald]

29
Sep
09

Omar Vizquel is the “Most Interesting Man in the World”

Vizquel Bull FightTexas Rangers shortstop Omar Vizquel is a man of diverse interests; one of the smoothest fielding shortstops in baseball history with 2700+ hits to boot, kangaroo owner, semi-accomplished oil painter and last winter he added anaconda hunter to his resume. This winter’s new challenge: bullfighting.

“Just go and learn the basics and stuff,” Vizquel said. “It’s one of my things on the to-do list. There’s a lot of things still to do.”

Among the other items on the 42-year-old Vizquel’s to-do list: flying in an F-16 jet, parachuting and attending the Triple Crown horse races.

His adventure last winter involved heading to a wildlife refuge in his home of Venezuela to find an anaconda; 4 hours into their trip they found one. The 5′ 9″ Vizquel showed a video to his teammates during spring training showing him holding the 11 foot snake by the tail and then holding the head of the reptile, mouth agape and with it trying to coil.

“Anacondas already done, that’s a dream I’ve already conquered,” Vizquel said.

“Bullfighting? You are the most interesting man in the world,” said first baseman Chris Davis after hearing the news.

Vizquel isn’t done with baseball though, hoping to return with the Rangers next year for what would be his 22nd year in the bigs.

[ESPN]

29
Sep
09

Angels Owner Knows How to Throw Down

Angels owner Arte Moreno has shown he’ll make bold moves to help his team on and off the field. Whether it’s lowering beer prices, trading for Mark Teixeira or signing Torii Hunter, if it will help the team, he’s in. With last night’s clinching of the AL West, the team celebrated in the locker room and he was on hand to join in the festivities.

If you can’t appreciate a team owner who double-fists Budweiser tall-boys, I don’t even want to know you.

Arte Moreno Double-fisting[Beto Duran]

29
Sep
09

Spandex Is a Privilege, Not a Right

There haven’t been many good moments this year for the Houston Astros; predicted to be miserable this season they have lived up to expectations. Fortunately, the veterans haven’t lost their senses of humor, dressing the rookies up in neon spandex outfits ala Olivia Newton-John’s famous, Let’s Get Physical” video. Hottttttttt!

So, here are the Astros rookies prior to their flight to Philadelphia on Sunday. In addition to their humiliating outfits the rookies (from left, Chris Johnson, Bud Norris, Tommy Manzella, Wilton Lopez and Sammy Gervacio) were required to assist the flight attendants in serving their teammates drinks and such throughout the flight.

Astros Rookies 1

I think this one might be even better than the Yankees’ Batman rookie hazing, if only because that one was pretty cool and this is supposed to be more embarrassing.

[Alyson’s Footnotes]




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