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Jan 31, 2011

He Said, She Said: NHL's Mike Komisarek Denies Punching Woman

There's two sides to every story, and now Mike Komisarek has had a chance to tell his side, according to TMZ: 
NHL all-star Mike Komisarek has told LAPD investigators he NEVER punched a woman in a Hollywood nightclub earlier this month -- and witnesses are backing his claim.
Sources close to the investigation tell us multiple clubgoers who were partying near [Komisarek] and the women all seem to have the same story -- Mike never raised his fists.
It seems that part of the story is consistent from both parties.  They both agree that the Toronto Maple Leafs star Komisarek picked the woman up off the ground and she slapped him in the face, allegedly for refusing to put her down.  They also agree that after Mike put her down, the woman was bleeding.

It's the part about what caused her to bleed where the story diverges.  According to Komisarek and some witnesses, she smacked her nose on his head as he went to put her back on the ground, causing her to bleed.  However, according to the woman's report to the L.A.P.D., Komisarek punched her in the face after she slapped him.

Should be interesting to see where the story goes next, as this would seem to be a case of "he said, she said".  Komisarek's side of the story makes it seem like this was an accident, where she seems to think this was intentional.  Maybe a settlement of some sort can be ironed out outside of court.  Either way, I'm sure Mike will have second thoughts the next time he tries to lift up a woman, even if she agrees to it. 

NHL Star - I Didn't Punch That Woman!  [TMZ]

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Jan 27, 2011

Former Baseball Manager Bobby Valentine Directing Traffic in Stamford, CT

Watching WCBS-TV news coverage of the after-effects of the winter storm that hit the Northeast Wednesday night / Thursday morning.  They showed coverage of I-95 in the Stamford, Connecticut area, which looks like a parking lot because no traffic is able to moving after 12+ inches of snow hit last night.  The cameraman was able to catch Bobby Valentine, former (and possibly future) baseball manager, directing traffic near one of the I-95 on-ramps in Stamford.  The newswoman on the scene was able to have a quick interview with him.

Bobby Valentine's appearance on the streets of Stamford was not a pure coincidence.  Earlier this month, Stamford mayor Michael Pavia named Valentine to his cabinet as the city's director of public health and safety.  He earns $10,000 a year in this role, which he plans to give to charity.  Valentine is a lifelong resident of Stamford, and it's nice to see him giving back to his hometown (and clearly taking his job very seriously, based on the scene that just took place).

Stamford Advocate:  Pavia names Bobby Valentine Stamford's public safety director

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"Desperate Housewives" Star Doug Savant Needs To Re-Learn Little League Etiquette

This may just be common sense, but it usually goes without saying:  When it comes to Little League baseball, drinking beer at a game a bad idea, right?  Apparently one person who needs to be reminded of this is "Desperate Housewives" actor Doug Savant:
TMZ has learned [Doug] Savant was recently suspended by his kid's L.A. little league -- after a concerned parent noticed the actor secretly downing a brew out of a paper cup while in the stands.
We're told the parent in question confronted Doug -- calling him out for violating park rules -- and the poor guy had to face the Board of Directors soon after the incident.
There's a couple of bits to this story that make it even more inexcusable:
  • Doug Savant is president of the Los Angeles Little League.  Well, at least he was - he has been suspended, at least temporarily, from his post.  In theory, he would have been responsible for making sure parents abide by a "code of conduct", making sure to behave at their children's games.
  • Since Savant was drinking the beer out of a paper cup, he clearly knew he wasn't supposed to be doing it at a Little League game and was trying to cover it up.
    In addition to having to explain this incident when he appears before the Little League Board of Directors, I wonder how he will explain this to his 10-year-old son.  It's embarrassing enough for any parent of a Little League player to be caught in that situation, and the additional publicity due to Savant's celebrity status can't help. 

    So this is a little reminder for the parents out there:  When it comes to being a Little League parent, alcohol is a no-no.

    TMZ:  'Housewives' Star -- Big Trouble for Lil' League Beer

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    Jan 26, 2011

    FOLLOW-UP: Uniform Company Steps Up to End Rough "Ryde" for Theodore Roosevelt High

    So, to recap the story we passed along last week, the Theodore Roosevelt (D.C) High basketball team had been playing the 2010-11 season with "Ryders" on the front.  This was a misspelling of the nickname "Riders", which had been on the uniform in prior seasons as it was the common nickname of the school mascot, the Rough Riders.  The unnamed uniform maker claimed that "Ryders" was "the cool way to spell it", and would only replace the uniforms once the misspelled ones were returned.  That would have left Roosevelt without uniforms altogether, and so they were stuck playing out their schedule with the misspelled jerseys.

    Fortunately, the uniform company, which still has yet to be named, appears to have come to their senses.  After the Washington Post broke the story last Wednesday (January 19th):
    On Friday [January 21st], the vendor who provided Theodore Roosevelt with basketball jerseys emblazoned with "Ryders" - not "Rough Riders," the District high school's nickname - gave the team new home orange jerseys that read "Riders" across the front.
    Apparently the public pressure had a lot to do with it:
    Calls poured into D.C. Public Schools' central office, as well as [Roosevelt Athletic Directory Daryl] Tilghman's asking how this could be remedied. 
    "I had so many lawyers calling me," Tilghman said, "you would've thought there were a bunch of ambulances outside my building."
    Hence the vendor's trip to Roosevelt on Friday. He also took back the team's road blue jerseys and will have those re-done shortly.
    Interestingly enough, we still don't have the name of this company.  However, we would like to applaud them for "manning up" and doing the right thing here.

    Washington Post:  Roosevelt's Rough 'Ryde' ends with new jerseys

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    Is He Serious This Time? Ochocinco Says He's Changing His Name

    Chad Ochocinco hasn't filled out the paperwork yet, but he has indicated his intentions, according to the AP:
    Ochocinco suggested at the end of an interview with ESPN on Tuesday that he’s planning to change his name back to Johnson. He didn’t give a specific reason, other than saying he’s “done enough with the Ocho thing.”
    No word if this is a consequence of being stranded on "Revis Island":
    He has talked about changing his name several times. Leading up to a game against the [New York] Jets during the 2009 season, he insisted that he would change his name back to Johnson if cornerback Darrelle Revis shut him down.  Ochocinco failed to catch a pass, but kept his name. He later said his comments were made in fun and he was never serious about a name change.

    Yahoo! Sports:  Ochocinco again saying he'll change name
    ESPN:  Chad Ochocinco changing name again

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    Jan 25, 2011

    UPDATE: New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez Admits To "Fake Booger Wipe" On Mark Brunell

    On ESPN Radio Tuesday afternoon, Michael Kay asked New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez about the infamous booger incident with fellow quarterback Mark Brunell.  Sanchez claimed to be getting a lot of text messages and phone calls about it, but claims it was a "fake booger wipe" and Brunell knew that and took it in stride.  Some other quotes from Mark Sanchez:
    "[Brunell]'s like my big brother and we have such a good relationship, and I just feel so bad that it was on TV...but that's the way we are.  We just have fun and joke around and keep things light...I didn't want it to be like a disrespectful thing, obviously, and he knew that, and I called him the very next day and was like 'I am so sorry, I feel so bad', and [Brunell] said 'Oh, don't worry.  Only 55 million people saw you fake-wipe a booger on me."
    "It was like a cold-weather...almost runny nose, not even a real booger.  If it would have been there, it would have been a legit booger.  I don't think I could have done that to him". 
    "The worst part is, I know [Brunell] is going to get me back.  I just know that no one else is going to be around to see it, so it's going to be...worse, I'm sure."
    Sanchez had a good laugh with Michael Kay about "Booger-gate"

    ESPN Radio Podcast:  The Michael Kay Show 1/25  (forward to the 15:00 mark)

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    Rashard Mendenhump, er, Mendenhall Is EXCITED to be Going to the Super Bowl

    Ken Laird of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said on his Twitter feed that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall will have to address his teammates re: his late game "actions" with Ben Roethlisberger at the end of the AFC Championship this past Sunday.  On the final play of the game, when Roethlisberger lies down to "take a knee" to wrap up the victory against the New York Jets, Rashard Mendenhall lays on top of him as if to protect him from getting hurt and then appears to let his primal instincts take over

    First Mark Sanchez picking his nose, and then Rashard Mendenhall pretends to be an excited puppy.  You would figure these guys would know they are on national television with millions of people watching.  Didn't they learn anything from the Derek Anderson fiasco?

    Yahoo! Sports:  Mendenhall must explain mounting Roethlisberger to teammates

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    Grandmama Is Back! Larry Johnson Selling Sweet Tea

    Larry Johnson has resurrected his Grandmama character to sell some sweet tea.  Here's the pitch, according to Hall of Fame Beverages:
    Inspired by the sweet tea from his childhood in Texas and from the famous character created in his series of commercials for Converse, Larry will be introducing the Grandmama's Sweet Southern Tea in the coming months. This line of flavored teas is currently in development and will come in sweetened natural flavors reminiscent of the cool refreshment from hot summer afternoons sitting on the porch at Grandmama's house.
    Nobody makes iced tea the way your Grandmama makes it!!
    Not sure what Larry Johnson's cut of the profits is, but it's nice to know he's keeping busy in his retirement from basketball.  And his Grandmama commercials were always fun - see the Yahoo! sports article below for one of the old Converse ads.

    Yahoo! Sports:  Larry Johnson wants to sell you some sweet tea

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    Did New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez Pick His Nose and Wipe It On a Teammate?

    This video claims to be proof, which is a snippet of coverage of this past Sunday's AFC Championship game between the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers on CBS.  In the video, Mark Sanchez is on the left, and the teammate who he wipes his hand on appears to be Jets backup quarterback Mark Brunell.

    You be the judge.

    TMZ:  NY Jets QB [Mark Sanchez] Picks Nose, Wipes It On Teammate

    Jan 24, 2011

    Excuses, Excuses: Mark Sanchez Had Headset Issues

    According to Jane McManus at ESPNNewYork.com:
    Quarterback Mark Sanchez had problems communicating with the New York Jets' coaching staff Sunday night because the headset he was wearing malfunctioned during a 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    "It never really happened for that long of a time," Sanchez said. "We had to use a walkie-talkie at one point and [offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer] was just yelling calls in at one point. It was just another challenge, and we almost overcame it."
    The primary headset used to communicate with the quarterback went out after the first possession, and the backup unit stopped functioning in the fourth quarter as the Jets were attempting to convert on a first-and-goal from the Steelers' 2 with roughly eight minutes left in the game and down 24-10.
    I thought they were supposed to report communications problems to the officials.  If they didn't, that one's on the coaching staff.  Couldn't they at least have taken a timeout down at the 2 yard line to settle things down and figure out what play to run?  Probably would have been a good time to use it.

    This also doesn't explain how the New York Jets defense came out flat and allowed Rashard Mendenhall to run all over them.  

    ESPN:  Mark Sanchez:  Headset Issues in loss

    Jan 23, 2011

    Shockingly, Awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar is Looking Like A Bad Idea

    FIFA's decision to holding the World Cup in the Middle East never seemed like a good idea.  Now, we're getting an idea of how bad it really was.  Some excerpts from an article by Yahoo! Sports' Martin Rogers:
    Qatar is in the midst of hosting the 2011 Asian Cup, that region’s biannual continental championship. With 11 years to go before the greatest show in sports lands on Qatar’s doorstep it is far too early to call this a trial run. But it is a verifiable indicator of what to expect all those years from now.
    Fourteen of the 24 matches in group play saw attendance of less than 10,000. Lowest of all was the 2,022 who saw the contest between Japan, one of the pre-tournament favorites, and Saudi Arabia, which shares a border with Qatar just 50 miles from where the game was staged...That the average attendance has just managed to creep above 10,000 is largely thanks to the bigger audiences that witnessed the Qatar team’s matches, and those of India, which has a large expat presence in the capital, Doha.
    Assurances of air-conditioned stadiums were presented in an attempt to assuage concerns about the temperatures, and since the vote, the likelihood has emerged that the tournament will be shifted to winter time to reduce the impact of heat on the players and fans.
    A further helping hand was given by FIFA’s internal decision – not revealed until after the process had been completed – that both the 2018 and 2022 tournaments should go to countries that had never previously staged the event.  For 2022, that stiffed the United States, Japan and South Korea, effectively leaving Qatar in a straight fight with Australia, which was taken care of in the first round thanks to strategic voting that left it eliminated. 
    Like I've said before, it's FIFA's problem now

    Yahoo! Sports:  Middle East Warning Signs

    Jan 22, 2011

    Two Oklahoma freshman football players arrested

    So two freshmen on the Oklahoma Sooners football team were arrested early Saturday morning just after 2AM.  One of them, Kenny Stills, was "driving under the influence of alcohol under 21".  His teammate, Tony Jefferson, was arrested for "interfering with the process", or, to put it another way, not listening to the officers commands.

    The Oklahoma athletic department has said that they will handle this internally.  Clearly there will have to be some type of punishment, maybe involving game suspensions for next season.  Some may say that they are getting a break because they are college athletes, and this is not a serious enough punishment considering that they could easily have killed someone.  (Interfering with officers in the process of arresting someone, however, doesn't sound like a smart thing to do, but I'll wait for more details on that part of the story.)

    However, it is worth considering that on a different level, college athletes get punished more than an average college student.  An average college student who gets arrested doesn't have their names printed in national news stories on ESPN and have their mugshot posted all over the Internet for everyone to see.  Kenny Stills and Tony Jefferson will now have to explain this years from now when they apply for jobs and those companies run their Google searches and find these stories. 

    This was a very bad decision, but at the same time, these are two relatively young boys.  Hopefully they will learn from their mistakes, and others can learn some lessons from this as well, such as:
    1. If you're under 21, don't drink.
    2. If you are old enough to drink, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.  If you need a ride home, call a cab.
    3. If your friend is about to be arrested for DUI, don't do anything stupid, or you'll get arrested too.

    OKBlitz.com:  Oklahoma's Kenny Stills, Tony Jefferson Arrested

    NHL All-Star Mike Komisarek Accused of Punching Woman in Nightclub

    I thought hockey players were supposed to save their punches for the games.  Apparently not for Toronto Maple Leafs all-star Mike Komisarek, who may have gotten himself into a bit of trouble earlier this month in Los Angeles.  Here's the story so far from TMZ:
    Law enforcement sources tell us ... the 28-year-old defensive powerhouse was named in a police report filed by a woman who claims the whole thing went down after Komisarek decided to lift her up in the air at a Hollywood nightclub.
    We're told the woman claims she demanded Komisarek put her down -- but he refused -- so she slapped him in the face.  The woman claims Komisarek immediately set her down ... and then punched her in the face, causing her to bleed
    The woman claims Komisarek left the club ... so she went to the cops. We're told investigators are hoping to speak with the NHL star as soon as they get the chance.  So far, no comment from Komisarek's camp.
    Imagine how big a story this would be if a pro football, baseball or basketball player was accused of doing this.  Just goes to show how irrelevant the NHL has become.  

    NHL Star Accused of Punching Woman in Nightclub [TMZ]

    Will Today's Syracuse-Villanova Basketball Game Break The NCAA Attendance Record?

    It's certainly going to be very close to a record crowd today:
    Syracuse officials said Wednesday that more than 33,000 tickets had been sold for the game, and coach Jim Boeheim was featured in a video on the university's athletic website encouraging fans to buy the few nosebleed seats still available.
    Last February's game between the teams drew 34,616, an NCAA record for the largest on-campus crowd to see a college basketball game. Seating was capped at that figure, making it the first basketball sellout in Carrier Dome history, but the university has added seats for Saturday's game.
    Regardless, it should be a great game, with both teams ranked in the top 10 (Syracuse #3, Villanova #7).  We'll find out in a few hours.

    Syracuse-Villanova nears crowd record [ESPN]

    Jan 21, 2011

    The Reason For New York Knicks Losing Streak? Blame David Letterman

    After all, since Amar'e Stoudemire appeared on "The Late Show" with David Letterman eight days ago, the New York Knicks haven't won a game.  Must be something to this theory, right?

    The Letterman Curse dates all the way back to Isiah Thomas mocking Don Chaney's job security when the former Knicks president was a guest on the show. And then there was Larry Brown's big sit-down with Dave just before the Knicks went on to lose 59 games. After Mike D'Antoni read a top 10 list, the Knicks lost 50.
    Or, it could be that the team is running out of gas, with head coach Mike D'Antoni sticking with a short rotation, and starters such as Stoudemire and Ray Felton playing 40 minutes a game.  Had to catch up to them at some point.  The Carmelo Anthony trade is starting to look like a deal they have to make.

    Knicks, victims of "Letterman" jinx, prepare for Spurs  [NY Daily News[

    Deer Antlers: The Next Big Thing In Performance Enhancing Drugs. Really.

    Credit goes to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports for this one.  The next big thing in performance enhancing drugs (PEDs):  A soft coating in deer antlers which is being used as a type of human growth hormone (HGH), and it looks like this one is difficult to detect with current drug testing methods:
    Best anyone can figure, first you need to run a blood test (which leagues such as the NFL or Major League Baseball don’t do). Then you need to run a blood test at the exact proper time. Otherwise, nothing comes up.
    “You can find it,” Jonathan Danaceau, a director at a World Doping Agency approved lab, told ThePostGame.com in its report about new Raiders coach Hue Jackson’s connection with a supplement company that produces the spray. “But saying whether this is synthetic or natural is hard to determine. It’s only detectable in blood, and most anti-doping tests are done in urine.”
    It’s a loophole for the athlete – turning drug tests into intelligence tests. You have to be stupid to fail one. The benefits of deer antler – or more specifically the substance IGF-1 that comes from it – are clear. IGF-1 is banned by everyone.
    “It’s one of the proteins that is increased in human growth hormone … it’s considered performance-enhancing,” Danaceau said.
    “It’s similar to HGH in that it aids in recovery. It helps build tissue, and strengthen tissue – more than you can ever do by training alone. Any preparation that is not naturally occurring is banned. Taking IGF-1 through deer antler is banned as well.”
    So it’s banned, but difficult to detect, which leaves sports leagues in a quandary.  How the heck do you stop this?
    “I use the spray all the time,” [Cincinnati] Bengals safety Roy Williams said. “Two to three times a day. My body felt good after using it. I did feel a difference.”
    Williams never tested positive for anything. Considering various NFL assistant coaches, including new Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson have been associated with a company that admits shipping it to NFL players, it stands to reason the stuff is all over the league.
    According to Wetzel, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is linked to this controversy via text messages with a supplier.  Maybe that's why the bear is chasing him in the Old Spice commercial?

    Another interesting question:  how do they figure out the beneficial effects of deer antlers in the first place?  Who looks at a deer and says, hmm, I wonder if their antlers can help my muscles recover from workouts more quickly?

    Yahoo! Sports:  Spray gives sports deer-in-headlights look

    Jan 20, 2011

    What Uniform Maker Is Misspelling High School Jersey Nicknames...And Refusing To Change Them?

     Here's the story, according to the Washington Post:
    Theodore Roosevelt (D.C.) High has played the 2010-11 season with jerseys that misspell the common nickname used for the school's mascot.  Roosevelt's teams are known as the Rough Riders, and when Roosevelt athletic director Daryl Tilghman placed the uniform order for the school's basketball team, he requested jerseys that said "Riders" on the front, just as the school has used in prior seasons.
    The difference is that this year, the vendor for those uniforms sent back jerseys that say "Ryders" on the front. While that uniform maker has defended the uniforms to Tilghman by claiming Ryders is "the cool way to spell it," that excuse would hardly seem to wash with the nation's 26th president.
    "We're a school, not a rec [league]," Tilghman told the Post when asked about what he told the jersey vendor about the misspelling.
    The uniform company has reportedly agreed to replace the jerseys with a set that spells the name correctly as soon as Tilghman returns the misspelled ones. That, of course, would leave Roosevelt without uniforms altogether while waiting for the corrected jerseys to arrive, a scenario which Post reporter Alan Goldenbach said has delayed the transaction ... and may for the rest of the season.
     The obvious question is:  what is the name of this company?  Inquiring minds want to know.  If I were Daryl Tilghman, I would be telling everyone the name of this company (and maybe I'd misspell it on purpose to see how they would like it!)  The bad press alone would probably pressure the company into doing the right thing, which would be to step up and provide the high school with the correct jerseys - no questions asked.

    It reminds me of the rain gear that U.S. Ryder Cup team wore, or tried to wear, last October.  After becoming drenched while wearing the rain gear supplied to the team, they had to buy new rain gear from the merchandise tent.  A company called Sun Mountain had supplied the team with the poor-performing rain gear, and I can't imagine that the publicity was good for business. 

    Yahoo! Sports:  Jersey Error Makes Roosevelt High team the Rough "Ryders"

    Tension In Yankees Front Office? Cashman Says Soriano Deal Wasn't His

    There may be some tension in the New York Yankees front office, according to Andrew Marchand at ESPNNewYork.com:
    NEW YORK -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he did not want to sign Rafael Soriano because he didn't feel paying closer money to the team's setup man made sense. And, in the end, Cashman said he did not participate in negotiations with Soriano's agent, Scott Boras.
    "I didn't recommend [the deal]," Cashman said after the team officially introduced Soriano as its eighth-inning man in front of closer Mariano Rivera.
    Cashman said his feelings have nothing to do with Soriano himself. The 31-year-old is a fine reliever, Cashman said, but as he tries to pare down the Yankees' $200 million payroll he would have preferred a more patient approach. The executives above Cashman disagreed.
    Cashman felt he needed to be honest with how he felt about the move because he had made it known to many members of the media that he didn't think it would be wise to pay so much for an eighth-inning guy. The Yankees have had bad experiences with multiyear deals for Steve Karsay and Kyle Farnsworth, among others.
    Give credit to Brian Cashman for being honest, but things could get a little awkward after the season ends, as his contract expires at the end of this year and he will have to convince Hal and Hank Steinbrenner to renew his contract.  Team president Randy Levine says there are no issues between Cashman and ownership.  We'll see if that holds at the end of the season.

    Brian Cashman Against Soriano Deal [ESPN]

    Nets Save Face By Dropping Deal For Carmelo

    The Russian owner of the New Jersey Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov, was expected to set up a face-to-face meeting with Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony this week to convince him that coming to the Nets would be the right move to make for his future.  However, Prokhorov surprised just about everyone last night when he announced that the Nets were cancelling their meeting with Carmelo and walking away from the deal.  

    It was painfully obvious with the longer that his drama dragged out that Carmelo did not want to sign with the New Jersey Nets.  He wants to sign with the New York Knicks and no one else, but the Knicks do not have the right combination of players and draft picks available to give to the Denver Nuggets in return for Carmelo Anthony.  At the same time, the Knicks do not want to over pay for Carmelo, and they are playing relatively well right now.  So as much as Knicks fans may want it to happen, and as much as Carmelo Anthony may want to come to New York, it still may not happen.

    This was a smart move by the New Jersey Nets.  No one likes to get dumped.  If you are dating someone and they start telling their friends they are going to dump you, you save face by dumping them first.  If you know you are going to get rejected by someone, you convince yourself that you never liked them anyway.  Now the Nets can move on and figure out how to rebuild their team.

    I'm hearing some talk on the Mike and Mike show on ESPN Radio this morning that some think this is a bluff by Prokhorov, where if Carmelo thinks the deal is dead, he may panic with no other deals on the table and try to revive talks with the Nets, but I don't think so.  If Prokhorov had the meeting with Carmelo and was able to convince him to come to the Nets, he never would have been able to live it down, and it would have been impossible for any NBA free agent to take him seriously.  

    By the way, in what may be a pure coincidence, Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points last night, and the New Jersey Nets broke a losing streak by beating the Utah Jazz.  This is probably the best thing for everyone involved at this time.

    Nets Drop Carmelo Anthony Deal [ESPN]

    Jan 19, 2011

    This Just In: People Drink Alcohol at Sports Events

    A sobering report, according to Bloomberg:
    Almost one in 10 sports fans has a blood alcohol content above the legal limit as they exit the stadium after football and baseball games, a study found.
    There are 100 stadiums in the U.S. that schedule 5,000 games each year attended by more than 130 million fans, according to a report today in the journal Alcoholism. The New Meadowlands stadium, where the New York Giants football team plays, has a capacity of 82,500. If this study holds, about 6,600 people, or 8 percent, leave drunk after watching a game.
    Just a reminder, kids:  Behave yourselves at these games.  Use public transportation when possible, and please don't drink and drive.  

    [Bloomberg]  One in 10 Sports Fans Legally Drunk By Time They Leave Stadium After Games

    Milton Bradley In Trouble Again

    In the latest incident, according to the L.A. Times, Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley has been arrested for allegedly making threats against a woman
    Bradley, 32, was taken into custody at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday and was taken to the Van Nuys, Calif., jail, where he was booked for suspicion of making criminal threats, a Los Angeles Police Department officer told the Times.

    His bail was set at $50,000 and he was released around 5:45 p.m., according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department booking records.
    The Seattle Mariners front office is aware of the incident, according to Fanhouse, and can't be too happy about it:

    After talking to one of Bradley agents, Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik issued the following statement:

    "After reaching Milton Bradley's representatives tonight I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles,'' the statement read. "While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very seriously. We are in the process of determining the full circumstances of what occurred today. Until we have more information, we will not be able to comment further."
     It's been a long list of incidents with Milton Bradley, so here we go again. 

    [ESPN]  Milton Bradley arrested in L.A.
    [Fanhouse]  Milton Bradley arrested in L.A. after allegedly making threats

    Jan 17, 2011

    Boston Blazers Lacrosse Team Trying to Raise Their Ticket Sales...Among Other Things

    According to the AP, the Boston Blazers have some explaining to do:
    Boston's professional indoor lacrosse team is apologizing for a racy halftime show featuring scantily-dressed women giving lap dances to the team's mascot.
    Youtube has some amateur video taken from the stands which shows the incident (note to the parents out there to make sure their kids aren't watching this).  Despite the poor quality of the video, which has some shaky camerawork and no zoom available, you can get a good idea of what was going on.  The PA announcer was pretty enthusiastic and trying to rally the crowd, plus there was a strategically placed sound effect after one of the girls finishes her dance.  No way to tell exactly how many families and underage youngsters were there.  Can we say INAPPROPRIATE!!
    Boston Blazer's general manager Doug Reffue says the team was "extremely disappointed" with parts of the halftime show Saturday at the TD Garden. On Monday, Reffue said it was part of a halftime promotion that "wasn't executed according to how it was spelled out to us."
    Reading between the lines, someone might be getting fired for this.  On the other hand, the Boston Blazers' season just started, so if they notice an increase in ticket sales, maybe they'll say it was worth the bad publicity?  Let's hope not.

    Update:   The Boston Blazers web site home page has the formal apology of Boston Blazers president/GM Doug Reffue.  As an apologetic gesture, he is offering 2000 free tickets to families for this weekend's home game against the Rochester Nighthawks.  Just another way to say "Sorry, our bad."

    ESPN:  Boston lacrosse team sorry for show
    ILIndoor.com:  Reffue offers 2,000 free tickets to families to make amends for B's halftime dance

    Jan 6, 2011

    Ohio Homeless Man with "Golden Voice" Has Some Skeletons in his Closet

    Well, it was bound to happen. As Ted Williams, the Internet sensation who has the perfect voice for sports radio, made the rounds on his morning talk shows, people wanted to find out more about him. It starts out as a feel-good story, but then the media starts digging. And digging. With the vast resources of media outlets combined with the information available on the Internet, it was inevitable that something would come up to reveal something negative.

    The Smoking Gun has just posted a story which reveals that Ted Williams has a criminal rap sheet (and corresponding mug shots) which spans the last 20 years. Charges include theft, robbery, forgery and drug possession. This probably would have came up eventually, as I would assume the Cleveland Cavaliers would have discovered this in their background check of this guy. Looks like it may be tougher to put his past behind him than he would hope.

    The Smoking Gun:  Meet The Felon With The Golden Voice

    Rich Rodriguez Fired. For Real This Time.

    So now who becomes the next head coach for the Michigan Wolverines?  The most desired candidate would be Stanford head coach and alumni QB Jim Harbaugh, but he isn't coming:
    Harbaugh has declined to comment about the Michigan job and a Stanford spokesman would not say whether Michigan had asked for permission to speak with him. His brother, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, said he thought "the Michigan thing is done now."
    "I think that's over. I don't think he's interested in doing that," he said Tuesday on WBAL radio in Baltimore. "That's hard for him because he loves Michigan."
    Former UConn head coach Randy Edsall took the head coaching job at Maryland last Sunday, before this job became available, so Michigan missed out on him.

    For years the Michigan head coaching job was one of the most desired jobs in all of college football.  Now no one wants it.  This will be a rebuilding effort which could take at least a couple of years, probably more. 

    ESPN:  Michigan Wolverines fire Rich Rodriguez

    Jan 5, 2011

    Will Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez Be Fired Today?

    Hopefully the FOX network affiliate in Detroit, WJBK-TV, learned a valuable lesson to check their sources before breaking a big news story.  On Tuesday, they reported that University of Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez was fired.  Later that day, however, it was apparent that they jumped the gun:
    "Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon told ESPN's Desmond Howard that he has not made a decision on whether to fire the embattled coach, who is 15-22 after three seasons running college football's winningest program.
    Brandon and Rodriguez met Tuesday afternoon for about three hours at Brandon's house and, according to a source close to the coach, will convene again Wednesday morning to discuss Rodriguez's future.
    One source close to the situation told ESPN.com's Joe Schad that Brandon may have been hoping Rodriguez would resign, but he won't.
    Another source said "contractual considerations" could emerge as a determining factor in Michigan's decision. Rodriguez would be owed a $2.5 million buyout if Michigan decides to terminate his contract.

    Note to self:  WJBK-TV can not be used as a reliable news source.

    ESPN:  Michigan AD: No decision on Rodriguez's fate
    SBNation:  Rich Rodriguez Fired As Michigan Head Coach?  Not Yet, According To Report
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