Archive for April 2008

COSTAS AND FOUL MOUTHED AUTHOR TURN BLOG INVESTIGATION INTO HATCHET JOB

April 30, 2008

What a sad night for media “legend” Bob Costas during his CostasNow show on HBO.

He talked to a whole two bloggers and then made the piece into a print v. blog battle.

WATCH AUTHOR BUZZ BISSINGER SCREAM AND CURSE AT BLOGGER WILL LEITCH

 

Bissinger’s W.C. Heinz reference was ridiculous. No one is saying bloggers are better writers or that their insight is more valid than some print members. The blogosphere simply provides additional entertainment and info options.

Bissinger also stated said he worries about kids, in particular his 16-year old. If his child is tapping one source as the gospel, the problem isn’t with the source, it with you as a parent. Maybe screaming bullshit and f**k at your child isn’t working.

The traditional media members also leaned on their crutches saying they’re responsible and worked to get where they are. With pride, Costas includes himself in that group. Yet it was obvious he did little research and had no more knowledge than that “sports fan in his basement” that he derides so often.

Are these guys responsible?

  • Pete Vecsey had to apologize for making up a story just two days ago.
  • Ron Borges fired from the Boston Globe for plagiarising.
  • Jay Mariotti, Chicago Sun-Times, is constantly hammered by athletes for never venturing into a lockerroon.
  • I sat at a Final Four and witnessed Bill Rhoden from the N.Y. Times watch no more than five minutes of the game sitting courtside as he was engaged in conversation with another writer.
  • We all witnessed Tony Kornheiser routinely turn in half-assed 7″ columns during the 2007 football season at the Washington Post

Funny enough, the only writer recently chastised for shoddy print work was African-American Stephen A. Smith. It is not possible for a good columnist to turn in the same quality work that he did 10 years before he took that radio and TV job on the side. Smith was fired by the Philly Daily News.

As far as working to get where they are…huh? The newspaper biz is as political any other business. The best writers don’t have the biggest jobs. Many of the nation’s top columnists are no different than the tenured teachers people bitch about. Now that they’ve arrived, they’re best work is 10 years behind them.

The entire CostasNow segment on blogging was a set-up.

Deadspin’s Will Leitch has done a brilliant job leading the way in the field. But Will is not a TV or radio guy and he could not state his case with Bissinger cursing at him. Is it a coincidence that the other blogger featured, the Harvard educated Michael Schur from FireJoeMorgan.com, was not invited to the face-to-face conversation? Yet we take the word of Syracuse’s Bob Costas and the Penn educated Bissinger. I guess one Ivy Leaguer can be trusted and other can’t.

I honestly don’t care where a guy went to school. Though if I did, we could compare Syracuse’s academic reputation against many other schools and have a good laugh. And I don’t want to hear about Cuse’s broadcasting/journalism school, Newhouse. As far as “sports-talk” radio goes, Newhouse’s reputation is overblown. With dozens of Cuse alum doing shows around the country, can you name me five that do really good shows?   

Let’s get back on track. The fear from these “sportswriters” Bissinger and Albom was so evident in their generalizing about bloggers. They were more than comfortable saying that most bloggers are uneducated goofs. This was based on what research?

Internet viewers aren’t stupid, in spite of what the panel thinks. They’re drawn in by well written, unique, creative and timely commentary and pictures. Everything on Deadspin, The Big Lead, Mr. Irrelevant, AwfulAnnouncing and Sports By Brooks is not mean or smut based. These sites and many other blogs do a great job of spurring discussion and bringing fun back to sports.

Here’s a great discussion with Brooks from SportsByBrooks that we did on my ESPNRadio 1100 radio show during the Final Four.

Brooks, is not a 20-year in his Mom’s basement. He worked in radio and still does regular spot on 710 ESPN in L.A. The discussion revolves around the online revolution and the constant lying by the traditional media. That includes much of sports-talk radio.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO BROOKS (on the top of the page) 

“RADIO EXPERT” COSTAS TELLS SPORTS FANS THEY’RE TOO STUPID TO KNOW WHAT THEY TRULY LIKE

April 30, 2008

CostasNow was much-watch TV last night on HBO. In hindsight, I’m not sure why.

His investigation of the sports media in 2008 was incredibly predictable. Costas put together a Bill O’Reilly-esque discussion on sports radio and the blogosphere. The show was poorly researched, tiny in scope and hackish. Like O’Reilly, Costas’ mind was made up before the whole thing started and he bullied anyone with a dissenting opinion.

The feature on sports radio featured no hosts west of Chicago. And didn’t produce one opinion/soundbite from any highly rated shows.

Jay Mariotti, who’s been fired from every single radio job that he’s had, was annointed as some sort of expert on sports radio content. The Score’s Mike North, who is losing in the ratings to a national radio show in his own town of Chicago, was featured as the outrageous host. Mike and the Mad Dog were also interviewed. They generate lots of money for WFAN but by the ratings, their show isn’t in the top 10 nationwide. Mike and Chris do 1987 sports-talk radio because it still works in New York. Who know if especially Francesa would play well anywhere outside of the northeast. 

How would any of those hosts know what the audiences want in Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco or Denver? 

It would’ve been nice to hear from someone at The Ticket in Dallas, The Sports Animal in Oklahoma City, The Fan in Minneapolis, KJR in Seattle or even a host like Kansas City’s Soren Petro, who is beating Rush Limbaugh in the male 25-54 demo. Those stations all outrate WFAN and The Score.

The genre of “guy talk” was trashed. Is there guy talk that is boorish, crude and rude at times? Absolutely. Of course hosts cross the line. Costas can’t understand  this because he’s never done a 5-day-a-week, radio show. He wouldn’t know what it’s like to re-invent yourself constantly. He’s never had pressure to help a station make money.

Costas and Mitch Albom had no problem throwing out blankets statements about ALL sports radio. Yet it was outrageous for Barry Bonds to generalize saying Costas is a, “little midget man who knows (nothing) about baseball.”

How would Costas, who is a multi-millionaire, understand what the average joe, making 20-50k, likes or dislikes? When was the last time Costas was on a radio show and took hours of phone calls opening himself up to criticism and praise? Or did a meet and greet with the average sports fan, sitting for extensive periods of time with them?

As I watched, hypocrisy was the word most often rattling around my head. Traditional media (better stated — old, stagnant media) says one thing and does another. They hate what sports radio has become, yet they line up to get radio jobs or do TV shows with talk radio formats. 

Albom took up for the print guys, who in general are fighting for their lives. Newspapers are dying because they’re not morphing or adjusting to the audiences needs.  It’s funny how people who struggling feel more comfortable when they cab label everyone else. The impression from Albom and Costas was that radio guys are plucked from the stand and lack education. 

Here is our radio show on Wednesday breaking down the sportsradio segment. Keep in mind, my co-host Dave Cokin is 50+. He doesn’t echo the same sentiments as Mariotti, Costas, Albom, etc.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN C & C DISCUSSION (2nd and 3rd entries on the page)

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

April 29, 2008

MINDY CONFIRMS CLEMENS WAS HER ROCKET MAN

The N.Y. Daily News continues to pound away at the Clemens story….McCready confirmed the relationship from her Nashville home last night.

McCready says this about the former Boston pitcher…

“I cannot refute anything in the story,” a tearful but resolute McCready told the Daily News, which broke the story at midnight Sunday.

The News reported that the two met in a Florida karaoke bar when McCready was a 15-year-old aspiring singer and Clemens was a 28-year-old ace for the Red Sox and a married father of two.

“Yes, I have known Roger Clemens for a long time,” McCready said, reading from a prepared statement. “He’s a kind and caring man. He’s also a legendary athlete. The central topic in the debate, however, regards his professional life, not his personal life.

“There are legal matters working their way through the system that have nothing to do with me. From my point of view, that is where the focus should remain.”

After the teenage McCready met Clemens at a Fort Myers bar called The Hired Hand, she returned with the Rocket to his hotel room, but there was no sex that night, sources told The News.

It wasn’t until later, after McCready had moved to Nashville and become a country singing star, that the relationship turned intimate.

N.Y. WRITER SAYS CLEMENS IS BAD, BUT HE’S NO MILEY CYRUS

Wally Matthews is the ultimate knee jerk reaction guy. Whatever sells papers in New York is right up Wally’s alley. And if he can go against the grain to get people worked up, he’ll do it.

Somehow Matthews has found a way to defend the Rocket while bashing Cyrus and even worse McCready

I’m going to have a much tougher time explaining that one to my 7-year-old daughter, who worships at the altar of Hannah Montana

After all, if McCready is the one who leaked this story, how different is she, really, from Clemens?

The same way Clemens (allegedly) turned to steroids and HGH to restart a dead career, McCready might now be turning to Clemens for precisely the same reason.

When does it end for Matthews? It’s good to see that he’s back solely in print where there is little accountability. He was an absolute flop in radio on ESPN 1050 in NYC. His nonsensical ramblings were shredded by New York sports fans on the phones. Matthews also got daily ass whipping from Jim Rome when they did The Last Word on FoxSportsNet in 1998-99

HANNAH MONTANA LATEST CHILD TO BE USED BY GREEDY ADULTS

This Miley Cyrus photo scandal comes as no shocker. And it’s not like adults haven’t taken advantage of a child to make a buck in the past. Check 13-year old Brooke Shields in the 1978 movie, Pretty Baby.

I also had a weird vibe as many did back in early April when watching American Idol.

On 4/10 I went on the air and said I felt like a dirty old man after watching Hannah Montana on Idol. She was acting way too seductive for a 15 y.o. and the outfit she had on was ridiculous. Watch the performance below.

Miley Cyrus – See You Again – American Idol

Sports Pig had a great entry yesterday about Vanity Fair and photographer Annie Leibovitz.

VECSEY MAKES UP STORY AND THEN GLOSSES OVER APOLOGY

Again, another “tenured” sportswriter who opines with no accountability. NBA “insider” Pete Vecsey is one of the most combative and hostile writers in the country. He was recently nabbed as a guy who is making up his nuggets.

He tried to embarass Raptor coach Sam Mitchell with this gem on Sunday….

 A few months ago, before the Raptors were to play the Lakers, he addressed the team by telling them, “We’ll worry about the guy who got 81 in a second, but first I want to talk about Andrew Bynum and how he killed us last time.” A hush engulfed the locker room. “Hey, coach,” Chris Bosh interrupted. “Bynum’s been out for weeks with an injury.”  

Vecsey admitted he made up the Mitchell anecdote with this “apology…”

ONLY one thing is worse than getting something dead wrong, and that’s not correcting the mistake immediately. A story in Sunday’s column regarding the readiness of the Raptors for a Laker game portrayed Toronto coach Sam Mitchell as being unrehearsed and unaware Andrew Bynum was hurt.

After speaking at length to the aggrieved coach and broadening my investigation, I’m convinced I turned in an improperly researched project.

I’m trying to regain some misplaced credibility by making amends.

This may be my second favorite Vecsey story. He lost his cool in print over the Ernie Grunfeld firing during the 1998-99 season. Grunfeld was a Vecsey guy, while N.Y. Times writer Mike Wise was tight with coach Jeff Van Gundy. JVG won the power struggle to which Vecsey responded in the N.Y. Post by writing, “Wise and Van Gundy will get theirs.”

Check that, the best Vecsey story of all time was his fight in a Seattle-area Toys-R Us.  

Some couple was walking past him, and the wife thought she recognized Peter Vecsey, and the husband said no, and “besides, he’s an idiot.”brought to light by Bench Ronaldo:

It was Vecsey. Someone who Vecsey was with took exception to the comment, shoved the husband into a display rack–then both Vecsey and the companion took turns hitting the hubby in the face. Or so the alleged victims said at the time.

This apparently spooked Vecsey so much he’s avoided Seattle ever since. As he said in a recent New York Post column,

“I got into a skirmish in a Seattle toy store in 1996 and I never went back – to that toy store or that city.”

 THE BEST BRITISH IMPORT SINCE THE BEATLES

For those of you who are attracted to photos of grown women (exclude Clemens and Vanity Fair readers), Keeley Hazell’s upcoming appearance in British FHM — photo NSFW has sent American internet viewers into a tizzy.

The 21 y.o. Hazell is very talented with a “developing” singing career. Most importantly she sports 32 D 32 E bombs (shortchanged her) and likes to show them off Pic 1 NSFW and Pic 2 NSFW. In the video shoot also makes multiple references to the fact that there is no silicone in her body.

Keeley Hazell singing ‘Voyeur’

Keeley video shoot (1000% NSFW) enjoy

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DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

April 28, 2008

BERMAN CONTINUES TO LAUGH OFF DRUG SMUGGLING

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“Bacon Lover” Berman laid 75+ eggs (awful jokes) during ESPN’s draft coverage but he did show a sense of humor poking fun at his infamous youtube videos. Remember that Berman bragged on the bootleg ESPN video about bringing Canadian aspirin 222′s across the border after visits to Toronto.

I just wonder when ESPN execs or homeland security will tell him to knock it off. I’m curious, what would happen if I went on the air and bragged about bringing illegal drugs across the border? Just ask Sid Rosenberg if it’s cool to brag about crime on the air?

THE WORLD GREATEST BLOG…MIKE RESPONTS “THE SPORTS PIG” UNREAL TODAY

Clemens was sleeping with a 15-year old?

Miley “Hannah Montana” Cyrus apologizes for pornographic photos

 Britian’s hottest babe Keeley Hazell blows away any American chick…so does British FHM (NSFW)

HERE’S THE CALIFORNIA PASTIE LADY

Dave and I hit on this around 2:45p on Monday. This woman is claiming her rights are being violated. Her name is Jennifer Moss. She raised enough of a ruckus that she got herself into the L.A. Times this weekend

MEL KIPER WANTS TO KILL TODD MCSHAY

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ESPN’s old draft guru gets destroyed in this clip by it’s new guru, Todd McShay. Kiper makes up a trade scenario and McShay calls him on it. The New York crowd piles on Kiper laughing at the exchange towards the end.

 

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

April 25, 2008

TYPICAL SPORTS TALK HOST

We point out all the time, the hypocrisy of guys doing sportsradio around the country. They’ll hammer athletes and say they don’t deserve a second chance when they get in trouble off the field. Yet when one of my peers makes an error, he always gets a second chance (check Mike North, Gregg Williams, Steve Fredericks, Damon Perry, Mike Missanelli etc.).

They’re also the first guys to rip an athlete for not being a “team player” and that an athlete’s ego is too big.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa is a prime example. He can pound on athletes but when someone takes a jab at him…all bets are off.

His partner Chris Russo was on David Letterman earlier this week. Letterman said he listened to the show all the time and took a shot at Francesa.

Watch the mood in the WFAN studio change when the Mike & the Mad Dog staff plays the audio back for Francesa. Hell, even Russo looks scared and begins to apologize.

Is there any doubt Francesa raised holy hell during the next break?

Mike & the Mad Dog Russo Letterman Appearance comments

BAY AREA WRITERS HAD IT RIGHT ABOUT STANFORD A.D.

The Trent Johnson move to LSU was strange, right?

Tim Kawakami called it from the get-go saying AD Bob Bowlsby is incompetent and for some reason wanted to push Johnson out the door.

Have you seen the coach Stanford most recently expressed interest in? Larry Brown!!!! That’s right 67-year old, job-bailing Larry Brown.

Jon Wilner from the San Jose Mercury News is all over the story saying..

We’re now in the third week of Stanford’s search to replace Trent Johnson. Given
that it probably will extend into the weekend, it seems pretty clear that there was no Plan B in case Johnson left.

Or maybe athletic director Bob Bowlsby had a Plan B, and that Plan scooted off to Berkeley a week before Johnson departed for Baton Rouge.

 The lack of a coach is killing Stanford on the recruiting trail. The Cardinal have lost their top big man recruit, Miles Plumlee.

 

CRAZY ELI CLEANING OUT ANIMAL CAGES????

 

You remember Elijah Dukes?

 

He’s the batty outfielder from the Devil Rays who made his divorce very public with his radio interviews and then his wife struck back blasting him on radio and in the local paper.

 

Dukes, now with the Washington Nationals, was also popped on a marijuana charge and failed to show for court. For doing so, he got 31 months probation.

 

The Tampa Trib reports he’s found a way to cut down on his probation

 

To get his misdemeanor probation cut short by five months, former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes spent 25 hours during the past week cleaning out cages and mopping at Lowry Park Zoo.

 

JIM GRAY IS OUT OF WORK? WHO KNEW?

 

I was sideswiped by this one. I hear Gray all the time on Westwood One and saw him recently on Showtime Boxing, but now he’s destitude?

 

He was fired by ABC/ESPN and is now looking for work.

 

A lot of fans hate Gray, I’m not one of them. He’s one of the rare sideline reporters who will tweak and push athletes. Cokin and I still argue over his “great” interview of Pete Rose.

 

It is pretty sad to see fans dislike him so much that there are only THREE videos of Gray’s work on YouTube!

 

Tom Hoffarth of the L.A. Daily News wrote about Gray looking pathetic at a recent Laker game…

 

So there was Hollywood Walk of Famer Jim Gray, trolling the Staples Center hallways Wednesday night, a painful, vain attempt to try to stay in the TV employment loop when the fact of the matter is no one is interested in hiring the psuedo sideline reporter. Notice how he’s disappeared from the NBA playoffs? 

 

DID DALLAS TV GUY GO OVER THE LINE WITH PACMAN JONES RANT!!!

 

UFC’S TUF7, MATTHEW RIDDLE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

April 24, 2008

We spoke with Riddle about his loss v. Tim Credeur.

He’s a crazy kid who still still doesn’t have a driver’s license.

He always been known as the KO guy on episode 2.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN… Sorry all my hipcast audio disappeared on WordPress. Still trying to figure out the glitch. So I’ll redirect you to my radio station’s page. Go to the bottom of the page.

LAW & ORDER SAYS “TOM BRADY” IS AN ACCUSED HOMOSEXUAL MURDERER

April 24, 2008

LAW & ORDER IS CLASSIC. WHO IS THE PATRIOT HATING WRITER? 

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You gotta love L & O’s “ripped from the headlines” storylines. They may have used a little leeway on this one.

Tuesday’s Law & Order SVU centered around some characters who seemed sort of familiar. The accused murder suspect was a pro QB, who wears #12 and plays for a team that wears red and white. And he dates a supermodel. Anyone have a certain NFL QB come to mind?

The episode’s QB Lincoln Haver is dating model Natasha Gorski, who claims she never gets sex from the QB. She also calls him a “homo” and an “ass bandit.”

NBC spokespeople claim the show is purely fictional and the Tom Brady connection is the first they’ve heard. The Boston Herald doesn’t agree

In an episode titled “The Closet,” a pro football player who wears No. 12, has a cleft chin and a supermodel galpal, plays in a red-and-blue stadium and is “the best quarterback in football” is the prime suspect in a gay murder.

Any resemblance to any New England Patriots QB is, we’re sure, entirely intentional!

“Lincoln Haver is gay?” says one investigator incredulously. “I thought he was dating Natasha Gorski, that hot supermodel.”

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

April 24, 2008

RED SOX SUCK, BUT THE BOSTON TV STATIONS EMPLOY HOT POAs

Hazel Mae is absolutely a top 10er when it comes to babes in the sports media.

Now NESN has topped itself with the hire of smoking hot baseball “expert” Heidi Watney. She may give Erin Andrews a run on internet searches.  

Nice job by sportsbybrooks.com collecting these old photos of Heidi.

VEGAS CASINOS ABOUT TO OUTLAW SMOKING!!

Not quite.

That may be an LVRJ headline in 2011. Don’t count on it happening anytime soon. That said, Vegas’ east coast sister Atlantic City actually did push through a casino smoking ban. Do the Nevada voters and shills in Reno have enough power to push through a casino smokin ban?

DID ESPN PLEASE LOCAL AFFILIATES WITH NEW HOST ADDITION?

ESPNRadio continues to go away from veteran sports talk radio hosts in building it’s national lineup. The feedback on Mike Tirico, who misses 25% of his daily shows, has been less than stellar. Tirico needs help from a co-host with little more life. Better said, a co-host who will actually do some prep work.

The Bristol folks in trying to make Tirico’s show more cutting edge, have named Scott Van Pelt as the full-time co-host. Does that mean less Kirk Herbstreit and Michelle Tafoya?

Hopefully this will help Van Pelt pull in more ladies when he’s hanging at the Delaware beaches. Last time around, the TV gig and his smooth talking failed him.

DEPRESSING NEWS OF THE DAY…YOU CAN’T DO A NUDE SCENE WITH PENELOPE CRUZ, BUT BEN KINGSLEY CAN!?!?!?

In spite of the fact that Family Guy has pictured Cruz as a horseface, most of us recognize that she is ridiculously hot.

Check out the vids of Cruz in her new movie (beware NSFW & 200 y.o. Kingsley also in videos)…vid1….vid2….vid3.   

 

WACK’EM WEDNESDAY…KEVIN IOLE, DAN RAFAEL AND DAN MIRAGLIOTTA

April 23, 2008

It was a good show today during our weekly fight hour on ESPNRadio1100.

We got a chance to speak with Yahoo’s Iole about UFC 83, Rafael from ESPN.com about the BHop-Calzaghe fight and MMA ref Miragliotta about his fight with a fan at UFC 83 plus the Kalib Starnes marathon.

Iole highlights included him saying that.. 

“GSP is more unbeatable at 170 than Anderson Silva at 185″

“The judge who scored Starnes-Quarry 30-24 made a mistake, the referee should’ve penalized Starnes and taken the points away.”

“Starnes told me he had gotten grief during TUF and he didn’t want to quit a fight again.”

“Starnes labeled UFC’s contracts oppressive.”

“UFC may postpone or push back UFC 85 in London. Maybe they could move Ortiz-Machida to UFC 85.”

MMA referee Miragliotta broke down his tussle with a fan at UFC 83. He also said he was unsure if he should discipline Starnes during his fight for inactivity. As a ref working just his 4th UFC card, he didn’t know how that would fly with UFC. He said there is no provision in the unified rules to discipline an inactive fighter.

Dan Rafael highlights included that he scored the BHop-Calzaghe fight for Hopkins as did many other esteemed boxing writers, he still has Calzaghe No. 2 on the pound-for-pound list and Planet Hollywood is still committed to working with bigtime boxing matches in Vegas.  

Here is the audio. I’ve placed the embedded audio on my radio station’s site. Since wordpress overhauled its backend, I can’t post my audio properly.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THREE INTERVIEWS.

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

April 23, 2008

NO ONE DOES IT LIKE THE MAD DOG!!!

 

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Russo goes off on ESPN’S treatment of Miguel Tejada and Billy Crystal’s Yankee “at bat.” The gesturing and bouncing around is hilarious.

NEWSPAPERS CONTINUE TO DIE

I love newspapers but reality is that everything is being pushed to the internet.

The Washington Post, L.A. Times and Boston Globe have bought out several of their writers. Now the most influential writer in South Florida is giving up his writing gig for the near future. Dan LeBetard is bolting the Miami Herald.

MY HOME STATE NEW JERSEY, A NATIONAL LAUGHING STOCK AGAIN

Can it get any worse reputation-wise for Garden State cops?

Last year, the union head for the NJ State Police misused his power to attack a radio talk show host. Several state policeman in South Jersey were involved in the Rick Tocchet-Janet Jones sports gambling ring.

My cousin by marriage, Dennis Miller, embarassed the city of Keansburg by forcing a woman to perform oral sex in his squad car in 2004. He was eventually fired and stripped of his pension.

Now a Burlington police officer has been charged with banging cows!!!!

Not 200 lb women, ACTUAL COWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STARNES SPEAKS OUT ON BEING DUMPED BY UFC…BITCHES ABOUT MONEY

Kalib Starnes spoke with TheFightNetwork about his embarassing fight against Nate Quarry. He chalked up the approach to an injury early in the fight. Starnes says Dana White is unprofessional…

“In my opinion, it was inappropriate to make public statements regarding my character and my future and so on the way that he has, especially without having the courage and the respect to call me up and speak with me personally,” Starnes said. “All of these comments come from a man that has never had a fight in his entire life who claims to be the ultimate authority on fighting and courage. I couldn’t be happier than to be released from the most oppressive contract I’ve ever been under in my life.”

He states a foot injury derailed his fight plans…

“Right now, I have a broken foot [that] I sustained with the first kick I threw in the fight,” Starnes said. “My leg is purple and black from my knee up, I have a black eye, a sprained jaw, and he’s questioning my desire to fight? If that isn’t enough to satisfy him and the crowd, I can show them the medical report. I can barely walk. [Quarry] totally destroyed my thigh with those kicks. I’m sure a lot of people would rather see me suffer a traumatic brain injury and be rendered unconscious. That’s too bad. If that’s what they want, they’re paying the wrong guy $10,000 to get his brain smashed in.”

Starnes says White doesn’t have the courage to do what he did…

“Dana White wouldn’t stand and trade with a guy [like Quarry] who had an 80 or 90 percent knockout ratio with injuries like I had Saturday night,” Starnes said. “He wouldn’t cross the street for $10,000. I don’t have anything to prove to anybody. I’m not about to stand there and get smashed to pieces. After I knew my foot was broken, I was trying to back up and work off the jab and keep moving so I didn’t get knocked out.”

LIDDELL OUT FOR UFC 85, CARD TAKING SHAPE

Chuck Liddell had to pull out of his match with Rashad Evans in London on June 7. He tore his hamstring. Check out the photo on UFC.com. Pretty nasty.

That leaves the British card lacking some star power. UFC is trying to put together a few more intriguing fights. Evans will now fight stand-up artist James Irvin (scored 8 second KO v. Houston Alexander). There are also rumors Michael Bisping may be in for a quick turnaround and fight Chris Leben.

JARED ALLEN TRADED AND SIGNS HUGE DEAL WITH VIKINGS

According to the Star Tribune..

Minnesota acquired one of the best in the business at an extremely steep price Tuesday night when it agreed to terms on a trade with Kansas City for Jared Allen.

Allen, according to the Fox Sports website, will become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. His new contract will be for six years and just shy of $74 million. Allen told Fox this includes $31,000,069 guaranteed. Allen’s jersey number is 69.

Allen, who led the NFL with 15.5 sacks last season and was selected to the Pro Bowl, will cost the Vikings on more than one front. Kansas City will get the Vikings’ first-round pick (No. 17) and both of their third-round selections (No. 73 and No. 82) in this weekend’s NFL draft, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The teams also are expected to swap sixth-round picks

The Minnesota media is asking the question, Can Allen be the player that pushes the Vikes over the top?


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