Archive for June 2008

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

June 18, 2008

Boston Celtics FANS riot

JAVON WALKER UPDATE

June 17, 2008

We’re finally hearing different accounts and more details on what may have happened on Monday morning. Walker was found robbed and beaten to a pulp near Koval and Winnick.

This from the San Francisco Chronicle:

“We don’t believe this is a random act,” Las Vegas police Lt. Clint Nichols told the Chronicle. “They knew who he was and (Walker) presented a target.

“We did get a surveillance (video) of a vehicle and suspects that may have been involved. We know there were suspects, possibly two (but) we haven’t identified anyone yet.”

Remember Walker was one of the guys who was with Darrent Williams, the night he was shot to death.

More from the S.F. Chronicle:

On Jan. 1, 2007 while a member of the Denver Broncos, Walker and several teammates were shot at following a New Year’s Eve party outside a downtown Denver nightclub. Teammate Darrent Williams was shot in the neck and died in Walker’s arms. Police said it was a gang-related homicide. Earlier reports stated champagne was also sprayed into the crowd before the shooting in Denver.

I’m not going to sit here and say Walker needs to stop going out. Though it is puzzling as to why he hasn’t dropped the spraying champagne routine. Afterall, that was the impetus that got things going in a disasterous direction before the tragic Williams slaying.   

The speculation on the air today on ESPNRadio1100 started to border on the ridiculous. Then it went completely overboard on message boards like this:

Javon and Floyd Mayweather both had tables, and got into a bidding war, buying champagne. According to him Javon bought over 30 bottles of Dom, and Floyd won, buying around 50 bottles of Cristal. When Floyd won, he then made it rain, throwing stacks of money off the balcony (The VIP tables are on a mezzanine overlooking the dance floor. Javon was on one side, and Floyd on the other).

The rumor making the rounds among the staff there is that someone in Mayweather’s crew jacked up Walker.

Javon Walker at Body English spraying the crowd

JOE MALOOF TALKS DONAGHY NBA FIX CLAIMS

June 12, 2008

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Sacramento Kings’ owner Joe Maloof spoke for the first time about the Tim Donaghy NBA game fixing claims. He appeared on Las Vegas’ ESPNRadio1100 on Thursday with Steve Cofield & Dave Cokin

 

Regarding Game 6 of the Lakers-Kings series in 2002, “It was so emotional. It was hard to reflect on it right after the game. Just such an important game. It was a very poorly officiated game. Our family has been in the NBA for many years, it was probably the worst officiated game I’ve ever seen. And we never said anything after that. We never whined about it.”

 

Maloof pointed out the most egregious error by the officials,” The refs blew it, it was a

horribly officiated game. They blew it when they called a foul on (Mike) Bibby, when he gets a direct elbow to the face. It was wrong, wasn’t the right call.”

 

He was asked if the recent Donaghy claim got him thinking maybe there was some other force behind the 27 Laker free throws in the fourth quarter, “Not for one second, no. We’ve been around the NBA for a longtime. Our family has a wonderful relationship with the league. You would never think anything like that would happen. I don’t believe in any conspiracy.“

 

Maloof said he trusts in NBA commissioner David Stern 100%, “I’m not suspicious. I know the league, I know how important it is to maintain the integrity of the league. It was a bad day for those guys. As far as anything else, I don’t believe it happened.”

 

He also thinks the NBA investigation was more than thorough, “The commissioner has looked at all those angles. I’m sure the proper people have looked at that. I don’t think there’s anything associated with any kind of conspiracy, I really don’t. I know David Stern, I know the integrity of the league…I just don’t see it happening. I think you have to leave it up to the commissioner, have a belief in the office that there was nothing fishy about that game. I believe them.”

 

Maloof had this to say about the majority of Sacramento fans polled saying they believe Donaghy, “Customers and fans are going to say that, because they love that team. The team is very important to the city.”

 

Has the league told owners and players not to speak on the subject of Donaghy?

 

“I’ve never had the league call me and tell me not to comment on any issue,” said Maloof. “I don’t think there’s a problem in the league with that. It’s America you can say what you believe.”

 

Maloof did eventually soften his stance that he is 100% confident this will all blow over, “Right now the NBA has never been hotter. It’s white hot. Ratings are up in the low 40-percent range. Arenas are full all over the NBA  There’s a lot of positive regarding the NBA. Maybe this has to be looked at more it’s getting too much attention around the world. You’re probably right that there needs to be more attention given to this (by the NBA).”

 

The Kings owners went on to address concerns that this may hurt the effort to get a new arena in Sacramento, “I don’t think there’s any problem with the (new) arena in Sacramento. I think our fans are terrific back there. They support this team. They’ve supported it all along. I think if they really look deep into their hearts, they’re not going to believe that there was any type of conspiracy.”

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

June 11, 2008

DONAGHY IS DEFINITELY A LIAR? WE THINK NOT

Sorry, but we’re not buying David Stern’s answer to Tim Donaghy’s league agenda claims.

Make sure you go back and read our original story on the Donaghy betting scandal. It’s funny how our account more closely resembles the news that came out over the last six months than the original accounts did.

ROBIN MEADE, BEST LEGS IN THE UNIVERSE?

SENATOR BROWNBACK BACKS BIG OIL

We love to see anti-Vegas Senator Brownback saying he’s not in favor of big government legislating the robber barron oil companies. Seems like a complete reversal since this is the same guy who is pro-government intervention when it comes to the FCC and free speech on TV/radio. He’s also in line with Tennessee’s Bill Frist on making sure that the nation can’t gamble online.

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

June 9, 2008

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE LAKERS, WHERE IS THE FIRE?

Steve Dilbeck, L.A. Daily News wonders...

Second-year guard Rajon Rondo, he of the 16 assists, came down the court laughing at how easy it all was. Reserve Leon Powe – Leon Powe? – dominated inside. He scored 21 points.

The Lakers sputtered and stalled. Let Boston completely determine the game’s flow. Let them impose their will.

By the middle of the fourth quarter, they were acting all giddy on the bench. Laughing it up, celebrating. I think I saw them measuring for a 17th banner.

The Lakers looked lost. In their most important game of the season, were completely out of sync.

Maybe the Lakers need to hate the Celtics to get fired up…

It was about respect and cultures and the future of mankind. The Lakers and Celtics didn’t just want to beat each other, they wanted to beat each other down. Wanted complete submission, wanted to hear a last gasp.

Now everybody is just so chummy, it’s disgusting. They all know and like each other. They’re pals off the court. They don’t just shake hands, they hug.

Kevin Garnett puts his arm around a young Kobe Bryant at his first All-Star Game and says, “Don’t worry kid, I’ll help you out.” And then lobs him a pass. Bryant and Paul Pierce play summer hoops together at UCLA. They probably share Christmas cards.

It’s way too cute for me. A true disservice to all those Lakers and Celtics who came before them and would spill blood on the floor before capitulating.

IS BOB RYAN REALLY MORE LEGIT THAN BILL SIMMONS?

Ryan went out of his way to attack ESPN’s internet star Bill Simmons last week. Ryan basically said Simmons lacked perspective in saying that the Lakers-Celtics really isn’t a great rivalry outside of their meetings in the 80s.

Beware of clever people who know what they know, but don’t know what they don’t know, which is far more important.

There is a younger writer of great renown who loves the Boston Celtics, which is fine. He commands an enormous national audience, who have come to regard him as The Authority on all things Celtic. And he has an exhaustive knowledge of the current team. No problem there.

But he has over-stepped his bounds. He is trying to sum up the whole Celtics-Lakers thing in his dot.com forum, and he starts off by saying that it wasn’t really a rivalry because the Celtics won the first eight times the two played in the Finals. He completely dismissed the six series of the 60s because the Celtics won all six, as if this somehow means by definition the two teams did not have a viable rivalry.

Now Ryan has people questioning his perspective or better yet his level of scenility with this gem from the weekend.

Here are the Two Live Stews debating Ryan’s Paul Pierce comments..

IS IT PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE TO PLAY VOLLEYBALL WITH THOSE?

 I THINK SHE WAS HOTTER BEFORE WE HEARD THE VOICE

more about “Jennifer Snyder Interview – Video“, posted with vodpod

CHANGE OF STORY ON RED SOX DUGOUT BRAWL

Manny being Manny was not the reason, Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis went at it in the 5th of the Rays game on Thursday. Apparently Youkilis dugout behavior is what ignited the brew-ha-ha.

The Boston Globe says Manny was irked at Youk for acting like a jackass…

According to three sources, Ramírez had told Youkilis to “cut that [expletive] out.” That was what provoked Youkilis and started the problem.

Neither player was in the clubhouse after Thursday’s game.

The two hadn’t spoken as of yesterday afternoon. “We’ll talk, definitely,” Youkilis said. “We’ve got 99 games left. It’s a long season.”

While sources had indicated that part of the problem was Youkilis’s tossing of equipment in the dugout, the first baseman said, “I think it was a misunderstanding more than anything. I don’t think it was because I threw something.”

Celtics fan gets a beating at Staples

New York douchebags fight for good spot at Belmont
 

MMA TOO VICIOUS FOR O’REILLY BUT HIT & RUN, PARALYZED VIDEO…THAT’S MUST PLAY

June 6, 2008

O’REILLY ON MMA

What’s inappropriate for TV?

HARTFORD HIT & RUN GUY

UFC PREVIEW INTERVIEWS…HUGHES, ALVES, SWICK, DAY & DAVIS FROM LONDON

June 6, 2008

 

Matt Hughes was excellent. He sounds super confident facing Alves He also chimed in on the fighers who are leaving UFC.

Mike Swick and Marcus Davis have a war of words going over what Davis feels is a lack of respect on Swick’s part. Davis also ripped Kimbo Slice to shreds on the notion that Slice could actually be a good boxer.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INTERVIEWS

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

June 3, 2008

BILL CLINTON CALLS VANITY FAIR REPORTER A SCUMBAG…TMZ HAS BUBBA BANGING GINA GERSHON UPDATE

Gershon denies doinking Clinton. TMZ has the original story and the document asking for an apology..

Vanity Fair just published a pretty scandalous story about Prez Bill Clinton. The demand letter claims the article “outrageously insinuates that Ms. Gershon has had an inappropriate sexual relationship with President Clinton. This is absolutely false.”

The letter demands “a retraction and correction.”

Gershon’s lawyers from the bulldog firm Lavely & Singer noted that “Gershon has only been in the same room as President Clinton on three occasions,” all with many others present. The lawyers take a shot at Vanity Fair, claiming, “Rumor-mongering was substituted for fact-checking.” 

Bill Clinton: Loses it about writer Purdum 

 

CBS PULLS NICE RATINGS HAUL FOR MMA SHOW

Key Men Demos Soar in Final 21 Minutes:  4.1 in Men 18-34, 4.0 in Men 18-49, 4.3 in Men 25-54

Ratings for the final 51 minutes of CBS’s inaugural CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS mixed martial arts broadcast (11:00-11:51 PM, ET/PT), which were unavailable Sunday, delivered an average audience of 6.12 million viewers, according to updated Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Saturday, May 31.

The audience peaked at 6.51 million viewers from 11:30-11:51 PM which featured the night’s main event—Kimbo Slice’s victory over James Thompson.

Among key men demographics, the broadcast peaked from 11:30-11:51 PM with a 4.1 rating in men 18-34, 4.0 rating in men 18-49 and 4.3 rating in men 25-54.

The addition of the final 51 minutes lifted ratings for the entire broadcast. CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS (S) (9:00-11:51 PM) delivered a 3.0/06 with 4.85m viewers, 2.2/07 in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, 2.3/09 in adults 18-34, 3.1/09 in men 25-54, 3.0/10 in men 18-49 and 3.2/12 in men 18-34.  In the 9:00-11:00 PM time slot, CBS was first in the adults and men demographics, second in both households and viewers. 

Compared to CBS’s 9:00-11:00 PM regularly scheduled programming on Saturday during the 2007-08 season, CBS was up +16% in adults 25-54 (from 1.9/05), +57% in adults 18-49 (from 1.4/04), +156% in adults 18-34 (from 0.9/03), +121% in men 25-54 (from 1.4/04), +173% in men 18-49 (from 1.1/03) and +357% in men 18-34 (from 0.7/03). 

BOXING KNOWLEDGE AMONGST SOME WRITERS IS HORRIFIC

Anyone who watched that Kimbo-Thompson couldn’t walk away thinking Slice has a future in boxing. I don’t care how many times Gary Shaw says Kimbo could challenge for the heavyweight…I don’t believe. His stamina isn’t up to snuff. And who knows what his punching power would be like wearing the 8 or 10 oz. pillow gloves?

It’s a real slap in the face to suggest Kimbo would even compete against a top 10 light heavyweight. Yet the Miami Herald’s Santos Perez says Kimbo should try Wladimir Klitschko on for size..

Could Slice be the force that revives heavyweight boxing?

Name recognition alone will create a buzz among boxing enthusiasts and casual observers alike if Slice becomes a boxer. Even a segment of the young demographic base loyal to MMA might follow Slice’s departure from cage to ring.

Slice has two redeeming qualities that have been prevalent throughout boxing history but are lacking in today’s heavyweight crop: punch and personality. For all of Wladimir Klitschko’s positive attributes, American fans are not captivated by arguably the best of the active heavyweights.

Boxing experts could argue that the 6-foot-2 Slice might have trouble cutting the reach of the 6-6 Klitschko, but Slice showed his shots can fell taller opponents, such as the 6-4 Thompson.  

HAS ASHLEE SIMPSON CAUGHT HER SISTER? PLASTIC SURGERY WORK HAS DONE WONDERS, SHE’S HOT!

Of course, she’s pregnant and may be hooked up for the short term with Pete Wentz. But she is no longer the ugly step-sister.

HAD TO THROW IN A PHOTO OF THE “FAT” KARDASHIAN, KHLOE AT THE PALMS PLACE OPEN. SHE’S WITH FORMER IDOL CONTESTANT, CONSTANTIN. WHAT HAPPENED TO JUST 15 MINUTES OF FAME? THIS PIC COULD BE A CANDIDATE FOR HOTCHICKSWITHDOUCHEBAGS.COM

Constantin has a long way to go before he can match 2007’s DB’s of the Year

ARE WE SURE THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE IS MORE REPUTABLE THAN ANY ASSHAT DOING AN NBA BLOG?

This is a gem. What are the odds of this trade going down?

Dwyane Wade says he keeps hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors involving the Bulls and Miami Heat. Would the Bulls give up the No. 1 draft position to the Heat in exchange for Wade and the No. 2 overall selection? Or some combination of other players and picks?

Would the Bulls make this trade? Better question…why would they even wait two seconds to respond? YES!!!!.

Looking back to 1970 and the NBA’s No. 1 picks. I could only find Magic Johnson (1979), Hakeem Olajuwon (1984), David Robinson (1987), Shaquille O’Neal (1992), Tim Duncan (1997), LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2005) and Greg Oden (2007) as guys who were untouchable. That’s 8-of-38.

Knowing what all these guys turned out to be, I trade everyone one of them in the No. 1 slot for the 26 .y.o Wade and the No. 2 pick..Bob Lanier (1970), Austin Carr (1971), LaRue Martin (1972), Doug Collins (1973), Bill Walton (1974), David Thompson (1975), John Lucas (1976), Kent Benson (1977), Mychal Thompson (1978), Joe Barry Carroll (1980), Mark Aguirre (1981), James Worthy (1982), Ralph Sampson (1983), Patrick Ewing (1985), Brad Daugherty (1986), Danny Manning (1988), Pervis Ellison (1989), Derrick Coleman (1990), Larry Johnson (1991), Webber (1993), Glenn Robinson (1994), Joe Smith (1995), Allen Iverson (1996), Michael Olowokandi (1998), Elton Brand (1999), Kenyon Martin (2000), Kwame Brown (2001), Yao (2002), Andrew Bogut (2004) and Andrea Bargnani (2006).

MMA WINS!! ESPN EXPLODES TODAY OVER ELITEXC ON CBS

June 2, 2008

JIM ROME TALKS SLICE, THE EAR AND WEC

NFL LIVE TALKS MMA!!!!

LEBETARD TALKS ELITE XC, KORNHEISER COMFY COMING OFF AS AN 87 Y.O.

FOXNEWS’ BRIAN KILMEADE ON NETWORK DEBUT OF MMA

Shame on Kilmeade, who was the voice of UFC way back at the beginning. He switched over to straight news years ago. Remember, he also did a weekend radio gig with Sporting News Radio.

His claim of the ground-game “will kill the sport” is silly. Worse yet, is his statement that Kimbo should be a boxer. Brian, what were you watching?

AN IRATE REF, DAN MIRAGLIOTTA RESPONDS TO MEDIA/FAN CLAIMS OF FIGHT FIXING AND A CBS’ AGENDA

June 2, 2008

Big Dan was excellent as always. The ref, who was in there for 4-of-5 televised fights, reacts to critics saying the Kimbo-Thompson stoppage was “controversial.”

He also explained exactly what Scott Smith said after the Robbie Lawler eye poker and why the fight was stopped. He claimed Smith also had a broken foot.

Miragliotta threw in a nugget about Phil Baroni. He said Baroni’s entrance was a profane disaster. Dan’s young kids were ringside and had to listen to the “New York Ass” grab his groin and talk about his c*ck and f*cking.

Dan’s a big dude at 6-foot-4, 296 lbs. Thank god, he’s the only ref who could probably take a face slap from James Thompson and shrug it off (Herb Dean probably could too). Big Dan said Thompson had no idea where he was when the fight against Kimbo was stopped. He thought he was still fighting when he pushed the ref in the face. He said the same went for the “New York Ass,” who was grabbing Big Dan’s leg as the fight was stopped.

As for the fight fixing claims and CBS’ agenda in stopping the Lawler-Smith fight early, Miragliotta called major bullsh*t.

CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO (interview at the top of the page)


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